Print is alive in Japan. This is proved by the three buildings shelved with periodicals and books that Tsutaya occupies. Start on the ground floor with magazines collected from far-flung corners of the world. I don’t know how to read Kanji and I loved the experience of having to figure out what a title or a story was about by reading images. If you start to feel over-stimulated, you could grab a few books and get comfortable with a cup of coffee in the upstairs lounge. But don’t grab too many because the lounge is lined with 30,000 international magazines from the 60’s and 70’s for you to peruse. Tsutaya also stocks an impressive amount of English books in the Art, Architecture, and Design sections. Throughout the store you can find various displays showcasing products made in Japan. This bookstore is a perfect place to blend in with the locals and pick up a few gifts for home.
DAIKANYAMA T-SITE / DAIKANYAMA TSUTAYA BOOKS
150-003317-5 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
1F7:00AM-2:00AM 7 days a week
2F9:00AM-2:00AM 7 days a week