Bookstores are perfect spots where you would be able to know of a country's culture and trends. Among these, large bookstores, which sport books of a various genre, may offer you the book of your choice. Manga which have been adopted into anime or movies, easy-to-understand Japanese recipe books with beautiful pictures or art books with Ukiyoe among others would be the perfect souvenir.
1. Animate Osaka Nipponbashi
In Japan, Tokyo's "Akihabara" is the most famous district in otaku culture, but in Osaka, "Nipponbashi" is popular. Located in Nipponbashi is the largest anime shop in western Japan called "Animate Osaka Nipponbashi Store." This anime shop is spread all over Japan, and is known for its wide array of collections. The bookstore gathers a variety of products like books or CD/DVD/games usually sold in common stores, dojinshi (self-published goods like initial works, as well as derivative works from anime, manga, novels and games among others or parodies) and character goods among others. This store is a must-go for anime lovers since you can find rare items in here.
Open from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.
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2. Darakuya Shobo
"Darakuya Shobo," is an antiquarian bookstore located in Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street, which is the largest shopping street in Japan. It sells books of a wide variety from magazines and comics to learning materials. With the atmosphere in the antiquarian bookstore with a great number of piled books being sold, the view inside is really worth everything even when only taking a peak. One of the charms of the bookstore is that you can often find a rare thing that has not been currently on sale. You can have fun searching old books from hopping between several stores since a lot of antiquarian and regular bookstores have gathered in the 3rd district of Tenjinbashisuji where Darakuya bookstore is located.
Open from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
3. UMEDA TSUTAYA BOOKS
Located on the 9th floor of the "LUCUA 1100," which is a shopping building direct from JR Osaka station, is a large bookstore with a stylish atmosphere called "UMEDA TSUTAYA BOOKS." Drawing from the concept "A place for lifestyle suggestions," the interior exudes a refined smart atmosphere, and it not only has books but it also sells stationery and magazines, as well as very unique shop items. One of its unique characteristics is that you are able to consult the product you wish to buy because of the presence of concierges who are experts in business, beauty, travel and photos among other fields. You'll have fun just by looking around because of the interior's elliptically-shaped pathways with books and magazines of every genre splendidly arranged. It has more than 500 seats where in you can enjoy your time comfortably seated while reading. It's the perfect place to savor such a wonderful time. One of its good points is that it opens early in the morning and closes late at night.
Open from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm.
4. MARUZEN & JUNKUDO Bookstore
"MARUZEN & JUNKUDO Bookstore" in Umeda is a large bookstore which is known for being the largest sales area and having the most number of book collection. All 8 floors from the underground 1st floor to the 7th floor have been utilized as sales areas, and while the bookstore sport a large volume of book collections like novel and literature books, and magazines among others, what makes it different from other bookstores is its wide collection of technical books. One good thing about it is that a knowledgeable bookstore employee will politely give you information regarding a book of your choice. You can visit the bookstore during your trip when you feel like buying a book in your mother tongue since aside from Japanese books, you can also purchase English and Chinese books among other books written in languages around the world.
Open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.
5. STANDARD BOOKSTORE Chayamachi
"STANDARD BOOKSTORE" is loved by people from different occupations and interest according to their preferences like people related to designer or fashion and those who love travelling or listening to music, and not only book lovers. They gather a lot of books regarding Japanese culture and lifestyle, so don't miss this bookstore in order to learn about Japanese culture. In addition, we recommend this to people who wish for general merchandise with Japanese subtleness and cuteness since the store employees with different tastes select a lot of these merchandise. You can bring a book to the establishments coffee shop before buying it (there are books that you can't), which makes this the relaxing spot in the middle of the city.
Open from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.
All of which are bookstores that have different brands of originality. Please visit Japanese bookstores as they are the perfect spots not only for book lovers but also for those who want to easily gain knowledge of Japanese culture and trends.