Dec. 27, 2018 UPDATE

Keibunsha Ichijoji Store

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A bookshop that gives you unexpected encounters with its original selection
Keibunsha Ichijoji Store is an independent bookshop that sells books and goods with its original selection. Unlike large book stores having new and best-selling books as their main selection, each book in Keibunsha is chosen by the staff with their all hearts. Inside the shop, the books are displayed based on particular themes and concepts, so that visitors can enjoy encountering new books of their interests while browsing in the bookshop. Despite its location a little away from the city center, the bookshop always attracts book lovers form home and overseas as well as the locals. They all seem to enjoy selecting books through humane communication with the staff. Keibunsha was chosen as one of the world’s best bookshops by the British quality paper the Guardians.
Unique selection of books
Unique selection of books
Most books on the shelves are Japanese and a few are English language ones. Lots of beautiful Japanese art books are available and it’s a pleasure for foreign visitors just to marvel at. There is a corner that introduces books based on a special theme selected by the staff, or at the request of regular customers.
Seikatsu-kan (Life pavilion)
Seikatsu-kan (Life pavilion)
Attached to the main bookshop, Seikatsu-kan (Life pavilion), is a lovely space selling books on lifestyles and household goods uniquely selected by the staff. Rare handmade items created by independent designers and craftsmen are available, such as Japanese table wares, accessories and dresses made of natural textiles.
Mini galleries on the shelves
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Mini galleries on the shelves
The interior and decoration inside the bookshop is wroth while appreciating. The antique furniture and lighting give cozy and relaxing atmosphere there. Little galleries and panels are embedded on the walls, making you send time in the bookshop longer and longer. Some gallery items can be purchased at the bookshop.
Cottage(rental space)
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Cottage(rental space)
Stepping out from the back door of the main store, you will find a small garden that leads to the Cottage, a rental space for organizing workshops, lives and other events. You are welcomed to join these events without prior notice.
How to buy

If possible, try to speak to the bookshop staff. They are true book lovers and will tell you interesting stories about books.

- Shopping Tips -
The Ichijoji area is known as a place where unique cafes and shops are dotted around. You are recommended to have a cup of coffee at one of these after the visit to Keibunsha.
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Overseas Tourist-Friendly
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Keibunsha puts a lot of effort into choosing and arranging the books it sells. Walking inside the bookstore surrounded by books is so fun it's easy to forget about the pass of time. I am sure you can find a book you like here!
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If you love books, you must have Keibunsha on your list. I love their philosophy that books are not only knowledge resources, but indispensable items that make your life rich and happy. When you include the visit to the bookshop in your travel plan, be reminded that much time is needed to wholly enjoy the bookshop. It’s very difficult for book lovers to leave there!
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Overseas Tourist-Friendly
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Keibunsha Ichijoji Store / 恵文社 一乗寺
Category Zakka (miscellaneous goods)
Phone +81 75 711 5919
Address 10 Haraidonocho, Ichijoji, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8184
Directions 3 minute walk from the Hiei Dentetsu Railway Ichijoji Stn.
Open Hours 10am – 9pm (except year end and new year seasons)
Closed New year's days
Price range
Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners, etc.
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
The shop staff speak basic English.
Information Japanese only
Lanuages spoken Basic English
Shipping services Overseas shipping services are available depending on countries (mainly Asian countries). However, it may take long to ship books from the shop. Please ask the staff for details.
Other Japanese beautiful art books will be your original souvenirs

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