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Bookstores in Jimbocho
2 Nov 2011
Note: the Tokyo area comes in four files:
(1) Jimbocho and Hongo (this file)
(2) Central Tokyo (inside Yamanote Line, excluding (1))
(3) Western Tokyo Suburbs, Saitama, Kawasaki and Yokohama
(4) Eastern Tokyo Suburbs and Tsukuba
A common subject index is on the end of the Central Tokyo file.
Districts in this file:
Jimbocho, Iidabashi and Otemachi
Hongo and Hakusan
Other Tokyo districts
Subject Index, Tokyo area
Stores with Mail/Fax/Online services
Bookstores in other cities of Japan
Bookstores in other cities of the world
General notes on address, phone conventions, hours, etc. in Japan
Looking for bargains? Buying books in Japan
Insights of the trade: Publishing books in Japan
Other sources and reference material on bookstores in Japan
Glossary of Japanese publishing terms
Jimbocho, Iidabashi and Otemachi:
Jimbocho (pronounced "Jimbouchoh") to books is Akihabara to electronic
gizmos. Truly a bookworm's paradise. Located in the heart of Tokyo's
traditional educational district, it is the largest book market in the
world. Many publishers have editorial offices in this area.
Suburban exodus of major universities, greater availability of new books and
land inflation have claimed many used book sellers. Although new market
fields are being pioneered, many a determined merchant that has survived the
waves confesses that his is going to be the last generation to hold onto the
Transportation to Jimbocho:
Most bookstores of the area are on the south side of Yasukuni-dori around
Subway Jimbocho, a three-line junction in the middle of the subway map.
Jimbocho Exits A1 & A2 are near Sendaimae Intersection, A3-A7 circle
Jimbocho Intersection. 6 or so stations in the vicinity are within walking
Walk east (beyond the highway) 6 minutes from Exit 6 to Bookseller Row.
Subway Ogawamachi, Shin-Ochanomizu, Awajicho:
These three stations are linked underground. Walk west (toward Victoria)
along Yasukuni-dori from Exit B5 or B7 at Ogawamachi Intersection. 6
minutes to Bookseller Row once above ground.
JR Suidobashi (yellow trains only):
Directly north of Jimbocho. The street in front of the West Exit leads to
Sendaimae Intersection. Hakusan-dori, by the East Exit, leads to Jimbocho
Intersection (and has more bookstores). 10 minutes by foot either way. Few
take the subway beneath Hakusan-dori.
JR Ochanomizu (rapid stop/junction):
The wide avenue in front of the West Exit, Meidai-dori leads south to
Surugadai-shita Intersection. 10 minutes by foot.
Far from Jimbocho. At least 20 minutes by foot.
Transfer from JR to Subway Shinjuku Line is convenient at Ichigaya. Coming
from south, transfer from JR to Subway Mita Line is convenient at Mita
Junction, across the street from JR Tamachi Station.
Several bus routes serve Yasukuni-dori east of Surugadai-shita but almost
everybody uses the Subway Shinjuku Line beneath. Drivers avoid this
congested artery whenever possible.
All stores in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
NTT long-distance area code: Tokyo 03.
Vicinity of Ichigaya Station:
Roppon-Ashi Entomological Books (Sanbancho MY building, 24-3 Sanbancho,
Chiyoda-ku, 102_0075; From JR Ichigaya take Yasukuni-dori east,
pass post office and turn right (south) at corner with coffee shop.
Nearby is Otsuma Women's Univ. From Jimbocho take Yasukuni-dori
west and proceed to end of Yasukuni Shrine. Fax: 5213-1600,
http://kawamo.co.jp/roppon-ashi/index-e.html) "Deals exclusively in
books about insects and equipment for studying insects. Some
foreign books." Open 13-17:30, -17 Wed. Closed Sat, Sun, Hol.
Stores in vicinity of JR Iidabashi and Suidobashi Stations:
Nellie's English Bookstore (1F Kenkyusha Fujimi Bldg. 2-11-3 Fujimi
102_0071; From JR Iidabashi West Exit go south on Waseda-dori.
About 5 minutes. Subway Tozai Line Exit A4, other subway lines Exit
B2a. Website has map: http://www.nellies.jp/, Phone/Fax 5275-6766)
"English-language teaching material. Moved from Asakusabashi Sept.
'11." Open 10-18. Closed Sat, Sun, Hol.
Omeisha, Librairie d'Expression Francaise (2-3-4 Fujimi 102_0071; From JR
Iidabashi West Exit, go south (left), turn left at the 2nd
intersection (toward shrine), another left at the next intersection.
3262-7276, Fax 3230-2517; email@example.com) "French
literature and language texts & guides, newspapers and magazines.
With books on Japan & Japanese literature in French, cookbooks,
cinema and travel guides, has more variety than France Tosho,
Shinjuku." Open 9:30-17:50, -16:30 Sat. Closed Sun, Hol.
(Pronounced "Oumeisha".) [Branches in Institut F-J (Nichi-Futsu
Gakuin) (Librairie Rive Gauche 3267-1280) and Athene Francais
Koma Shorin (3-4-8 Misaki-cho 101_0061; 40 meters south (toward Sendaimae
Intersection) of JR Suidobashi West Exit. Corner of block,
Seven-Eleven on the other side of street. 3262-6801, Fax
3262-6878; http://www.komabook.co.jp/) "Korean-language books.
Strong in history, language, almanacs and statistics. Some pop
culture and books for children. Some Japanese literature in Korean.
Website has list of public libraries in Japan which lend Korean
books." Open: 9-18, -15 Sat. Closed Sun, Hol.
Nagatoya Shobo, specialist of almanacs, trade journals & directories closed
Asahiya Suidobashi closed June '08.
Kinka-dori, 2 streets or so east of Hakusan-dori, N-S:
Nauka (1-34 Kanda-Jimbocho; Behind clock store between post office and
Sanchuudo. Moved '02. 3219-0155, Fax 3219-0158;
http://www.naukajapan.jp/) "Medium shop, specialist of Russian
books. From dictionaries, literature, Marxist theory, state
statistics to math and physics. Went bankrupt Jul '06, reopened Feb
'07. Also has a stock of English-language academic books." Open
10-18. Closed Sun, Hol.
Sanchuudo (1-22-9 Kanda-Jimbocho; 3F NT Bldg. On west side of corner with
street leading uphill toward elementary school. 3294-1331, Fax
3294-1332) "Korean-language books and books about Korea in
Japanese. Staff Korean. Moved here from Asagaya, Suginami-ku."
Open 11-19. Closed Sun, Hol, around the New Year. [02/10]
Between Ogawamachi Intersection and Surugadai-shita Intersection, E-W:
Postal code for Kanda-Ogawamachi: 101_0052
Genkido Shoten (3-1 Kanda-Ogawamachi; Halfway between Ogawamachi and
Surugadai-shita. 3291-5081, Fax 3291-4155) "Used bookstore
selling imported art volumes. Also known as 'Book Brother
Genkido.'" Open 10:30-19. Closed Sun.
Subun-so Bookstore (3-3 Kanda-Ogawamachi; Near Surugadai-shita
Intersection. 3292-7877, Fax 3292-7878;
http://www.abaj.gr.jp/subunsoshoten/) "Foreign books on 2 floors.
Classics in social studies and English literature. Strong in
economics but no recent titles. Philosophy selection includes Greek
& Latin classics. Large stock of complete works by author." Open
10-18. Closed Sun, Hol.
Book Brother Takeuchi Shoten closed Apr '05.
South of Surugadai-shita Intersection, Chiyoda-dori N-S:
Postal code for Kanda-Jimbocho: 101_0051
Nanyodo (1-21 Kanda-Jimbocho; West side of Chiyoda-dori. 3291-1338, Fax
3291-1340; http://www.nanyodo.co.jp) "Architecture. Many imported
titles." Open 10-19. Closed Sun, Hol.
Kokusai Shobo (3-5 Kanda-Ogawamachi; East side of Chiyoda-dori. 3292-4951,
Fax 3291-1171; http://www.kokusaishobo.co.jp/) "Small shop selling
law books from US, UK, France, Germany and China." Open 10-Noon,
13-17. Closed Sat, Sun, Hol.
Hakusan-dori N-S and street north of Yasukuni-dori E-W:
Okuno Karuta (2-26 Kanda-Jimbocho; Shortly north of Yu-ai on west side of
Hakusan-dori. 3264-8031, Fax 3230-1512;
http://www.okunokaruta.com/) "Toy store selling shogi, chess boards
and playing cards, 'karuta' being the traditional Japanese reading
of Spanish 'carta'. Interesting are the traditional Japanese card
games. Tiny book section has a few books on go, etc. Small museum
2F: free admission." Open 11-18, Noon-17 Sun, Hol. Closed 2nd, 3rd
Sun monthly. [02/10]
Yu-Ai Shobo (1-44 Kanda-Jimbocho; East side of Hakusan-dori. Slightly
south of Okuno Karuta, other side of street. 5 minutes from
Jimbocho Exit A5. 3291-6327, Fax 3296-0405) "Christian books.
About 1/4 English. As a general rule, does not ship overseas,
unless the money transaction can be conducted in Japan." Open
10-18, -20 Wed. Closed Sun, 1st Mon & Tue monthly.
Akashiya Shoten (1-8 Kanda-Jimbocho; From Jimbocho Intersection, go north
on Hakusan-dori a bit and turn east at second street: a long
westbound one-way. Jimbocho Exit A5. Phone 3219-4755, Fax
3219-4758) "Best collection in Tokyo of used go and shogi books.
Some used chess books. A typical shogi tactic book costs 1500 yen
here. English chess books are even more expensive. Nakano (Nogata)
store closed. Open 11-20, -19 Sun, Hol.
Tsushido Books (2-2 Kanda-Jimbocho; Street north of Yasukuni-dori. West of
Jimbocho Intersection. Around the corner on the same block is
following Chuka Shoten. 3512-5637, Fax 3512-5638) "Academic.
Small shop. Specialist of Asian history. Most books about China,
some from Mainland China." Open 10-18. Closed Sun, Hol. [02/10]
Chuka Shoten (Zhonghua Shudian) (2-2-31 Kanda-Jimbocho; From Subway
Jimbocho Exit A3, walk west along north side of Yasukuni-dori and
turn right at Chinese restaurant with willow tree in front.
3515-6662, Fax 3515-6669; http://www.chuka-shoten.co.jp/)
"Chinese books. Academic selection, strong in history, literature.
Also sells calligraphy goods. Moved out of J-C Friendship Center,
Iidabashi Aug '01. Moved again to current location Sept '11." Open
10-18. Closed Sun, Hol, Mid Aug, Dec 29 to Jan 4.
Ryogen Shoten (1-12 Kanda-Jimbocho; On north side of street on block south
of Senshu Univ. West of Tsushido. 6272-6145, Fax 6272-6146)
"Chinese books and books about China in Japanese. History,
literature, philosophy. Strong in traditional medicine." Open
10-18. Closed Sat, Sun, Hol, around the Western New Year.
Kaifu Shoten (Koujudo) closed store. Now does online sales from Tateyama,
Between Surugadai-shita Intersection and Jimbocho Intersection, E-W:
Tokyo Random Walk (former Charles E. Tuttle) closed Feb. '06. Random Walk
Roppongi and Akasaka closed during '07.
Shosen Bookmart (1-21-6 Kanda-Jimbocho; On the corner of Surugadai-shita
Intersection. 3294-0011) "Less serious titles than Shosen Grande.
No English books. Large collection of doujinhsi (minor manga
Oshima Book Store (1-1 Kanda-Jimbocho; East end of block with Sanseido.
Phone/Fax 3291-3559) "Small shop, 3/4 foreign books, mostly
English, but also some German. Relocated April '01. One of the
larger used paperback collections in Tokyo. Penguin classics and
recent thrillers 200-450 yen. Books may not be in good condition
but the low prices are without match in Jimbocho. Also history,
cultural studies and a handful of math & science books." Open
10:30-18:30. Closed Sun, Hol. [02/10]
Sanseido Jimbocho Main Store (1-1 Kanda-Jimbocho; On corner of
Surugadai-shita Intersection. About 4 minutes from Jimbocho Exit
A5/7; 10 minutes from JR Ochanomizu. 3233-3312, 3293-8119 (foreign
books), Fax 3291-3033) "With 1,200,000 books, largest bookstore in
Jimbocho. Bright, well organized and neatly stocks books of every
field. Particularly well represented are the major, prestigious
publishers. Promotional fairs frequently held. Also a publisher of
dictionaries and educational material. Corner on 6F selling
official textbooks in use in Japanese schools is well known. Has
foreign book corner on 5F, which has a bit of everything but small
in scale compared to those of Junkudo Ikebukuro, Kinokuniya Shinjuku
South, Maruzen Marunouchi Main, or Yaesu Book Center. Linguistics
is a strong point (3F). Head of nationwide chain. About 30 stores
around Japan. US branches: Costa Mesa CA, Torrance CA, San Diego,
Chicago and Edgewater NJ. 'San-Sei' means 'three (daily)
self-reflections' (Analects 1:4) " Open 10-20.
Ohya Shobo (1-1 Kanda-Jimbocho; 3291-0062, Fax 3295-2334;
http://www.abaj.gr.jp/ohyashobo/) "Old and rare books, maps and
ukiyoe prints from the Edo Period. Established 1882." Open 10-18.
Closed on Sun & irr. Hol (please call).
Shosen Grande (1-3-2 Kanda-Jimbocho; 3rd block east from Jimbocho
Intersection. 3295-0011, Fax 3295-0019) "Giant of Jimbocho. More
vigorous and rather untidy compared to Sanseido. By far the most
manic of the major bookstores in Japan. The collection has
incredible depth and many books from smaller publishers appear. Few
or no foreign books. Particularly interesting is the railway floor
(6F), where periodicals of enthusiast clubs around Japan can be
found. Probably the only store in the world which maintains a
monthly bestselling railway book list." Open 10-20, -19 Sun, Hol.
Closed irr. Mon.
Tamura Shoten (1-7 Kanda-Jimbocho; 5577-4226, Fax 3259-0039;
http://www.tamurashoten.com/) "Used bookstore. Foreign books on
2F. Known for its collection of French and German literature. Some
imported cookbooks. The place is in disarray and it is hard to
distinguish books for sale from those not for sale. Visit website
Sugamura Shoten (1-7 Kanda-Jimbocho; South side of Yasukuni-dori, in white
bldg. between Ganshodo and Games Workshop. Books not visible from
the sidewalk. Look for colorful electronic sign. Phone/Fax
5281-2877; http://www.sugamura-syotenn.com/) "Transportation.
Automobiles, trains, ships and airplanes. Many foreign books."
Open 11-19, Noon-18 Sun, Hol. Closed Tue. [02/10]
The Isseido Booksellers (1-7 Kanda-Jimbocho; 3292-0071, Fax 3292-0095;
http://www.isseido-books.or.jp/) "Foreign books section on 2F is a
unique collection of old studies of Japan, Asia, Buddhism, titles on
fine arts and travel dialogues. Interesting mountaineering
selection." Open 10-18:30, 10:30-18 Hol. Closed Sun.
Meirinkan (1-9 Kanda-Jimbocho; 3294-0446, Fax 3294-0447;
http://www.meirinkanshoten.com/) "Used bookstore known as best in
Jimbocho for science books. Many math and physics books in English.
Inquiries by fax and e-mail accepted." Open 10:30-18:30, 11:30-18
Hol. Closed Sun. [02/10]
Takaoka Shoten (1-9 Kanda-Jimbocho; On first block east of Jimbocho
Intersection. Jimbocho Exit A7.) Manga comics.
Matsumura & Co. (art) closed around '06.
Between Jimbocho Intersection and Sendai-mae Intersection, E-W:
Iwanami Book Service Center (2-3 Kanda-Jimbocho; Jimbocho Exit A6.
3263-6601) "Books from the prominent publisher of academic books.
Famous are the humanity titles."
Miwa Shobo (2-3 Kanda-Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101_0051; 5F Kanda Kosho
Center, Phone/Fax 3261-2348; http://www.miwa-shobo.com/)
"Children's books. Some foreign picture books." Open 10-18:30,
11-17:30 Sun, Hol. Closed 1st, 3rd Sun monthly, every Sun Aug.
Hara Shobo (2-3 Kanda-Jimbocho; 3261-7444, 5212-7801 (Ukiyoe), Fax
3230-1158; http://www.harashobo.com/) "Eastern fortune-telling 1F.
Ukiyoe collection on 2F. See website for hours."
Bunkado (2-3-12 Kanda-Jimbocho; Turn south at corner with barber's post.
Phone/Fax 3262-0422) "Specialist of military studies. Most books
about campaigns since Sino-Japanese War (1894-95). Some foreign
volumes." Open 10-18:30, 10:30-17 Hol. Closed Sun.
Koga Shoten (2-5 Kanda-Jimbocho; Phone/Fax 3261-1239) "Used books about
music and scores." Open 10:30-18. Closed Sun, Hol.
Kitazawa Bookstore (2-5 Kanda-Jimbocho; On south side of Yasukuni-dori, 3rd
block west from Jimbocho Intersection. To the east (right) of
Jimbocho Exit A1. 2F of building with pillars, above Book House
Jimbocho. 3263-0011, Fax 3263-0015; http://www.kitazawa.co.jp/)
"Established 1902. Used to be the biggest bookstore specializing in
foreign books in Japan, but now, due to retrenching, much smaller
than the former self. 1F sells Japanese books. Foreign books 2F.
Strong in literature, philosophy and social studies, especially
history, anthropology and international relations. Now sells
imported picture books. Staff helpful and well informed." Open
11-18:30, Noon-17:30 Sat. Closed Sun, Hol. [10/09]
Ogawa Tosho (2-7 Kanda-Jimbocho; 3262-0908, Fax 3264-0734;
http://www.abaj.gr.jp/ogawatosho/) "Antiquarian bookstore. English
literature and philology, Japanology. About half of collection
English. Also vintage foreign magazines, sold in independent shop
named 'Dante' till Jan '01." [03/09]
Yamamoto Shoten (2-7 Kanda-Jimbocho; Next by Jimbocho Exit A1. 3261-0847,
Fax 3261-6276) "Studies on China and imported Chinese classics.
Best place in Jimbocho for original texts from the Imperial ages.
Also sells Chinese classics printed in Japan, known as
Wakoku-kanseki." Open 10-18. Closed Sun, Hol.
Bondi Books closed around Nov '11. Online sales:
Suzuran-dori and Sakura-dori, a couple streets south of Yasukuni-dori, E-W:
Tokyodo (1-17 Kanda-Jimbocho; On Suzuran-dori. On block south of Shosen
Grande. 3291-5181) "Large general bookstore but smaller than
Shosen Grande. Favorite of bibliophiles: rich selection, competent
clerks, 'not too crowded'. Strong in literature. 4F now closed.
No foreign book section." Open 10-19. Closed Thu during Aug, Sep,
Toho Shoten (Dongfang Shudian) (1-3 Kanda-Jimbocho; Faces Tokyodo.
3294-1001, Fax 3294-1003; http://www.toho-shoten.co.jp/) "20,000
Books in Chinese and 15,000 books about China in Japanese. Most
imports from Mainland China. Run by renowned publisher of language
texts, dictionaries and cultural studies of China. They also handle
Japanese editions of PEOPLE'S CHINA and CHINA PICTORIAL." Open
10-19, 12-18 Sun. Usually closed Hol.
Hotaka Book Co. (1-15 Kanda-Jimbocho; Turn south at corner east of Uchiyama
Shoten. 4F of building with 'Interior Sugahara'. 3233-0331, Fax
3233-0332; http://www.hotakabooks.com/) "Agent that imports books
and magazines from niche regions others miss: the Middle East, South
Asia, Southeast Asia, smaller European countries and Africa. Deals
mostly with colleges and libraries, but prices are reasonable. The
store is an office with several metal shelves holding dictionaries,
picture books, art books, etc."
Uchiyama Shoten (Neishan Shudian) (1-15 Kanda-Jimbocho; On Suzuran-dori,
somewhat west of Tokyodo. 3294-0671, Fax 3294-0417;
http://www.uchiyama-shoten.co.jp/) "Chinese-language books and
books about China in Japanese. Everything from travel guides, Mao
biographies, language texts, history, philosophy, poetry, world
literature in Chinese, calligraphy to movie magazines. Also sells
CD records, videos and software. Founder Kanzo Uchiyama had a store
in Shanghai (see Asia file) and was close to Chinese novelist Lu Xun
(Japanese Ro Jin)." Open 10-19, Noon-18 Sun, Hol.
Asia Bunko (1-15 Kanda-Jimbocho; 3F Uchiyama Shoten Bldg. 3294-0671, Fax
3294-0417; http://www.asiabunko.com/) "Books about Korea,
Southeast Asia and India. About 80% Japanese. Some English,
Tagalog, Indonesian and Thai. Merged and became a division of
Uchiyama Shoten '10." Open 10-19, Noon-18 Sun, Hol. Closed around
the New Year.
Italia Shobo (2-23 Kanda-Jimbocho; On corner of Kijibashi-dori and
Sakura-dori, 3rd block south of Sendaimae Intersection. 2-3 minutes
from Jimbocho Exit A1. 3262-1656, Fax 3234-6469;) "Italian,
Spanish, Portuguese, Central & South American books." Open 10-18.
Closed Sat, Sun, Hol.
Shoshi Access closed Nov '07.
Second street south of Suzuran-dori, E-W:
(This street is an eastbound one-way.)
Youtou Shobo (1-25 Kanda-Jimbocho; On north side of street two blocks south
of Tokyodo. Faces coffee shop. Phone/Fax 3518-2950) "SF,
fantasy, mystery. Some imported books." Open 11-19, -18 Sun.
Biblio (1-25 Kanda-Jimbocho; West of Youtou Shobo, on corner of block.
Phone/Fax 3295-6088; http://www.biblio.co.jp/) "Sports. Some
imported books." [A 1995 map lists a "Yosho Biblio", importer of
books from Asia and Africa, in Misaki-cho. Apparently no relation.]
Open 11-19. Closed Sun. [02/10]
Rainbow Trading Co. closed shop and moved to Kochi '10. Does most of its
Nishikicho and Otemachi:
Ato Shoten (Yadong Shudian) (1-4 Kanda-Nishikicho 101_0054; Between Tokyo
Denki Univ. campus and Mitoshirocho Intersection. 5 minutes from
Subway Ogawamachi Exit B7. 10 minutes from JR Kanda North Exit.
Phone/Fax 3291-9731; http://www.ato-shoten.co.jp/) "Books from
Mainland China. Great variety, well organized." Open 10:30-18.
Closed Sun, Hol.
Seifu Kankoubutsu Service Center (1-3-6 Otemachi 100_0004; 1 minute from
Subway Takebashi Exit 4; 5 minutes west of Subway Otemachi C2. Be
sure to use listed exits. 12 minutes by foot from Sanseido, to the
south. 3211-7786, Fax 3211-7788) "Periodicals, surveys, official
reports from the Japanese government. Probably all in Japanese.
(Relocated, now on west side of block.)" Open 9:30-17:30. Closed
Sat, Sun, Hol, around the New Year.
Maruzen Marunouchi Main (1-6-4 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-Ku 100_0005; 1F-4F
Marunouchi OAZO. No subway course is perfect between Jimbocho and
Marunouchi. 5288-8881, Fax 5288-8892; http://www.maruzen.co.jp/)
See entry in Marunouchi, Yaesu and Nihombashi, central Tokyo file.
Ryusui Bookstore in Palaceside Bldg. (Takebashi) closed '11.
"Restaurants in Jimbocho may be untidy but generally serve good cheap food.
In the early 1900s, the area had dormitories for students from China. A
cook from Shanghai opened Kanyourou (Han Yang Lou) restaurant in 1911.
Among the patrons was Zhou En Lai (Japanese Shuu On Rai)."
"A bookstore owner who observed students becoming more and more interested
in leisure rather than study turned his store into a sporting good shop.
Many other dealers followed suit."
"Up the slope of Kudan is the Yasukuni Shrine. The black torii gates are
visible from Sendaimae Intersection. Inside is a war museum."
CLC Books (2-1 Kanda-Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101_0062; On west side of
wide street (Meidai-dori), 1 minute from JR Ochanomizu West Exit.
OCC Bldg, Above McDonald's. 3294-0776, Fax 3294-0338;
http://www1.biz.biglobe.ne.jp/~clcfb/) "Tokyo bridgehead of the
Christian Literature Crusade (http://www.clc.org.uk/). Japanese
books 2F, foreign books 3F: mostly English but also some Spanish,
Greek and Latin; the Bible in several languages." Open 10-19, -18
Hol. Closed Sun.
Maruzen Ochanomizu (2-8 Kanda-Surugadai; 1 street south of JR Ochanomizu.
East Exit convenient. 3295-5581, Fax 3295-6036) "Large general
bookstore. Modest foreign collection. Only of local interest for
Maruzen Marunouchi Main is only two stops from here by JR Chuo
Line." Open 10-20, -19 Sun, Hol.
Most stores lie on the west side of Hongo-dori between Subway Hongo-Sanchome
and Todai-mae. Tokyo University gates are about 10 minutes from Mita Line
Kasuga, Chiyoda Line Yushima; 15 minutes from JR Ochanomizu, Okachimachi.
The discourse in the books here tends to be vastly elevated.
Stores aligned north to south along Hongo-dori, then west to east along
All stores in Bunkyo-ku. Postal codes: Hongo 113_0033, Yushima 113_0034.
Kimura Shoten (5-30-14 Hongo; 2 minutes west on street beside Hongo (Main)
Post Office. 3811-3069, Fax 3811-3590) "Old science books, much
foreign. Biology, medical science and history of science. Small
Ikubundo (5-30-21 Hongo; Building with large pillars on block south of
Hongo Post Office. 3814-5571, Fax 3814-5576;
http://www.ikubundo.com/) "Publisher of textbooks and dictionaries.
Office on 1F, showroom on 2F. German-language books."
Yurinsha (5-28-1 Hongo; Near red gates of Tokyo University Hongo Campus.
Sign outside building. 050-5526-0893, Fax 03-3814-1156;
http://www.yurinsha.com/) "One of the very few bookstores in the
world that sells only math books. The selection is fantastic, but
the prices are extremely high. No books in Japanese."
Hara Shoten (5-28-1 Hongo; 3811-6091, Fax 3811-6090) "Social studies.
Small collection, all books imported."
Taizando Shoten (5-26-6 Hongo; Hongo-dori. 3811-5903, Fax 3811-5916;
http://taizando.koshoten.net/) "Philosophy. Some foreign books."
Open 10-19. Closed Sun.
Arcadia Shobo (5-23-3 Hongo; On a side street, a bit west of Hongo-dori,
south of Taizando. Phone/Fax 3812-3292) "Small shop. Literature
and art criticism. Some imported titles."
Rinrokaku (7-2-4 Hongo; Kasuga-dori, between large intersection and fire
station. 3811-6555, Fax 3818-2803; http://www.rinrokaku.co.jp/)
"Academic studies of China. About a half imported. Some studies in
English, probably best place in Tokyo for such books. I bought an
English translation of THE HOUSE OF CONFUCIUS by Kong De Mao here.
Not the place for conversation texts or cookbooks. Established
1875." Open 9:30-18:30. Closed Sat, Sun, Hol.
Mathematica (4-1-22 Yushima; South of Tokyo University Hongo Campus. Turn
north at police station from Kasuga-dori. 3816-3724, Fax
3816-3717; http://www.mathematica-inc.com/) "Another specialist of
imported math books. The selection is fantastic, but the prices are
extremely high." Open 9:30-17:30. Closed Sat, Sun, Hol.
Wadatsumi-kai Memorial Hall exhibits letters, diary entries and artifacts of
conscripted Japanese (and some Korean) students who died in WW2. It is run
by a pacifist organization dedicated to preserving earnest voices, as
opposed to those produced by state indoctrination. The English-language
version of their book LISTEN TO THE VOICES OF THE SEA should be available
here. (1F Akamon Abitashion, 5-29-13 Hongo 113_0033; Two blocks south of
Hongo Post Office, in a building off the main street. Phone/Fax
03-3815-8071. Check map and hours before visiting.)
"Close by is Yushima Tenjin Shrine, believed to improve one's learning
capacities. Many Japanese students pay tribute to a local Tenjin-sama of
the nationwide Tenmangu Shrine network before the important examinations
that divide life's winners and losers. The champions are those accepted into
"The scholars of Tokyo University have a reputation for spending huge
amounts of public funds for books they hoard. This explains the high
Korea Book Center (4-33-14 Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku 112_8603; 3 minutes from
Subway Hakusan Exit A1. West side of Hakusan-dori. Also walking
distance from Subway Hon-Komagome (ask for directions for Hakusan).
6820-0111, Fax 3813-7522; http://www.krbook.net/) "Korean books.
Handles books from both North and South Korea. About 1/4 Japanese
books about Korea. Some CDs and videos." Open 13-17. Closed Sun,
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