Jinbōchō, Tokyo

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Kanda-Jinbōchō in 2021
Coordinates: 35°41′43.77″N 139°45′29.23″E / 35.6954917°N 139.7581194°E / 35.6954917; 139.7581194
Country Japan
Prefecture Tokyo
Ward Chiyoda
 • Total3,205

Kanda-Jinbōchō (神田神保町), commonly known as Jinbōchō or Jimbōchō, is a district of Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan, known as Tokyo's center of used-book stores and publishing houses, and as a popular antique and curio shopping area.

The center of Jinbōchō is at the crossing of Yasukuni-dōri and Hakusan-dōri, above Jimbōchō Station on the Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line, Toei Mita Line and Toei Shinjuku Line. The prestigious Tokyo Book Binding Club and Literature Preservation Society are located in Jinbōchō, and the area is within walking distance of a number of major universities, including Nihon, Senshu, Meiji, Hosei and Juntendo.

Jinbōchō is officially known (in addresses, etc.) as Kanda-Jinbōchō (神田神保町), and is part of the former ward of Kanda.


Jinbōchō is named after a samurai, Nagaharu Jinbō [ja] who is member of Jinbō clan [ja], who lived in the area at the end of the 17th century.

During the late nineteenth century when Japan underwent modernization, foreign studies schools opened in the area such as Bansho Shirabesho (Institute for Research of Foreign Documents) and Tokyo Gaikokugo Gakko (Tokyo School of Foreign Languages) which would later become the University of Tokyo and Hitotsubashi University. Many bookstores opened in the area, and it became established as a book town. In 1913, a large fire destroyed much of the area. In the wake of the fire, a former teacher named Shigeo Iwanami opened a bookstore in Jinbōchō which eventually grew into today's Iwanami Shoten publishing house. In 1923, the Great Kanto Earthquake caused a fire destroying much of the former Kanda-ku including the Jinbocho library and campus of the University of Tokyo, which was subsequently relocated to Bunkyo-ku. Over time, the area became increasingly popular with university students and intellectuals, and many more small bookstores and cafes opened there.

More recently, the Chiyoda municipal government sponsored a major redevelopment project in Jinbōchō which led to three new high-rise office buildings being completed in 2003, further boosting the local economy. The Jinbōchō Theater was completed in 2007.


Many companies are located within Jinbōchō, including the headquarters of Tōkyōdō Shoten, a retail book chain and manga company Shueisha, known for the anthology manga magazine, Shonen Jump.

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  1. ^ "町丁別世帯数および人口(住民基本台帳)". Chiyoda-ku (in Japanese). December 6, 2017. Retrieved February 24, 2021.

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Coordinates: 35°41′43.77″N 139°45′29.23″E / 35.6954917°N 139.7581194°E / 35.6954917; 139.7581194