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Jimbocho is to books what Akihabara is to electronics, what Shibuya crossing is to first-time visitors with vi …

Jimbocho is to books what Akihabara is to electronics, what Shibuya crossing is to first-time visitors with videocameras. Known as Tokyo’s book town, Jimbocho is home to a concentration of over 180 bookshops, publishing houses, and literary societies.

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The book market at Jimbocho is best accessed from Jimbocho subway station, Kudanshita subway station, Shin-Ochanomizu/Ogawamachi/Awajicho subway stations (connected underground), or JR Suidobashi station. The majority of book shops on Yasukuni-dori are noticeably located on the south side only, which is said to protect books from damage by sun exposure. Everything from the latest published volumes, to academic collections, art books, old magazines, and rare and antique books can be found here, if you enjoy the search.

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You can spend hours browsing even if you cannot read Japanese. It’s easy to lose a few hours (if only that) rummaging around neighbourhood. Look out for the annual book festival, held in late October each year, when over a hundred local stores erect stalls on the streets. There are also some cafes, good restaurants, sports goods shops around. You will never feel bored. Please check it out!

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