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Kanda Book Town

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Ochanomizu / Akihabara / Kanda
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Address: Jinbocho, Chiyoda 101-0003, Tokyo Prefecture
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A Town of Bookshops

Indeed a town mainly of book shops, but different from Jimbocho because here the shops sell new books. But practically no foreign language book (for this go to Maruzen).

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 19, 2015
Beijing, China

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Ankara, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even though I can't read, I love this place. It shoulc be one of the must places to visit when you are in Tokyo. Kanda seems more Japan to me compared to other areas of Tokyo.

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

Indeed a town mainly of book shops, but different from Jimbocho because here the shops sell new books. But practically no foreign language book (for this go to Maruzen).

Thank awhw
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

I am a book worm through and through, so I really enjoyed looking through all the shops at all the books. There aren't lots of English books, but if you hunt a little you might find one you like.

Thank Jo S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

A great place to go when looking for english books and manga which are quite hard to find anywhere else in large quantities. Not much for sight-seeing I simply went here for the books in a country which still has a love affair with the printed book unlike many other developed countries.

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Bathurst, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Spent a very pleasant Sunday morning walking around the Kanda Book Town. Some shops closed but plenty to see. Great range of cafes and coffee shops.

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

We enjoyed a stroll around this area, the little book shops and the unique old Japanese books were interesting but unless you are a book fanatic I would only venture here if you have time. A few sporting apparel and goods store are adjacent to this area which was a bonus

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Katonah, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Amazing to see so many bookstores. Elsewhere these have been wiped out by the web. Like going back in time several decades.

Thank Francis M
Buderim, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Filled with locals shopping for books & art work Great place to chill and eat There is not/no tourists here so some of the shop staff only speak limited english but that's half the fun.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Little shops packed to the ceiling of various books of all sizes. I recommend walking through Kanda Book Town.

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

we tried looking for this book shop but couldnt locate it at the destination that the trip advisor app said it was at. sad we missed it but werent going to spend more than 20 minutes looking for it, we just happened to be in the area. Shinjuku sanchome has a wonderful 7 story book shop very close to the... More 

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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 electronic goods stores, and is now hugely popular as the must-visit mecca for people interested in anime and games. Kanda is an office district where you can find loads of reasonably priced izakayas popular with professionals who stop to eat and drink before making their way home.
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