Book review: Kyoto Pocket Guide Michelle Mackintosh and Steve Wild

It’s always fascinating to flick through the pages of a city guide – particularly when you’ve never been to the city in question.

I’ll tell you one thing about the Kyoto pocket guide though – after just thumbing through its pages, Kyoto will definitely be on your bucket list.

The guide focuses on the city’s best cultural hangouts, shops, bars and eateries and helps the reader navigate Kyoto’s ancient pathways, temples, gardens and narrow lantern-lit alleys, revealing the city’s precincts and secret treasures.

The book focuses on the “new” Kyoto – a dynamic and evolving city taking lessons of the past and using them to forge a vibrant and exciting present – which reminds me a little of the Gold Coast.

The book is easy to navigate and the imagery is absolutely Insta-worthy. The content takes you through Kyoto’s address system and offers an overview of each city precinct before delving into the specifics of sights; shopping; eating and drinking. There’s even a section on ‘the perfect Kyoto day’.

As well as selecting a number of day-trips to get you out of the city, the authors have also compiled a fold-out map to make getting out and about a breeze.

Obviously this book will appeal to people planning a visit to Kyoto, but it’s also a beautiful offering for those seeking visual inspiration or design-freaks who want an insight into a city as diverse as this. We’re talking stationery stores, antiques, record shops, hand-dyed paper, modernist candy, art galleries, museums and more.

If Kyoto wasn’t on your hit-list before, it will be now.

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Kyoto: a pocket guide to the city’s best cultural hangouts, shops, bars and eateries is out now via Hardie Grant Travel.



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