Hal’s is a very nice record store specialized in jazz at walking distance from the west exit of Shinjuku station. The place is run by the Ikeda, father and son.
Ikeda senior decided, in the late 90’s, he was tired with his old job and he took the plunge : being a jazz fan for a long long time, he quit his traveling agent company and opened up Hal’s in 2000 (and enjoyed his other passion : vintage cars).
The place holds about 10 000 records, mainly LPs and some books.
The Ikeda family travels abroad on a regular basis, mainly to Europe (US too, but less often). Their website does not have any English pages, but if you send emails explaining what you want or what you are looking for, they will let you know what they can do for you.
They get frequent visits from various artists stopping by Tokyo : Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore or Steely Dan…
And Ikeda-san (the son) DJs occasionally some good jazz, rare groove or house music in jazz clubs in Tokyo (like club Oto).
Daikan Plaza B-306,
7-10-17 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
Tel : 03-3364-1577