(3 Jun 2021) Japan is a book lovers’ paradise. Home to internationally renowned authors such as Haruki Murakami and Banana Yoshimoto, Japan has plenty to offer both on the page and on the streets. Whether you’re in Tokyo’s book town, Jimbocho, or one of the manga cafés dotting the country, you’re never far away from some quality reading material.
But it’s not just about the words themselves – every bookworm knows the importance of having a perfect place to read and Japan knows it, too. From rural Tokyo to Osaka and even up to Hokkaido, these bookstores and libraries combine Japan’s love of architecture and literature.
Find out the most beautiful bookstores and libraries in Japan and their photos from TimeOut here.