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Osaka Insider: A Travel Guide for Osaka Prefecture (Anglais) Broché – 21 janvier 2012

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This unique guidebook covers sightseeing destinations throughout Osaka Prefecture, both famous and unknown. Written by a Japanese-speaking American expatriate and former long-term resident of Osaka, it offers an unbiased and in-depth look into the best things to see and do in Osaka, whether you are a first-time visitor or local resident. The addition of ramen and okonomiyaki guides, festival and event information, rail and walking maps, general sightseeing information and tips, essays by the author and more make this the single most comprehensive English-language guide on Osaka Prefecture to date. It's the guidebook that no visitor to Kansai should leave home without. Come to Osaka and discover the best-kept secrets of Kansai!

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Patrick Mackey was born and raised in Oregon (USA). He attended University of Oregon and graduated cum laude with a triple major in Japanese, Asian studies, and history, having spent a term studying at Waseda University in Tokyo along the way. After graduation he moved to Japan, spending most of his time living in Osaka City, where he worked at a travel agency and then a translation agency. He currently lives in Fukuoka City and works as a freelance translator and editor.

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Les guides francophones boudent Osaka. A tort.
Heureusement ce guide plutôt froid et sec dans sa forme offre une pluralité de conseils pour visiter Osaka autrement.
De plus, après avoir décrit de manière précise les endroits à ne pas manquer dans la ville (indexation et classification) il nous donne quelques idées pour voyager dans les alentours proches de la ville. Quelques articles précis géographiques, historiques, économiques... viennent compléter ce guide auquel il faut absolument se référer si vous voyagez à Osaka.
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HASH(0x962a35ac) étoiles sur 5 Worth buying. 23 mai 2013
Par Themistoklis Katsimihas - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I bought this book before visiting Osaka, so as to have something to get me started with. I found it very useful in exploring the city, as it contains information on almost everything worth seeing, and even info on places first-time tourists will never bother to visit. It covers the whole prefecture, not only the city, listing so many sites it would take a thorough traveller more than a month to see all. It has a narrative style, which some could consider debatable, but one quickly gets used to it.

Bear in mind that this is not a Loneny Planet type of guide, which means there is no information on Osaka lodging, restaurants, and relative costs. Moreover, there is no information on train and bus schedules, or respective ticket prices. The book contains almost no maps and relatively few, black and white photographs, something that the author could consider changing for a possible future edition. However, there is access to maps of the city on the author's blog, pinpointing all sightseeing places in the book. Also, there is a guide on ramen (roughly soop and noodles) and okonomiyaki (a uninteresting japanese type of bloated omelette, if you ask me), and on where to find the best of these in Osaka (in the author's opinion).

I found some of the places recommended by the author (by way of high grade) a waste of my time, but taste is subjective, so this is just my personal opinion. For example, the Osaka Museum of History is given a 5 out of 5, but to me it deserves no more than 3, as it mostly focuses on reconstructions and small scale models, exhibiting few original, excavated artifacts. It would never pass as a proper museum in Europe, that is to say. To the author's credit, other recommendations are truly great, like the night view from the Umeda Sky building, that would win the heart of anyone.

Overall, this is a book worth buying. It will prove a handy guide for all who visit Osaka and want to tread both on and off the beaten track. Future improvement will raise its value even more.
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HASH(0x962a3600) étoiles sur 5 Excellent travel guide to Osaka 13 février 2012
Par G. Close - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Having lived in Osaka in the early '90s and a visit in 2008, this book brought back a lot of memories. Lots of good information about the various sites, shopping, and restaurants in the Osaka area. Good information on festivals and the history of the area, as well. Highly recommended for those visiting Osaka, whether for business or pleasure. If you visit the area, don't miss Nara and Kyoto, which are not covered in the book. Kobe is worth a visit, as well.
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HASH(0x962a38dc) étoiles sur 5 Osaka Insider scores 7 février 2012
Par SusieQ - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I have followed the Osaka Insider blog for some time, and was interested when this book came out. It is obvious that the author loves Osaka, which is a city that often gets lost in the hype for the more well-known Kyoto area. The research is thorough and useful for a first-time Japan visitor, which I plan to be in a few months. I would definitely recommend it.
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HASH(0x962a37d4) étoiles sur 5 Love this guide! 22 février 2012
Par CM - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This guide is a great find and I can't wait to use it on my next trip to Japan! It's written from a unique perspective- an ex-pat who has lived in Japan for a while and loves exploring the country. I think the section on the public transit system (with maps, how to buy tickets, etc.) is worth the cost all by itself.
HASH(0x962a39c0) étoiles sur 5 Better-suited for long stays rather than short trips 22 juin 2015
Par wangusangus - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I appreciate the different approach to a travel guide--it feels a bit more like a travel narrative than a guide. However, because of its style, it might not be the best choice for a short trip. This would be better-suited for someone who will be spending a significant amount of time in and around Osaka, who would really have time to explore.

One thing to note: There is an entire section devoted to ramen based on the author's experience and taste. However, he transliterated all of the shop names, which makes them difficult to find, as the shops typically do not have Roman transliterations on the storefronts (at least, in my experience). It would be helpful if future editions included both the transliteration and the Japanese characters, I think.
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