- 3 Chome-46-10 Koenjiminami, Suginami, Tokyo
- Distance from Station:
- 4 minutes from JR Koenji Station, South Exit
- 03-5305-5536 (Japanese only)
- 10:00am - 12:00am midnight
- Some staff speak a little English.
VILLAGE VANGUARD KOENJI
Exciting Bookstore and Much Much More
Village Vanguard is a chain of bookstores that serve as hideouts for geeks, nerds, and other otaku (anime geek)– if you want to want to go by stereotypes. Simply put, as its own slogan suggests, it is a very exciting store, for all kinds of hobbyists.
The shops are stocked to the ceiling with things like character goods, odd sunglasses, weird masks, watches, mobile phone accessories, unique pillows, and a whole bunch of giant American and Japanese snacks and more! Certain things seem to have no function other than to amuse. And of course on the second floor there are heaps of books, worth checking out especially if you’re fond of Japanese recipes and manga.
The entrance is full of “gacha-gacha” collectible toy dispenser machines that you can play for 200 yen and get a collectible mystery souvenir. At this place, you can find plenty of unique Japanese souvenirs for yourself, friends and family. There many Village Vanguard stores around Japan but only at the Koenji store you can find limited Koenji souvenirs such as T-shirts, packaged Koenji Psyche Delhi Gravy Beef Curry and Tea!
[updated: January 2018]