As a lover of photo books, I would like to recommend some Photobook stores in Japan.
Please visit them when you come to Japan.


Flotsam books


Address: 1 Chome-10-7 Izumi, Suginami City, Tokyo 168-0063

This store mainly deals in photo books.
The owner, Mr. Kobayashi, has a great sense of style and handles cool photo books and art books from all over the world.
Most of the books are new publications, but they also carry used books. The prices are inexpensive, and popular items sell out quickly, but we also carry many books that can only be purchased through this store in Japan.
We are strong in fashion-related photo books, and we also carry zines.
In addition to photo books, we also carry books on design, such as collections of works by overseas designers, exhibition catalogs, and typography books that you can find only at this store.
The store often holds exhibitions of artists and book events.

Flotsam books



Address: 2 Chome-10-3 Ebisuminami, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0022

A gallery and bookshop in Ebisu.

The owner, Mr. Nakajima, also organizes the Tokyo Art Book Fair, so you can be sure of a good selection.

Book obscura


Address: 〒181-0001 Tokyo, Mitaka, Inokashira, 4 Chome−21−5 フジパークマンション 103

A new + used bookstore in Kichijoji (Inokashira Park) selling photography books and art books.

There is also a gallery (exhibition space) inside the store, where you can see exhibitions of photographers and artists.

Various photography books are displayed according to the owner’s classification of genres, so it is easy to browse, even though there are a lot of books. This bookshop is recommended for students and those who are beginning to be interested in photography books and art books.

Book obscura



Address: 3 Chome-7-4 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001

This is a well-established bookstore specializing in photo books.

So books


Address: 1 Chome-47-5 Uehara, Shibuya City, Tokyo 151-0064



Address: 5 Chome-3-2 Minamiaoyama, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0062

This space is for twelvebooks, a distributor of MACK and other products in Japan.



Address: 〒150-0032 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Uguisudanicho, 5−7 第2ヴィラ青山1F

A long-established design-related antiquarian bookstore with a store in Shibuya.
The store carries many famous and rare books on architecture, design, and photography.



Address: 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Jingumae, 5 Chome−36−6 ケーリーマンション

A bookstore located in Harajuku, Tokyo, offering a wide variety of zines and other publications.

Tsutaya books Daikanyama


Address: 〒150-0033 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Sarugakucho, 17−5 代官山T-SITE 1号館~3号館 1階~2階

TSUTAYA’s Daikanyama branch. This store has a fairly large selection of photo books, both old and new.


Book of days


Address: 〒550-0011 Osaka, Nishi Ward, Awaza, 1 Chome−10−2 ボンジュール阿波座 202号

A bookstore with a store in Osaka’s Nishi Ward.
They carry a large number of cool photo books.
They also have a discount service for members.
I visited the store when I was on a trip to Osaka, and the store is quite spacious, with many nice art books and photo books.




Address: 〒920-0864 Ishikawa, Kanazawa, Takaokamachi, 18−3 IACK

A gallery, bookshop and distributor located in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture.
The location is used as photographer Yukihito Kono’s studio, but on weekends it is open as a gallery.
Since 2018, they have been working as a distributor for international independent publishers such as JM Ramirez Suassi, Multipress, and Overlapse, as well as self-published works.
The books they carry are wonderful and I buy a book every time I see them at an event in Tokyo.

Art, Design, Photobook shop in Japan Map

The following Google map shows bookshops in Japan that sell the design, art books and photo books introduced in this article.

Art, Design, Photobook shop in Japan

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