Bunkitsu is clearly a go-to place if you like books and art. Tokyo’s new bookstore has wide entryways and a layout similar to an art gallery.

On December 2018 in Tokyo’s Roppongi district, Bunktisu opened its doors to book lovers. Its reception area has a few magazines that you can read for free but if you want to read its 30,000 books or so on the second floor, you must pay 1,500 yen or 14 dollars.

There is a cafe on the second floor and it serves food and free refills of tea or coffee to the customers. Hikaru Yoshino, the shop’s 27-year-old public relations officer said that coffee in Tokyo costs between 400 yen to 500 yen so he thinks Bunkitsu’s fee is acceptable enough the customers can enjoy a bottomless cup while reading for a few hours.

Bunkitsu has one copy of each book and magazine in the store so if you miss the chance to buy it, you might not get another. “It’s like buying a gift at a museum shop”, says Akira Ito, the 36-year-old store manager.

Bookstores are closing down in Japan because of e-books. Yoshino hopes that Bunkitsu would somehow survive bookstores.