Located on Jimbocho’s main shopping street, Isseido is one of Tokyo’s prime destinations when it comes to antique books. With a history dating back to the early 20th century, this institution has not only survived the great earthquake of 1923 but also the Tokyo bombings of the Second World War, making one of the last true representatives of pre-war Japan. Going to Isseido means diving into a world that seems long lost; with books, manuscripts and woodblock prints telling stories of exploration, mountaineering, traditional Japan, pre-war fashion, traditional Asian arts and more. Be sure to visit the second floor which feels almost like a small museum displaying rare, antique books filled with Japanese woodblock prints, books about Japanese Art written in foreign languages and single book pages which are beautiful enough to be framed and hung up on a wall.
Address︎1-17 Kanda Jimbcho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo