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Kanda Jimbocho Bookstore Area

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So many books!

I stayed in Jimbocho and when exploring the local area, I noticed so many book stores. They were... read more

Reviewed 1 August 2018
Faiza A
If you're a book-lover

Almost all of the shops sell old, some vintage Japanese books so if can't/don't read Japanese this... read more

Reviewed 29 April 2018
Tokyo, Japan
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Kanda Jinbocho, Chiyoda 101-0003, Tokyo Prefecture
Kanda, Akihabara, Ochanomizu
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Reviewed 6 October 2018

I stumbled into this place. It is WONDERFUL, as in full of wonder! Books everywhere and in just about every language from the right seller. I will happily remember the bookstore (really many, many bookstores) forever.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank allisoncoop11
Reviewed 21 September 2018

I heard that there is many bookstore and also they're cheap! There is Japanese books, Chinese book, English book, French books, German books, Italian books, etc... Got satisfied with buying two cheap books for me!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Miyu H
Reviewed 1 August 2018

I stayed in Jimbocho and when exploring the local area, I noticed so many book stores. They were very vintage looking books as well as manga available, I would have looked closely but most of the books were written in japanese thus were essentially useless...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Faiza A
Reviewed 2 July 2018

Not too many books in English around here. And not many genuine antique or vintage books. I found the are very difficult to navigate and locate. If you love books, still worth the trek.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank pattayainsider
Reviewed 28 May 2018

The Jimbocho is one of the largest, most densely populated, antiquarian bookstore zones on earth. Sports, entertainment, SF, music, etc..... all fairly well organized in a loose collective, and frequently spilling out onto the sidewalks on nice sunny days. I never visit Tokyo without visiting...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Almost all of the shops sell old, some vintage Japanese books so if can't/don't read Japanese this place won't be that much fun. If you do, and you love books, take money. Make sure someone drags you away. If not, you'll end up in a...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Indigo_Scott
Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

I first came here in 1992 when I worked in nearby Ogawamachi. The stores mostly have Japanese books but some of them do have English novels, etc.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Ron H
Reviewed 10 February 2018

Found this amazing place by accident when exploring. Street after street of incredible bookshops of all types. Everything for every interest, including lots of old manuscripts, magazines, 2nd hand and new books. Just exploring the individual shops was fascinating. Lots of cafes, bars and restaurants...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

It used to be full of bookstores side by side here in this area. Still there are several book stores here, but much less than it was a few decades ago. Actually I hesitate to call this a bookstore area any more. I'm not saying...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank W7927SH_
Reviewed 24 June 2017

weave through the small lanes to discover all these bookstores and specialty stores. Interspersed were Japanese eateries. There was even a steak house with friendly English speaking staff.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Donna Q
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Ochanomizu / Akihabara / Kanda
Ochanomizu boasts its academic foundations starting
with Yushima Seido, the birthplace of modern day
Japanese education. The area has kept its college town
feel with several university campuses. If you head
towards Jinbocho, you'll find musical instrument and
sports equipment shops, and an area of used bookstores
for students and anyone interested in literature and
the arts. Akihabara is well-known for its computer and
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4 December 2016|
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Response from ozlanka | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I'm late I've been travelling. It's very much hit or miss. The bookshops don't specialise in Doll books. You need to allow a few hours to browse the store hoping to find what you've looking for.
16 March 2016|
Response from Libraryflower | Reviewed this property |
Not sure But I was there about 10 am
Salman A
1 July 2015|
Response from Yori O | Reviewed this property |
I would say most Kanda bookstores are for Japanese books so they won't read your post. When you visit Japan, go to Kanda and ask for Store that carry English books. Assume the book you are looking for is out-of-print. If... More