Districts within JR Yamanote Line, counterclockwise:
Bookstores in Tokyo
Western Tokyo Suburbs, Saitama, Kawasaki and Yokohama
19 Jan 2015
Note: the Tokyo area comes in four files:
(1) Jimbocho and Hongo
(2) Central Tokyo (inside Yamanote Line, excluding (1))
(3) Western Tokyo Suburbs, Saitama, Kawasaki and Yokohama (this file)
(4) Eastern Tokyo Suburbs and Tsukuba
A common subject index is on the end of the Central Tokyo file.
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
The suburban listings follow railroad lines, the most convenient mode of
transportation. It also reflects the base plan of Edo, laid out in the form
of a snail's shell, to allow growth - forever.
Railway service is reliable and efficient but bewildering even for local
residents. Check train colors and express marks before leaving. Noting
Japanese express level names is most certain for railroad authorities, maps
and tourist guidebooks disagree upon translations.
Jimbocho, Iidabashi and Otemachi
Hongo and Hakusan
Yotsuya and Kojimachi
Hiro-o and Minami-Azabu
Districts along JR Yamanote Line, Tamachi to Osaki, counterclockwise:
Mita (JR Tamachi)
Hamamatsucho and Shimbashi
Marunouchi, Yaesu and Nihombashi (JR Tokyo Terminal)
Takadanobaba to Waseda
Ebisu, Shirokanedai, Gotanda, Osaki
JR Sobu Line:
Chiba and Makuhari
JR Joban Line:
JR Tohoku Line north of Tabata and Saikyo Line north of Ikebukuro:
Tobu Sky Tree Line, Isesaki Line:
Kiryu, Oizumi (Koizumi)
Tobu Tojo Line:
JR Chuo Line, west of Shinjuku and branches:
Koenji, Asagaya and Ogikubo
Keio Line and Inokashira Line:
Machida and Sagamihara
Jiyugaoka and Oyamadai
Futako-Tamagawa and Mizonokuchi
JR Tokaido Line and branches, south of Shinagawa:
Minato Mirai 21 (Sakuragicho)
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
NTT long-distance area code: Saitama-shi 048.
Suharaya (2-3-20 Nakacho, Urawa-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama-ken 330_0062;
Couple blocks west of Ito-Yokado. On Old Naka-sen-do, south of
Urawa Royal Pines Hotel. 7 minutes from JR Urawa. 822-5321) "4
floors. Clean and well organized. Modest foreign section 2F."
Open 10-20:30. [12/10]
There is a Kinokuniya in Parco, on the east side of JR Urawa Station. Few
JR Saikyo Line Kita-Yono and JR Tohoku Line Saitama Shintoshin are within
walking distance of each other. Saikyo Line rapids skip Kita-Yono.
Utsunomiya, Takasaki Line rapids skip Saitama Shintoshin.
Book Depot Syoraku (2-3-5 Kami-Ochiai, Chuo-ku, Saitama-shi 338_0001;
Adjacent to Kita-Yono Station. 852-6581) "3 floors. Largest
bookstore in Saitama-ken. 800,000 books. Foreign section (2F) has
a small amount of paperbacks and material for students. Foreign
section was much larger when it opened." Open 10-23. [12/10]
Kinokuniya Saitama Shinotoshin (4-267-2 Kishiki-cho, Omiya-ku 330_9559; 1F
Cocoon Shintoshin, east end. East side of JR Saitama-Shintoshin.
600-0830, Fax 600-0833; HQ Shinjuku) "Opened Sept. '05. Large
store, but few foreign books. Of local interest only." Open 10-21.
NTT long-distance area code: Saitama-shi 048.
All stores in Omiya-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama-ken.
Junkudo Omiya Takashimaya (1-32 Daimon-cho 330_0846; Takashimaya Dept.
Store, east side of station. 640-3111; HQ Kobe) "Largest
bookstore in Omiya. Replaces the store in Omiya Loft which closed
April 2013." Open 10-21. Closed Jan 1.
Book Off Omiya-eki Higashi-guchi (2-1-1 Daimon-cho 330_0846; On block
behind Loft. 658-8115) "Used books. Two shelves foreign books
2F." Open 10-22. [12/10]
Other stores around Omiya Station are Sanseido (in Sogo), Ikeda Shoten
(beneath Sofmap) and Oshida Kenbundo (north of Loft, other side of street).
Few or no foreign books.
NTT long-distance area code: Kawagoe 049.
Book 1st Lumine Kawagoe (39-19 Wakita-Honcho, Kawagoe-shi, Saitama-ken
350_1123; 4F Lumine Kawagoe, west side of Tobu/JR Kawagoe.
240-6212) "Now largest in Kawagoe. 2 shelves foreign books:
paperbacks, translations of Japanese manga and books on Japan."
Open 10-22. Closed irr. [01/12]
Kinokuniya (2F Maruhiro Department Store annex A) and Libro (4F PePe Seibu
Hon-Kawagoe Terminal Mall) are both large but have very few foreign books.
Asahiya Kawagoe Mine closed.
NTT long-distance area code: Tokorozawa 04.
Book Off Tokorozawa Prope-dori (12-1 Higashi-cho Tokorozawa-shi, Saitama-ken
359_1116; In the pedestrian mall on the northwest side of
Tokorozawa Station. Building faces Daiei. 2929-9591) "Used books.
Some foreign books." Open 10-23. [08/11]
Parco Book Center Shin-Tokorozawa (1-2-1 Midoricho 359_1111; 1 minute from
Seibu-Shinjuku Line Shin-Tokorozawa Station West Exit. 2998-8175;
HQ Shibuya) "General bookstore. Casual selection." Open 10-20.
Athene in Daiei, facing Book Off has a small amount of foreign books. The
large Horindo in Tokorozawa Marui closed '07. The other Horindo in
Tokorozawa Station Mall is small and does not sell foreign books. [08/11]
Kumegawa Station to Higashi-Murayama Junction is about 20 minutes by foot.
NTT long-distance area code: Higashi-Murayama 042.
Shimoigusa Shobo (4-3-3 Honcho, Higashi-Murayama-shi 189_0014; Northwest of
Seibu Shinjuku Line Kumegawa (not Shimoigusa), about 4 minutes by
foot. On north side of Shin-Ome-kaido, where a large bridge crosses
Seibu tracks and a small river. Nearby is Chinese restaurant
Shanghai. 397-2069, Fax 397-2047;
http://www.kosho-shimoigusa.jp/) "Antiquarian books. English,
American, French and German literature. Most books imported. Home
page has catalog, arranged in alphabetical order by author.
American literature stored in separate room and not on display.
Make an appointment before visiting and tell titles/authors of
interest." Open 10-18. Closed Sun.
NTT long-distance area code: Tokyo 03.
Nakano Mandarake (5-52-15 Nakano, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 164_0001; Several shops
in Broadway Building, on north end of Sun Mall, roofed shopping
arcade visible from JR/Subway Nakano Station North Exit. About 5
minutes from station. 03-3228-0007, Fax 3228-5787;
http://www.mandarake.co.jp/) "The Department Store of Manga. Used
books. Boasts stock of 1 million books. Most popular titles
available in main shop (3F). Specialty stores in same mall sell
lady's comics, rare editions, cellular frames and toys. Purchase
counter (3F) always busy. On exhibition at gallery (4F) is a
collection of drawings by famous cartoonists. Mandarake is short
for 'manga darake': "manga all over the place". Branches in
Sapporo, Utsunomiya, Ikebukuro, Shibuya, Akihabara, Nagoya, Osaka
Umeda & Shinsaibashi, Kokura and Fukuoka." Open Noon-20. [08/12]
Haruya Tokyo Main Store (367 5-52-15 Nakano; In Broadway Building, next to
main store of Mandarake. 3387-8451; HQ Matsuyama) "General
selection. One shelf translated Japanese manga." [08/12]
Daiyogen (5-52-15 Nakano; 4F Broadway Bldg. Phone/Fax same as Mandarake)
"Used books. Eastern religion, occult, prophecy, extraterrestrial
life, etc. Original owner quit; Mandarake took over in '08. Very
few foreign books." Open noon-20. 13- Thu. Closed Wed. [08/12]
Aoi Shoten Nakano Main Store (4-3-1 Nakano; Block north of Sun Plaza, west
of Broadway Building. 3319-5161) "Opened March '03. Store is very
large, about as half as large as Kinokuniya Shinjuku South, but
never crowded. Large Japanese selection. Tiny foreign section (2F)
has language texts and some translated Japanese manga. Chain has 15
stores in Tokyo alone." Open 10-22. [08/12]
Minazuki Shobo closed Nov '04.
"Broadway Building used to be the typical shopping center left back in a
past generation. Mandarake moved in and expanded to meet its growing
business buying vacant rooms. Specialty stores, their antique toys and
vintage telephone card collections followed. A green tea vendor, a
fishmonger, old-fashioned grocers and cheap noodle shops continue with their
business under the same roof, attracting an odd blend of people from near
and from far."
Koenji, Asagaya and Ogikubo:
Chuo Line rapid (kaisoku - orange trains) do not serve Koenji, Asagaya and
Nishi-Ogikubo on weekends, holidays. Some trains of Subway Tozai Line
provide through service to JR Mitaka. This region is regarded Waseda turf.
Tomaru Shoten (3-1-16 Koenji-Kita, Suginami-ku 166_0002; West side of JR
Koenji Station North Exit. Roof sign visible from platform.
3337-3690, Fax 3337-6610;) "Used bookseller of social studies.
Leftist inclination. Well known for its economics collection. Few
if any books of recent financial theory. Many books in English,
also French, German and Russian." Open 13-19. Closed Sun, Tue,
Hotaka Shobo (1-3-16 Asagaya-Kita, Suginami-ku 166_0001; Northeast of JR
Asagaya. Enter Shin Shin Kai, street parallel to tracks. Entrance
gate beside bank provides weather forecast. Third block from gate,
about 4 minutes from station. 3336-0062) "Small store selling used
books. One of the extremely few bookstores in the world which sells
nothing but books about mountains and the art of reaching their
summits. Very few foreign books. Beware of paper avalanches for
books are stacked roof high." Open 13-19. (Hours may vary.)
Closed irr. [05/13]
Nawa Prasad (3-13-3 Nishiogi-Minami, Suginami-ku 167_0053; JR Nishi-Ogikubo
South Exit. Turn east at Mizuho Bank. 3F of bldg. which faces
convenience store Daily Yamazaki. 3332-1187, Fax 3331-3067;
http://www.nabra.co.jp/hobbit/) "Small shop. Eastern philosophy,
spiritual care, ecology. 15% or so foreign. Also in the building
is a restaurant and a school that offers Yoga, Qi Gong lessons and
such." Open noon-20:30. [08/07]
Taishindo (3-16-1 Nishiogi-Minami; Shortly east of Nawa Prasad. 3333-5778,
Fax 3333-6378) "Christian books. 1 shelf foreign books. Tai-shin
= 'wait dawn'. (Psalms 130:6)" Open 10-19. Closed Sun, Hol and
1st, 3rd, 5th Mon. Open Mon Nov and Dec. [07/09]
Nomad (3-12-10 Nishiogi-kita, Suginami-ku 167_0042; On the street on the
north side Nishi-Ogikubo Station, about 5 minutes by foot to the
west. This street, though narrow, has bus service and turns
northward midway. Same place used to be a stylish bookstore-cafe
called Heartland. Phone/Fax 5310-2627;
http://www.nomad-books.co.jp/) "Specialty bookstore of travel
guides and travel-related literature, broadly defined. Arranged by
region with new and used books, domestic and foreign-language books
placed together: rare in Japan. Sells imported maps, but few
foreign publications other than that. A few used English LONELY
PLANET guides appear. (Orion Tachikawa has more.) Run by Yumeya, a
travel agent good at sending the adventurous off to exotic places.
Moved from Kichijoji July '07." Open Noon-22. Closed Wed. [07/09]
Book Off Ogikubo (north side of station) has some foreign books.
Sanchuudo (Korean books) moved to Jimbocho.
Onakasuita (cookbooks) moved to Naka-Ochiai, west of Mejiro.
Nishi-Ogikubo has many used bookstores. Japanese pamphlet 'Onikichi Guide'
available at most stores. The local favorite is Sukoburu-sha. There are
two other stores in the vicinity of Nomad, with a small number of foreign
books. Kachoufuugetsu (to the west of Nomad) has some children's books.
Otowa-kan (turn south at the corner before Nomad) has some illustrated
books. Mugen (between station and Nomad, yellow awning in front) used to
have some paperbacks. [07/09]
Kichijoji and Mitakadai:
Chuo Line special rapid (tokkai) trains do not serve Kichijoji. Stores
aligned north to south.
All stores except B/Rabbits in Musashino-shi, Tokyo.
NTT long-distance area code: Musashino-shi 0422, Mitaka 0422.
Fujii Shoten (1-11-20 Kichijoji-Honcho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo 180_0004; On
Itsukaichi-kaido between Hachiman Shrine and Denny's. 22-5043, Fax
22-5041) "Used books. Wide selection. Many illustrated volumes,
some imported. Small pile of foreign paperbacks at the staircase
base." Open 10-21. Closed Tue. [06/12]
Book Off Kichijoji Kita-guchi (1-13-2 Kichijoji-Honcho; Near Yodobashi
Camera. South side of street. 23-8260) "Used books. Opened July
2011. Replaces the Kichijoji Minamiguchi store. Four floors.
Foreign section 4F." Open 10-22. [11/14]
Junkudo Kichijoji (1-11-5 Kichijoji-Honcho; 6F,7F Coppice Kichijoji.
Former Isetan Department Store. 28-5333, Fax 28-5322; HQ Kobe)
"Opened October 2010. 3600 square meters. Largest in Kichijoji.
Large foreign section (6F), better than Aoi Shoten Nakano,
Kinokuniya Kichijoji, Kinokuniya Kokubunji and Orion Shobo
Tachikawa. Several shelves literature in paperback, one shelf books
on Japan, some business and non-fiction, study material and
translated manga. Foreign books on music, art and interior design
in respective Japanese sections." Open 10-21. [11/14]
Kinokuniya Kichijoji Tokyu (2-3-1 Kichijoji-Honcho; 8F Tokyu Dept. Store.
21-1810, Fax 21-7145; HQ Shinjuku) "General bookstore. Few
English books." Open 10-20. [08/07]
Parco Book Center Kichijoji (B2F Kichijoji Parco 1-5-1 Kichijoji-Honcho;
North side of JR Station. 21-8122; HQ Ikebukuro) "Appeals to
young people. Many art volumes, imported magazines and children's
books. Quite large foreign section, but Junkudo is better, unless
you are looking for art books." [06/12] Open 10-21.
Yomitaya (2-6-10 Kichijoji-Minamimachi 180_0003; On north side of
Inokashira-dori, a little to the east of Inokashira Line overpass
and Tokyu Inn. From Book Off turn left (east) at the second street.
Phone/Fax 43-6550) "General used bookstore. Quite large. Wide
variety, from children's books to psychology. Some foreign books:
cookbooks, children's books, psychology, philosophy, religion,
history, cinema. Few foreign novels. Bargain items are on the
racks outside. Foreign books are scattered and hard to seek."
B-Rabbits (1-31-19 Inokashira, Mitaka-shi 181_0001; South side of
Inokashira Line Mitakadai Station. Turn left at the station exit,
and left again at the immediate corner with florist and marine
sports shop, into street with sides of pavement painted green.
About 5 minutes from station. Phone/Fax 76-2501) "Books for
children. Used books. Small store, but rich collection. Some
imported books, including DR. SEUSS, GOLDEN BOOKS and a handful from
Germany, Czech and Hungary." Open 11-19. Closed Sun, 2&3 Wed.
Keibundo Kichijoji Marui closed July 15 '13. Will reopen in new building
Nomad (travel books) moved from Kichijoji to Nishi-Ogikubo July '07.
Bondi Books Kichijoji closed Feb '08. Online sales:
Choujou Shoten (Changcheng Shudian) closed Apr '08.
Liburu Libero (under JR tracks) moved to Jimbocho Dec '08. No foreign books
at the new location.
NTT long-distance area code: Kokubunji 042.
Kinokuniya Kokubunji (3-20-3 Minami-cho, Kokubunji-shi 185_0021; 8F Station
Bldg, Above Marui. 325-3991, Fax 325-3950; HQ Shinjuku)
"Renovated Sept. '03. Though twice as large (with 300,000 books) as
it used to be, the foreign section has not expanded in proportion.
Very few foreign books. Of local interest only." Open 10-22.
Book Center Ito has one shelf foreign books. From Kokubunji Stn. South
exit, proceed to pachinko parlor on the east side and take the street south
to the bottom of slope.
Book Off Hitotsubashi Gakuen (one stop from Kokubunji on the Seibu Tamako
Line) closed Aug. '09.
Chuo Line rapid (kaisoku) serve all stations west of Mitaka. From westbound
special rapid (tokkai) trains transfer at Kokubunji.
All stores in Kunitachi-shi, Tokyo.
NTT long-distance area code: Kunitachi 042.
Stores aligned north to south.
Tozai Shoten (1-8 Naka 186_0004; To right of JR Kunitachi Station South
Exit. 575-5061) "Renovated Dec. '01. Now a bright and casual
general bookstore. No foreign books beyond study texts printed in
Japan (3F)." Open 10-23. [12/14]
Masuda Shoten (1-9-1 Naka; Daigaku-dori, between station and Ginnan Shobo.
Phone/Fax 572-0224) "Leading bookstore of Kunitachi. Broad
selection of academic books, strong in the social sciences and
educational material. Two shelves of English paperbacks and one
small shelf of imported art books downstairs. Branch on north side
of JR Kunitachi does not sell foreign books." Open 9-20, 10- Sun,
Ginnan Shobo (Ginnan Books) (1-16-37 Naka; On right side of Daigaku-dori
between Doutor and Kinokuniya Supermarket (no books), 2 minute walk
south from station. Phone/Fax 572-1091;
http://www.ginnanbooks.com/) "Small store with great collection of
illustrated books. Many recent coffee-table books but also classics
of artistic quality, either in graphics, printing or binding. Also
sells used foreign books of the social sciences, mostly modern
economics but also cornerstone European classics dating from the
17th century. Some serious literature in English, French, German
and books for children. The astute old lady running the place has
mastery knowledge about the books she's after. How she manages all
this with little English fluency is a mystery. My friends
associated with the publishing business agree that this is a
striking place. Takes long vacations." Open 10-18. Noon- Sat.
Closed Sun, Hol, a week around the New Year, a week in early May and
about 2 weeks in August. [12/14]
Hitotsubashi University Coop Bookstore (Seikyou Shoten) (2-1 Naka; West
Campus. South of clock tower. 575-4184) "Strong in law, economics
and business administration. Very few foreign books. Classics in
the original (Adam Smith, Marx, Keynes, Samuelson, Galbraith) not in
stock. Not many Japanese translations of them either. Coop members
get a 10% discount." Open 10-19. Closed Sat, Sun, Hol. [04/08]
Book Off Kunitachi-eki Minamiguchi (1-10-7 Naka; Fujimi-dori, 3 minutes
from station. 580-4822) "Used books. Small store. 1 shelf
foreign books 2F." Open 10-23. [12/14]
Mon (2-21-41 Nishi, Kunitachi-shi, Tokyo 186_0005; On an alley off
Fujimi-dori on the south side. Walk down toward Mt. Fuji to
Kunitachi Music Univ. High School (Onkou) and turn in at the corner
with public bath Matsunoyu. 505-5381) "Used books. Opened Nov.
'09. Some foreign picture books. Also a shelf of Penguin classics,
but they may not be for sale." [11/14]
Momotaro (children's books) closed Nov '07.
Penguin House (children's books) closed Feb '08.
Kunitachi Gakki (music) closed Mar '14.
Nishi Shoten (social sciences) closed Nov '14.
"Kinokuniya Supermarket (no relation with bookstore) offers parking coupons
for total purchases above 3000 yen, good for 60 minutes at the Kunitachi
Parking Lot. Enter the street on the south side of Masuda Shoten. Avoid
Sundays, when there is a long wait for parking space and Ginnan Shobo is
"Asahi-dori used to have several used book merchants. Now only one, the
dusty academic store Humanite, remains. Some, but not many, foreign titles
appear. Tanigawa closed Jan '14. The two used bookstores near the station
are well organized and offers good bargains but have no foreign books."
"James Fallow picked up a book in one of the Kunitachi bookstores (either
Ginnan or Nishi) which led to his writing of a career-changing appraisal of
protective economic policy."
"Kunitachi is a posh academic suburb west of Tokyo with several
universities, the foremost being the National Hitotsubashi, which leads the
country in studies of economics and business administration. The town is
also known for its art galleries and fancy restaurants. Best visited during
early April when the cherry trees along Daigaku-dori (University Boulevard,
the main street) are in full bloom."
"From JR Nambu Line Yaho Station: keep walking north and the cherry trees of
Daigaku-dori will come in sight."
All stores in Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo.
NTT long-distance area code: Tachikawa 042.
Stores aligned north to south.
Orion Shobo Norte (2-92-43 Akebono-cho 190_0012; Beside Takashimaya. From
JR Tachikawa North Exit follow pedestrian overpass beneath monorail
station. 522-1231, Fax 522-1233) "Opened Jan '01. Currently
largest store in Chuo Line area west of Kichijoji. 500,000 books.
Many Japanese history, science and computer books. Intellectuals of
the area say they are visiting Shinjuku Kinokuniya less frequently.
Foreign books and magazines in section G-33 toward northeast end.
Good stock of foreign paperbacks. Books on Japanese culture and
history, a set of classics, some business and world history titles,
and a handful of popular science titles. Translated Japanese manga
in language section nearby. In the same building are HMV and a
multi-floor parking lot shared by the stores in the district." Open
Orion Shobo Lumine (2-1-1 Akebono-cho; 8F Lumine, north mall of JR
Tachikawa. 527-2311) "Wide choice of Japanese books. Some English
books, but Norte store has more. Moved upstairs Spring '07.
Computer book store closed." Open 10-22. [11/14] [Orion Shobo is
a local chain with 6 stores in the Tachikawa area. Only the Lumine
and Norte shops sell foreign books. The Tachikawa-Kitaguchi branch
inside Daiichi Dept. Store had a notable collection of Japanese
military and railroad books; it closed May 2012.]
Book Center Ito Tachikawa Hagoromo (2-49-9 Hagoromo-cho 190_0021; East of
JR Nambu Line Nishi-Kunitachi Station, along Tachikawa-Minami-dori.
Big sign visible on roof. 523-7360) "Used bookstore. Large
selection of manga and paperbacks; most popular titles available in
new bookstores can be found. One shelf foreign books 1F. 'Seven
Years in Tibet' 1000 yen, 'Clear and Present Danger': 400 yen. Most
Japanese manga between 150-250 yen. 'Sazae-san': 200-250 yen.
(prices Dec '06) Regional chain with 16 outlets in western Tokyo
and Kawasaki. Main store in eastern Hachioji." Open 10-24.
[11/14] [Branch in Nishisuna-cho (northwest of Haijima Line
Seibu-Tachikawa on Itsukaichi-kaido) has very few foreign books.]
A large Book Off opened in former Modi Tachikawa August 30 '12. [2-7-17
Akebonocho; Above Loft, beside Citibank.] Foreign section is small compared
to other Book Off branches in this list. [11/14]
American Pharmacy (Granduo, Tachikawa Stn. Mall) closed March '12.
Oasis Tachikawa (Christian) closed May '14.
Several small used bookstores near Seibu/monorail Tamagawa-Josui. Shimizu
Shoten (6-2-1 Saiwai-cho 190_0002; 534-2443, Fax 536-4095) has a handful
of old foreign books on poetry and music.
"The Tachikawa City Central Library (2-36-2 Akebono-cho; On block north of
Takashimaya, 6 minutes from JR Tachikawa; 528-6800) has 9,000 foreign books
including 3,000 foreign children's books. Roughly half are English. Also
Chinese, Korean, some French, German and Portuguese. Good books on Japan
section. Total collection: 350,000. Closed Mon, 3rd Thu."
"Tokyo Metropolitan Tama Library (6-3-1 Nishiki-cho; Turn south at
Tachikawagodochosha Intersection from Tachikawa-Minami-dori. 5 minutes from
JR Nishi-Kunitachi; 042-524-7186; http://www.library.metro.tokyo.jp/) is
strong in domestic magazines. Total collection: over 600,000. No
borrowing." "Due to a budget crunch they stopped subscribing to regional
Japanese papers and foreign papers including THE NEW YORK TIMES spring '04."
NTT long-distance area code: Akishima 042.
Nakagami Shorin (1-7-2-115 Tamagawa-cho, Akishima-shi 196_0034; West side
of JR Higashi-Nakagami Station. 542-9721) "Used bookstore. Very
few foreign books. A small number of imported SF novels (about 20
titles). Also academic Japanese books and vintage audio records."
Open 14-20. Closed Sun. [11/11]
There is a small Yaesu Book Center in Ito Yokado Akishima, near JR Haijima
and Yokota Air Base. No foreign books on the shelves but orders accepted.
Books arrive within a couple days if a copy is in stock in the
Yaesu Main Store.
JR Hachioji Station and Keio Hachioji Terminal are several blocks apart.
All stores on north side of JR Hachioji Terminal. Stores aligned west to
east, then south to north.
NTT long-distance area code: Hachioji 042.
Kumazawa Shoten Main Store (2-11 Asahi-cho, Hachioji-shi 192_0083; On west
side of JR Hachioji North Exit. 625-1201) "5 stories. 2 shelves
foreign books. Kumazawa also runs the store in nearby Tokyu Square
(which has no foreign books; used to be Book 1st.) [Chain HQ: 1-11
Youkamachi, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo 192_0071; Phone 621-5811]" [01/09]
Matsuoka Shobo (11-8-101 Azuma-cho 192_0082; On alley north of Tokyu
Square. 646-7177) "Regional chain selling used books. A handful
of foreign books but don't expect much. Book Eight, the branch with
most foreign books, closed May '02. Large branch along Kita-Odori
which replaced it closed August '12. It seems most of their books
are now in a warehouse." Open 11-22.
Sato Shobo (12-16 Azuma-cho; On street on east side of Tokyu Square.
645-8411) "Used bookstore with little space to move around.
Interesting vintage manga collection. Few foreign books. Preserves
the feel of a small business circa 1975. Worth a look if visiting
Keibundo Keio Hachioji (9F 3-27-1 Myoujincho 192_0905; Above Keio Terminal.
656-7330) "Fourth major bookstore in Hachioji. 200,000 books. Few
or no foreign books." Open 10-21. [01/09]
Kikuya Hachioji closed March '08. It lasted only 10 months.
A large Yurindo opened in the Hachioji Station Building March '08. It has a
foreign section. Sogo Dept. Store which occupied the lower floors of the
same building closed Jan '12, but Yurindo remains open.
Book Off Mio Minamino (2F Mio, 1-8-1 Minamino, Hachioji-shi 192_0916; 4
minutes from Hachioji-Minamino Station, two stops south of Hachioji
on the Yokohama Line. 632-8510) "Opened October '11. Used books.
Probably the largest Book Off in the Tokyo area, but much of the
floorspace is devoted to items such as audio-video media, clothes,
toys and electrical appliances, all used. Some foreign books."
Open 10-21. [11/11] [Another Book Off, near Keio Hachioji
Terminal, also has some foreign books.]
NTT long-distance area code: Hachioji 042.
Takao Bungado (1227-4 Hatsuzawa-cho, Hachioji-shi 193_0845; 1F Takao Park
Heights (Daiei). South (Keio) side of JR/Keio Takao Stn, 2 minutes
from gates. Phone/Fax 665-3944) "Small shop selling used books. A
handful of foreign books, scattered through the shelves." Open
10-20. Closed irr, 1 or 2 days per month. [12/13]
NTT long-distance area code: Tokyo 03.
Kono Shoten (1-31-6 Komaba, Meguro-ku 153_0041; South side of Inokashira
Line Komaba-Todai-mae. Phone/Fax 3467-3071;
http://www.kosho.ne.jp/~kono) "Used bookstore nearby Tokyo
University Campus. Academic collection. Most books in English,
also some French and German. Strong in classic philosophy, history,
art and drama." Open 10-20, -18 Sat, Sun, Hol.
Shimo-Kitazawa and Yoyogi-Uehara:
Don't even think of getting here by foot from Kami-Kitazawa, 4km away.
Village Vanguard (2-10-15A Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku 155_0031; 1F Honda Gekijo,
2 minutes from Odakyu/Keio Shimo-Kitazawa South Exit. Walk
northeast along Odakyu tracks and turn right at railroad crossing.
3460-6145) "Books, manga, calendars stacked among toys, sweets,
underwear, lighters, incense, ... Strong in manga and art. Many
odd titles yet searches come hard. The most eccentric of all
Village Vanguard outlets."
Dorama Shimokitazawa Part 5 (2-14-10 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku 155_0031;
Shimokitazawa South Exit. Enter street on right side of McDonalds,
pass two Dorama branches (CDs, DVDs, no books) and turn left at the
corner between noodle shop and HVC. 4 minutes from station exit.
3414-0049) Very clean. Must be the cleanest used book store in
Japan. Very few foreign books. Open 10-1AM. [08/12]
SO Books (Syoshi Ogasawara) (1-47-5 Uehara, Shibuya-ku151_0064; From Odakyu
Yoyogi-Hachiman proceed to exit of Subway Chiyoda Line Yoyogi-koen
(Exit 1). Enter short alley opposite of subway exit, turn right and
use tunnel to cross Yamate-dori. In the small shopping district on
the west side of Yamate-dori viaduct, beside grocer. Nearby is
Tomigaya Library. 6416-8299; http://book-oga.com/) "Art.
Photography. Small shop but fine selection." Open Noon-20. Closed
Sun and irr. Appointment recommended. [07/12]
Heaven's Door, bar owned by an Englishman, has several shelves foreign
books. 4 books 1000 yen. Mostly fiction. [On block with Mister Donuts,
beyond the two audio/video Dorama branches and HVC.
http://t-heavensdoor.jugem.jp/, http://www.heavensdoortokyo.com/] [07/12]
"Localers insist that Shimo-Kitazawa is where things are really happening.
If you are looking for vintage record albums or amateur musicians, here is
the place to go. The town is known for its theaters and cheap, eccentric
restaurants. You have to find yourself through a wicked maze to get
Tokyo Camii Turkish Culture Center is one of the prominent Islamic Mosques
in Tokyo. (Inokashira-dori on the north side of Yoyogi-Uehara Station.
http://www.tokyocamii.org/) Some English and Japanese books on Islam and
Turkey sold. They also have a large library of books in Turkish.
Furuhon Daigaku closed August 2010.
Seiwa Shoten showroom (psychology) closed October 2010.
NTT long-distance area code: Chofu 042.
Parco Book Center (1-38-1 Kojima-cho, Chofu-shi, Tokyo 182_0026; Faces Keio
Chofu Junction North Exit. 489-5351; HQ Ikebukuro) "Bookstore of
stylish mall. Large art and design section. Some foreign
paperbacks." Open 10-20:30, -21 Fri. [11/08]
Shinko Shoten (1-36-8 Fuda 182_0024; North side of station. Across the
street is Seiyu. 487-2222, Fax 489-1330) "Computer/communication
technology section better than nearby Parco's. No foreign books."
Open 10-22, -20:30 Sun, Hol. [11/08]
NTT long-distance area code: Fuchu 042.
Keibundo Fuchu (1-3-6 Fuchu-machi, Fuchu-shi, Tokyo 183_0055; In Higashi
(east) Mall beneath tracks, 2F of Fuchu Station. 366-3151) "Large
general selection. About 1 shelf foreign paperbacks. Government
reports sold here. Of local interest only. Chain owned by Keio
Railways." Open 9:30-22:30, 10-22 Sun, Hol. [08/11]
Yumeno-Ehondo (2-20-13-105 Fuchu-machi; Southeast corner of Sakura-dori and
Fuchu-koen-dori (both laced with cherry trees). Near Central
Library. About 8 minutes from Keio Fuchu by foot. 358-0333)
"Small, clean shop of used books. About half devoted to books for
children. Front window displays some foreign picture books."
Closed Wed. [03/08]
Kinokuniya Fuchu closed August '06.
"Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (Tokyo Gaikokugo Daigaku, TUFS) Library
is open to the general public. (This is rare in Japan - university
libraries, including those of public institutions, are usually closed.) Old
editions of TIME (from 1950) and DER SPIEGEL (from 1969) available along
with many books on Japan. Have ready personal ID when visiting. (3-11-1
Asahi-cho, Fuchu-shi, Tokyo 183_8534; East side of Seibu Tama Station.
Transfer from JR at Musashi-Sakai, from Keio at Musashinodai. 330-5195
(library), Fax 330-5199 (library); See map: http://www.tufs.ac.jp/) Campus
coop bookshop is small and has little foreign material beyond dictionaries
and language texts."
Nishigahara Shoten, near Seibu Tama Stn. closed May '10.
NTT long-distance area code: Tama-shi 042.
Kumazawa Shoten Seiseki Sakuragaoka (1-11-1 Sekido, Tama-shi 206_0011; 7F
Building A, Keio Seiseki Sakuragaoka Station Shopping Center.
337-2531) "General bookstore. Several tall shelves foreign books,
more than Fuchu Keibundo. Used to have a number of imported
magazines; now only TIME and NEWSWEEK." Open 10-21. Closed irr.
Book Off Seiseki Sakuragaoka (4-72 Sekido; 4F OPA, south side of Seiseki
Sakuragaoka Station. 357-1855) "Used books. Opened Oct. 7 2011.
Replaces Ichinomiya store, which closed Sept. 25. Some foreign
books." Open 10-21. [11/11]
Book Plaza Sigma Worldwide (1-2-2 Sakuragaoka, Tama-shi 206_0013; Near Tama
Sakuragaoka Post Office, halfway between Keio Seiseki Sakuragaoka
and Keio/Odakyu Nagayama. Bus Stop Sakuragaoka 4-chome. 357-3773,
Fax 357-3774; http://www.sigmaworldwide.co.jp/) "Books on
automobiles, motorcycles and other vehicles. Does most business
through internet auctions." Open 10-19. Closed irr. [12/06]
Aoi Shoten is large, but has no foreign books. [The Square; 1-1-5 Sekido]
The Sekido Branch of Tama City Public Library in the same building has some
Niyuukan Shobo closed around '07.
The general bookstore in OPA (Kuroda Shoten, then Tokiwa Shobo) closed '08.
Furuhon Tamatsubaki closed Aug '13. Online sales continue.
Book Center Ito Seiseki Sakuragaoka closed Feb '14.
Tama Center, Nagayama and southern Hachioji:
NTT long-distance area code: Tama-shi 042, Hachioji 042.
Keibundo Tama (1-10-1 Ochiai, Tama-shi, Tokyo 206_0033; Beneath tracks,
Keio Tama Center Station. 372-2288) "Second largest bookstore in
Tama Center. This store used to sell some paperbacks, but now only
bilingual books and language texts printed in Japan are available."
Open 10-22:30, -22:00 Sun, Hol. [09/11]
Maruzen Tama Center (1-46-1 Ochiai 206_0033; 5F Cocolia Tama Center, above
Mitsukoshi Department Store. South side of station, a bit uphill.
5 minutes from exit. 355-3220, Fax 355-3066; HQ Marunouchi) "1.2
million books. Opened April '11. The largest store in the western
Tokyo area as of Spring '12. The layout is more like a Junkudo than
Maruzen, but unlike the typical Junkudo, only a small number of
seats and no desks are provided. Foreign section has fiction,
non-fiction, language texts, books on Japan and translations of
Japanese novels and manga. Map section has imported maps and the
LONELY PLANET series. Though foreign stock is small for a Maruzen
of this size, it is much better than those of other stores in Tama
Center, Seiseki Sakuragaoka, Chofu and Machida. Not attractive to
those close to Shinjuku, or on the Chuo Line, unless one is also
visiting the following Book Off." Open 10:30-21. [06/12]
Book Off Tama Nagayama (6-29 Nagayama, Tama-shi 206_0025; Free shuttle bus
departs from Keio-Odakyu Nagayama Station. 2 runs per hour on
weekdays, 3 on weekends. Go down stairs on the left side of coffee
shop and wait at the island with kinetic sculpture, beyond taxi
pool. Bus takes about 10 minutes to Book Off. The additional
weekend shuttle runs stop by at Tama Center Station. 357-2701)
"Very large used bookstore. Quite large foreign section: 4 high
shelves. Also sells videos, audio CDs, video games and toys. (The
Book Off in Tama Carillon near Tama Center Station is smaller, but
has some foreign books.)" Open 10-22. [06/12]
Book Center Ito Higashi-Nakano Main Store (533 Higashi-Nakano, Hachioji-shi
192_0351; Near Chuo University campus. About 15 minutes from
Monorail Otsuka-Teikyodaigaku. Shortly west of Amano bus stop on
Yaen-kaido. 676-7376) "Used books. Many college textbooks as well
as manga. Very few foreign books: less than 1 shelf 2F. Seiseki
and Tachikawa Hagoromo branches have more foreign books." Open
Kumazawa Shoten Tama Carillon closed Jan. '12. Book Off moved into the
Machida and Sagamihara:
Odakyu-Sagamihara and JR Sagamihara are 5 miles apart.
NTT long-distance area codes: Machida 042, Sagamihara 042.
Kokopelli (1-18-16 Nakamachi, Machida-shi, Tokyo 194_0021; Northeast side
of Odakyu Machida Station. Follow street along north side of Odakyu
tracks. Adjacent to Circle K. http://www.kokopelli.jp/) "Shop
selling Native American jewelry. Comprehensive collection of Native
American books printed in Japan. Some English books." Open
Noon-20. Closed Wed.
Hisamido Main Store (6-11-10 Hara-Machida, Machida-shi, Tokyo 194_0013;
East side of Odakyu Machida Station. Near north end of platform and
police box. 725-1330) "General bookstore. Regional chain.
Established 1945. Remains popular despite the tense competition. A
half shelf or so foreign books 3F." (Not "Kumido".) Open 10-20.
Closed 2nd Wed monthly. [Hisamido Odakyu Store (6-12-20
Hara-Machida; 8F Odakyu Dept. Store above Odakyu Station.
727-1111) Open 10-20. Closed irr. Tue.] [01/10]
Book Off Super Bazaar Machida Chuo-dori (4-4-8 Hara-Machida; On Chuo-dori,
east side of JR Machida Station, shortly north of Nakamise and south
of Hisamido Main. 739-4580) "Huge used bookstore. 2200 square
meters. Foreign books 2F: paperback novels, art, some cookbooks and
computer books. Probably most foreign books in area. Opened Dec.
'09." Open 10-22. [01/10]
Aoi Shoten Machida (6-2-6 Hara-Machida; 8F modi, adjacent to Odakyu station
on the south side. 812-2773) "350,000 books. Rich stock of
Japanese books. Few foreign books." Open 10-22:30. [01/10]
Yurindo Lumine Machida (6-1-11 Hara-Machida; 7F Lumine, east side of JR
tracks, 723-3018, Fax 723-7046; HQ Yokohama) "Strong in
technical, educational material. Now no foreign books." Open
Takahara Shoten Main Store (1-31-17 Morino, Machida-shi 194_0022; Take
first street beyond northeast end of Odakyu platform northwest about
4 blocks, turn left beyond Machida City offices, a right at the end
and a left at the first corner (yellow sign). 2 blocks west of
Sundai. 725-7554, Fax 721-2650; http://www.takahara.co.jp/)
"Large used bookstore. 4 floors. Relocated May '01. Foreign books
in several locations: children's books 1F, serious literature 2F,
rail magazines 3F. Not many foreign books. Shinjuku branch (Kosho
Center) now closed. Once an untidy bargain store, but now the
collection emphasizes quality, and the layout is clean, probably in
response to Book Off's growth." Open 10-20. Closed 3rd Wed
Libro Machida (1-14-17 Morino; 7F Seiyu. North side of Odakyu Machida West
Exit. 726-0570; HQ Ikebukuro) "General bookstore, strong in art
and culture. A few foreign books: paperbacks and art volumes."
Open 10-22. [01/10]
Kumazawa Shoten Sagami-Ono (3-8-1 Sagami-Ono, Sagamihara-shi, Kanagawa-ken
228_0803; 6F Mylord, above Odakyu platform. 767-1285) "General
bookstore. 1 shelf foreign books." Open 10-21.
Kinokuniya Sagamihara Isetan (4-4-3 Sagami-Ono; 6F Isetan A-kan. 4 minutes
from station. 745-2811, Fax 745-0611; HQ Shinjuku) "Rather small
store for Kinokuniya. Small science section, more emphasis on
hobby, culture and art. (They should know that the Kinokuniya book
cover gives status to the Odakyu passenger.) About 1 shelf foreign
books, not much more than the nearby rivals." Open 10-19:30.
The English Resource (established 1991) merged with
Nellie's English Bookstore in '03. Nellie's closed the Sagamihara branch
August '07. The English Resource still exists as a web site that provides
classroom hints and hiring notices: http://englishresource.com/
Grimm (children's books; Odakyu Higashi-Rinkan) closed Oct. '06. They still
sell books online (http://www.d6.dion.ne.jp/~grimm). Office in Yokohama.
Machida City Central Library has a modest foreign section. (3-2-9
Hara-Machida; Several blocks southeast of Tokyu Machida, near first viaduct
over JR tracks. 042-728-8220) Open 10-17, -20 Tue, Fri. Closed Mon, 2nd
Thu monthly (next day when Hol), Dec 28 - Jan 4.
The city center is around Odakyu Hon-Atsugi.
JR/Odakyu Atsugi Junction is across the river, in Ebina-shi.
NTT long-distance area code: Atsugi 046.
Yurindo Atsugi (2-6 Nakacho, Atsugi-shi, Kanagawa_ken 243_0018; Near Odakyu
Hon-Atsugi North Exit. 223-4111, Fax 223-4110; HQ Yokohama)
"Largest store in region. Foreign books 4F." Open 10-21, -20:30
Jiyugaoka and Oyamadai:
First departure from Tokyu Shibuya always reaches Jiyugaoka Junction first.
NTT long-distance area code: Tokyo 03.
Nishimura Bunseido (2-11-8 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku 152_0035; West side of
Tokyu Jiyugaoka Station. Southwest corner of block with
Mitsui-Sumitomo Bank. Phone/Fax 3717-6843;
http://home.a07.itscom.net/bunseido/) "Used books. Some foreign
books: used paperbacks, children's books, hardcover academic books.
Titles tend to be serious. Also real and fake books for decorative
purposes. They also offer the service of filling shelves with such
books. (Photos of foreign books for sale and decoration work:
http://home.a07.itscom.net/bunseido/newpage1.html)." Open 10-20.
Manantial moved to Shibuya and became InterSpain '03. Moved (and changed
name) again in '07. Now it is the bookstore in the Tokyo Cervantes
Lindbergh (automobile) closed shop November '11. Collection moved to
Tsutaya Daikanyama T-Site.
Fiona Jiyugaoka (children's books) closed March '14.
NTT long-distance area code: Tokyo 03.
Kids' Books (702 City Court Yoga 1-2-6 Tamagawadai, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
158-0096, From Den'en Toshi Line Youga Stn. go southwest, beyond
expressway. Near route 246. Building on east side of street;
convenience store on opposite side. Phone/Fax 6805-6216,
http://kidsbks.co.jp/) "Books for children and educational
material. Moved from Hiro-o to Shibuya '07, again to Yoga Feb.
2014." Open on appointment.
Futako-Tamagawa and Mizonokuchi:
NTT long-distance area code: Tokyo 03, Kawasaki 044.
Kinokuniya Tamagawa Takashimaya (3-17-1 Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
158_0094; 5F Tamagawa Takashimaya Shopping Center South Bldg.
3709-2091, Fax 3709-2080; HQ Shinjuku) "Larger than Bunkyodo
beyond the river, richer variety of Japanese books. Renovated and
expanded Sept. '03. 300,000 books. Foreign section puts much
emphasis on picture books and language study texts; not many
paperbacks." Open 10-21.
Bunkyodo Main Store (3-1-28 Hisamoto, Takatsu-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa-ken
213_0011; South of JR/Tokyu (Musashi) Mizonokuchi Junction. On
east side of Nambu Line tracks. 3 minutes from station gate by
foot. 812-0063) "Main store of national chain. Some foreign books
2F. Large manga selection 3F. Another branch in Nocty nearby may
also have foreign books. Of local interest only." Open 10-23.
NTT long-distance area code: Yokohama 045.
Book 1st Aobadai (2-1-1 Aobadai; 3F&4F Tokyu Square 1-annex, southwest side
of Aobadai Station. 989-1781) "Large general bookstore. Good for
both technical and art books. Large foreign section (4F) has
paperback fiction and non-fiction, books on Japan, translated
Japanese literature, ELT and art books. Some imported books in the
Japanese architecture section. Among stores on the Tokyu
Den'en-toshi Line west of Shibuya this one has most foreign books."
Open 10-22. Closed irr. [11/06]
The Yurindo in Tama Plaza Terrace, above Tokyu Tama Plaza Stn. has some
Bunkyodo Aobadai closed Feb '09.
NTT long-distance area code: Tokyo 03.
Mekong Center (3F Kase Bldg. 3-6-3 Minami-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku 140_0004;
East of Keikyu Aomono-Yokocho Station, on Geneve-Heiwa-dori, about 5
minutes by foot. Near post office. 20 minutes from JR/Tokyu
Oimachi. 3471-0162; http://mekong-center.net/) "Vietnamese books.
Largest such collection in Tokyo. Very few books in Japanese or
English. Also sells videos, CDs, food. (Moved from west side of
Oimachi Stn. '07.) No store at the address July 2012. Phone line
is still alive and listed by NTT, but nobody answers."
Yurindo in Oimachi Atre has very few foreign books. [07/12]
Book Off near Omori Station has about one shelf foreign books. [11/14]
All stores in Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa-ken.
NTT long-distance area code: Kawasaki 044.
Yurindo Atre Kawasaki (26-1-607 Ekimae-honcho, Kawasaki-ku 210_0007; 6F
Atre Kawasaki, JR Station Mall. 200-6831, Fax 211-5571;
HQ Yokohama) "Large general bookstore. Good Japanese
computer/electronics book section. (Toshiba has factories in the
region.) One shelf foreign books." Open 10-21. [Popular Japanese
titles in Azalea Underground Mall Branch (26-2 Ekimae-honcho;
245-1231) Open 10-22.] [09/11]
Aoi Shoten Kawasaki (8 Ekimae-honcho; 4F Dice. Near Keikyu Kawasaki.
North end of Azalea Mall. 233-6518, Fax 233-5619; HQ Nakano)
"Opened September '03. 600,000 books on one huge floor (3,300
square meters). Probably larger than Maruzen. Casual selection.
High, long shelves and wide alleys. Foreign section toward north
end: art, language texts, on Japan, paperbacks. More foreign books
than Yurindo." Open 10-21. [09/11]
Book Off Kawasaki More's (7 Ekimae-honcho 210_8504; 3F More's. Across the
street from JR Kawasaki East Exit. 221-6905) "Used books. About 3
shelves foreign books." Open 10-22. [11/14]
Maruzen Lazona Kawasaki (1F Lazona Kawasaki Plaza 72-1 Horikawacho,
Saiwai-ku 212_8576; West side of JR Kawasaki Station. Go down
escalator on right side of JR Kawasaki West Exit. 520-1869, Fax
520-1870; HQ Marunouchi) "Opened Sept. '06. Great Japanese
technical selection. Best in Kawasaki for books and magazines in
English. But no foreign technical books." Open 10-21. [11/14]
Kinokuniya Kawasaki closed Jan '08.
Progetto (art and design books) closed Dec '10.
Chinese grocery Shinka (Xinxua) stopped selling books (Fall '06).
Kawasaki City (Shiritsu) Library has a modest foreign section. Books in
English, Korean and Chinese. (12-1 Ekimae-honcho, Kawasaki; 2 minutes from
station, east side of JR Kawasaki, shortly to the north. 044-200-7011;
Kanagawa Prefectural (Kenritsu) Kawasaki Library is strong in industry and
technology. Unique collection of corporate histories on 3F. Not many
foreign books. (East side of JR Kawasaki, beyond NTT. About 15 minutes by
NTT long-distance area code: Yokohama 045.
Yurindo Lumine Yokohama (2-16-1 Takashima, Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220_0011; 6F
Yokohama Station Mall, east side of tracks. 453-0811, Fax
441-5403) "Strong in the humanities. Of the Yurindo branches in
the Yokohama area, this store has most foreign books - which is not
much." Open 10-22. [12/09] [Yurindo The Diamond Store/Toyo Store
(1-4 B1 Minami-Saiwai 220_0004; 3 Yurindo branches in 'The Diamond'
shopping center beneath bus terminal on west side of Yokohama
Station. Take escalator down and turn right between stairs B and D.
General/business book section (The Diamond Store) on the left and
bunko section on the right. Turn left at end (toward bank ATMs) and
behind the stationery shop is the manga/technical book section (Toyo
Store). Open 10-22.]
Maruzen Yokohama Porta (2-16-1-209 Takashima 220_0011, Yokohama Porta,
underground mall between east-side station gates and Sogo.
453-6811) "Small store. Currently no foreign books." Open 10-22.
Kinokuniya Yokohama (2-18-1 Takashima 220_8510; 7F Yokohama Sogo, east side
of JR Yokohama. 450-5901, Fax 450-5902; HQ Shinjuku) "Third
largest Kinokuniya in Tokyo area. Opened April '02. 600,000 books
in stock. Foreign literature, language texts, books on Japan, art
volumes in section 6. Far less foreign books than Kinokuniya
Shinjuku South." Open 10-20.
Book Off Yokohama Vivre (2-15-13 Minami-Saiwai, Nishi-ku 220_8577; 8F
Vivre. From JR Yokohama West Exit take street between Takashimaya
and Bay Sheraton Hotel. Just beyond bridge. 412-6010) "Used
books. Large store. 8 shelves foreign books." Open 11-21.
Aoi Shoten Yokohama (2-16-1 Minami-Saiwai; 4F-6F Daiei, adjacent to Vivre.
349-8377; HQ Nakano) "Opened Oct. '06. Originally three floors,
but one has closed. Floor plan resembles Junkudo's, but they
haven't achieved their finesse of selection and layout. The foreign
section is small." Open 10-23. [08/13]
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (Sakuragicho):
JR sky-blue trains (usually called "Keihin-Tohoku Line", but "Negishi Line"
is geographically precise) and Yokohama Subway trains serve Sakuragicho.
The Minato Mirai Line is an underground extension of the Tokyu Toyoko Line.
It is run by a rail company separate from both Tokyu and Yokohama Subway.
Through tickets are available at most Tokyu stations.
Kinokuniya Yokohama Minato Mirai (1-1-7 Sakuragicho, Naka-ku, Yokohama,
Kanagawa-ken 231_8331; 5F Colette Mare, white building 1 minute
from JR Sakuragicho South Exit. 640-3081) "Opened March '10. A
store of modest size by today's standards. Perhaps more foreign
books than the Kinokuniya in downtown Yokohama." Open 11-20.
Kumazawa Shoten Landmark Plaza (2-2-1 Minato-Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama
220_8172; 5F Landmark Tower Mall, near Minato Mirai 21 Station. 5
minutes from JR Sakuragicho. 683-1021, Fax 683-1040) "Large
store. Used to be a major Yurindo branch, with most foreign books
in the chain. Yurindo moved out July '09. Kumazawa reopened in the
same place two months later. Several shelves foreign books, mostly
paperbacks. Probably this store has most foreign books in the
Yokohama area, but the former Yurindo had much more." Open 11-20.
Book Off Yokohama Minato Mirai closed Sept. '10. It lasted only 9 months.
"Honcho-dori, described in 'More Ever Wonder Why' by Douglas B.Smith and
'Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins' as the possible origin of the
expression "hunky-dori" is the road at the right of Sakuragicho Station West
Exit that crosses the bridge and heads toward Kanagawa-ken Government Hall.
Ask someone at the station or the post office for directions."
Yokohama Isezaki-cho (Kannai):
Seibundo (5-57 Minami-Nakadori, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231_0006; Right outside
Minato Mirai Line Bashamichi Exit 5. On block north is Kanagawa-ken
History Museum. Phone/Fax 663-9587) "Used academic books. Solid
selection of social sciences and the humanities. Good for Christian
books and philosophy. Some science books. Small fraction foreign,
scattered through shelves. Proprietor well informed and helpful.
Moved from Isezaki-cho." Open 11-19 through year. [04/06]
Yurindo Main Store (1-4-1 Isezaki-cho, Naka-ku 231_0045; Isezaki Mall, on
west side of JR Negishi Line Kannai Station. 261-1231, Fax
261-1248) "Head of regional chain; fourth largest in total sales
among Japanese booksellers. Most stores in Kanagawa-ken, a few in
Tokyo. This store has a large medical section. Some foreign books
in basement. Yurindo branches used to have better foreign sections
than most other chains, but this changed at around the time the
Landmark Plaza store closed (August '09). 'Yurin' means 'neighbor
exists'. (Analects 4:25)" Open 10-20. [12/09]
Senseido moved out of Odeon Bldg. Summer '03 to street level, near Book Off.
An apprentice took over and changed store name to Isezaki Shorin. Closed
Tanabe Shoten (slightly north of Yurindo and Book Off) closed Dec '13.
There are several more used book sellers west of Odeon Bldg. The first one
on the south side, Nagisa, has a small rack of paperbacks by the entrance.
Don't expect much at nearby Isezaki Shobo, which appears near top when you
ask Google for "Yokohama bookstores"; call beforehand to check whether they
have what you want. There are a few more stores; the ratio of vulgar
magazines and videos rises as one proceeds west.
Takahashi Shoten (2-85 Motomachi, Naka-ku 231_0861; Center of Motomachi
shopping area, between JR Ishikawa-cho and Minato Mirai Line
Motomachi-Chukagai. 664-7371) "This store is small, but about one
half of the selection is foreign: magazines, language texts, on
Japan, fine art, food and English translations of Japanese
literature and manga. Also postcards and greeting cards.
Established 1911, as an importer of books and stationery." Open
10:30-19, 11- Sun, Hol. Closed Mon. [04/06]
NTT long-distance area code: Yokohama 045.
Shizenrin (1-15 Yamatocho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi 231_0862; JR Negishi Line
Yamate Station. Turn right into shopping district south side of
station. About 5 minutes from station, beside Higashi-Nihon Bank.
622-6071, Fax 622-6071 ) "Used books. Emphasis on nature. About
10% foreign books: paperback literature, dictionaries, on Japan.
Also old postcards and tourist maps." [08/13]
NTT long-distance area code: Kamakura 0467.
Shimamori Shoten (1-9-3 Komachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa-ken 284_0006; 2
minutes from JR Yokosuka Line Kamakura Stn. On Wakamiya Blvd.
There is another, smaller bookstore named Shorindo nearby, visible
from the station exit. 22-0266, Fax 23-0727) "Medium-size general
bookstore. Fine collection of local publications. Perhaps a book
or two about Kamakura in English among them, but no other foreign
books." Open 10-21. [11/11]
Community free paper THE SHONAN POST holds an annual fund-raising bazaar in
early winter, during the Kamakura International Festival. Hundreds of
donated foreign-language books for sale. THE SHONAN POST is distributed at
Shimamori, Fujisawa Station, Kamakura Station, Shonan area kohminkan
(community centers), etc. [10/14]
NTT long-distance area code: Yokosuka 046.
Kumazawa Shoten Yokosuka (2-1-12 Honcho, Yokosuka-shi, Kanagawa-ken
238_0041; Shopper's Plaza Yokosuka, near Keikyu Shioiri. 821-2403)
"Probably more foreign books than rival Hirasaka Shoten." Open
Hirasaka Shobo (2-302-30 Wakamastu-cho, Yokosuka-shi 238_8533; 7F More's
City, northern (hilly) side of Keikyu Yokosuka-Chuo. 822-2655)
"Regional chain. The store in More's is the largest bookstore on
the peninsula and has most foreign books in the chain. A few small
shelves paperbacks and books on Japan." Open 10-21. [11/06]
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