Jimbocho – Tokyo’s Bookstore Paradise

Next time I visit Tokyo, I am totally going here.

Tokyobling's Blog

Everyone in Tokyo knows that if you are into rare books, manuscripts, posters, art photography or anything printed or bound in any form whatsoever – you have to go visit Jimbocho. Conveniently located within walking distance of five absolutely massive universities in the heart of Tokyo, Jimbocho has been famous for books since 1913 when a university professor opened a book store in the heart of the area named after a 17th century Samurai whose residence used to be located here. The humble book store grew to become a publishing house and and gradually book stores flocked to the area to attracted to the money of tens of thousands of book hungry students and scholars. Virtually any kind of speciality book retailer can be found here, no matter the subject, the language or the era. Even if not actually looking for anything it is very interesting to spend a few…

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