“This book has literally saved me hundreds of Euros. I am a mature backpacker around the world. I have always wanted to visit Japan, but every estimation was well over my budget. After reading this, and re-reading some chapters during the trip I made some smart decisions all the while eating healthy and sleeping comfy. This book is not a replacement for the free and abundant travel websites out there, it is a compliment. It fills an important niche which you would have to discover for yourself otherwise. Going to Japan on budget? Buy it. My only problem is that I had an electronic version, and I was out of batteries at some times I wanted to reference it.” – Amazon.com Customer
“‘All you can Japan’ helped me save 40% on my 8-day backpacking trip in Southern Japan. In fact, it made the cost of the trip comparable to my travels in China. The biggest savings came from the accomodation and transportation recommendations. I highly recommend using this book with www.japan-guide.com. (The website includes updated pictures and travel information. It takes care of you, but not your wallet)
I also have the japan lonely planet guide. But i ended up referring back to very little of it because of (a) lack of pictures (b) outdated prices/ info- some of the restaurants mentioned were closed! (c) English descriptions not entirely relevant in Japan.
So, final word: Get this book if you are a budget traveller. If you want a more local experience. And if you wish to be the most time and cost effective on your trip planning.
Good luck!” – Christina
“Ok, let’s clarify a few things here from the beginning… This is NOT a Lonely Planet style collection of mainstream backpacking tips that lead you from one “super secret” tourist trap to the next. This is a culturally sensitive guide to enjoying Japan like a native and NOT like a tourist. If you are a moderately experienced traveler and comfortable with exploring foreign cultures on your own, this will be the only book (or e-book, what a steal!) you will need.
Someone mentioned that you can find a lot of the info in the book online. Well duh. If you have a month to prepare for your trip and read travel blogs for hours and are able to read Japanese…… This handy and personable little book does just what it promises; it empowers you to discover Tokyo/Japan at your own pace while making it easy to navigate and affordable. It’s like having a Japanese friend show you around town and take you to his favorite places. You can even write the guy and ask him questions directly! While I didn’t do that during my trip, it seems like a pretty awesome gesture.
Bottom line: if you need step-by-step walking tours spelled out for you and are too scared to slurp your noodles between locals, you won’t find this book very helpful. But if you like to immerse yourself into the culture and see and taste things 98% of tourists never will, this book gives you all the tools you need for an unforgettable and affordable trip. I can’t wait to go back already and explore other parts of the country and I know this book will come with me again. Definitely worth the few bucks, especially if you get the kindle version.” – D&M Whitney, Amazon.com Customer
“The trip itinerary that you planned for me greatly helped me understand what I should not miss in Japan. Without it, I would also not have known when specific events of my interest were going on. Overall it was extremely useful.” – Shay
“The six of us decided to take the plunge and travel to Japan. Not on a guided tour, but “self-planned-and-guided”.
We studied up on different aspects of the country, and realized that learning Japanese was not an option. With a lot of background material from books, maps and the web, we felt pretty sure we had most bases covered, but still felt that we needed to speak to someone with a personal touch. That is where Josh Shulman’s book came in. In retrospect, one of the smarter things we did was to take “All You Can Japan” literally. There are plenty of sources of information, but personal experience makes all the difference.
If you plan to be in Japan for less than 10 days, you must have sub-consciously decided to go back a second (and third?) time to experience the country.
We traveled around almost exclusively by train. Get yourself a JR Pass for the length of time you plan to travel among cities, and you will be able to reserve seats ahead of time for any trip where the Pass will take you. Not only that, but you can (and we did) do it in Narita Airport upon arrival. We checked and and printed out relevant timetables, a thing that made the communication with the JR representative smooth, since it was obvious what we wanted and when.
Things not to miss outlined in Mr. Shulman’s book pointed us in the right direction, and we knew what to look for. Something not mentioned, is that potential travelers should not waste their time and money on the Giyon Corner Geisha Show in Kyoto.” – Daphna & Michael