Kanda Secondhand Book Festival 2024

Over a million secondhand titles available to purchase

Venue: Kanda Book Town When: Late Oct - Early Nov 2024

The Kanda and Jimbocho areas of Tokyo are often referred to as the world's largest book town, where literature from all genres can be found. One of the autumn traditions in this part of the city is the Kanda Secondhand Book Festival, where a stretch of Yasukuni-dori spanning around 500 meters turns into a "book corridor" with around a million titles available for purchase.

The event originally started back in 1960, and typically runs for around a week from late October to early November. Another book-related event – the Jimbocho Book Festival – also takes place during similar dates, so be sure to check both of them out if you're in the market for some new reading material.

Getting there

The Kanda Book Town area is located right outside Jimbocho Station, which is served by several lines – the Toei Mita Line, the Toei Shinjuku Line, and the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line.

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