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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
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Shosen Grande
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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 A)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Toshima-ku Higashikebukuro 1-1-2 Takamura Building 6F
    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 A is one of them, while Tora no Ana B sells mostly merchandise that appeals to women. The store also has an event floor and a novelty goods space. In November 2015, the former Store A and Store B changed places, so the current Store B is in the building where Store A was formerly located.
  • Tora no Ana (Ikebukuro Store B)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Jimbocho Nyankodo Books specializing in books about cats
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    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    知人に「猫専門の本屋がある!」と連れて行ってもらいましたが、本当に猫本だらけで一日中滞在したいくらい魅力的なお店です(笑) 店主の方もとても感じの良い方で、立ち読みもOK、ブックカバーはくまくら珠美さんのオリジナルと、猫好きにはたまらない素敵な空間。。。

  • Only Free Paper (Higako Place Branch)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Koganeishi Kajinochou 5-10-58 Community Station Higashi Koganei
    So-called free papers, free newspapers usually sustained through advertising, may seem uninteresting to the uninformed, but in fact free papers are extremely diverse in both content and form, including local tourism guides, corporate informational papers, and privately published papers used as a form of self-expression. Only Free Paper is a dedicated free paper shop located in Higako Place, an art and commercial facility under an overpass a short ways away from Higashi-Koganei Station in the direction of Shinjuku. Here you can get your hands on free papers and magazines distributed in various places in Japan. Some are published in qualities and quantities that rival that of regular newspapers. Only Free Paper isn't a store but rather exists as a space for delivering the passion creators have put into the free papers it carries.
  • Hyakunen
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Rhythm & Books
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Maruzen Marunouchi Main Store
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Marunouchi 1-6-4 Marunouchi Oazo 1F-4F
  • Tower Records Shinjuku
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Shinjuku 3-37-1
  • Maruzen Nihonbashi
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Chuo-ku Nihonbashi 2-3-10
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Jinnan 1-21-3 Shibuya modi 5-7F
  • Animate Shinjuku
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Shinjuku 3-17-17

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