English language bookshops in Nagoya

ByMark Guthrie
Jul 29, 2014

English language bookshops in Nagoya

With the advent of e-readers and smartphones, getting your hands on English language literature in Japan isn’t the challenge it once was. However, whether the book you are looking for isn’t available online, or you just like the feel and smell of turning pages, sometimes you just have to hold the book in your hands.

The following is a list of places where you can find English language books around Nagoya. The list is for information only and is not to be considered as endorsement.


Sanseido is a mammoth bookstore, with absolutely masses of foreign language books. If you can’t find it here, you probably can’t find it in Nagoya. As well as an extensive collection of books, magazines, newspapers and self-study, Sanseido is extremely convenient, being on the 11th floor of the Takashiyama shopping complex in Nagoya’s JR station. Children’s learning is particularly well represented, making it ideal for those concerned for their child’s English development in Japanese schools.

Address: JR Nagoya Station-Takashimaya Department Store 11F, 1-1-4 Meieki Nakamura-ku, Nagoya

Opening times: 10:00-20:00

Website: www.books-sanseido.co.jp/


Also in the centre of Nagoya, a mere three minute walk from the JR station, is Junku-do. This is not the place to come if you are looking to while away your time with a good thriller, or an interesting historical novel, but if you are studying Japanese, this is the place to come. Education is most definitely the key here.

Address: Horiuchi Blg 1st Floor, 3-25-9 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya

Opening times: 10:00-21:00

Website: www.junkudo.co.jp/


Located in the heart of Nagoya’s shopping district, Sakae, is Maruzen, a store dedicated to books and stationary. Foreign language books, magazines and travel guides can be found on the third floor, including a wide array of children’s literature. For anyone wishing to study Japanese, they have an extensive collection of self-study textbooks, and those teaching English can find many ESL books. Applications for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test can be found by the cashier.

Address: Nagoya City, Naka-ku, Sakae 3-2-7 / 〒460-0008名古屋市中区栄3-2-7 (Five minutes walk from Sakae subway station)

Opening times: 9:50-20:00

Website: www.maruzen.co.jp/top/

Book Off Super Bazaar

Also in Sakae, you can find one of the biggest Book Offs in the city. Though the name may sound like something censors use to cover up curses when showing 90’s action movies on television, Book Off is part of the immense ‘Off’ recycle store empire. You can find all sorts of second hand books, CDs, DVDs and comics at the Book Offs around the city, yet most of them are pretty light on the ground when it comes to English language books. The Sakae branch, however, sells, buys and exchanges some foreign language books, so it’s well worth a look.

Address: 3-4-5 Sakae, Naka-ku,  460-0008;  8F Sakae Skyle

Opening times: 10:00-21:00

Website: www.bookoff.co.jp/shop/shopSB018.html

Mondo Books

The place for the purchase or trade of second-hand books, Mondo Books is in the cool area of Osu. With over 3,000 foreign language books, Mondo carries a wide array of literature, including novels and self-study literature. Should you happen to have a vast collection of unwanted books, you can hand them in and receive, in return, a donation coupon for a variety of charities. Sale or exchange is also an option. As an added bonus, the owner speaks Spanish, French, English and Nagoya-ben.

Address: Mondo Books, Osu 3-25., Gatten Shouchi Bldg. 2F-4, Naka-ku, Nagoya 460-0011 (Two minutes from Kamimaezu subway station)

Opening times: Mon – 11:00 ~ 20:00, Wed-Sun: 11:00 ~ 20:00 / Closed Tuesdays. (N.B. It is advisable to contact the store to confirm with the owner opening times before a visit)

Website: http://mondo-books.com/


A shop for all your multimedia needs, Sanyodo has three stores in Nagoya. Perhaps the pick of the bunch is the one directly outside Irinika station on the Tsuramai line. CDs and DVDs can be rented on the second floor, and foreign language books are up on the third floor alongside stationary, study guides and comics

Address: 7-7 Hayato-cho, Showa-ku

Opening times: 10:00-2400

Address: 3-10-16, Kamimaezu, Osu

Opening times: 09:00-24:00

Address: 1-704 yomogidai meito ku

Opening times: 09:00-24:00

Website: www.sanyodo.co.jp/

Nagoya International Center Library

For those with an insatiable thirst for knowledge, the NIC library has around 28,000 books, CDs and movies for your perusal. As the name suggests, these are predominantly geared towards cross-cultural understanding. Books available include dictionaries, encyclopedia, and Japanese language study aids, as well as literature, drama and business books, many of which are available for borrowing. There is also a reading room where you will find bulletins about international exchange and cooperation programs.

Address: Nagoya International Center, Nagono 1-47-1, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya 450-0001

Opening times: 09:00 – 19:00. Closed on Mondays, December 29 through January 3, and the second Sundays of August and February.

Website: www.nic-nagoya.or.jp/en/e/library

By Mark Guthrie

Image: http://tribune.com.pk/story/244147/unorganised-bookstores-book-hunting-hurdles/ – CC- modified

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Novelist, copywriter and graduate from the most prestigious university in Sunderland, Mark whiles away his precious time on this Earth by writing about popular culture, travel, food and pretty much anything else that is likely to win him the Pulitzer he desperately craves. Find some more of his musings at www.markguthriewrites.com and on instagram @markguthriewrites