Bookstore Spots in Japan

  • Books Kinokuniya Shinjuku Main Store
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    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Shinjuku 3-17-7
    This is a large bookstore located in Shinjuku in Tokyo's Shinjuku City. The main building and annex buildings are located between Shinjuku-dori Avenue and Yasukuni-dori Avenue. On the main building's nine floors including one basement floor and eight floors above ground the store sells items such as literature, foreign books, specialist books, magazines and picture books. There is even the Shinjuku Medical Book Center that offers items specific to the medical field, the Kinokuniya Hall which is home to performances for drama and rakugo, and the Event Hall that hosts book-signings. The annex carries comics, light novels, CDs and DVDs.
  • Junkudo Bookstore Ikebukuro
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    4.5
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    Tokyo Toshima-ku Minamikebukuro 2-15-5
    This is a large bookstore located five minutes on foot from JR Ikebukuro Station East Exit, and the sales floor is from the basement to the ninth floor. There are books of various genres ranging from literary books to magazines, comics, medical and other specialist books etc. Many people visit from far away to find the book they are looking for. Inside the shop, you can search for your desired book with the help of a search machine, or you can use the desks and chairs provided to choose your books carefully. There is also a café on the fourth floor.

    池袋駅のすぐそばにあるジュンク堂。フロア面積が広く,品ぞろえ豊富で,専門書も充実しています。本を買うときは必ずジュンク堂というくらいよく行くお店です。

  • Shosen Grande
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kandajimbouchou 1-3-2
    A huge bookstore located a one-minute walk from Jimbocho Station. The flagship shop of the venerable Shosen bookstore chain, which was founded in 1948, the store sees an unending stream of visitors seeking to purchase highly specialized books from among Shosen Grande's massive selection. The sixth floor, for example, is stocked only with materials relaxing to railroads, and the selection of not only books but also merchandize and railroad accessories has made it a mecca for train aficionados. The seventh floor event space is frequently used to host events for young up-and-coming entertainers. Every floor offers something different, making Shosen Grande a fun place just to come and look.
  • Kinokuniya Umeda Main Store
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    Osaka Osaka-shi Kita-ku Shibata 1-1-3 Hankyu 3 Bangai
    This bookstore is one of a chain established in 1927. This large, well-known chain has 81 book centers and 68 stores in major cities across Japan. In addition to Japanese books, electronic books, Western books, used books, domestic and international magazines, and CDs and DVDs, the store also carries an abundance of stationary, knickknacks, and other choice items. Further, the store holds a variety of events.
  • Tora no Ana Ikebukuro Store
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    Tokyo Toshima-ku Higashikebukuro 1-9-1 Seiko Sunshine Building XI 6-7F
    Tora no Ana is a dojin shop in Higashi-Ikebukuro in Tokyo’s Toshima City. It deals mainly in fan-created magazines and fan merchandise but also sells commercially produced comics and anime. There are two Tora no Ana shops in the Ikebukuro area, and Tora no Ana B is one of them, while Tora no Ana A sells mostly merchandise that appeals to men. The store also sells adult comics along with action figures and other toys. In November 2015, the former Store A and Store B changed places, so the current Store A is in the building where Store B was formerly located.
  • Crayonhouse Tokyo Restaurant
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    3.5
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Kitaaoyama 3-8-15
    A specialty bookstore supervised by former Nippon Cultural Broadcasting announcer and author Keiko Ochiai. The bookstore carries some 50 thousand picture books arranged based on child age and school year. Notably, the store's selection has been chosen not based on the kinds of books parents want to read to their children but rather the kinds of books children like. The large Cooyon Market on the second floor carries fun, safe, and healthy toys from around the world. Meanwhile, there is a women's book and organic cosmetics corner on the third floor, and a vegetable market and restaurant serving dishes made with an abundance of organic vegetables on floor B1, and the establishment is renowned for being a place where parents and children both can have lots of fun.

    表参道の脇道にある子供向けの絵本やおもちゃが揃った店です。 ここでしか買えない物も多く、隠れた人気店です。

  • Pop-up Book Shop & Workshop Meggendorfer
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    Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture Yuigahama 2-9-61
    Located approximately 10 minutes from Kamakura station, this shop in Yuigahama specializes in pop-up books. They carry approximately 600 types of popup books ranging from items for kids to books for adults, and these enjoyable books are also popular as birthday or Christmas presents.
  • SHIBUYA PUBLISHING & BOOKSELLERS
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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Kamiyamachou 17-3 Terrace Kamiyama 1F
    A new kind of bookstore combining both publishing and retail functions in the so-called Oku-Shibuya area of the Kamiyama neighborhood in Shibuya City, Tokyo. The clean white interior is filled with books and publications of all genres, including magazines, comics, art books, and photo collections. In the back of the shop is an editing space for the publishing company. Patrons can watch the publication process at work through glass windows. Open until midnight on weekdays, the shop is the perfect place to casually stop by on the way home from work.
  • Bookmarc
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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Jingumae 4-26-14
    A book store produced by New York fashion brand Marc Jacobs. A three-minute walk from Meiji-jingumae Station on the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line. The shop stocks a wide variety of books of all genres relating to fine art, photography, fashion, and music which have inspired Marc Jacobs designers. The store also carries more collector-oriented volumes such as vintage and signed books.
  • Melonbooks Ikebukuro
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    Tokyo Toshima-ku Minamikebukuro 1-23-6 KDG Building B1F
    A shop located in the Minami-Ikebukuro area of Toshima City, Tokyo selling dojinshi (fanzines) based on anime, video game, manga, and light novel properties as well as merchandise and new books. Although the shop sells adult-oriented merchandise, it is also notable for its large collection of books and products for more general tastes. Some of the things sold at Melonbooks are offered nowhere else, and many customers come here from far away seeking their favorite dojinshi and related merchandise. Open until 11 pm, even people coming home from work can stop by and browse at their leisure.
  • Jimbocho Nyankodo Books specializing in books about cats
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kandajimbouchou 2-2 Inside the Anekawa Bookstore
    This is a bookstore within the “Anekawa Bookstore” that specializes in selling books of cats located in Kanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo. In the space specializing in books of cats, there are 400 types and 2000 books of cats displayed at all times. It is possible to look through the books in the store. Many visitors come from far away as the media have introduced the place as a sacred site for cat lovers. Although he is not in the store, a brown striped cat called Rikuo serves as the store manager.

    神田神保町の交差点にある猫についての書籍専門店です。伺った際は保護猫の里親募集のイベントが行われていて、本物の猫もいました。

  • Nomad Books (Tabinohonya Nomado)
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    Tokyo Suginami-ku Nishiogikita 3-12-10 BUILDING 1F
    This is the only bookstore in Japan dedicated to travel. This bookstore was created to allow people to experience travel through books, and to stir up one's imagination for traveling. Conceptually envisioned around the word, travel, it houses a large variety of periodicals and books of multiple genres that relate to travel. It also carries rare old books and merchandise only sold here. The bookshelves are arranged by genre, so that both new books and old books are mixed together, and books by the same author are arranged together, which makes it easy to find books on the subject of your interest. They also sell a variety goods with that inspires that travel.
  • Unsodo Corporation Tokyo Store
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    Tokyo Bunkyo-ku Yushima 1-3-6
  • Miyawaki Shoten M.C.S.
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    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Asahishinmachi 3-4
    This general store for the bookstore chain with more than 350 stores nationwide is located in Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture. The Ferris wheel on the roof is its marker. It offers a variety of materials and is visited by many people.

    屋島の上から、小豆島に行くフェリーから、とりあえずちょっと離れたとこから高松を見ると、必ず目につく観覧車がある、宮脇書店総本店。 観覧車はここに設置されて何十年もしない割に、キャビンはかなりのクラシックな隙間風多数のタイプなので、恐らく他の所にあったやつの移設されたと思われます。各キャビンには出版社の名前が書いてあり、お気に入りの出版社のに乗れます。 観覧車からの景色は、見渡せる範囲だけをとる...

  • Oyoyo Shorin Shintatemachi Store
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi Shintatemachi 3-21
    A secondhand bookstore which carries books from a wide array of genres, including literature, philosophy, the social sciences, art and design, picture books, and books of Hosho Noh chants. The store also buys old books and can provide advice on organizing your own collection. In addition, the store opens up stalls at analog record events and antique book markets.
  • Seikosha
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kamigyou-ku Tawarayachou 437
    Seikosha is a small but venerable bookstore located in a remodeled old traditional house. The books are arranged in an unusual way reminiscent of an art space. Unlike most bookstores, it stocks mostly books that might be thought of as luxury items. The shop also has a coffee bar and regularly schedules workshops related to music or books.

    京都インディペンデント系書店です。店長の堀部さんは積極的にメディアにも発信されていますが、接客は控えめ。ゆっくり時間をとって棚の本と向き合ってください。 観光目的というよりも自分自身の思考を整えるのに書店巡りは向いているように思います。

  • Hohohoza (Jodoji Branch)
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Joudojibambachou 71 High Nest Building 1/2 F
    Hohohoza is a bookstore in Kyoto's Sakyo Ward. It was formerly called Gake Shobo, but it moved and reopened with a new name. The first floor features new publications and miscellaneous times, as well as gallery space for exhibitions. The second floor features used books and miscellaneous items, and it is frequented by booklovers as a place where one may find an exciting rare book.
  • Unsodo Publishing House
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Teramachi-dori Nijo Minami Entrance 459 Maomichi-mae-cho
    Unsodo, founded in 1891, is a venerable publishing house in Kyoto's Nakagyo Ward and the only one in Japan that produces woodblock books. Every step of the process, including carving, pressing the paper onto the plates, and binding, is done by hand according to traditional methods. They also produce art books and woodblock-printed artisan books, and sell and produce small Japanese-style variety goods with original designs.
  • Tohon
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Yamatokoriyamashi Yanagi 4-28
    Tohon is a book store located on the Yanagi Machi Shopping Street in Yamatokoriyama City. The shop handles new titles from smaller independent publishers, second-hand books, and other various items. A selection of recommended books and goods are displayed regardless of genre in the roughly 20 meter square store.

    字の本ばかりです。参考書もありません。 ざっと見渡してから、若い店長(砂川)さんに聞いてみましょうか。 これはどんな本? なんでコミックがないの? どこが面白いの? こんな本はないの? 暇があったら、いろいろと話してくれるかもしれません。もしかしたら別の本屋さんを紹介してくれるかもしれません。 とほんは、~と本 のことだそうです。 こころは and books または books and...

  • Suharaya Main Store
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    Saitama Saitama-shi Urawa-ku Nakacho 2-3-20
    A bookstore offering a wide range of books from all fields with a focus on local books and specialized books. It first opened in 1876 along what was then the old Nakasendo Road and has changed and grown with the neighborhood being well beloved for over 130 years. They hold a wide variety of events including book making classes, publisher anniversary fairs year round, and various seasonal events.

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