Route Books
Route Books is a true hidden gem. Located on a quiet laneway barely a few minutes from Ueno Station, the distinctive shop is joined by a furniture showroom, botanical shop and ateliers in a complex operated by local construction company Yukuido.

The shop serves as a hub for thinking about different ways of living, with books related to all facets of life – architecture to travel, philosophy to fermentation – complemented by hands-on workshops, organic vegetables and craft goods for the home.

Spread throughout a renovated space brought to life with a hint of industrial flair, these items provide ample food for thought as you curl up on the antique sofas or relax with a coffee in hand.

The Route Books experience extends far beyond the printed word and proves that there’s plenty to be uncovered in Ueno’s lesser-known laneways.

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