This fascinating neighbourhood of more than 170 new and secondhand booksellers is proof that the printed word is alive and well in Tokyo. Amid tottering stacks of volumes, you'll find everything from antique guidebooks of the Yoshiwara pleasure district to obscure sheet music from your favourite symphony.

Recommended stores to target are Ohya Shobō, purveyor of antique books, maps and original ukiyo-e prints, and Komiyama Shoten for art books, prints and posters.