Japan by National Geographic Traveler
We’ve been looking for a better series of travel books since I gave up on The Lonely Planet as a publisher. National Geograpic does a stellar job of providing image rich local flavor and color, mostly skipping the dry catalog of things hotel and restaurant reviews which is better served by online sources. Instead, the folks at National Geo give us light history and lots of frank talk about what makes a place interesting. This was The Professor’s find, and I enjoyed it so much that we also picked up one on Vietnam to help us prepare for an upcoming trip.