Jimbocho Stores

This just seems like such a cool part of Tokyo.

Tokyobling's Blog

Early this year I visited the legendary book shop district of Tokyo: Jimbocho. While books made it famous, there are actually a lot of tiny and interesting shops, restaurants and cafes apart from just the book stores. The combination makes it one of my favorite shopping districts of Tokyo, and so far very much off the tourist radar.

Look closely in these photos and you will find a very old glasses store that has not changed much since the 1960 (which must be when they put up the John Lennon photo in the store window) and the more recent but excellent German styled cafe Schwarzwald, which is the place to go for German coffee and cuckoo clocks! It is absolutely tiny but usually always full of students and artists and not expensive at all. Every time I visit this cafe I pass a dozen others that I always promise myself…

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