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Visit These Great Bookstores in Shinjuku!

Mar 13, 2019

Although Shinjuku is well-known for being a busy business district, there are also a lot of book stores as well. From large bookstores to independently-own ones, if you love books the why not stop by the following shops the next time you are in Shinjuku?

Kinokuniya Book’s Shinjuku Flagship Store, a Massive Bookstore with a Long History

Kinokuniya is a bookstore that has branches overseas, though the flagship store is located right here in Shinjuku. This beloved bookstore opened its doors in Showa Year 2 (1927), and has been a place that delivers culture, arts and information ever since. You can find books from almost every genre here, so if you love books then this shop is a must-visit. It’s connected to the station underground via the Metro Promenade, so you can visit here on a rainy day and make it back to the station without your purchases getting wet. It's also worth noting that the Shinjuku Flagship Store was designated as a Tokyo Historical Architectural Property in Heisei Year 28 (2016).

Address: 3-17-7 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Hours of Operation: 10:00AM-9:00PM

Get a Great View of the City at Story Story, a Café, Lifestyle Shop and Bookstore!

Created with the concept of “I am an Editable Space”, Story Story is a shop that selects written materials and items of various themes that are necessary with daily life. There is also a café space inside the shop.

This shop is on the 10th floor of the Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku, directly accessible from West Exit of Shinjuku Station, so you can get there easily even on a rainy day. Enjoy the view at night with some of the café’s dishes, and enjoy reading a bit of a book too!

Address: Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku 1-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Hours of Operation: 10:00AM-9:00PM

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Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku

This department store is conveniently linked directly to the Shinjuku Station West Exit, which boasts the highest number of passengers in Japan. From a wide lineup of popular cosmetics and luxury bran…

1-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
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10:00–20:30 Note: May vary according to the floor, day of the week and season.

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Book 1st Shinjuku, Located Right Underneath Cocoon Tower

Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower is an eye-catching building that is only a three minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station’s West Exit. Hidden on the B1 and B2 levels is Book 1st Shinjuku!

This is the largest bookstore in West Shinjuku, with 1,000 tsubo (1 tsubo = approx. 3.31 square meters) of space. There is a wide-variety of books, so you are sure to find what you are looking for.

Book 1st Shinjuku
Address: Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower B1/B2 1-7-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Hours of Operation: 10:00AM-11:00PM

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Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower

Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower combines three schools: Tokyo Mode Gakuen (fashion, cosmetology and design), HAL Tokyo College of Technology & Design (IT, computer graphics and games), and Shuto Iko (clinica…

1-7-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
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Mosakusha, a One-of-a-kind Bookstore

A 10-minute walk from Shinjuku Station, located around the corner close to the entrance of Shinjuku Gyoen, there is a small door of what looks like a house. Established in 1970, Mosakusha is a small bookstore where books and magazines that cover controversial topics sold. Topics include LGBT, Right Wing ideology and war.

According to its website, they think it is important to preserve diversity of expression. They also believe that it is essential to preserve diversity in media and the publishing industry. Therefore, in this bookstore, you can find books that you don’t often find in the usual bookstores that you might drop by.

The space between bookshelves is very narrow, but you still have space to browse despite the newspapers and magazines piled up on the floors. You will truly find another world upon opening the small door.

Address: 2-4-9 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Hours of Operation: Opens between 12:00PM and 12:30PM, closes at 9:00PM on weekdays and Saturdays, and at 8:00PM on Sundays and National Holidays

If you come to Japan looking for books, Shinjuku is a great place to start! Be sure to stop by the above shops!