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Bookstores in Japan
Western Japan (west of Kobe)
11 Feb 2018
Note: Yohan, major distributor of foreign books and magazines went
bankrupt July 31st '08. For stores last visited before this date,
information on amount of foreign books and availability of foreign
magazines may be inaccurate. Visit date appears at the end of each
entry in [MM/YY] format; no date means latest visit was before April
Cities listed in this file:
Fukuoka Hakata (JR Hakata Station)
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
NTT long-distance area code: Himeji 0792.
Junkudo Himeji (222 Tofu-machi, Himeji-shi, Hyogo-ken 670_0914; 2F PLiE
Himeji, JR Himeji Station Mall. 21-8280, Fax 21-8281; HQ Kobe)
"Large general bookstore. Relocated Dec. '08. Some foreign books."
Open 10-20. [01/13]
Shinko Shoten closed.
All stores in Kita-ku, Okayama-shi.
NTT long-distance area code: Okayama 086.
Maruzen Okayama Symphony Bldg. (1-5-1 Omote-cho 700_0822; Streetcar
Shiroshita. Follow underground passage from platform to Symphony
Bldg. 233-4640, Fax 233-4610; HQ Tokyo) "Foreign books 1F. Many
books on Japan. Very few imported science or technology books.
Some French, German and Chinese titles. Has most foreign books in
Okayama." [01/13] Open 10-20.
Kinokuniya Cred Okayama (1-8-45 Nakasange 700_0821; Near Central Post
Office, Okayama-ken Gov't Hall and Near Tenma-ya Bus Terminal.
Streetcar Yubinkyoku-mae. 212-2551, Fax 212-2550; HQ Tokyo) "One
large floor. The other Kinokuniya closed '05. A few foreign
books." Open 10-20. [01/13]
Junkudo Okayama (in Vivre, former Kikuya) closed May '14.
"There is a Sanseido in the Sun Station Terrace (station mall). No foreign
NTT long-distance area code: Tamano 0863.
Books 451 (1607-5 Miishi, Hachihama-cho, Tamano-shi, Okayama-ken 706_0222;
Near Miishi bus stop on Okayama - Uno line. Building with "F451"
logo visible from bus road. Entrance on opposite side. An hour by
foot from Hachihama rail station. 51-2920;
"Small shop with interesting collection of mostly Japanese
literature and illustrated books. Some foreign books: picture
books, science fiction and works by Ray Bradbury, including namesake
FAHRENHEIT 451." Open Noon-18 Sat, Sun, Hol and on appointment.
NTT long-distance area code: Kurashiki 086.
Miyawaki Shoten (1-1-1 Achi, Kurashiki-shi, Okayama-ken 710_0055; JR
Kurashiki Mall Le Blanc 4F; 435-2877; HQ Takamatsu) "Probably
second largest in city. 1 shelf foreign books." Open -21. Closed
Jan 1st and 3rd Tue of Sept. 
Kikuya Kurashiki (1 Mizue, Kurashiki-shi, Okayama-ken 710_8560; 2F Aeon
Kurashiki Shopping Center, between JR tracks, Route 2 Bypass and
Takahashi River. 430-5450) "Richer collection than Miyawaki Shoten
above. About 2 shelves on pottery. Several shelves foreign books.
Shopping center has large free parking lots. Shuttle bus runs to
and from JR Kurashiki North Exit: 160 yen one way." Open 10-21.
NTT long-distance area code: Kure 0823.
Futaba Cresta (1-16 Takaramachi, Kure-shi, Hiroshima-ken 737_0029; In
Station Mall, Cresta. 20-0911, Fax 25-8550) "Somewhat smaller
than Sogo store. 1 rack foreign books." Open 9:30-22. [~2002]
Sogo Book Center (1-1-1 Nishi-Chuo 737_0811; 7F Sogo, in front of Kure
Station. 27-2715) "Large general bookstore. Small section of
foreign books. Run by Kobunkan, Hiroshima." Open 10-21. [~2002]
NTT long-distance area code: Hiroshima-shi, Fuchu-cho 082.
Futaba Tosho Tera Hiroshima Fuchu (3F Aeon Mall Hiroshima Fuchu 2-1-1-3022
Osu, Fuchu-cho, Aki-gun 735_8588; 9 minutes by foot from JR Sanyo
Line Tenjingawa Stn, to the north. 7 minutes from Geibi Line Yaga,
to the east. Tenjingawa has more trains. Shuttle bus available
from JR Hiroshima Shinkansen side exit: 100 yen, 3-4 runs per hour.
Note that there is also a Fuchu City at the east edge of
Hiroshima-ken, north of Fukuyama. To distinguish area around this
mall is called "Aki-Fuchu". Phone 561-0770) "Opened 2004. Large
store with 800,000 books in stock and sales of 7 million yen per
day. Foreign books, intended as study material, in children's book
section. The clerk in charge gives this advice: 'Rather than
struggle through a tough book constantly looking up words in a
dictionary, coast through several books that are less challenging.'
Free parking: 4 hours on weekdays, 3 hours weekends." Open 9-23.
Futaba Tosho Mega Nakasuji (4-11-7 Nakasuji, Asa-Minami-ku, Hiroshima-shi
731_0122; On Gion-Shindo, between Astram Line Nakasuji Station and
Sanyo Expressway Hiroshima I.C. 4 minutes to the north of station.
830-0600, Fax 830-0611) "First suburban drive and shop
mega-bookstore in Japan. Claims 700,000 books in stock as of fall
'01. (It was '300,000 titles, 500,000 books' the summer before.)
Rich collection of Japanese art, science, computer and medical
books. Nice collection of nautical and marine biology titles.
Foreign selection rather small for a store this size: about 2
shelves. No emphasis on war-related titles. Annex sells used
Japanese books." Open 10-midnight, -1AM Sat. [11/17]
JR Hiroshima Terminal:
Junkudo Hiroshima Eki-mae (9-1 Matsubara-cho, Minami-ku 732_0822; 10F
Fukuya Hiroshima-Ekimae. Across the street from JR Hiroshima South
Exit. 568-3000, Fax 568-3666; HQ Kobe) "Smaller than Futaba Mega
Nakasuji and Futaba Giga Fuchu but rich selection appeals to
specialists. Probably this store has the most foreign books and
magazines in city. 8 tall shelves paperback fiction and
non-fiction. Some war-related titles, with emphasis on Hiroshima's
A-bomb experience." Open 10-21. [11/17]
Futaba Giga (2-22 Matsubara-cho; East of JR Hiroshima South Exit.
568-4770, Fax 568-4670) "Opened '01. Claims a collection of
500,000 books. New books 1F (no foreign titles). Used books 3F,
4F." 1F open 9-22, 4F 10-22. [01/09]
There is a medium-sized Kobunkan in Hiroshima Station Asse Station Mall. No
foreign books. [01/14]
Kamiyacho and Hondori:
This is the downtown district of Hiroshima, near A-Bomb Dome and Memorial
Park. Stores aligned north to south, west to east.
Kamiyacho Streetcar stop was divided into two stops, Kamiyacho-Higashi
(east) and Kamiyacho-Nishi (west) in 2001. There is little difference and
most local maps do not make the distinction.
All stores in Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken.
Hiroshima Seifu Kankoubutsu Service Center (6-30 Kami-Hattchobori 730_0012;
1F Goudou-chousha (joint govt. offices) bldg. 2, east side of
castle. Streetcar Kamiyacho. 222-6012, Fax 222-6013)
"Periodicals, surveys, official reports from the Japanese
government. This shop is state-run but known for its
business-oriented mindset. Also sells maps, computer tutorials and
popular business titles. Few if any foreign-language books." Open
9:30-17:30 Weekdays. Closed Sat, Sun, Hol. [~2002]
Kinokuniya Hiroshima (6-27 Motomachi 730_0011; 6F Hiroshima Center Bldg,
which has Sogo Dept. Store. Above bus terminal. Streetcar
Kamiyacho-Nishi. 225-3232, Fax 211-0223; HQ Tokyo) "Large store.
Many foreign paperbacks, language texts and books on Japan. No
imported science or computer books." Open 10-20. [11/17]
[Hiroshima has another Kinokuniya. It is about as large as the
downtown store, but does not sell foreign books.]
Book Off Hiroshima Otemachi (2-7-6 Otemachi 730_0051; Faces former Bank of
Japan branch. Streetcar Fukuro-machi. About 4 minutes from
Kamiyacho Intersection by foot. 543-6216) "Used books. Largest
Book Off branch in area. Two shelves foreign books." Open 10-22.
Outsider Global Lounge (2F Nakano Bldg. 1-5-17 Kamiyacho 730_0031; On block
south of Iyo Bank and northwest of Kokusai Hotel. North side of
block with a used book seller on northeast corner and Academy branch
on west side. First floor is the entrance of a multi-level parking
lot. 244-8145, Fax 244-8146; http://www.outsider.co.jp/) "Former
'Book Nook'. Renamed April '08. Multi-purpose meeting room of a
language school. Used foreign books sold. Largest such store west
of Kobe. Also internet access, food and drinks." Open Noon-21, -23
Fri & Sat. Closed Sun, Hol. [01/14]
Academy Shoten Kinza-gai Main Store (1-7 Hondori; Kinza-gai, between Fukuya
and Parco. Streetcar Hattchobori. Phone/Fax 247-3118) "Used
books. Well organized. From their collection of first editions:
'Shirobamba' 4000 yen. 'Kirikirijin' 1000 yen. (Aug. 2000) Some
foreign books: philosophy, history, paperbacks." Open 10-20 through
year. [Branch in Kamiyacho: 1-5-11 Kamiyacho; 247-8333; A few
foreign books.] [11/17]
Kobunkan Kinza-gai Main Store (1-11 Hondori; Block north of Parco. South
of Academy Shoten and streetcar Hattchobori. 249-1611, Fax
541-5391) "Head of chain with several stores in Hiroshima. One
shelf foreign books, focused on Hiroshima, 1F. Better than nearby
Maruzen for books tourists would want." [11/17] [Chain HQ: Phone
248-2391, Fax 248-2393]
Maruzen Hiroshima (5-22 Ebisu-cho 730_0021; 7F&8F of building with LABI
Yamada Denki at ground level. Streetcar Hattchobori. 504-6210,
Fax 504-6230) "Opened October '10 as Junkudo & Maruzen. Maruzen
from June '12. Largest bookstore in Hiroshima. Foreign section 7F,
near elevators, rather bland for a Maruzen: only paperback fiction
and non-fiction. Location is slightly north of the old Maruzen
which closed '02." Open 10:30-22. [08/11]
Sekizenkan closed Summer '03.
Kinshodo closed January '11.
Parco Book Center (Libro) closed October '11.
Hiroshima University, Kasumi Campus:
Inoue Shoten (1-4-10 Deshio, Minami-ku 734_0001; North side of street which
leads to campus gates. 254-5257) "Mostly medical, some
architecture. Imported medical books 2F." 
Hiroshima University, Higashi-Sendamachi Campus:
Most of Hiroshima Univ. has moved from here to Higashi-Hiroshima. When
visited in 2004, the owner of Kandori Shoten, then head of the local used
booksellers' union, said no stores have followed. Kandori Shoten moved out
of Hiroshima City to Kumano-cho shortly thereafter.
Daigakudo (1-12-6 Senda-machi, Naka-ku 730_0052; West side of street near
Kandori. 241-9491) "Used books. Academic. Very few foreign
NTT long-distance area code: Tottori 0857.
Imai Shoten Yoshinari (310 Kanou, Tottori-shi, Tottori-ken 680_0874; South
of city center and JR Tottori Stn. 51-7020, Fax 51-7025, HQ
Yonago) "Largest bookstore in Tottori City. No foreign books but
orders accepted." Open 10-22. [Not visited]
Imai Shoten Tottori on Hon-dori near Wakasa-dori (Suehiro-Onsen-cho, former
Fuji Shoten) closed July '13.
NTT long-distance area code: Yonago 0859.
Imai Book Center (2-3-10 Shinkai, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683_0801; On
R.431 facing Sangyo Taikukan. 10 minutes from Fukuike 9 ku bus
stop, Kaike Line. 31-5000, Fax 31-9230;
http://www.imaibooks.co.jp) "Advertised as largest bookstore in
San-in area. Opened 1995. No foreign books, but orders should be
accepted. Here is the famed Hon-no Gakkou (Buchschule) dedicated to
the training of masters of the trade. Despite the location the
store is a powerful leader in the publishing business. Often hosts
symposiums. The premises has a museum, lecture rooms and
libraries." Open 10-22. [08/14] [Chain HQ: 68 Odaka, Yonago-shi]
NTT long-distance area code: Matsue 0852.
Imai Shoten Group Center (88 Tawayama-cho, Matsue-shi, Shimane-ken 690-0058;
Southwest of city center, in a mall along expressway. Tawayama Bus
Stop on Minami-Junkan (southern loop) Line. About 1km south of JR
Nogi Stn: walk due south toward the expressway. 20-8811, Fax
20-8085, HQ Yonago) "Largest store in Matsue. Rich Japanese
selection. Some English texts for study in language section,
magazines TIME and Newsweek, but no imported books. Orders should
be accepted." Open 10-midnight. [10/17]
Darumadou (2-1 Horomachi Matsue-shi, Shimane-ken 690_0886; East of Karakoro
Koubou (Art Studio) on street by on the north side of Horikawa moat.
Near Horikawa pleasure boat Karakoro Hiroba Pier and Kyobashi Bus
Stop. 8 minutes from JR Matsue by foot. 21-1074, Fax 21-1074,
http://darumado.j96.org/ ) "Leading book seller of Matsue. Strong
in regional studies. Very few foreign books. Worth a look if
looking for Japanese material pertaining to Lafcadio Hearn who
settled here. Very few foreign books. Does most business online."
Open 10-18 Sat, Sun. Appointment strongly recommended. [10/17]
NTT long-distance area code: Kisuki 0854.
Eco College (876 Yumura, Kisuki-cho, Unnan-shi, Shimane-ken 699_1343;
Kisuki Community Bus Kitahara Line Amagafuchi Bus Stop. Route 314.
Look for sign featuring child Buddhist monk. Climb uphill along
creek and you will see a large warehouse. Of all stores in the
Japan listings most difficult to reach by public transportation
(with the possible exception of Tamokaku, Tadami): check train and
bus schedules if visiting. 48-0302; http://www.eco-college.com/)
"Used academic books including hundreds of foreign titles. Just a
warehouse. Books are tagged and placed on shelves as they arrive by
mail. Shelves dimly lit and not classified. No prices on books.
All this makes searches extremely difficult. One would rather order
from their web-site." Open 9-17. Closed Sat, Sun, Hol and irr.
Appointment necessary. [07/13]
According to legend, Amagafuchi was the dwelling place of Yamata-no-orochi.
NTT long-distance area code: Nagato-shi 0837.
Kaneko Bun'ei-do (Kaneko Misuzu Memorial Museum) (1308 Nishi-Gion, Senzaki,
Nagato-shi, Yamaguchi-ken 759_4106; 5 minutes north of JR Mine Line
Senzaki Terminal. Very few trains come to this station. By bus it
is 10 minutes from JR Nagato-shi (junction of San'in Line and Mine
Line) to Senzaki. 26-5155, Fax 26-5166;
http://www.city.nagato.yamaguchi.jp/misuzu/) "This is by far the
most popular reconstructed bookstore in Japan. JR West runs a
special train to this destination from Shimonoseki. (As of October
2017, this service is suspended awaiting renewal of coaches.) The
front side is the bookstore where poet Misuzu Kaneko (1903-30)
worked in in the 1920s. Behind are living quarters and a museum
dedicated to her. Souvenir shop sells poem collections (highly
recommended for students of Japanese), CDs and postcards. Museum
admission fee: 350 yen." Open 9-17. Enter museum by 16:30. Closed
last Fri each month, next day when Hol. 
NTT long-distance area code: Tokushima 088.
Kinokuniya Tokushima (1-5 Terashima-honcho-nishi, Tokushima-shi 770_8511;
8F Sogo Tokushima, beside JR Tokushima Station. 602-1611, Fax
602-1605; HQ Shinjuku, Tokyo) "Largest bookstore in town. Very
few foreign books." Open 10-19:30. Closed Jan 1. [01/10]
All stores in Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa-ken.
NTT long-distance area code: Takamatsu 087.
Miyawaki Shoten (10-2 Kon'ya-machi, Takamatsu-shi 760_0027; In Marugame-gai
arcade, south of Mitsukoshi and Kinokuniya. 851-3733, Fax
822-4797; email@example.com) "General bookstore. Head of
franchise chain; with more than 300 outlets nationwide Miyawaki has
more bookstores than any other retailer. Most branches are small.
Several shelves foreign books 6F annex. More foreign books than
both Kinokuniya nearby and Miyawaki Culture Space, but they were all
discounted by 50% and covers were fading when visited Jan 2015. The
chain may be trying to divest of its foreign book stock." Open
Miyawaki Culture Space (Sou-honten) (3-4 Asahi-shinmachi 760_0064; North of
Kagawa-ken Budo-kan, near docks and warehouses. Take bus to
Asahimachi, walk to wide avenue to the east, turn north and proceed
to signal. Japanese web page http://www.miyawakishoten.com/mcs.htm
has directions and link to bus timetable. 823-3152, Fax 823-2722)
"Largest store of Miyawaki chain. 600,000 books. In addition to
ordinary shelves grouped by topic, there are 34 booths where
publishers promote their ware. Very few foreign-language books: a
handful of language texts and on-Japan titles from Japanese
publishers. Foreign publishers not present. On 3F is a collection
of local publications from all over Japan. The president of
Miyawaki initially wanted to make 'all books available' at one
place. Now the place is advertised as Japan's first 'book theme
park'. On the roof is an amusement park. When visiting, look for
the Ferris wheel." Open 10-20. [01/10]
Sanshuudou Shoten (2-1-9 Matsushima-cho 760_0068; Kotoden Railways
Matsushima 2-chome. Walk west to police box and first railroad
crossing, which leads to prison gates. Before crossing tracks, turn
left. 4 minutes from station. 834-1533) "Used bookstore. Large
collection from popular titles to serious literature and history.
Regional studies on back end. One small disorganized shelf foreign
books." Open 10-19:30 through year. [01/15]
Kinokuniya Takamatsu closed May 2017.
All stores in Matsuyama-shi, Ehime-ken.
NTT long-distance area code: Matsuyama 089.
JR Matsuyama Terminal:
Book Off Matsuyama-ekimae (123-1 Miyata-cho 790_0066; Near JR Matsuyama
Terminal. 915-1870) "Large discount bookstore. Few if any foreign
books." Open 10-24. [01/10]
Stores aligned west to east. The west entrance of Gintengai faces
Iyotetsu/Streetcar Matsuyama-shi Terminal, locally called 'Shi-eki.
Junkudo Matsuyama (5-7-1 Chifunemachi 790_0011; Northwest of Shi-eki, on
Chifunemachi-dori. 915-0075, Fax 915-0076; HQ Kobe) "Opened
September 2009. 450,000 books on 6 floors. Largest bookstore in
Matsuyama. Same place used to be Kinokuniya." Open 10-19. [Not
Bottchan Shobo (4-8-15 Minatomachi 790_0012; Gintengai. 931-3426) "Used
bookstore. Vintage collection on display near entrance. Few if
any foreign books." Open 10:30-20. Closed 2nd or 3rd Wed of month.
[Not visited during business hours]
Haruya Main Store (4-7-2 Minatomachi 790_8656; Gintengai. 941-4141, Fax
932-5411) "Headquarters of nationwide chain of about 70 stores,
most in Ehime, Oita, Yamaguchi and Fukuoka. The old-fashioned book
store. Serious, conservative selection. They hang paper banners
with announcements and advertisements in neat calligraphy
everywhere, making the place like a permanent Tanabata Festival.
High morale of workers a nationwide model in the trade. Few foreign
books. Good for books on Shikoku." Open 10-20. [01/10]
Haruya Kosho-bu (used book store) closed '03.
Kinokuniya Matsuyama closed July '09. A new branch opened in Iyotetsu
Takashimaya March '10. Marusan Shoten closed November '09.
"'Bottchan' by Souseki Natsume, probably the most famous modern Japanese
novel, is about the adventures of a haughty Tokyo boy who becomes a math
teacher in a town in western Japan. Local folks he meets there have their
ways of doing things. The book is said to reflect the author's own
experiences as a teacher in Matsuyama."
All stores in Kochi-shi Kochi-ken.
NTT long-distance area code: Kochi-shi 088.
Miyawaki Shoten Aeon Kochi (2F Aeon Mall Hada-Minamimachi, Kochi-shi,
Kochi-ken 780_0026; Due north of JR Kochi. About 15 mintues by
foot. Bus available. 826-7510; HQ Takamatsu) "Moderate-sized
store. Only store in town which sells new foreign books but the
amount is very small. Another Miyawaki Shoten, in Daimaru Dept.
Store downtown is larger but has no foreign books." Open 10-22.
Book Off Kochi (2-1-10 Sakaeda-cho 780_0061; Beneath JR tracks, on west
side of JR Kochi Station gates. 825-4900) "Used books. Some
foreign books." Open 8-22. [01/15]
Kinkodo (1-13-14 Obiya-machi 780_0841; Nakanohashi-dori, southeast of Daiei
Shoppers. Streetcar Horizume. 822-0161) "Large general bookstore.
No foreign books." Open 9:30-20. [01/15]
Inoue Shoten (2-1-1 Obiya-machi; Across the street from Kinkodo, 2F of
bldg. on south corner. 872-3921) "Small used bookstore. Strong in
literature and regional studies. A handful foreign books." [01/15]
Fuji Shobo closed June '13.
NTT long-distance area code: Sakawa 0889.
Rainbow Trading Co. (820-2 Kou, Sakawa-cho, Kochi-ken 789_1201; Sakawa, 30
minutes from Kochi by limited express. Near Yamada Denki.
Phone/Fax 20-9990, http://www.rainbow-trading.co.jp/) "Books from
North Korea. Also some books from South Korea and some Japanese
books about Korea. A handful of English books. Tokyo Jimbocho
store closed '10. Jimbocho store was fairly popular with Japanese
people curious about the hermit country. Now does most business
online. The amount of Japanese and South Korean books has
increased, probably in response to popular demand and scarcity of
direct imports from North Korea caused by a trade embargo." Open
9-18. Closed Sat, Sun, Hol. Make appointment before visiting.
NTT long-distance area code: Kita-Kyushu 093.
Kikuya Kokura (3-1-1 Kyomachi, Kokura-Kita-ku, Kita-Kyushu-shi, Fukuoka-ken
802_8508; 9F COLET/I'm, south side of JR Kokura. 514-1400)
"Opened Oct '10. Very large. Foreign section largest in city, but
of local interest only, for Fukuoka and Hiroshima have better
stores. About 10 shelves foreign books: paperback novels, books on
Japan, language study texts and a small amount of business and
popular science titles." Open 10-20. Closed irr. [01/15]
Book Center Quest (Culture Space) (1-4-7 Bashaku, Kokura-kita-ku 802_0077;
10 minutes from JR Kokura. West of first intersection south of
monorail Heiwa-dori. 522-3912; HQ Fukuoka (Sekibunkan)) "As large
as Kikuya Kokura. Casual selection. 1 shelf or so foreign books."
Open 10-20. [07/13] [Branch in Kokura Station Mall. (1-1-1 Asano,
Kokura-kita-ku; 513-5685, Fax 513-5686) No foreign books. Open
Between Quest Kokura and monorail Tanga there are two used bookstores. One
is a Book Off, which has two small shelves foreign books 2F. The other is a
small shop named Kyouyoudo which has academic titles. [07/13]
Book Center Quest Kurosaki Izutsuya (1-1-1 Kurosaki, Yahata-Nishi-ku,
Kita-Kyushu-shi 806_8511; 7F Kurosaki Izutsuya. 643-5530, Phone
643-6843) "Opened Nov. 2014 as a replacement of Izutsuya Annex
store. 400,000 books." Open 10-19:30. Closed irr. [Not visited]
Kita Kyushu Chugoku Shoten (4-2-19 Yukawa, Kokura-Minami-ku, Kita-Kyushu-shi
800_0257; Toward Abeyama-koen from JR Abeyama-koen Station. See
map: http://www.chugoku-shoten.com/map.html, Phone/Fax 921-6570)
"Chinese books imported from Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Also East Asia studies in Japanese." Open 9-18. Closed Sun, Hol,
2nd Sat of each month, around the New Year and in mid Aug. [Not
Furuhon Bunkoyasan closed and reopened in Mihara, Hiroshima-ken. The
storeowner and his autobiography got a lot of favorable media coverage, but
those who have tried business with him do not have pleasant things to say.
He set up a non-profit organization to run a bunko library. Kita-Kyushu
City let this NPO use an old unused schoolhouse, but they just disappeared,
leaving the books behind. (It seems the books are still there.)
NTT long-distance area code: Fukuoka-shi 092.
Hakata District (JR Hakata Terminal):
Maruzen Hakata (2-1 Hakata-eki-chuo-gai, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi 812_0012;
8F JR Hakata City above JR Hakata Station. 413-5401, Fax 413-5402;
HQ Tokyo) "Opened March 2011. 600,000 books. Large foreign
section has magazines, paperback fiction, current affairs, some
popular science, books on Japan, maps, travel guides and study aids.
Second best foreign section in Kyushu." Open 10-21. [10/17]
Kinokuniya Fukuoka Main Store (2-1 Hakata-eki-chuo-gai; 6F Fukuoka Kotsu
Center Bldg. above Hakata Station Bus Terminal. 434-3100, Fax
434-3104; firstname.lastname@example.org; HQ Tokyo) "Third largest in
Fukuoka. Foreign section smaller than those of Junkudo (Tenjin) and
Maruzen (nearby). Some paperback fiction and non-fiction, books on
Japan and language study aids." Open 10-21. [10/17]
There is a Book Off to the southwest of JR Hakata on Sumiyoshi-dori. 2-3
shelves foreign books. [01/14]
Also large is Aoi Shoten in Yodobashi Hakata: 500,000 books, few or no
Chugoku Shoten (Zhonguo Shudian) (5-23 Naka-Gofukumachi, Hakata-ku,
Fukuoka-shi 812_0035; Subway Hakozaki Line Gofukumachi Exit 3.
Proceed north and turn right at Eneos gas stand. On north side of
second block east of wide street. 271-3767;
http://www.cbshop.net/) "Chinese books and Japanese books about
China, Asia. Since 1969." Open 9:30-18:30. -18 Sat. Closed Sun,
Hol, 2nd,4th Sat of each month. [01/14]
Tenjin District (Nishitetsu Fukuoka Terminal):
This is the central commercial district of Fukuoka City.
Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810_0001.
The official website of Tenjin Underground Mall has guide maps in four
Tsutaya Fukuoka Tenjin Ekimae Fukuoka Bldg. (2F&3F 1-11-17 Tenjin, Chuo-ku,
Fukuoka-shi 810_0001; In building opposing Nishitetsu Fukuoka
Tenjin terminal on the east side, near subway Tenjin Station.
717-6001, Fax 717-6002) "Used books. Large collection but few or
no foreign books. Note that there is another Tsutaya branch in the
vicinity, in Imaizumi, to the southwest of this store." Open 8-1AM.
Closed Jan 1st. [10/17]
Kinokuniya Fukuoka Tenjin IMS (4F IMS 1-7-11 Tenjin; 717-5871, Fax
717-5872) "In chic mall. Smaller than the Kinokuniya in Hakata.
Modest foreign section has some paperbacks and life-style books."
Open 10-20. Closed irr. [10/17]
Junkudo Fukuoka (1-10-13 Tenjin; 1F-4F MMT Bldg. On adjacent block is
Tsutaya Fukuoka Bldg, Tenjin Core and Vivre. From Tenjin Subway
Station and underground shopping arcade take exit between between
Organic food store Biople and traditional footwear store Itochu.
738-3322, Fax 738-3230; HQ Kobe) "Opened Nov '01. Largest
bookstore in Kyushu. Foreign book section B1F, among best in Japan,
has magazines, classic literature, philosophy, economics, history,
law, sociology, math, science, psychology, etc. Some French and
German books." Open 10-21. [10/17]
Libro Tenjin (2-5-35 Tenjin; 7F Iwataya Dept. Store (not Z-Side). West
side of Nishitetsu Fukuoka Tenjin Term, accessible via underground
passage. 717-5180) "Opened Nov '11. Moderate-sized, stylish
store. 1 shelf each foreign paperbacks, magazines. 2 shelves art
books." Open 10-20. [07/13]
Fukuoka Mandarake (2-9-5 Daimyou-cho, Chuo-ku 810_00401; Between subway
Tenjin and Akasaka. 716-7774, Fax 716-7762; HQ Tokyo) "Large
collection of used manga comics. Moved here April '11." Open
Noon-20. [Not visited]
Yaesu Book Center (in Mitsukoshi) and Yosho Hacknet are now closed.
Aoyama Book Center opened Sept '05 and closed Aug '07.
Maruzen Fukuoka Bldg. (Tenjin) closed June '10.
Shosen Livre closed April '17.
There is a large Book Off in North Tenjin (6F,7F). North of Fukuoka
building, on block with post office. 2 shelves foreign books. [01/14]
There is another Kinokuniya in Hakata You Me Town. Somewhat smaller than
the Fukuoka Main Store. Few foreign books.
Bus fare between Hakata and Tenjin is 100 yen on all routes. Subway fare is
Through tickets are issued for Subway Nanakuma Line stations from Hakata,
Fukuoka Airport, etc. with a foot link between Tenjin and Tenjin-Minami,
about 500 meters through an underground mall. The tickets are
machine-readable and carry time stamps. The City Transit Authority allows
120 minutes between the exit gates of one station and the entrance gates of
the other, encouraging shopping and dining during the break.
Books Kubrick (1-5-14 Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka-shi 812_0053; On wide
street on west side of JR Hakozaki, about 100 meters to the south of
station gate. 645-0630, Fax 645-0631) "Small shop which also
sells bread made from domestic ingredients. Notable cookbook shelf.
No foreign books. Cafe and gallery 2F." Open 10:30-20. Closed Mon
(when not Hol). [10/17]
Uranai Hon Livre (8-6-37 Nanakuma, Jounan-ku, Fukuoka-shi; East of Subway
Nanakuma Station, 5 minutes by foot. 797-5113, Fax 707-5114)
"Opened May 2017, as a replacement of Shosai Livre in Tenjin.
"Uranai" means fortune telling. Basically the shop offers
soothsaying by professionals and sells power crystal stones and
such; orders for new books are accepted alongside. Run by Kinbundo
of Kurume, a bookstore with a proud history which appears unwilling
to give up its presence in Fukuoka City." Open 10-19. Closed Sun.
Dejima Shoten (5-2-37-2 Torikai, Jounan-ku, Fukuoka-shi 814_0103; North of
Subway Befu Exit 3, north of Jounan Ward Health Center, on same
block. 843-5100) "Used books. Small, but sole store in Kyushu
which sells Korean books." [10/17]
NTT long-distance area code: Kurume 0942.
Libro Kurume (1-1 Tenjin-machi, Kurume-shi, Fukuoka-ken 830_0033; East side
of Nishitetsu Kurume. 4F Iwataya shin-kan. 0942-36-9860)
"General. Very few foreign books." Open 10-19. [01/07]
Book Quest Kurume, in Izutsuya, closed Feb. '09. The other Book Quest in
the Nishitetsu Station Bldg. is still open and may have some foreign books.
The former Kinbundo Building built in 1926 was a rare example of pre-war
western-style architecture. When it opened the first and second floors were
the booksop, the third floor was an exhibition space and the fourth floor
was a tea room. Shoppers could read books purchased downstairs in the tea
room which served ice cream, a fancy new treat in those days. Unfortunately
the building was torn down in 2017. Kinbundo's current main store is in
NTT long-distance area code: Saga-shi 0952.
Kinokuniya Saga (2F You Me Town Saga, Hyougo-kita, Hyougo-cho, Saga-shi
849_0915; 15 minutes by bus from JR Saga, 36-8171, Fax 33-8534;
HQ Tokyo) "Opened Dec. '06. 500,000 books. Largest store in
Saga-ken." Open 10-22. [Not visited]
Yogakudo Books (2-8-44 Shin'ei-Nishi, Saga-shi 840_0859; 4 km west of JR
Saga and Saga-ken Gov't Hall. 22-0022, Fax 22-2133;
http://yogakudo.com/) "Antiquarian, scholarly publications. The
store owner is a serious collector who is interested in Japan's
contacts with the Occident. Some foreign books. Store owner
recommends visits by car, or by taxi from JR Saga. Appointment
recommended." [Not visited]
NTT long-distance area code: Sasebo 0956.
Kinmeido (803 Shimokyo-machi, Sasebo-shi, Nagasaki-ken 857_0875; Near
southeast entrance of Yonkacho Arcade. 22-4214, Fax 23-9026)
"General selection of new books. Moderate size. About 2 shelves
foreign books." Open 9:30-20:30. [Branch in Friesta Sasebo beside
JR Sasebo 0956-42-0711 Fax 0956-42-070] [01/07]
Hakubundo (6-25 Kamikyo-machi 857_0872; Beside Kentucky Fried Chicken on
wide avenue (Route 35). Near Kyomachi Bus Stop. About 10 minutes
from JR Sasebo by foot. 22-6311) "About as large as Kinmeido.
Very few foreign books." [01/07]
Kumazawa Shoten Sasebo (4-7 Motoshima-cho 857_0871; B1F Twinkle Nishizawa,
Yonkacho Arcade. About 15 minutes from JR Sasebo by foot. Closer
to Matsuura Railway (MR) Sasebo-chuo Station. 37-2895, Fax
37-2897) "Largest bookstore in Sasebo. 150,000 titles. This store
has the most foreign books: magazines, paperback novels, on Japan,
books for children and cookbooks." Open 10-19:30. [01/07]
NTT long-distance area code: Nagasaki-shi 095.
Metro Shoten (1-1 Onoue-machi, Nagasaki-shi, Nagasaki-ken 850_0058; 3F Amu
Plaza Nagasaki, adjacent to JR Nagasaki Terminal. 821-5400,
0120-746468, Fax 821-) "General bookstore. 2 shelves foreign
paperbacks and books on Japan." Open 10-21. 
Kinokuniya Nagasaki (10-1 Motofuna-machi 850_0035; 4F You Me Saito
(pronounced "Yumay Site") near streetcar Ohato, route 1. 811-4919,
Fax 811-4923; HQ Tokyo) "Largest bookstore in town. Large for a
Kinokuniya, but the Fukuoka Main store is larger." Open 10-21.
Douwakan (2-10 Minami-Yamate-machi 850_0931; On the slope toward Oura
Cathedral. Streetcar route 5. 828-0716, Fax 828-0768)
"Children's books. 10,000 titles. Upstairs is a picture book
museum." Open 10-17:30. Closed Mon (following Tue if Mon is a
Holiday) and around the New Year. 
A general store called Chugoku Boueki Koushi in Shinchi Chinatown has some
Chinese books. (Streetcar Tsukimachi. 823-3222, Fax 822-9257; Open
NTT long-distance area code: Kumamoto-shi 096.
Streetcar Toricho-suji station is between entrances of Shimotori and
Kamidori shopping arcades.
Tsutaya Kumamoto Sannen-zaka (1-2 Ansei-machi, Kumamoto-shi 860_0801; 1F 2F
Carino Shimotori, Sannen-zaka-dori. Enter street opposing Daiei.
212-9111, Fax 212-9890) "Vivid place, good for Japanese art,
design and life-style books. A handful of foreign books in the
English studies section." Open 10-1AM, -4AM next morn Fri, Sat.
Kinryudo Marubun Store (5-1 Kamidori-cho 860_0845; In the Kamidori shopping
arcade. 356-4733, Fax 352-5665) "Large bookstore, head of local
chain. Large section of books on Kumamoto and Kyushu. A handful of
foreign books in the English studies section." Open 10-20. [01/14]
Nagasaki Shoten (6-23 Kamidori-cho; North of Marubun on opposite side of
street. 353-0555, Fax 322-2245) "Casual store with chic interior.
Perhaps some imported art books." Open 10-21. [01/14]
Kumamoto Parco has Village Vanguard on 8F (some imported art books) and
Tower records on B1F (some magazines).
Tiger Lily Bookstore closed '09.
Kikuya Kumamoto closed May '14.
Kinokuniya Kumamoto (in Shimotori) closed June '07. There is a Kinokuniya
in Hikari-no-mori You-me Town, far from the city center. [2 minutes from JR
Houhi Line Hikari-no-mori; 096-233-1700, Fax 233-1701; Open 10-22.]
Double Decker (1-43-8-1F Wakaba, Kumamoto-shi 862_0903; Southeast of
Kengun-machi streetcar terminus, about 4 minutes by foot. For
directions visit this Book-Crossing page:
English conversation school 'Britz'. 200-5693) "English-language
educational material. Provides a book-exchange service. Owner
leads Yahoo group Kumamoto Booklovers." [Not visited during
The Book Off visible from streetcar Kengun-machi has a handful of English
and Chinese books. [01/14]
Kumamoto City International Center (http://www.kumamoto-if.or.jp/) has a
foreign library. Kumamoto YMCA Kamitori (Near Nagasaki Shoten;
http://www.kumamoto-ymca.or.jp/kamitori/) has a foreign book exchange
facility. Yahoo group Kumamoto International
(http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kumamoto-i/ : non-subscribers can view
postings) has information. We thank Kirk Masden for his continuous work in
NTT long-distance area code: Oita-shi 097.
Haruya Cent Porta Oita (2-5-25 Chuo-cho, Oita-shi 870_0035; 532-4343, Fax
532-4392; HQ Matsuyama) "Reopened April '03. Some foreign books
Junkudo Oita (7F/8F Oita Forus 1-2-7 Chuo-cho; 2nd block from station.
536-8181, Fax 533-7761; HQ Kobe) "Large store. 550,000 books.
More foreign books than Haruya and Kinokuniya. Actually this place
is better for foreign books than the Book Quest branches in
Kita-Kyushu." Open 10-20. [08/09]
Kinokuniya Oita (1-1-1 Akeno-Higashi 870_0161; In Akeno Acros Town. Far
from JR Oita: 20 minutes by bus. HQ Tokyo) "Opened April '06.
Large store in suburban mall. They used to have a modest foreign
section but they cut it down. Now only some language texts and
books on Japan in the language section." Open 10-21. [08/09]
NTT long-distance area code: Miyazaki-shi 0985.
Tsutaya Miyazaki Takachiho-dori (4-8-1 Tachibana-dori-higashi 880_0805;
Near post office on north side of wide street between JR station and
Tachibana-dori (Miyazaki's main boulevard). 61-6711, Fax 61-6731)
"Large store with many technical books. About 2 shelves foreign
books (2F)." Open 10-midnight. [01/15]
Hashimoto Koshoten (5-6-67 Tachibana-dori-nishi 880_0001; North of
BonBelta. Near the pedestrian bridge over Tachibana-dori. About 12
minutes from JR Miyazaki by foot. 23-3075) "Used bookstore with
tradition of 80 years." [Not visited]
Asahiya Aeon Miyazaki (862-1-232 Shin-Beppu-cho-Eguchi 880_0834; 2F Aeon
Shopping Center. Shuttle bus available from JR Miyazaki East Exit.
60-3881, Fax 60-3885; HQ Osaka) "Opened May 2005. They say it is
largest in Miyazaki-ken. No foreign books." Open 10-22. [Not
NTT long-distance area code: Kagoshima-shi 099.
Kinokuniya Kagoshima (1-1-4F Chuo-cho, Kagoshima-shi 890_0053; JR
Kagoshima-chuo Terminal Mall. 812-7000; HQ Tokyo) "Opened March
'03. Was largest in town when it opened, but the new Junkudo is
much larger. No foreign books but they should accept orders." Open
Junkudo Kagoshima (6-5 Gofuku-machi 892_0826; 5F&6F Maruya Gardens.
Streetcar Tenmonkan or Izuro-dori. 216-8838, Fax 216-8830;
HQ Kobe) "Largest bookstore in southern Kyushu. About as large as
Junkudo Fukuoka. Opened '10. Building used to be Mitsukoshi
Department Store." Open 11-21. [Not visited during business hours]
Maruzen Kagoshima Tenmonkan (3-15 Nakamachi 892_0827; Streetcar Tenmonkan.
Turn north into Terukuni-dori at the corner with Maruya Gardens.
239-1221, Fax 239-1220; HQ Tokyo) "General collection housed in a
triangular tower. No foreign books. This used to be Junkudo. The
Junkudo listed above is newer and larger." Open 10-20. [Not
visited during business hours]
Ito Shoten (20-19 Higashi-Sengoku-cho 892_0842; Streetcar Tenmonkan. Turn
right (north) at the koban beyond Junkudo Kagoshima Tenmonkan. Near
Honganji. 223-5485) "Small used bookstore. Some foreign books."
Open 9-18:30 [Not visited during business hours]
Book Jungle closed Jan '08.
Kagoshima English Books stopped selling books.
Manyu Shoten main store closed May '10. Its zenith was in the late '90s
when it owned large branches in Fukuoka, and a stock of used books so large
that people said: "If you can't find it at Manyu, give up." Several stores
retain the name 'Manyu', apparently independent stores run by former
apprentices granted the right to use the trademark. It seems the main line
is still in business by the name Hondafuru.
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