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Kanda Jimbocho Bookstore Area

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Address: Kanda Jinbocho, Chiyoda 101-0003, Tokyo Prefecture
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Lots of bookstores, selling mostly Japanese books

The good book stores are all on one side of this street only. Why? Because the sunshine can be very intense on the other side of the street and will damage the books. Great for... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The good book stores are all on one side of this street only. Why? Because the sunshine can be very intense on the other side of the street and will damage the books. Great for people with a knowledge of antique Japanese books. But the sellers are real pros and know exactly what they are selling. A few sell English... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

only 2 things come to mind when i hear Jimbocho Books and Curry Rice. I am a sucker for clearance bins and i could spend a whole day through them.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

It's a nice walk in Kanda to the Jimbocho Bookstore Area, which is also a place in which you can find hiking stuff and no fewer than four shops for ukiyo-e, Japanese woodblock prints, one of which I can vouch for is Hara Shobo. The shops are a little hard to find so Google for more information or ask your... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

This definitely one of my favourite areas of Tokyo. Then again, I love books! Even though there are mostly Japanese books on offer, you'll also find international books, art prints and some lovely cafe. UCC Cafe Comfort is a lovely place to go, it's in a massive bookstore (with lovely and unique gift store on ground floor with English speaking... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

If you a bookworm you can enjoy strolling around this area even if you don't understand Japanese language. Don't worry, there are number of books in English, French, Germany and so on in some shops. The smell of the old books sure to stimulate your curiosity. As for me, I can stroll around this area for hours just looking or... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

This is an interesting area especially for old book hunters. Spread around Jimbocho Kanda area, you must spare enough time to explore...

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

Jimbocho is a great area of Tokyo, not as busy or rushed as other areas. The best thing about this area is the plethora of used and new book stores, shop and read to your hearts content!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016

First of all, most books here are in Japanese, obviously. Still, this is a perfect spot to visit if you love books as objects of wonder and wisdom. We walked around the main street and wondered insided a few of the biggest and weirdest looking book stores. It is amazing to see the book store owners how dedicated they are... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2016

I just happened to be right there, so I walked around a bit. Every shop for several blocks is selling books. I do not read Japanese, so didn't go in but it was interesting!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016

My son visits book stores wherever we travel to, both in the U.S. and abroad. This place is perfect for him to look for some books as he will be taking Japanese next fall in college. There were non-Japanese book stores as well, which I had a good time going through myself. After a while, we stopped by one of... 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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