Information for International Researchers


Hongo is a district in Bunkyo Ward just north of the Imperial Palace. Located in the heart of Tokyo's traditional education district, it still holds a unique historical charm. There are also many shopping malls in main station buildings and scores of dining locations around the Hongo campus. The University offers a range of on campus services such as the university co-op, which members of the local community are welcome to use.

1. Joining the University Co-op

If you wish to join the Co-op, please go to the Co-op General Affairs Office on the second floor of the Second Refectory Building (Map) with share capital and an ID card. A Co-op card will be issued immediately. The office is open from 10:00 to 18:00 on weekdays.

  • Share capital (¥16,000)
  • Employee ID Card

2. Using Co-op services via Internet

Book Search and ordering System Japanese only
Amazon wallet service Pre-registration required
University Gift and Souvenirs Japanese only

3. Shops on the Hongo Campus

There are six shops and four refectories oparated by the University Co-op on the Hongo Campus. Once you join the Co-op, you can buy books, CDs and DVDs at a 10-15% discount. They also offer an agency service (air tickets, Driving school and moving arrangements etc.). You can use these services without joining the Co-op, but it will be helpful for you to join. Location information for each shop is available on the campus map.

Co-op Store 1 10:00-18:30 on weekdays Closed Sat., Sun. and Public holidays Stationery, Office supply Electric appliances, Computers Daily necessities 03-3816-0711
Co-op Store 2 8:00-21:00 on weekdays 10:00-17:00 on Sat., Sun. and Public holidays Foods, Drinks, Drugs, Todai original goods, Music and Visual software 03-3816-3971
Gotenshita Ground Shop 10:00-14:00 on weekdays Closed Sat., Sun. and Public holidays Box lunches, bread, Rice balls and drinks 03-3812-0465
Akamon Store 10:00-17:00 on weekdays Closed Sat., Sun. and Public holidays Stationery, Box lunches, Bread, Rice balls and drinks Todai original goods 03-5684-8147
Communication Center 10:00-18:00 on Mon.-Sat. Closed Sun., Public holidays Todai original goods 03-5841-1039
Nougakubu Store 10:00 -20:00 on weekdays Closed Sat., Sun. and Public holidays Stationery, Office supply Books, Foods, Drinks, and Todai original goods, 03-3812-0577
Asano Store 10:00-18:00 on weekdays Closed Sat., Sun. and Public holidays Stationery, Office supply Foods, Drinks, and Todai original goods, 03-5841-7994

4. Postal and delivery services

The postal service in Japan is operated by JAPAN POST SERVICE Co., Ltd and JAPAN POST NETWORK Co., Ltd. In addition to offering postal services such as percels, printed matter, express mail and telegrams, post offices also handles banking and insurance. The Hongo Post Office is just across the street from the University's main gate. The University Hospital also has a small post office at the first floor of the Inpatients' Ward A.

Post offices are open on weekdays from 9:00 to 17:00. (The Hongo post office is open on weekends and late at night, but services are limited then.)

Shopping in Tokyo

There are a number of shopping districts in Tokyo. You can easily find both traditional items and the latest goods. There are many places you can shop inexpensively, such as "100 yen shops" and discount shops in the city. Most stores are open weekends and holidays except some specialty stores.

Drug stores

Drug stores in Japan are retail stores which sell pharmaceuticals relating to health and beauty as well as daily necessities and also have a pharmacy that accepts prescriptions. Drug stores are popular for consumers looking for supplements, energy drinks and many everyday items in bulk at a discounted prices.

100 yen shops

Tokyo is not all about high-end boutiques and luxurious department stores. Shops that offer all items for 100 yen have exploded in popularity. 100 yen shops are an ideal place for to pick up inexpensive souvenirs like chopsticks and rice bowls.

Specialty shops

If you want to hunt for bargains or pursue your particular interest, a specialty shop might be the place to visit. In addition to the Electric Town in Akihabara, there are many interesting specialty shops in the Hongo and Ueno areas. For example, Jinbo-cho is the largest book market in Japan and Kanda-Surugadai has specialty shop streets for musical instruments.