Book Review: Japan’s World Heritage Sites

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I’ll be honest, I’m not really aware of many World Heritage sites. I’m sure Canada has their share, but I wouldn’t be able to tell you what they are. I do know, thanks to the book Japan’s World Heritage Sites, that Japan has a ton of them. Maybe it’s a normal amount in comparison to other countries, but I do know it will take you a long time if you want to see them all :)

What’s Inside

If there was ever a book that you could leave out on your coffee table for people to flip through, this would probably be a great choice. The book is packed full of wonderful pictures of all the different World Heritage sites in Japan.

The book breaks the sites down into their different areas so it’s convenient when you’re travelling and need to find out what there is to see. I found out about a lot of places that I didn’t know about and would be interested in checking out if I’m in the area. For example, I had no idea that the Shogun’s Memorial Tosho-gu was so crazy colourful.

Photo by DavideGorla

Photo by DavideGorla

Each site is covered in detail as to it’s history and importance in Japan. Beside beautiful photos, the book also provides some basic instructions on how to get to the sites as well as their prime features. It’s a great aid for determining which sites you don’t want to miss.

Photo Credit: d_mcplum

Photo Credit: d_mcplum

The book gave me further encouragement to visit Himeji Castle on my next visit to Japan. I’m just hoping that it’s no longer under-construction or closed this time. Third time is the charm, right? :)

Photo Credit: Edward Dalmulder

Photo Credit: Edward Dalmulder

So if you’re looking for a helpful guide, or just a great coffee table book, check out Japan’s World Heritage Sites: Unique Culture, Unique Nature.

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