Kanda Jimbocho Secondhand Bookstores

With Over 170 shops, it is the World’s Largest Bookseller Street

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Shopping Streets

The world’s largest street of bookstores is in Jimbocho, a neighborhood in the Kanda district of Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward.
With over 170 shops dealing in used books, there are many genres of reading material to choose from.
In addition to Japanese publications, there are shops handling old books from around the world as well as precious and rare reading materials.
While most shops handle secondhand books, some deal in new books and sundries.
What’s more, the streets are dotted with cafes where you can relax and enjoy reading.
At the annual autumn festival, many people gather to see lots of books line the streets.

Highlights

  • Jimbocho Crossing is at the center of this bookseller street, right above Jimbocho Subway Station. Many bookstores line the street along the south side of Yasukuni Dori. .
  • Jimbocho is the world’s largest shopping street for old books.
  • A book festival is held here every autumn.
  • Enjoy reading a book at one of the cafes dotting the streets.

Photos

  • Kanda Jimbocho Secondhand Bookstores

    Kanda Jimbocho Secondhand Bookstores

  • Kanda Jimbocho Secondhand Bookstores

    Kanda Jimbocho Secondhand Bookstores

  • The retro ambiance of old bookstores

    The retro ambiance of old bookstores

  • The Kanda Secondhand Book Festival

    The Kanda Secondhand Book Festival

  • The Kanda Secondhand Book Festival

    The Kanda Secondhand Book Festival

  • The alleys of Jimbocho are dotted with venerable cafes

    The alleys of Jimbocho are dotted with venerable cafes

Reviews

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  • Always.No1

    整條街上都是書店,人潮也都擠滿滿的,日本人真是很愛閱讀的民族。

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Details

Name in Japanese
神田神保町古書街
Postal Code
101-0051
Address
Kanda Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Closed
It depends on the shop, but many are closed on Sundays and national holidays
Access
1) About 1 minute on foot from Jimbocho Station on the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line or the Toei Mita Line and Toei Shinjuku Line
2) About 10 minutes on foot from Ochanomizu Bridge Entrance of Ochanomizu Station on the JR Chuo Line
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)