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Kanda Jimbocho Bookstore Area

Kanda Jinbocho, Chiyoda 101-0003, Tokyo Prefecture
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Not easy to navigate area

Not too many books in English around here. And not many genuine antique or vintage books. I found... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
pattayainsider
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Las Vegas, Nevada
Jimbocho Antiquarian Bookstore Zone

The Jimbocho is one of the largest, most densely populated, antiquarian bookstore zones on earth... read more

Reviewed 28 May 2018
James C
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Aliso Viejo, California
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Kanda Jinbocho, Chiyoda 101-0003, Tokyo Prefecture
Kanda, Akihabara, Ochanomizu
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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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

1  Thank James C
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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

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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.

Thank RonH1963
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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

2  Thank Pantherboy
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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

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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.

Thank Donna Q
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Reviewed 8 May 2017

This neighborhood is the most comprehensive book market I have ever seen in my life. Alongside big publishing companies, there are many bookstores specialized on different type of genres. For instance you can find a store which has an archive of People magazine since 1950’s....More

3  Thank Flyngdtchmn
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

Yes most of the books are in Japanese, but just making a cursory visit to some of the numerous bookstores specializing in various types of used books would be an interesting experience if you are a book lover. Even if you cannot read Japanese, there...More

3  Thank ECWorld
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

It's nice to see second-hand book stores surviving here. They won't be around forever. My favorite places to visit in Kanda Jimbocho are the 3 or 4 woodblock print (Ukioy-e) shops.

3  Thank warren D
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Nearby
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
...More
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Debbiefs
4 December 2016|
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Response from Imtiaz I | 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.
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sarobrts
16 March 2016|
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Response from Library flower | Reviewed this property |
Not sure But I was there about 10 am
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Salman A
1 July 2015|
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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
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