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  • Tower Records Shibuya
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Jinnan 1-22-14
    This record store is considered one of the world’s largest music stores and is located in Jinnan, Shibuya City, Tokyo. It is a large specialty shop with a variety of genre of CDs. Genres are divided into each floor such as J-pop, rock, and classical music, and the interior theme of each floor is different for each genre. Many events by artists and performers are held in the event space on the basement floor and the eighth floor as well as the floor with the grand piano. There is a café on the rooftop, and at night it is an adult space where you can enjoy music while drinking and smoking.
  • Books Kinokuniya Shinjuku Main Store
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Shinjuku 3-17-7
    "A large bookstore located in Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. The main building and the annex ""adhoc"" building are located between Shinjuku-dori and Yasukuni-dori streets. The main building has nine floors from the first basement to the eighth floor, selling literature, foreign books, specialized books, magazines, picture books, etc. It also has the Shinjuku Medical Book Center, which specializes in the field of medicine and nursing, the Kinokuniya Hall, where plays, rakugo, and other performances are held, and a room for the exclusive use of talk events, etc. The annex deals in comics, light novels, DVDs, etc."
  • Junkudo Bookstore Ikebukuro
    6 Reviews
    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.


  • Kinokuniya Umeda Main Store
    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.
  • Shosen Grande
    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.
  • Umeda Tsutaya Books
    Osaka Osaka-shi Kita-ku Umeda 3-1-3
  • Melonbooks Ikebukuro
    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.
  • Tora no Ana Ikebukuro Store
    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.
  • Pop-up Book Shop & Workshop Meggendorfer
    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.
    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.
  • Jimbocho Nyankodo Books specializing in books about cats
    7 Reviews
    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.


  • Hyakunen
    Tokyo Musashinoshi Kichijoujihonchou 2-2-10 Murata Building 2F
    Relaxing second-hand book store in Kichijoji Honcho. Not just a second-hand book store where you can buy and sell books, but a place for the community where they sell individually published indie-works, hold talks, and have photo exhibitions. Pick up a points card that earns you one point for every 500 yen. Get a bonus point if it's raining. Second-hand books can even be ordered from their website.
  • Manhattan Records
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Udagawachou 10-1 Kiwa Building
    This record shop is located on Inokashira-dori Street in Udagawa-cho, Shibuya City. It opened in 1980 and moved to its present location in 1993. They sell new releases as well as used records and CDs with a focus on genres like hip-hop, R & B, soul, and club music.
  • Nomad Books (Tabinohonya Nomado)
    1 Reviews
    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.

    JR西荻窪駅北口から徒歩5分程度、有名な喫茶店物豆奇の近くにある。 旅に専科した書店で雰囲気が良く、ゆっくり本選びできる。 一般書店では取扱いのない個人出版の書籍まで取り揃えているので、マニアックな旅の情報がゲットできる。 バックパッカーにお勧め。

  • Rhythm & Books
    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Tomigaya 1-9-15 Star Building 1F
    This store is about three minutes away from Yoyogihachiman Station and two minutes from Yoyogi Koen Station. This secondhand bookstore in Shibuya City's Tomigaya area also carries mushroom-related odds and ends. They offer an assortment of unique books, starting with books about ethnic tribes, the occult, overseas photo books and mushroom picture books. The store has an especially large number of mushroom-related books from throughout the world, such as mushroom-themed picture books, novels, fairytales and photo books. A secondhand bookstore always trying to be interesting, they also have a selection of nostalgic subculture, records, CDs, and picture books from foreign countries such as the Czech Republic and Hungary.
  • Unsodo Corporation Tokyo Store
    Tokyo Bunkyo-ku Yushima 1-3-6
  • Miyawaki Shoten M.C.S.
    1 Reviews
    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...

    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Sakuranocho 407-1
    A five-minute walk from the Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station on the Tozai Line. A record shop in the Uta-no-Koji Building just passing the bustling Shinkyogoku Shopping Arcade. With records paving the floor and cassette tapes filling the walls this long-standing shop is sure to catch the eye. They mainly focus on avant-garde genres of music including electronic music and experimental music and always have over 2000 records, cassettes, and CDs in stock. The shop itself has an installation art piece feel to it and once you step inside it's hard to pull yourself away.
  • Koizumi Instruments
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Teramachi Dori Aneyakoji Agaru Shimohonnojimaecho 518
    This world-folk-music instrument specialty shop is on the Teramachi street shopping arcade off Oike-dori street, just two minutes' walk from Karasuma line Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station. They have a wide selection of instruments, with stringed instruments like erhu and Mongolian morin khuur; wind instruments like iwabue stone flutes and Andean quena flutes; as well as Tibetan singing bowls and Australian didgeridoos. They also offer enthusiast classes in the harder to start instruments, and the shop is popular as well for its professional guidance in getting closer to these folk instruments. In addition, they bring folk instrument performers from all over the world for concerts, and also offer repairs and maintenance for their instruments.
  • Oyoyo Shorin Shintatemachi Store
    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.

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