When you go on a trip and visit bookstores, it is really a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with new and fantastic books.
Even if you can buy the same books in your hometown, the books lined up on the shelves of that bookstore you find during your trip are there only at that moment, at that place.
In this blog post, we will introduce local bookstores of Fukuoka where you can make this type of great encounters with special books.
▷①The bookstore that’s fun even if you only look around.
“A bookstore that offers its customers a funny lifestyle” is the theme of this shop that combines books・coffee shop・magazines. The name of the shop is “Solid & Liquid” : Solid＝books and Liquid＝coffee. The naming also shows their wish of being a shop with a tough intention and a flexible concept.
This shop allows you to read their books while enjoying a drink at their coffee shop without having to buy them.
There are also a lot of shelves with different designs which makes looking around a fun experience.
Solid & liquid Tenjin
Address：Fukuoka-shi, Chuo-ku, Tenjin 1-7-11 IMS 4F
▷②A bookstore to improve your taste
This shop is also a bookstore and a coffee shop combined.
Art・Graphics・Fashion・Interior・Artsy magazines etc… The books lined up on this shop’s shelves were carefully selected following the staff’s opinions and liking.
Among the delicious food and dessert they offer, the pancakes are the most popular !
cafe & books Bibliotheque
Address：Fukuoka-shi, Chuo-ku, Tenjin 2-10-3 VIORO B1F
※For more info：cafe & books bibliotheque
▷③The bookstore where you can relax at leisure
This “relaxation bookstore” has three slogans: “participation”, “experience” and “cultural exchange”.
Inside the shop you have the possibility of drinking delicious coffee while reading sitting at their book cafe. They also have an event space where various events and seminars take place regularly. They of course hold reading circles, but also more surprising events like mini concerts.
Address：Fukuoka-shi, Chuo-ku, Tenjin 4-1-18
▷④The bookstore that broadens your world
Canal city, the shopping mall loved by tourists from all over the world, possesses a MUJI bookstore. There are about 30 000 books in this bookstore which motto is “only good books”.
Furthermore, they hold talk shows about books or lifestyle in their event space.
They sell travel goods along with travel books, and other goods that are related to the subjects of the books that are lined up on their shelves.
Address：Fukuoka-shi, Hakata-ku, Sumiyoshi 1- 2Canal city Hakata North building 3F
※For more information：Hakata Keizai Shinbun http://hakata.keizai.biz/headline/2036/
▷⑤The bookstore where you can drink alcohol while reading
The incredible thing in this bookstore is that you can read books while casually sipping on beer or sake! You can bet that you will make some new and wonderful encounters with books in this shop!
Moreover, they hold talk events, workshops, and music lives (among others) almost every day. Definitely pay them a visit!
Address：Fukuoka-shi,Chuo-ku, Tenjin 1-10-24
Starting this point we are going to introduce bookshops that feel even more “local”!
▷⑥The bookstore where you make unexpected encounters
This shop is the definition of what a bookstore is. Located among the elm-trees of Keyaki Street, close to Tenjin. It’s a compact store, but the genres of their books are infinitely varied. You will probably find a book you would have never dreamed of buying but end up purchasing in this shop
Address：Fukuoka-shi, Chuo-ku, Akasaka 2-1-12
※For more information：Books Kubrick
▷⑦The bookstore that resembles a circus
This store is at least the best bookshop in Japan. A genuine coffee shop, a big screen with the latest acoustics technology, kotatsu, a ferris wheel of books, various club activities, diverse events… Those are only a few of the characteristic features of that wonderful bookshop!
Address：Fukuoka-shi, Chuo-ku, Imaizumi 1-9-12 Heights Mikasa 2F
※For more information：AFROFUKUOKA : http://afro-fukuoka.net/archives/meguru_spot/18
▷⑧The bookstore where you can nap
Anyone has already fallen asleep while reading a book.
Well in this bookstore you can actually take a cozy nap. This is all we are going to say about this place, so please go and visit the shop if you are interested.
Address：Fukuoka-shi,Chuo-ku, Yakuin1-4-8 “Azuma Building” room 43
※For more info：Another Trip: http://www.poss-kyushu.com/tanken/201311/index_3.html
▷⑨The unique bookstore which annex is an art gallery
In the new shop opened by the gallery LUM, they gathered various used books about art, design, culture, food, travel, and people, carefully selected from a unique point of view. They also focus on local producers and sell ceramics, bags, accessories or design T-shirts.
LUMO BOOKS & WORKS
Address：Fukuoka-shi, Chuo-ku, Kego 1-12-5-2F
※For more information：LUMO BOOKS & WORKS
▷⑩The smallest used bookstore of Japan ?!
This shop is definitely the smallest one in Japan！In just 3 square meters the used magazines are organized in categories like「Travel」「Think」「Enjoy」, that were brought from various countries. With the exciting feeling of being in some kind of secret base, you will certainly feel a bit nostalgic of your childhood.
Travels are a once-in-a-lifetime thing. Encounters with books are the same thing.
We hope that you will find many wonderful books.
“The shop for travel and used books” : Hitotsu Boshi
Address：Fukuoka-shi, Chuo-ku, Imaizumi, 1-23-4 Shin-tenjin Building 405