The Shimogamo Used Book Festival is one the Big Three vintage book festivals in Kyoto. It takes place this year from August 11 - 16.
The books - as many as 800,000 in some years - are overwhelmingly in Japanese.
Even for those who do not read Japanese, however, there is much to find and perhaps purchase.
Many of the books are visual - art, manga, etc. - or just evoke a bygone era that needs no translation.
The festival takes place in the Tadasu-no-mori forest, which is a short walk from Demachiyanagi Station.
For cyclists, there are many places to park.
Summer Book Festival (August 11 - 16)
Shimogamo Noryo Furuhon Matsuri (下鴨納涼古本まつり)
10:00 - 17:30 (until 16:00 on the last day)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #205, get off at Shimogamo-jinja-mae
Tel: 075 231 2971
Spring Book Festival (May 1 - 5)
Haru-no-Kosho Daisokubai-kai (春の古書大即売会)
Miyako Messe (Kyoto International Exhibition Hall)
Autumn Book Festival (October 30 - November 3)
Aki-no-Furuhon Matsuri (秋の古本まつり)
10 am to 5 pm
Tags Japan Touring Kyoto Cycle Japanese