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Best Antiques in Tokyo

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Gyokueido Shoten

With great reverence for old literature and books, the Gyokueido Shoten is the place for ardent collectors of rare literature. It specializes in old books and manuscripts - mostly printed but if you're lucky (and can afford it) you can find gorgeous handwritten texts or hand-illustrated books. Books date back as far as the 13th Century - if you have the yen, you can find a beautifully crafted, handmade book that you can treasure for a lifetime. Credit cards are accepted for purchases over JPY20,000

Tokyo, Japan
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Tamura Shoten

Book lovers are spoiled for choice in the Jimbocho area, with over 140 booksellers competing for their attention. Tamura Shoten is one of the oldest and the best-known - it was founded in 1904 and Yoshio Okudaira, a member of the founding family, still runs it. The first floor is primarily Japanese books but the floor above contains books in English, French and German, in a variety of topics. There is also a gorgeous display of first editions, featuring signed volumes from Proust amongst others; also, Tamura Shoten bids in overseas auctions - a great opportunity to get that book you've always wanted. Credit cards are accepted for purchases over JPY7000.

Tokyo, Japan
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