John Dougill is a professor at Ryukoku University in Kyoto. He has authored fourteen Japanese college textbooks as well as Kyoto: A Cultural Guide, In Search of Japan's Hidden Christians and Zen Gardens and Temples of Kyoto.
Dougill's book isn't merely a travel guide to Japan's world heritage sites, though a prospective tourist could use it as a framework for travel. Rather, it's a gorgeous coffeetable-style book overflowing with hundreds of stunning photos and pages detailing the historical, cultural, and geographic significance of each site-from the famous (Mount Fuji, the Peace Memorial at Hiroshima) to the unfamiliar (Ogasawara Islands, the Kingdom of Ryukyu). - TheRoarbots.com ...a lovely cross between a reference and a coffee-table book...Dougill's language is clear and evocative, and provides a panorama of Japan for those who may never have seen any of these places. Best of all are the extensive photographs and maps...This accessible book will be of interest to any libraries whose patrons want to explore travel or Asian culture. - Booklist Tuttle showcases ancient traditions in Japan's World Heritage Sites...The book has been updated to include all of the new UNESCO World Heritage designations since it was last published in 2014. The smaller trim size and lower price ($24.99, from $34.95) is an effort to appeal to travelers who may be looking for a souvenir on the way home from Japan... - Publishers Weekly From Mt. Fuji to ancient Kyoto to the Peace Memorial at Hiroshima, UNESCO tagged seventeen sites with their highest honor and the 350 color photographs and masterful descriptions will certainly solidify Japan's standing as a tourist destination. -Foreword Magazine Dougill shares historical background and breathtaking photos of Japan's 17 world heritage sites, for instance, Mount Fuji and Himeji Castle, which are conveniently reachable from Tokyo. The author includes facts on accessing the sites, hours of operation, and more. -Library Journal