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Best Tokyo Arts and Crafts Supply Stores

Best Tokyo Arts and Crafts Supply Stores

If you are looking for art supplies for a school project, new crafting passion or a Halloween costume here is a short list of the best Tokyo arts and crafts supply stores.  I have listed up a few places that are my go to locations in Tokyo; many of these also have branches throughout Japan. Create and enjoy life!

Best Tokyo Arts and Crafts Supply Stores

1. Sekaidō (Shinjuku, Tokyo) – Is probably the most traditional and extensive fine arts supplies store in Tokyo. This store has five floors of every product across Seikaido Art Supplies Stores, Tokyo Arts and Crafts Supply Storesevery medium possible. Their painting and drawing section is my favourite. If you leave C1 exit from the east of Shinjuku Station, you will see a large banner with a depiction of Mona Lisa on it. Make sure your sign-up for their points program that will give you a 5-10% off your purchase.

Sekaidō Details

Address: 3-1-1 Shinjuku, TokyoPhone: 03-5379-1111Business hours: 9:30 – 21:00 Access: Exit C1 Shinjuku station on the Marunouchi or Toei Shinjuku Lines
Website: http://www.sekaido.co.jp/ (Japanese language only)Online store: http://webshop.sekaido.co.jp/ (Japanese language only, over 5,000 yen free shipping)

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2. Yuzawaya (various locations; including Kamata, Kichijoji, Osaka, Kyoto, Fukuoka) – Yuzawaya is a very large craft chain in Japan with over 20 stores. Yuzawaya started as a store in Kamata, Tokyo area and have over five buildings near the Kamata station. However, they also have stores located in large department stores in Tokyo and Osaka. Yuzawaya sells fabrics, embroidery and knitting items, handicraft supplies, painting, calligraphy, stationery and much, much more. Make sure you join the store’s ‘Yuzawaya-tomo-no-kai’ club to get 10% or more off your purchases. My favorite location is Kamata, but the store in the basement of the TOC building in Gotanda has really good parking and is in the same building as a Daiso and Akachanhonpo.

Yuzawaya Details
Address:
– TOC Building B1 (No. 31) Nishi Gotanda 7-22-17 Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo. Hours: 10: 00-19: 00
– Kamata store (8-23-5 Nishi Kamata, Ota-ku, Tokyo)
*Note the Shinjuku Takashimaya Location closed it`s doors early 2017.
Open hours: 10am – 8pm everyday (Sat until 8:30pm)
Website: www.yuzawaya.co.jp/

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Umematsu, Tokyo Arts and Crafts Supply Stores Best Living Japan3. Umematsu (Shibuya, Tokyo) – This art store is quite small but if you paint or draw you will find everything you need just outside Shibuya station. Very convenient for paints, brushes, and canvases. Note: not stroller or wheelchair friendly.

Umematsu Details
Address: 2-20-8 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3400-5556
Business hours: 10:00 – 20:00 Monday – Saturday (closed Sunday)
Website: no website

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Toa, Best Tokyo Art and Crafts stores4. Toa Textile World (Shibuya)
– Toa is my go-to for textiles when making kids Halloween costumes, cushion covers, and wall hangings. Toa has a great selection of basic cottons, satins, fleece and suiting. The store also offers chiffons, fake fur, sequins and all the sewing accessories and decorations you will need for your project. Toa also has a cute selection of holiday prints, Japanese traditional prints and silks.

Toa Textile World Details
Address: 1-19-3 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo / T: 03 6463 3351
Business Hours: Everyday 10:00 – 20:00
Access: 5-8 min walk from Shibuya station
Website:https://www.toa-ltd.com/

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Shimojima Decorating and Packaging Store5. Shimojima (30+ stores across Japan, Flagship store in Asakusabashi) – Shimojima Decorating and Packaging Store is the go-to chain store for handicraft makers, gift givers, and party planners. Shimojima has 30+ branches in the Kanto area where families can go and buy all their decorating items for the holidays and parties. The 8-floor flagship store in Asakusabashi on the Ginza subway line is packed full of boxes, bags, wrapping paper, ribbons, glue and decorating tools.

Shimojima Decorating and Packaging Store Details
List of all stores in Japan here in English:  https://www.shimojima.co.jp/eng/shop/shop_list.html
Asakusabashi Shimojima Flagship Store: 1-30-10 Asakusabashi, Taito-ku, Tokyo (exit 4 Asakusabashi on the Ginza Line)
Most Stores business hours:  9:00 – 18:30 on Mondays through Saturdays and 10:00 – 17:30 on Sundays and national holidays

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Okadaya shinjuku, Best Tokyo art and craft stores6. Okadaya (Shinjuku) –  Has two buildings; one with six floors of fabric, traditional Japanese materials and other special textiles; and the adjacent building carries seven floors of basic materials (buttons, thread, string), decorative materials (ribbons, lace, sequins) cosmetics, stage-makeup, colored contacts and wigs. They also carry sewing supplies and machines.

Okadaya Shinjuku Details:
Address: 3-23-17 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (東京都新宿区新宿3-23-17)
Business Hours: 10:30 – 20:30. Closed Sunday, April 16. Please check the website for additional closures.
Website: 
http://www.okadaya.co.jp/

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7. Tokyu Hands (various locations across Tokyo and Japan) – Tokyu Hands is a general merchandiser withTokyu Hands (various locations across Tokyo and Japan), Best Art and Craft Stores in Tokyo a wide selection of art and craft supplies. I think the best selection is at the Shibuya store especially if you are looking for wood or sewing supplies. Most of the stores offer a good selection of painting and drawing materials.

Tokyu Hands Details:
Address: Great store locator here with all information  http://www.tokyu-hands.co.jp/en/shoplist.html
Business hours: typically 9:30 – 21:00 (please double check on the store locator)
Website: http://www.tokyu-hands.co.jp/foreign.html (English)

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8Tokyo Arts and Crafts Supply Stores, Daiso. Daiso (many locations throughout Tokyo and Japan) – Daiso is famous for the their 100 yen and low prices stores. They have over 700 stores now in 25 countries. Daiso is a general merchandiser but has a good selection of craft items such as paper, paints, markers, styrofoam, etc. If you are doing crafts with your kids, this is a great and inexpensive option.  I have been to the store in Ebisu, Harajuku and Shinjuku and have always found a great selection.

Daiso Details: 
Address: Great store locator here with all information  http://www.daiso-sangyo.co.jp/shop/index.php (only in Japan but has a image map)
Business hours: typically 10:00 – 21:00 (please double check on the store locator)
Website: http://www.daiso-sangyo.co.jp/ (Japanese language only)

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  1. This article is interesting! I have plan to shop some fine art materials at Sekaido. I’m curious about “points program”, how do you sign up for that?? Thankyou very much

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