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Bookstores in Japan
Northern Japan (north of Tokyo)
19 Feb 2014
Note 1: The earthquake and tsunami of March 11 2011, and subsequent fuel
and electricity shortages caused disruptions in the Tohoku region.
Two stores in this list, Junkudo Sendai and Kikuya Mangakan, had to close.
Both returned to the original building in November. According to websites,
all others stores listed were back to normal business by end of September.
Note 2: 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
Cities listed in this file:
Maebashi, Takasaki, Kiryu and Oizumi
Note: Hitachi City and Mito are in the Tsukuba/Eastern Tokyo file.
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: Kitami 0157.
Fukumura Shoten, largest bookstore in region, went out of business June '11.
Coach & Four opened a large store October '11. [521 Namiki-cho, Kitami; On
NTT long-distance area code: Kushiro 0154.
Houbundo (8-1 Kita-Odori, Kushiro-shi, Hokkaido 085_0015; South side of
station, east side of wide street. Phone/Fax 31-4880, 22-4465
(main store)) "Used books. Regional industries (mining, fishing
railroad), wildlife, art. Jazz and classic records. Great place
for books on Takuboku. Very few foreign books. Well organized."
Coach & Four Kushiro (7-1-24 Harutori 096_0813; Near Harutori Park & Ice
Arena. 46-7777; http://www.coachandfour.ne.jp/) "500,000 books.
Orders, including foreign books, accepted through e-mail."
Yamashita Shoten closed Aug. '07.
NTT long-distance area code: Obihiro 0155.
Miyawaki Shoten (2 W8S17 Obihiro-shi 080_0018; Walk down Koen-dori about 15
minutes south of JR Obihiro and turn right. Building with high
ceiling; used to be a bowling alley. 20-6211; HQ Takamatsu) "Was
largest bookstore in region until Kikuya opened. One shelf foreign
books." Open 10-22.
Kikuya Nagasakiya Obihiro (W4S12 Obihiro-shi 080_0014; Inside Nagasaki-ya,
south side of station. 21-7782) "Opened '07. Largest in region.
500,000 books." Open 10-21.
Shun'youdo closed shop July '09 and moved to Otofuke. Continues sales
Central Asahikawa is based on a lattice plan and lies between Ishikari River
and the JR tracks. The central axis is Heiwa-dori-kaimono-koen (shopping
park): Japan's first permanent pedestrian-only avenue.
NTT long-distance area code: Asahikawa 0166.
Sanseido Asahikawa (1-jo Migi-8, Asahikawa-shi, Hokkaido 070_0000; Seibu
Dept. Store B-kan 9F. 2 minutes from JR Asahikawa. 22-6411, Fax
23-8267; HQ Tokyo) "Second largest in city. Some foreign books."
Junkudo Asahikawa (8-108 1-jo-dori 070_0031, 1F-5F Feeal Asahikawa.
26-1120, Fax 26-1180; HQ Kobe) "Opened June '11. Largest in
Asahikawa. Not many foreign books for a Junkudo." Open 10-19:30.
Closed Jan 1.
Fukido Main Store closed '08.
Fukido Mega (which opened in '96) closed Jan. '11.
Book Big Box closed Sept. '10.
Sapporo, final destination of Japanese pioneers, is laid out under an
organized plan like most Hokkaido cities. In the center is Odori (Grand
Boulevard), a park that serves as a fire belt. Avenues running E-W are
called Jo and numbered from Odori, headed with either Kita (for North) or
Minami (South). N-S avenues are usually called Chome-dori. Chome numbers
are headed with either Higashi (East) or Nishi (West) counting from
The N/S - E/W convention often used in foreign correspondence is followed
here. Major intersections have signs with addresses translated into English
but visitors are recommended to learn the Japanese.
NTT long-distance area code: Sapporo 011.
JR Sapporo Terminal
Stores in Hokkaido University vicinity aligned from north to south.
Hokutendo Kita-Juhachijo (N18W3 Kita-ku 001_0018; 1 minute from Subway
Kita-Juhachijo (N18) Station. On north side of street heading east
from intersection with subway exit. 716-5113) "Used bookstore with
good collection in a variety of fields from science readings to
aircraft magazines. Strong in literature. Histories of Hokkaido
communities along the back end. No foreign books." Open 11-19.
Konando (N12W4 Kita-ku 001_0012; On Hokudai-dori, one street west of avenue
above Subway Kita-Junijo (N12) Station. Near Hokkaido University
gates. 716-9429, Fax 716-1410;
http://www.konando-book.com/) "Impressive collection of serious
academic titles, all used. Mostly college textbooks and cornerstone
studies that have become classics. Law, history, science and
literature are among the fields well represented. Also has
collection of Hokkaido town and village histories. Few if any
Kitajunijo Shoten (N12W4 Kita-ku 001_0012; On Hokudai-dori, a bit south of
Konando. 717-7779, http://www.books2-1.com/) "A discount used
book store. Collection not much different from a modest general
bookstore. Mostly recent titles. Lots of literature. Maybe some
foreign books." Open 10-22.
"Hokkaido University's Faculty of Literature leads studies of poet Takuboku
Ishikawa. Students started with a calendar and worked to fill in the events
of each day of his life."
"'Boys be ambitious!' - parting words of Professor William Clark (1826-86),
who came from Massachusetts to teach in the Sapporo School of Agriculture,
is one of the few lines most Japanese learn by heart and understand in
English. Clark was first at a lost: He could not speak Japanese, nor could
his students understand much English. Somehow, they managed to get a school
in order and Clark succeeded in leaving a lasting impression in Japanese
education although his stay was less than a year. Unfortunately the used
bookstores around Hokkaido University, which grew out of Sapporo School of
Agriculture, do not display any noticeable amounts of imported textbooks."
JR Sapporo Terminal:
JR Sapporo Terminal covers blocks N6W2 to N6W4. Two subway stations, several
department stores and an underground mall are connected by a rather
complicated network of corridors.
Kinokuniya Sapporo Main (7 N5W5 Chuo-ku 060_0005; Sapporo 55, west side of
Daimaru. 231-2131, Fax 241-0526; HQ Tokyo) "Opened April 8 '05.
With 4300 square meters, this is the second largest store in the
chain and the second largest bookstore in Hokkaido. The foreign
section is the second best in Sapporo, with paperbacks, books on
Japan, Japanese literature in English, cookbooks, etc." Open 10-21.
Sanseido Sapporo (5 N5W2 Chuo-ku 060_0005; 5F JR Tower Stellar Place
(station mall), 209-5600; HQ Tokyo) "Large store. Former Asahiya
Sapporo. Sanseido took over Jan '09. Some foreign books, including
a shelf of books on linguistics. Sanseido has another, smaller,
branch in Daimaru nearby." Open 10-21. [01/12]
Sapporo Koeido Chikatetsu (Subway) Store closed '08. There is a Koeido
branch in Paseo.
Sapporo Odori District:
Three subway lines merge in Odori Station. A large network of underground
passages connect the junction with adjacent subway stations, a bus terminal,
several department stores and two subterranean malls: the E-W Aurora Town
and N-S Pole Town. The Odori district is about 1000 meters south of JR
Sapporo Station, about 10 minutes by foot.
All stores in Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido.
Stores aligned east to west, north to south.
Maruzen & Junkudo Sapporo (1-8-2 S1W1 060_0061; Marui-Imai Dept. Store
minami (=south) tower B2F-4F. 223-1911, Fax 223-1900; HQ Kobe)
"Opened Dec. '08 as first Junkudo in Hokkaido. Later changed to
Maruzen & Junkudo. Largest bookstore in Hokkaido. 5900 square
meters. Foreign books 2F. Many technical books: politics,
economics, history, psychology, math, physics, etc. Best selection
of foreign books in any city north of Tokyo." Open 10-21. [01/12]
[There is a smaller Maruzen a few blocks north of this store. N1W3
Phone 232-0222. No foreign books. 01/12]
Livre Naniwa (B1&B2F Hinode Bldg. S1W4 060_0061; On corner. Across the
street is Mitsukoshi. 221-3800, Fax 251-8531) "Popular bookstore
in downtown Sapporo. The selection is small but has strong
character." Open 9-21. [The 'Naniwa Shobo' branch in front of
Grand Hotel (N1W3 Chuo-ku 060_0001; 221-4433, Fax 221-4434) is also
busy and has a small Hokkaido book selection on the first floor. No
Tower Books (8F Pivot; Above the main bookstore. 241-3851) "Division of
Tower Records. Sells more magazines than books and very little
literature. Most titles imported. About half the magazines are
devoted to music. Unique selection: sells exactly the books that
Maruzen and Kinokuniya don't handle. Largest Tower Records in
Tokyo." Open 10-20. Closed 2nd, 3rd Tue each month (irr.)
Hokkaido Kampo Hanbai-jo (Odori Park Bldg. 4-23 Odori W11 060_0042; Near
S1W12 Intersection west of Subway Tozai Line Nishi-Juichi-chome
(W11) Station Esco Bldg. Exit. 231-0975, Fax 271-0904) Sells
government statistics and periodical reports.
Asahiya moved into JR Station Mall and then closed '09. Parco Book Center
closed '03. New Day Books closed around '06.
Maruzen Sapporo Minami-Ichijo closed '05. Maruzen Sapporo Pivot closed Jan.
'09. Maruzen Shin-Sapporo Duo closed Oct. '11.
Maruzen Sapporo Ario (2-20 N7E9 Higashi-ku 065_8518; 3F Ario Sapporo. 7
minutes from JR Naebo by foot. 15 minutes from Subway Higashi
Kuyakushomae. 733-6226, Fax 733-6229; HQ Tokyo) "Opened in '06
after Minami-Ichijo store closed. Japanese and foreign books.
Total 300,000 volumes." Open 10-21.
Bunkyodo (8-N1-5 Nango-dori, Shiroishi-ku 003_0023; Subway Tozai Line Nango
7. North of subway exit 3, east side of street. Nearby is a
Lawson's. 1 minute from station. 864-5550, Fax 864-3139) "Used
books, records, CDs. Good for regional studies and music-related
titles. 1 small shelf foreign books near entrance. Mostly Penguin
classics. Order by mail, fax or e-mail: with limited staff they
'can't cope with phone inquiries.' Directions on their homepage
start from Shin Chitose Airport. Those who come from outside
Hokkaido are probably attracted by the record collection." Open
10-22, -21 Nov-Mar. Closed 2nd and 3rd Mon of each month.
Book House Little One (6-S2-1 Hongo-dori, Shiroishi-ku 003_0024; North of
Subway Nango 7 exit 1. Adjacent to Shiroishi Jr. High School on
Hongo-dori. Phone/Fax 860-1325) "Books for children. Very few
foreign titles. The owner participates in children's literature
activities in Kenbuchi." Open 10-19. Closed Wed (open when Hol.)
Coach & Four Muenchen Ohashi (1-13-1-1 Nakanoshima, Toyohira-ku 062_0921;
From Subway Sumikawa west exit go south and turn west at the
intersection with Hokuyo Bank and walk about 10 minutes. On the
north side of the street, near bridge. 817-4000,
http://www.coachandfour.ne.jp/) "Largest branch of the recently
expanding Coach & Four chain which sells books, games and videos.
4,000 square meters. Several shelves foreign books. Orders,
including foreign titles, accepted through e-mail. Apparently
maintained by a small staff, the shelves are not tidy. The Coach &
Four / Reliable Books chain is part of the Tsutaya / Top Culture
group." Open 9-23. [01/12] [Another Coach & Four branch in 1-5
Utsukushigaoka, Kiyota-ku 004_0811. Phone 889-2000.]
NTT long-distance area code: Otaru 0134.
Kinokuniya Otaru (2F Ekimae Daiichi Bldg. 2-22-8 Inaho, Otaru-shi, Hokkaido
047_0032; East side of JR Otaru, by bus terminal. 33-1381, Fax
34-2529; HQ Tokyo) "General bookstore. Some foreign-language
study aids but no imported literature." Open 10-19:30. [01/12]
Kikuya Otaru (11 Chikko, Otaru-shi, Hokkaido 047_0008; 2F Zone 5 Wing Bay
Otaru, connected to JR Otaru-Chikko Station. 31-7077) "Now largest
in Otaru. Several shelves foreign books." Open 10-21. [01/12]
Marubun closed May 2009.
Iroha Shobo closed Sept. 2010.
"Hokkaido does about a half of its trade with Russia. Many freighters arrive
in Otaru and sailors come to the shopping area."
NTT long-distance area code: Hakodate: 0138.
Bunkyodo Hakodate TO (10-25 Yanagawa-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido 040_0015;
TO ("Teioh") Dept. Store 4F, couple blocks west of streetcar
Goryoukaku. 35-5181) "Largest bookstore in Hakodate until Tsutaya
opened. A few foreign books." Open 10-21. [01/11]
Kumazawa Shoten Hakodate (17-12 Wakamatsu-cho, Hakodate-shi 040_0063;
Department store Boni Moriya Annex 5F. Across street from JR
Hakodate Terminal. 24-5721, Fax 24-8005) "General. Very few
foreign books." [01/11]
A large Tsutaya modeled after the store in Daikanyama opened Dec '13. (On
Hakodate-Shindo between Goryoukaku and Kikyou. 30 minutes by foot from
Kikyou Stn. 10 minutes by foot from Showa bus stop.
Sanseido (4-18 Kawahara-cho Hakodate 041_0844) has some foreign books.
Mori Bunkado closed 2004. Libro in Seibu Hakodate also closed.
NTT long-distance area code: Aomori-shi 017.
Narita Honten (1-13-4 Shinmachi, Aomori 030_8588; 4 minutes from JR Aomori.
723-2431, Fax 777-2272) "Largest store in Aomori-shi. 1 shelf
foreign books 2F. Established 1907." Open 10-20. [01/11]
Miyawaki Shoten Aomori (1-2-3 Yanakawa, Aomori 038_0012; 4F&5F Lavina, mall
adjacent to JR Aomori Terminal. 721-1080; HQ Takamatsu) "General
bookstore. Some foreign books." [01/11]
Note that the above reports are based on visits in January 2011, when
business in the area was enjoying a boom accompanying the Shinkansen
extension to Shin-Aomori.
No bookstores around Shin-Aomori Shinkansen Station.
NTT long-distance area code: Hirosaki 0172.
Oyama Koshoten (3-6-7 Ekimae-cho, Hirosaki-shi, Aomori-ken 036_8003; About
8 minutes beyond Ito-Yokado. 32-6030) "Used books. Academic. Has
long been the leader of the region, but sadly, now in disarray.
Very few foreign books."
Kinokuniya Hirosaki (126-1 Dotemachi 036_8182; 1F Park Hotel. About 15
minutes from JR Hirosaki by foot. 36-4511, Fax 36-6186; HQ Tokyo)
"Second largest bookstore in Hirosaki." Open 10-19.
Junkudo Hirosaki Nakasan (49-1 Dotemachi, Hirosaki-shi; 6F,7F Nakasan Dept
Store, central Hirosaki, closer to castle than Kinokuniya. 34-3131,
Fax 80-2002; HQ Kobe) "Opened May 3 2012. 800,000 books. Largest
in Aomori-ken. Few foreign books: only reading practice material
for Japanese students." Open 10-19.
Viva Narita Shoten (24-1 Dotemachi; Near Nakasan Dept. store, on corner
toward castle. Phone/Fax 34-8836) "Used Japanese books, manga
comics for rent, snacks and drinks. 1 shelf foreign paperbacks.
Japanese academic books in main store uphill, near castle. (18-3
NTT long-distance area code: Morioka 019.
Junkudo Morioka (3F/4F MOSS Building 2-8-14 Odori, Morioka-shi, Iwate-ken
020_0022; From JR Morioka North Exit cross bridge (Kaiun-bashi),
pass Hotel Higashi-Nihon and proceed on the street with roofs over
the sidewalks. Turn right (south) at the corner with Lawson's and
Tohoku Bank. 601-6161, Fax 629-2444; HQ Kobe) "Opened December
2006. Now largest in Morioka. Large foreign section." Open 10-21.
Sawaya Shoten Main Store (2-2-15 Odori, Morioka-shi, Iwate-ken 020_0022; In
Odori Arcade between MOSS Building and shrine. 653-4411, Fax
623-1882) "General bookstore. Serious academic selection on 2F.
Bright and tidy place; hand-written suggestions here and there.
Store manager Mr. Kiyohiko Itoh likes to work miracles. He orders
in quantity titles no other bookstore in Japan shows interest in.
He proves his vision by selling a few hundred copies (in a city of
283,000). On occasion a title is saved from oblivion. Few foreign
books. No books the manager dislikes: rare in Japan." Open 9-20.
Tosando Main Store (1-5-23 Nakanohashi-dori 020_0871; From Sawaya proceed
east along arcade, pass shrine and cross bridge. Enter old roofed
arcade. 623-7121, Fax 654-1614) "General bookstore. Good
selection of education related titles including collection of school
drama scripts. Some foreign books." Open 9:30-20, 10-19 Sun, Hol.
Maruzen Morioka Kawatoku closed Feb '13.
NTT long-distance area code: Kitakami 0197.
Books American (32-42 Kita-Oniyanagi, Kitakami-shi, Iwate-ken 024_0072;
Beneath the Ferris Wheel, about 15 minutes from Kitakami Station by
foot. Near Route 4 and Waga-Ohashi. 63-7600, Fax 63-5433;
http://www.michinoku-japan.com/book/) "Large bookstore in shopping
center & 'America in the good old days' theme park. Most books
Japanese. Store name reflects the theme rather than the amount of
foreign books." Open 10-22.
NTT long-distance area code: Ichinoseki 0191.
Kitakami Shobo (1-24 Omachi, Ichinoseki-shi, Iwate-ken 021_0881; From JR
Ichinoseki Station take wide street west. Turn right at McDonald's.
On right side of street. 23-4088, Fax 23-8603) "General
bookstore. Conservative selection. Books on Hiraizumi near
entrance. No foreign books." [01/11]
Kenjuu Shoten (5-23-1F Omachi; North of Kitakami Shobo on same street.
21-1803) "Used bookstore selling a bit of everything from serious
literature, art museum guides to aircraft magazines. Few or no
foreign books." Open 10-20:30, -20 Sun. Closed Wed, most Tue.
NTT long-distance area code: Sendai 022.
All stores in Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken.
JR Sendai Terminal:
Junkudo Sendai Main (4-1-1 Chuo, Aoba-ku, Sendai; Sendai eBeanS 3F-7F, in
building with garden on roof visible from JR Sendai West Exit.
716-4511, Fax 716-4611; HQ Kobe) "Reopened in the original
building November 2011. Largest bookstore in Sendai. Large foreign
section 7F. Japanese comic books in 8F Kikuya Mangakan (separate
store)." Open 10-20. Closed Jan 1. [01/12] [There are two other
large Junkudo branches in the vicinity: one in Loft and another in
Sendai TR Bldg. Few or no foreign books.]
Animate Sendai (2F Shin-Sendai-ekimae Building 3-8-5 Chuo; On right (north)
side of Ame-yoko market behind E-Beans. 264-0437) "Specialist
store of manga comics. Various pamphlets stocked near the entrance.
Much space devoted to manic collectibles such as posters, figures
and stationery engraved with cartoon characters ordinary people
never hear about." Open 10-19.
Maruzen Sendai Aer (1F Aer 1-3-1 Chuo 980_6104; North end of pedestrian
bridges on west side of JR Sendai. Note that building with
"Junkudo" and "Maruzen" signs visible from the pedestrian deck is
eBeanS described above. 264-0151, Fax 264-0112; HQ Tokyo) "Large
store opened fall '02. Replaces Maruzen Sendai Ichibancho.
Somewhat smaller than Junkudo Sendai Main nearby, but better for
foreign books. Many language texts but not many foreign technical
books. Total 500,000 books." Open 10-21, -20 Sun, Hol. [01/12]
Book Off Sendai Sakurano (1-9-33 Chuo 980_0021; 7F Sakurano Sendai,
building beside Loft. 716-7015) "Used books. Perhaps largest Book
Off in Sendai. 2 shelves foreign books." Open 10-22. [01/12]
The Ichibancho Arcade is about 15 minutes from JR Sendai, 10 minutes from JR
Sendai Chizu Center (2-7-1 Ichibancho, Aoba-ku 980_0811; Near Kinkodo,
opposite side of street. Phone/Fax 222-9322) "Domestic maps,
travel guides and government publications."
Kinkodo (2-3-26 Ichibancho; Near south end of Ichibancho arcade. 225-6521,
Fax 267-6506) "Traditional bookstore of Sendai. Regional
publications on staircase. Very few foreign books." Open 9:15-19.
Shobundo (1-5-8 Ichibancho; On west side of street beyond south end of
Ichibancho Arcade. Near Tohoku University campus. 223-0526, Fax
266-1534) "Most serious academic selection and only one with
foreign books among the three used bookstores on the block." Open
Kinokuniya Sendai (7-20-3 Nagamachi, Taihaku-ku 982_0011; 3F The Mall
Sendai Nagamachi, near Subway Nagamachi-Minami. About 10 minutes
from JR Nagamachi by foot. 308-9211, Fax 308-9230; HQ Tokyo)
"3rd biggest in Sendai. Foreign books and magazines near cashier B.
Emphasis on language texts. Maruzen and Junkudo have more
paperbacks. Mall has large parking lot. Closed for a while after
the great earthquake; resumed April 28 '11." Open 10-21.
Manyou-do (Kagitori-Honcho, Taihaku-ku 982_0805; Bus Kagitori. 245-0511,
Fax 245-0566) "Large used bookstore. 200,000 books. Some
foreign-language titles in the foreign literature section 1F.
Basement has imported academic books. It is questionable whether it
is worth the 20 minute bus ride from JR Sendai just for the foreign
Biblionia (12-10 Sanjo-cho, Aoba-ku 981_0935; Kitayama 3 bus stop on
Kitayama-Shiheicho Loop. Faces Seven-Eleven. Between Senzan Line
Kitayama and Sanjo Junior High. Near Tohoku-Fukushi Univ.
275-6464) "Used bookstore. Academic. Little space to move around
but proprietor knows where things are. Very few foreign books."
NTT long-distance area code: Akita 0188.
Junkudo Akita (4-2 Senshuu-Kubota-machi, Akita-shi 010_0874; 6F,7F Forus,
right outside JR Akita. 884-1370, Fax 884-1370; HQ Kobe) "Was by
far the largest in Akita until '11. Several shelves foreign books."
Open 10-20. [01/11]
Matsuzaka Koshoten Ushijima (5-4-16 Naka-dori, Akita-shi 010_0001; Near
Gochome-bashi and river. 090-2988-5372) "An interesting used
bookstore with a wide, diverse collection. Discounts as well as
regional studies. One shelf foreign books." Open 10-18:30. Closed
Miyawaki Shoten opened April '11 in Fonte Akita. It is larger than the
Junkudo. Open 9:30-20. Probably Junkudo is better for foreign books.
NTT long-distance area code: Yamagata 023.
Hachimonjiya Main Store (2-4-11 Honcho, Yamagata-shi 990_0043; In front of
Honcho Bus Stop. Shinai-junkan (downtown loop) service convenient.
North of Castle Hotel and Central Post Office. 622-2150, Fax
622-6736) "Largest bookstore in Yamagata. Foreign books near back
end, foreign children's books 2F. Dynamic interior: huge red
lantern above phone booth next by mid-floor staircase, big wooden
plaque with store name in powerful calligraphy. Over 300 years old.
The owner's ancestors, in the business of carrying safflower by ship
to Kyoto, decided to carry popular publications on their trips back
north around 1700 AD." Open 10-20.
NTT long-distance area code: Iwaki 0246.
This city was devastated on March 11 2011, but business has recovered.
Yamani Shoten (2-7 Taira, Iwaki-shi, Fukushima-ken 970_8026; From JR Iwaki
take Taira-odori to third traffic light, turn right into Honcho-dori
Swing Road. On second block, about 5 minutes from station.
23-3481) Broad selection shows fine attention. Strong in science
and technology books. Very few foreign books." [01/11]
Kashima Book Center (Kashimacho 18-8 Aza Ogamiyama, Hashirikuma, Iwaki-shi,
Fukushima-ken 971_8141; Near Kashima Shopping Center. 28-2222,
Fax 28-6311) "Largest bookstore in Iwaki city. More foreign books
than Yamani Shoten, but given the distance from JR Iwaki Station
(400 yen, 20 minutes by bus), of local interest only." Open 10-22.
All bookstores listed here are on the east side of JR Fukushima Station.
Stores aligned west to east.
NTT long-distance area code: Fukushima-shi 024.
Iwase Shoten Nakago (5-1 Sakae-machi, Fukushima-shi 960_8031; Nakago Dept.
Store 2-bankan (east tower). South side of Ekimae-dori. 521-3022,
Fax 521-1177) "Largest bookstore of city. Newly furnished but
conservative selection. Favorite bookstore of intellectuals of
area. Medical books and computer books well stocked. Modest
foreign book section. Branch in Richmond, British Columbia (near
Vancouver) closed '11." Open 10-19. [01/08]
Nishizawa Shoten Omachi (7-20 Omachi 960_8041; Between Renga-dori (beyond
Ekimae-dori) and Heiwa-dori. About 7 minutes from station. 2
blocks east on Heiwa-dori is Fukushima-ken Government Hall.
522-0161, Fax 522-4139) "General bookstore. Local business
consisting of this store and a branch in northern Fukushima City.
It is hard to believe that in the pre-war period it was a major
national chain. Conservative selection. Has corner of books about
Fukushima. Government periodicals available. The north branch has
foreign books, but this store doesn't." [01/08]
Hakkodo closed July '10.
Kikuya Manga-kan closed.
NTT long-distance area code: Koriyama 024.
Junkudo Koriyama Usui (13-1 Nakamachi 963_8004; Usui Dept. Store. 5
minutes from JR Koriyama. 927-0440, Fax 927-0440; HQ Kobe)
"Largest bookstore downtown. 650,000 books. Moved in October '10,
in place of Yaesu Book Center." Open 10-19.
Humikura (10-6 Nakamachi; Ekimae-dori, west of View Hotel. 939-2210, Fax
952-6680) "Small shop of used books. Has collection of regional
publications. Very few foreign titles, all in the children's books
section." Open 10-20.
Iwase Shoten (36-1 Fukuyama-machi Yatsuyamada Ohmori-shinden 965_8051; On
Route 4, about 2.5 km north of JR Koriyama. 936-2220, Fax
936-2221; HQ Fukushima-shi) "Either this or Junkudo is the largest
store in Fukushima-ken." Open 10-23.
Tohoku Shoten closed June '07.
NTT long-distance area code: Tadami 0241.
Tamokaku Hon-no-mori (61 Narato-Tsubaki, Tadami-cho, Minami-Aizu-gun,
Fukushima-ken 968_0431; From JR Tadami cross bridge. Follow river
south (not toward Tagokura Dam), upstream for about 20 minutes.
Phone/Fax 82-2946) "Deep in the mountains a unique business model.
Bring your used books, receive in return a stake of forest land.
They get much media attention and tons of books have arrived, mostly
via mail. Several storage houses and old rail box wagons hold the
books, but much waits classification. Some foreign illustrated
volumes, children's books and paperback novels. To enter the
warehouses one buys a ticket for 500 yen, an amount later deducted
from the purchase. They have a Japanese catalog available online,
but it doesn't seem someone's around to reply to inquiries about
foreign titles. Branch in Ikebukuro closed '05." Open 9-18.
Closed Dec 31 & Jan 1.
"Here are huge hydraulic power plants which send energy to the cities, but
beside this, there is little industry. Spectacular scenery. Miss a train
and you're stranded 3+ hours. The Tadami Line is closed east of Tadami Stn.
since Aug. '11. Substitute buses are available. The line may never
NTT long-distance area code: Utsunomiya 028.
Kinokuniya Utsunomiya (3-1-1 Baba-dori, Utsunomiya-shi, Tochigi-ken
320_8566; 8F Parco. About 20 minutes from JR Utsunomiya, 10
minutes from Tobu Utsunomiya. 611-2050, Fax 611-2055;
HQ Shinjuku, Tokyo) "300,000 books. Quite large foreign section
toward west end." Open 10-20:30.
Kikuya Utsunomiya (5F&6F Nagasaki-ya, 2-3-12 Baba-dori, Utsunomiya-shi
320_0026; West of Parco, across the wide street. South of
Utsunomiya Futarasan Shrine. 614-5222) "Large general bookstore.
Some foreign books." Open 10-21.
Maebashi, Takasaki, Kiryu and Oizumi
NTT long-distance area codes: Maebashi 027, Takasaki 027, Kiryu 0277,
Kankodo (1-2-13 Honmachi, Maebashi-shi, Gunma-ken 371_0023; From JR
Maebashi North Exit proceed along wide avenue to large pedestrian
bridge with Tokyu Inn visible on the corner. Turn northwest toward
Gunma-ken Government Hall. About 15 minutes from station by foot.
1 minute west of Honmachi Bus Stop. 235-8111) "Leading bookstore
of region. Above entrance are these words: "QVOD PETIS HIC EST
MCMLIV LIBRSRIVIS" Foreign books 3F. Music scores and instruments
on 4F. Established 1868." Open 10-21, -20 Sun, Hol. [08/07].
Kinokuniya Maebashi (2-1-1 Bunkyo-cho, Maebashi-shi 371_0801; 1F Keyaki
Walk, southeast of JR Maebashi Station, 7 minutes by foot.
220-1830, HQ Shinjuku, Tokyo) "Opened March '07. One of the
larger stores of the Kinokuniya chain. 3200 square meters. Foreign
section is proportionately well stocked with magazines, books on
Japan, travel guides, translated Japanese comics, art and even some
computer books. Also sells stationery and audio, video media.
About twice as large as Toda Shoten Takasaki." Open 10-22. [08/07]
Kaizosha (222 Yashima-cho, Takasaki-shi, Gunma-ken 370_0849; 5F Takasaki
Station Mall Montre. West side of tracks. 325-4223) "Popular
bookstore with wide selection. Some foreign paperbacks." Open
Tenkado (31 Yoriai-cho, Takasaki-shi 370_0822; In Chuo-Ginza-gai roofed
arcade. From JR Takasaki West Exit walk 2 blocks north to
Takashimaya, walk west several blocks and turn north at tower with
observation dome. 325-2311) "Conservative bookstore.
Locally-owned business stays alive in spite of the competition from
Toda Shoten Takasaki (438-1 Shimokotori-machi, Takasaki-shi 370_0074; Near
intersection of Mikuni-Kaido (Pref. Route 25) and Takasaki Kanjo
(Loop) road. Bus Kotorimachi-Yotsukado. Near Shinkansen tracks and
National Route 17. About 1km west of JR Takasaki-Tonyamachi
Station. 363-5110, Fax 363-5119) "Large suburban store. 400,000
books in stock. Rich collection of Japanese technical books.
Modest foreign section near back end has paperbacks, translated
Japanese literature and language texts." Open 10-23. [08/07]
Shirokiya (5-40 Honcho, Kiryu-shi, Gunma-ken 376_0031; About 4 minutes east
of JR Kiryu. North side of tracks. 45-1101, Fax 47-1234) "Small
foreign section 2F. No books in Portuguese." Open 10-21.
Quitandinha Plaza (1-26-4 Nishi-Koizumi, Oizumi-cho, Gunma-ken 370_0517;
2F Brazilian Plaza, to the east of Tobu Nishi-Koizumi Station, about
5 minutes by foot. 62-7910; http://www.quitandinha.com/ ) "Ethnic
grocery store. Had some publications, CD records and videos from
Brazil when visited Aug '07. Although the publication import agent
is no longer in business, website indicates an ample amount of books
is in stock [Jan '13]."
Beyond the north end of Takasaki Chuo-Ginza-gai arcade is ethnic grocery
Heiwa Korean Market. Some magazines from Korea. (027-325-6776) [08/07]
Junkudo Takasaki closed Jun '13.
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