Wantage Bookshop, Kobe

When we lived in Tokyo, many years ago, there were several second-hand English bookshops we could go to. In Kobe we don’t have such a wide choice, so the Wantage Bookshop, a short walking distance from our home, is a real lifesaver.


This is a small bookshop, with non-fiction books on the ground floor and fiction books a steep climb up to the second floor. Despite its small size, crammed shelves fill up most of the space and the choice and variety of books are good. An added advantage is the seemingly haphazard arrangement of books, which makes browsing a delectable, if somewhat time-consuming, experience.

The bookshop is open only on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) from 11am to 5pm, and is across the street from Shin-Kobe Shinkansen station.

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