For most book lovers, there’s really no better pleasure than stepping into a well-stocked bookstore. The nation of Japan knows this feeling well, as the country is one built on the unadulterated love of printed prose. In Japanese, there’s even a specific a word for that ever-growing pile of yet-to-be-read books you’ve collected over the years: tsundoku (積ん読). Given the sheer amount and variation of bookstores in Japan, it only makes sense that the term tsundoku exists. Explore Japan‘s literary world via some of the most beautiful stores you can visit in the country, and arguably the world.