Hashodo koshoten, Ikebukuro

RECORDS SHOP, Ikebukuro, HASHODO KOSHOTENWhat a strange name for a record store, you think… And you are right ! Hashodo Koshoten literally means “Hasshodo's second hand book” . This is probably one of the oldest books and records store in Japan : it was opened in 1960 !



This nice tidy shop of about 200 m2 is located in the back streets of Ikebukuro station (North of Tokyo). They first started by selling second hand books (they have very rare editions of old books) and move to records little by little (vinyls from the mid-60s, then CDs).
The company owns only one shop, run by MM. Yagi and Suzuki (the shop managers). They propose about 50 000 references (not all on display), 100% used. The records are from all genres, with a strong point on Jazz, Japanese productions (some quite rare, especially for Japanese music such as enka) as well as import products. They never travel abroad to purchase records, relying only on customers to buy and sell (no barter).
For those who read Japanese (one never knows…), their website is worth checking : it presents, in a very organized and clear manner, the main references in the store. So, there is no English version and they do not sell on line. But, they take order by phone.
Be careful : they are closed on Sundays and national holydays.


Hasshodo Koshoten
5-2-10 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku
Tokyo 171-0021
Tel : 03-3981-1870



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1 comment:

  1. I was able to check on the website and it was worth visiting for. They offer a wide range of interesting books and arts.

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