INSIDE: The BEST Japanese Stationery Shops for Awesome Things to Buy in Tokyo. Updated 2019.
I cannot leave Japan without my suitcase filled to the brim with cute Japanese stationery (and Japanese craft supplies).
Here’s a guide of good Japanese stationery things to look for.
- Japanese pencils
- Japanese pens
- Japanese markers
- Deco tape
- Washi tape
- Origimi paper
- Japanese notepads
- Japanese letter writing sets
- Japanese stickers
- Japanese phone accessories
- Japanese office supplies including Japanese folders, random but must-have staplers in the shape of a love heart or a hippo or whale (the best office talking piece ever)
- Cute Japanese school supplies
- Zakka stationery
- Kawaii stationery with all the adorable Japanese characters including Rilakkuma, Anpanman, Hello Kitty, and more
- Disney stationery and gifts featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Disney princesses and Toy Story
- Japanese gift cards and Japanese birthday cards – their beauty will ASTOUND you!
- 1 Awesome Japanese stationery brands & products to look out for
- 2 The BEST Japanese Stationery Stores in Japan
- 3 TOKYU HANDS
- 4 LOFT
- 5 SEKAIDO
- 6 ITOYA GINZA
- 7 BUMPODO
- 8 LAPIS
- 9 HACHIMAKURA
- 10 TAKEO
- 11 TOOLS
- 12 BILLBOARD
- 13 SHINIMONO GURUI
- 14 GINZA GEKKOSOU
- 15 HAPINS
- 16 Personalised Art Supplies
- 17 More Options on Where to buy Japanese Stationery in Tokyo…
- 18 MUJI
- 19 100 YEN STORES IN TOKYO eg DAISO
- 20 Looking for more places to shop in Japan?
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Awesome Japanese stationery brands & products to look out for
These are our favourites Japanese stationery products to buy in Tokyo. Take them home.
- Copic markers – these are refillable, alcohol based markers originally made for professional manga graphics creators. They blend beautifully when you draw and make everyone’s work look good. Made famous by youtube artists Tino Copic, DrawWithJazza, drawholic, Baylee Jae, Sophie Chan and Kirakiradoodles.
- Kokuyo’s GLOO-Stick (Firm Adhesive), square shaped so you can reach the corners!
- MONO graph mechanical pencil series
- Sailor’s Fountain Pen
- Fude Touch Sign pens (rainbow colours)
- Funwari Fude Color 80 pens
- Ohto Fude Ball pens
- Kuretake brushables
- Kuretake Calligraphy pens
- Petit Gel pens
- MT Washi tape (paper tape) in all the designs!
- Zebra midliner pens in the rainbow set of 5 (there’s more than one set)
- Bullet journals to write in using your new Zebra pens!
- Midori traveller’s notebooks
- Super cute Frixion planner stamps for your bullet journal and wall calendar and diary (check out the limited edition versions – Peanuts characters, seasonal). These tiny Japanese stamps make great gifts from Japan for kids at around 100 yen each.
The BEST Japanese Stationery Stores in Japan
Tokyu Hands Department stores has a one whole floor dedicated to Japanese stationery, Japanese pens and Japanese markers, and the prices are as good as you’ll get anywhere.
LOFT in Shibuya Tokyo is our favourite Japanese stationery store.
Take a sneak peek below at our comprehensive guide to Japanese stationery you can buy in Loft.
Sekaido stationery store is the ultimate Japanese stationery and art supplies store in one.
- The first floor houses stationery, office supplies, and Japanese fountain pens.
- The second floor is for Japanese paper, drafting, design, comics and manga art supplies, animation goods, model materials, and related books
- The third floor has all the western painting materials, Japanese painting supplies, Japanese woodblock printing supplies, modelling materials for hand cut stamping and miniature clay making, easels, and Japanese calligraphy supplies
- The fourth floor is for framing, plus you can buy Japanese prints and Japanese artworks
- The fifth floor is for oil painting supplies
Itoya stationery shop in Tokyo is famous for its’ giant red paperclip outside the shop, and motto, Art. Office. School. Life.
Itoya’s designers are influenced by the very Japanese mottos:
- use and cherish things to one’s liking for as long as possible
- cherish things of good taste for a long time
- to use with care for a long time, make no purchases with compromise
Most importantly, the creators ask, does it meet the quality of Good Design?.
The flagship store in Ginza is two buildings (G. Itoya and K. Itoya) with a total of 18 floors! (Check the floor guide here)
They have themed event spaces, a juice bar, an indoor vegetable factory, and a cafe restaurant CAFE Stylo.
They sell stationery for everyday use including Itoya pens, Itoya notebook, special writing instruments, greeting cards, and letter writing sets.
Itoya is also home to Japanese art supplies for every kind of artist.
Bumpodo in Kanda is a Japanese art store and stationery shop with an art school attached.
Home of six floors of excitement for artists in Japan, you can purchase art supplies, printing supplies, oils, watercolour paints, and more.
- Visit the B1F for stationery, Japanese paper supplies, design and manga comics and manga art supplies.
- 1st floor is home to Bunshodo original oil paint (They released the first professional paint in Japan in 1929) and zakka goods.
- 2nd floor is for printing materials, copperplate supplies, woodblock printing supplies, lithograph supplies, silk screen products, printing paper and supplies for hand cut stamping (eraser printing supplies)
- 4th floor is an exhibition space for Japanese artists. Head to the 6th floor to find oil paints, watercolours, drawing paper, poster frames and photo frames.
Plus if you speak Japanese, or have access to a translator, they have 73 courses and workshops for adults and kids.
Bunshodo Gallery Cafe
Lapis is a specialty store handling art supplies and stationery in Roppongi. It’s a bit off the beaten track for most visitors to Japan, but worth a look.
- Color pencils, crayons, markers
- watercolors, oil paintings, pastels, acrylics, poster colors,
- Sketchbook, canvas, illustration board
- Airbrush, drafting pens, templates
- general notebook, system notebook, clear file, books and post cards
- Wrapping supplies, and greeting cards
This antique stationery shop, Hachimakura in Koenji in Japan, is a quaint excursion back in time.
You can find:
- antique paper, used paper, old books
- old picture postcards
- antique chromos
- vintage maps
- imported stamps
- vintage objects
Takeo paper store is your one-stop shop for paper supplies in Tokyo.
Stop by the first floor to see, touch (and buy) all the paper products – who knew paper came in so many colours, textures, sizes, and types?
The 2nd floor is a gallery and event space to see the paper in use. They also have a shop on the 2F – “Beidou Shop”
Credit Cards are accepted if you spend more than 3000 yen.
Tools is an Japanese art supplies shop that supports students of the art university. The Ochanomizu Art Academy and the Ochanomizu Art College are located just opposite the Ochanomizu Store.
Tools Ochanomizu is an official Copic shop, selling a giant selection of the awesome Copic Markers.
Therefore, it’s a renowned place for manga illustrators to buy their manga art supplies.
Tools’ main service is to be the Copic pen doctor!
The “Copic Clinic” is the place to buy Copic ink refills and Nib (pen point) replacements.
Ink refilling is standard at 100 yen per pen (excluding tax). Nib exchange up to 50-210 yen (excluding tax).
They sell tonnes of washi tape, liquitex products, and a bulk load of paper too.
Billboard is a very cool, hip and retro shop featuring post and greeting cards from around the world. Stationery and small handicraft accessories are also available.
(literal translation- The Wicked Seal shop)
My favourite stationery shop, Shinimono gurui Stamp Shop is located at Yanaka Ginza Shoten-gai (Yanaka Ginza shopping street) where you can purchase traditional ‘hanko’ personalised seals with your name in Japanese on it.
They also sell adorable stamp seals with cute Japanese illustrations of cats, birds, faces and more. Be prepared to be mesmerised!
Ginza Gekkosou Art Supplies Store is a true artist’s shop, founded in 1917, supplying artist’s with handcrafted painting brushes, drawing tool boxes, pen holders, leather pencil covers and erasers. Their own products are made by hand, and feature a Japanese horn instrument as proof.
Founder Hashimoto Hyakka discovered the blue and cobalt blue techniques of the world standard color Ruri, and gave birth to the first domestically produced paint in 1940. Later, he invented a new color cobalt violet pink (Gekkoso Pink) that won 1st prize in the World Painting Color Award in 1971.
On the first floor there is a space for art materials, including sketchbooks, and palette knives, and in the basement there is a small gallery for stationery, letter writing paper, art, and coffee.
Hapins stocks super cute stationery sets, stickers, notebooks, paper files, clip sets, card cases, masking tape, paper bags, iphone covers, and glasses cases. They have 170 stores nationwide.
Personalised Art Supplies
Kakimori is the place to purchase a custom made notebook where you choose your binder, notepaper, cover design, Open 11am to 7pm daily, find Kakimori in Kuramae Tokyo here.
Inkstand by Kakimori
Their sister shop, Inkstand is the place in Japan to purchase your very own fountain pen ink colour, specially designed just for you and your personality and mood as they believe everyone should have a colour that truly represents them! With their help, you mix and match each drop to make that one-of-a-kind ink. https://inkstand.jp/
Kuramae, the home of these two stores, is an artist’s dream town. Take your time to wander the streets to find many artisans at work, and buy their hand-crafted products.
More Options on Where to buy Japanese Stationery in Tokyo…
- Muji in Tokyo has simple wholesome stationery for the minimalist who loves simple design and natural colours, products and materials.
100 YEN STORES IN TOKYO eg DAISO
- Try 100 yen stores in Tokyo for cheap but very cute Japanese stationery. This is the perfect place to shop on a budget for Japanese stationery gifts for kids as well as friends who love kawaii stationery.
- Daiso in Harajuku Tokyo is a good place to start. Take a sneak peek at Daiso here.
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