An ultra-sensitive method for glycan analysis targeting small tissue sections (1.5mm in diameter) is described as an application of a recently-established lectin microarray technology. The developed system achieved a high level of detection of a tissue section consisting of approximately 500 cells for differential profiling, where both N- and O-glycans attached to a pool of glycoproteins are subjected to multiplex analysis with 43 lectins. By using an optimized protocol for differential glycan analysis, sections of adenocarcinoma (n=28) and normal epithelia (n=12) of the colon were analyzed in an all-in-one manner. As a result, Wisteria floribunda agglutinin (WFA) was found to clearly differentiate cancerous from normal epithelia with P<0.0001. The obtained results correlated well with the subsequent histochemical study using biotinylated WFA. Thus, the developed technology proved to be valid for expanding the lectin microarray applications to tissue-based glycomics, and hence, should accelerate a discovery phase of glycan-related biomarkers.