Station is located in the
Jimbocho area of Kanda district
in Chiyoda Ward of Tokyo. It serves
the Toei Mita Line, Toei Shinjuku
Line, and Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line,
and is a convenient transfer point
between them. As it is located within
easy reach of several major universities,
Jimbocho Station is the second busiest
station in the Toei Subway network
after Shinjuku Station.
is known as Tokyo's Bookshop
District . As the area
is a lively student and academic
district with many universities
and schools located here, it has
become Japan's largest center of
books. There are well over a hundred
book shops around Jimbocho Station,
especially on the intersection of
Yasukuni-dori and Hakusan-dori.
Here you can find all kinds of books
– newly published, used, old, and
rare editions - besides publishers,
bookbinders, and literary agents.
Some shops sell all kinds of books,
while others specialize in one kind
– like one may focus on old woodblock
prints, others on ancient comic
books, still others on just one
topic or subject, and so on.
of the books sold are in Japanese,
with very few in the English language.
The only English bookstore worth
the name is Kitazawa ,
with an unusually broad selection
of books. Two small shops with foreign
books are Matsumura ,
which sells second-hand art books,
and a Tuttle outlet.
of the shops, both on the main streets
as well as the side streets, are
small independent shops, but there
are also a few large multi-storied
ones. The main big shop is Sanseido
, which is spread over
several floors. The fifth floor
has foreign language books.
Jimbocho Bookshop District is definitely
worth a visit, especially for book
lovers. You can spend hours here
browsing through a wide variety
of books, even if you do not understand
the Japanese language.
University is located just 3 minutes'
walk from exit A2 of Jimbocho Subway
Station. It was founded by Nagatane
Soma, Inajiro Tajiri, Tanetaro Megata,
and Shigetada Komai. These four
persons were sent to the United
States by the Japanese government
to receive training in Western academic
disciplines in the early Meiji era
(late 1800's). Upon returning, they
founded the university with the
desire to share the knowledge they
had acquired abroad.
University has two campuses - the
Kanda Campus and the Ikuta Campus.
The Kanda Campus, which is located
very close to Jimbocho Station,
has the Graduate Schools Law, Economics,
and Commerce; and the Undergraduate
School of Law. All the other undergraduate
and graduate schools, as well as
the research institutes are located
at the Ikuta Campus.
about 2 minutes' walk from Jimbocho
Station, Kyoritsu Women's University
is a private university exclusively
for women. It was founded in 1886
to provide education to women and
prepare them to face an international
world while still holding on to
their own culture and traditions.
To achieve this goal Kyoritsu actively
promotes international exchanges
around the world.
Women's University offers undergraduate
programs in Crafts and Design, Food
Science and Nutrition, Home Science,
International Studies, Literature
and Linguistics, and Visual and
Performing Arts; and graduate programs
in Food Science and Nutrition, Home
Science, International Studies,
Literature and Linguistics (both
Japanese and English), and Visual
and Performing Arts. Besides these,
there is an Institute of Interdisciplinary
Studies of Science and Culture,
as well as some special programs
for international students.