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Jinbocho Book Town is a book lover’s paradise

If you love bookshops, Jinbocho Book Town is the place.  It has over two hundred of them.  There are a bunch of coffee shops too!  The area is a great place to spend an afternoon trying to find something that catches your eye.  You might even get lucky and pick up a forgotten literary gem.

books in display case

Books stuff the neighborhood.  If you enjoy reading as I do, that might sound like heaven.  But that is what Jimbocho Book Town is.  Within a 15-minute walking radius of Jinbocho Station are many book-stuffed stores.  If you want one hundred yen novels, Edo period woodblock prints, or original copies of a work by Hokusai, you can.

Sarashobo books

Many of the shops deal in secondhand materials, but not all.  If you’re a collector or want to be one, Jinbocho is where you want to go.  It can be the place to hunt down some antique maps or authentic woodblock prints from the Edo period.  In that case, I’d recommend you start at Sarashobo.  Take a big wallet with you too!


The owners of places like Sarashobou are real book professionals.  They know everything and everyone in the business.  Even if you are after something incredibly rare, you should be talking to them.  Just be prepared to wait for some items, though!  Waiting lists can be long.

Konbunkan bookshop

You will find English-language books and bookstores in Jinbocho.  One of them is Kitazawa.  It has an incredible collection of secondhand academic English books.  You’ll find them on its second floor.  I might be exaggerating when I say it covers every subject known to man.  But that is how it seems!   The interior of the store is beautiful too, very classical.

Japanese books on bookshelf

Where is Jinbocho Booktown?

Jinbocho Booktown is in Chiyoda Ward, along Yasukuni-Dori.  The area is served by Jimbocho Station.  It has three lines:

  1. Toei, Shinjuku and Mita
  2. Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line  

To get to Booktown, use exits:

  • A2
  • A3
  • A4
  • A5
  • A6
  • A7 

Here is a Google map:

Wrapping up

Jinbocho Book Town is the place to buy something to read or collect.  It’s also a great place to enjoy a walk around.  And once you finish, you can relax at one of its cafes.   If you have been there, let us know what you think of the area.  And definitely let us know your favorite shop!

Jinbocho bookshop

One last thing.  When I visited Jinbocho for this article, it was an extremely wet day.  For the entire afternoon, I had to juggle my camera and an umbrella when taking pictures.  I will return to take better photos another day!

old Japanese books on bookshelf

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