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Kanda Jimbocho Bookstore Area

Kanda Jinbocho, Chiyoda 101-0003, Tokyo Prefecture
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Amazing precinct

Found this amazing place by accident when exploring. Street after street of incredible bookshops of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cairns, Australia
Could we call it so?

It used to be full of bookstores side by side here in this area. Still there are several book... read more

Reviewed October 4, 2017
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  • Average18%
  • Poor1%
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“book lovers” (6 reviews)
“english books” (5 reviews)
“love books” (4 reviews)
Kanda Jinbocho, Chiyoda 101-0003, Tokyo Prefecture
Ochanomizu / Akihabara / Kanda
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Pantherboy
Reviewed October 4, 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

Thank W7927SH_
Reviewed June 23, 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
Reviewed May 7, 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

2  Thank Flyngdtchmn
Reviewed March 17, 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

2  Thank ECWorld
Reviewed March 14, 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.

2  Thank warren D
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....More

Thank Takeshi M
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...More

Thank Imtiaz I
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.

Thank EccentricDrill
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...More

Thank warren D
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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December 3, 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.
March 15, 2016|
Response from Library flower | Reviewed this property |
Not sure But I was there about 10 am
Salman A
July 1, 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