For the ultimate browse through art books, catalogs, scholarly monographs, secondhand paperbacks, and dictionaries in almost any language, the bookstores of Jimbo-cho are the place to go. A number of the antiquarian booksellers here carry rare typeset editions, wood-block-printed books of the Edo period, and individual prints. At shops like Isseido and Ohya Shobo (both are open Monday–Saturday 10–6) it's still possible to find genuine 19th- and 20th-century
prints—not always in the best condition—at affordable prices. Many of Japan's most prestigious publishing houses make their home in this area as well. The bookstores run for ½ km (¼ mi) on Yasukuni-dori beginning at the Surugadai-shita intersection.
Jan 12, 2006
Lots of old books lining the walls of used book stores, but it's not particularly useful if you're looking for books in English or for a certain book in particular. Instead, go to wander in and out of the numerous book dealers and thumb through lots of random Japanese books.