The best bookstores are about community. They represent community and they build community. Luckily for the English-speaking community of Tokyo, we have Infinity Books, the last independent English bookstore in Japan.
Infinity Books is a used bookshop with thousands of titles, ranging across everything from popular fiction to self-help books, and from travel guidebooks to children's stories. Stop in to browse the shelves, or check their online database if you're looking for a specific title. Can't find your favorite book? They'll even order it for you. And it should go without saying that, as a used bookstore, prices are much more reasonable than purchasing newly imported books from one of the big chain retailers. Infinity also buys used books if you're looking to sell some.
The shop also serves as a warm and welcoming event space, hosting live music, comedy, book readings, workshops, open mic nights, and more. Check out the Events page on their website or their Facebook page for details. They even have English lessons for your Japanese friends. (2021 note: during this time of Covid, live events are more low-key and health precautions are observed for everyone's safety.)
Infinity Books is conveniently located to serve tourists and backpackers as well. The shop is located in the popular Asakusa district, famous for its sightseeing spots (such as Senso-ji Temple, the Sumida Riverside Park, and the Nakamise Shopping Street) as well as its numerous hostels and hotels for overseas visitors. Come grab a paperback to keep you company on your journey home, or to your next destination.
Infinity Books opened its doors in 2014, after previously operating online. Owner Nick has been a part of Tokyo's expat community since coming from Yorkshire, England over 30 years ago. Stop by to say hello to him.
They are closed on Mondays.