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Kanda Jimbocho Bookstore Area

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Ochanomizu / Akihabara / Kanda
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Address: Kanda Jinbocho, Chiyoda 101-0003, Tokyo Prefecture
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Interesting experience for book lovers even if you cannot read Japanese

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 are bookstores specializing in art books (and many will have a small section anyway) where... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

It is incredible to visit a part of Tokyo where you see a large number of books that reflect every aspect of Japanese intellectual culture. You might find a book that you would never come across and it might even change the way you think. One of the best places to visit in Tokyo.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

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 November 8, 2016

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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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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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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