Jimbocho Booktown — A Booklover’s Paradise

Nestled close to several universities and publishing houses is a booklover’s paradise. Tokyo’s Jimbocho Booktown offers hundreds of bookstores, art shops, and local restaurants to explore. You’ll find everything from a vintage Japanese manga to translated Japanese literature and study guides. In addition, there are bookstores specializing in children’s books, stationery, calligraphy, and more.

Books Sanseid offers a wide selection of English and Japanese books

Books Sanseidō

By far one of the most popular destinations is the six-story Books Sanseidō where many English language books are available. The books are both recently published and classic, from western and local authors alike. In addition, there are quirky gifts for any bibliophile such as embroidered book covers and book dusting brushes. Be sure to check out the amazing gift shop on the ground floor.

Paper Back Cafe and Bookstore

Paper Back Café and Bookstore

Bookstores and Cafés

Just behind Sanseidō is the Paper Back Café bookstore and restaurant. There you’ll find the tables crowded with visitors reading or working on laptops. This is the perfect place to sit and enjoy your new books or relax with a good cup of coffee.

GLITCH COFFEE & ROASTERS located south of Jimbocho, is famous for its artisanal blends. The smell of coffee beans roasted on-site by the talented baristas draws patrons from far and wide.

An antique book and art store in Jimbocho

A vintage shop in Jimbocho

Check Out Jimbocho’s Amazing Restaurants

There is a lot more than books to tempt travelers. After shopping, stop by Loving Hut for a delicious vegan meal or grab a quick bite to eat at Taco Bell.

If you are looking for something stronger, the trendy ChatGatto wine bar and the Craft Beer Market entice more mature visitors. You are welcome to stay late into the night and sample their impressive drink menus.

With hundreds of stores to choose from and plenty of amazing cafes and restaurants, Jimbocho is not to be missed!

Jimbocho Book Town Access

How to get to get there:

Take the Mita, Shinjuku, or Hanzomon subway lines to Jimbocho Station.

Looking for other places to visit in Tokyo? Check out this cute Kura Sushi restaurant in Harajuku or visit the famous Tokyo Tower.