With around 200 bookstores, Jimbocho is also known as the “City of Books.” With its many second-hand and specialized bookstores, historic buildings, retro cafes, and unique stores, Jimbocho is a very deep part of Tokyo that allows you to make new discoveries every time you visit the neighborhood.
Our stroll through Jimbocho starts in Kanda Suzuran-dori Street, where many unique bookstores gather. Pass the shopping street and turn left at the Surugadaishita Crossing, and on the edge of Yasukuni-Dori Street, you will find even more bookshops and historical buildings.
Book and City Information Center
If you go to the “Book and City Information Center” on Kanda-Suzuran-Dori Street, you can get information about new book releases as well as brochures and city maps of Jimbocho.
Book and City Information Center (inside the Shogakukan Gallery)
PAPER BACK CAFE
With a history of over 130 years, “Books Tokyodo” is one of the most traditional stores in Jimbocho. The building itself has been renewed though.
On the ground floor, there is a book sales area on one side, and the “PAPER BACK CAFE” offering lots of delicious menus on the other side. The books are presented thematically. Once invested in a topic, you won’t be able to leave the store without a new book!
Paper Back Cafe
Along Kanda Suzuran-Dori Street
Besides the bookstores, I found many interesting things and funny sights along Kanda Suzuran-Dori Street!
Off to Yasukuni-Dori Street
Turn left at Surugadaishita Crossing and walk along Yasukuni Dori Street.
This street with its many historic buildings is home to many bookstores that have been in business for a long time.
Hara Shobo, which opened in Jimbocho in 1932, is a bookstore specializing in books on Chinese oracle studies as well as ukiyo-e. The store has a wide variety of affordable works such as ukiyo-e prints, new prints, and reprints, as well as premium products. Japanese hanga woodblock prints are a great decoration for your home and also make a nice gift!
The prints for sale can also be viewed online.
How did you like our excursion through Jimbocho? Jimbocho is not only interesting for bookworms but also exciting for foodies, retro fans, and people who like taking unique pictures. Jimbocho can be enjoyed in many ways! Please visit Jimbocho on a sunny day and stroll around town. You are sure to find a treasure too!