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Bookstores of Jimbo-cho

  • 1–7–4 Kanda Jimbo-cho Map It
  • Akihabara and Jimbo-Cho
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Updated 08/19/2013

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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.

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Address:

1–7–4 Kanda Jimbo-cho, Tokyo, 101-0051, Japan

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Phone:

03-3292–0071

Branches:

Ohya Shobo: 1–1 Kanda Jimbo-cho

Updated 08/19/2013

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Jan 12, 2006

Good if you can read Japanese

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.

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