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Blackcabbit (aka. Dionnie Takahashi) is an illustrator living in Japan. She loves drawing whimsical animal characters, as well as doing handmade crafts to beautify the world she lives in.

Craft Stores in Japan – Tokyo (Shinjuku)

This is actually a continuation from my previous post. Of which, I shared about my way around Nippori Fabric Town. Since I was familiar with the area, I finished my selective shopping around noon. With unquenchable thirst for more craft materials & fabrics, I ventured into Shinjuku to continue my quest for more.

My intention was to make Okadaya my first stop (because it was the store I missed out in my previous adventure). The best way to Okadaya is via Shinjuku’s East Exit. However, I was so directionally-challenged that I ended up at the SOUTH exit. (DUH! I still have no idea how it happened. LOL!) I stared at the map that I took from the station and turned it upside-rightside-leftside-down for countless times as precious time slipped away.

Finally, I figured it out and made my way to these stores and in this sequence:
1. Grain Plaire
2. Kiwa Products
3. Okadaya
4. ABC Craft (Shinjuku Branch will be closing down on 31 March 2012)
5. Sekaido
6. Yuzawaya (Shinjuku Branch will be closing down on 6 November 2016)
7. Tokyu Hands

Navigating around Shinjuku can be really unnerving and confusing for new visitors. So, I thought I’d share with you my treasure map. Hopefully, it will provide you with better visual as you hunt in the same craft jungle.

Okadaya Shinjuku


Grain Plaire (グランプレール)

Shinjuku Craft Shopping
Opening hours: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Location: Shinjuku MYLORD (新宿ミロード) – Mall 2F (M2F) > Floor Guide
Check their website/online store for more details (in Japanese).

I got to know about Grain Plaire and Kiwa Products (the one below) when I stumbled onto an article by Ai Terada. Basically, both of them are specialty stores selling jewelry making supplies (i.e. accessory parts, various types of beads & gemstones, chains, threads, books, crafts kits, tools, wire, and many more). And best of all, having both stores in close proximity does make them competitive, thus keeping the price reasonable.


Kiwa Products (Kiwa Seisakujo / 貴和製作所)

Beading supplies
Opening hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Location: Shinjuku Lumine 2 (新宿ルミネ2) – Fifth Floor (5F) > Floor Guide
Check their website for more details (in Japanese).
Their online store is also available (in Japanese).


Okadaya (オカダヤ)

Opening hours: 11:00 am – 8:30 pm
Check their website for more details.
Their list of online stores is also available.
Check here for closed dates & floor guide.
[Note: All links in Japanese]
Okadaya Direction
Like I said earlier, Shinjuku’s East Exit is the ideal way to Okadaya because the store is just directly across it. However, in order to see its signboard, you may have to walk a little further in front. Then, cross the road towards Studio ALTA and 百果園 (a fruit store). Do note that Okadaya consists of two buildings. On the left of the fruit store, you will see the clothing & accessories building of Okadaya, just a stone’s throw away.
Clothing & Accessories Building (Left):
1F: Don’t be surprise if you walk into a storefront filled with cosmetic goods.
BF: They even sell ladies’ inner wears & lingeries in their basement.
2F: Stage make-up & goods
3F: Beads, ornaments, decorations, zakka, wigs, hair accessories
4F: Clothing accessories
5F: Craft materials & tools, books, knitting wools
6F: Sewing notions, sewing machines, books, threads, buttons, buckles, etc.

Fabric Building (Right):
You will find this building just next door, separated by a small lane.
BF: Interior fabrics & accessories, extra wide fabrics.
1F: Cotton fabrics, magazines, etc.
2F: Stage/Costume fabrics
3F: Dress fabrics, paddings & linings
4F: Special fabrics & textiles
5F: Special fabrics & textiles

NOTE: The above-mentioned floor guide may subject to change.


ABC Craft (ABCクラフト)

Opening hours: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
(Shinjuku Branch will be closing down on 31 March 2012)
Location: Shinjuku Mitsukoshi Alcott (新宿三越アルコット) – B3F > Floor Guide
Check their website for more details (in Japanese).
After Okadaya, make your way back to the fruit store. Facing Shinjuku’s East Exit, turn left to the main road. Of which, you will be able to find Mitsukoshi Alcott opposite Kinokuniya book store and before Isetan department store. (See map above)
Mitsukoshi Alcott
ABC Craft in Shinjuku will be closing down on 31 March 2012. A big part of their items will be relocated to Ange Higashi Nakano Main Store (アンジュ東中野本店).
Click here for more information.


Sekaido (世界堂)

Opening hours: 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Location: Sekaido Building (世界堂ビル) – 1F to 6F > Floor Guide
Check their website for more details (in Japanese).
Their online store is also available (in Japanese).
Tokyo art craft store

Japan art store

Click on thumbnail to see these pictures of Sekaido on Flickr.

On the same road, after passing by Isetan and all three of Marui’s stores (i.e. Main, ONE, Annex), you will be able to find Sekaido. This is a MUST-GO place for all artists, designers and stationery-lovers!

Floor Guide: (may subject to change)
1F: Stationery & office supplies
2F: Art Supplies for Comic (Manga), design, drawing, drafting, computer etc.
3F: Fine art materials & tools, sculpture, Japanese art
4F: Frames & prints
5F: Paintings & frames
6F: Gallery & art culture.


Yuzawaya (ユザワヤ)

Opening hours:
10:00 am – 8:00 pm (Sundays to Fridays)
10:00 am – 8:30 pm (On Saturdays)
(Shinjuku Branch will be closing down on 6 November 2016)
Takashimaya Times Square (タカシマヤ タイムズスクエア) – 11F > Floor Guide
Check their website for more details (in Japanese).
Their online stores (Yahoo! & Rakuten) are also available (in Japanese).
Yuzawaya Tokyo
After Sekaido, backtrack towards the direction of Isetan until you reach the junction with the signage “Meiji-Dori.” Instead of crossing the junction, turn left and it will lead you to Takashimaya Times Square building. Then, ride the elevator up to 11th floor for Yuzawaya.
Yuzawaya Shinjuku


Click on thumbnail to see these pictures of Yuzawaya on Flickr.


Tokyu Hands (東急ハンズ)

Shinjuku craft store
Opening hours: 10:00 am – 8:30 pm
Takashimaya Times Square (タカシマヤ タイムズスクエア) – 2F to 8F > Floor Guide
Check their website for more details (in English).
Their online store is also available (in Japanese).

After Yuzawaya, just use the escalator to bring you down to Tokyu Hands’ hobby craft section (at level 7) and DIY tools & materials section (at level 6).



Yuzawaya (Shinjuku Branch) will be closing down on 6 November 2016.
Here is the notice on their official website (in Japanese).
They are having closing down sale!!!
Thank you Claypotprincess for the information. ♡



57 comments on “Craft Stores in Japan – Tokyo (Shinjuku)

  1. Caroline Mitchell
    June 12, 2018

    Help. First time in Tokyo, for only 2 days ! Needlepoint has accompanied me all my life. Dying to learn about Bunka Embroideyr. I am looking for a store to buy books, threads and accessories for Bunka Embroidery. I would very much appreciate any address you can give me as I don’t have much time to run around. Thank you so much for your help.

    • blackcabbit
      June 18, 2018

      Dearest Caroline,
      I have not been visiting any craft stores for a while and I am not familiar with Bunka Embroidery. So, I may not be of much help. Maybe you can visit the two art stores – Sekaido (世界堂) and Okadaya (オカダヤ), located in Shinjuku, and check with the staffs there? You will find their website links on the blog above. Hope you have a fruitful trip in Tokyo! ^_^b

  2. Sim yen
    March 21, 2017

    Woe, nice! Definitely will check them out! Btw Any shop that selling aragami necklace or earring? Or the miniature gold fish clay necklace in tokyo ?

    • blackcabbit
      March 21, 2017

      Sorry, Sim yen, I have no idea what a aragami is, as for the gold fish clay necklace, I haven’t seen one before. Maybe you have better luck finding that than me :)

  3. Anonymous
    September 14, 2016

    Thank you so much for all your information. I’m going to Tokyo in November just wondering if you know any places that sells bugles beads and seed beads ?
    I’m recently starting doing tambour beading. :)

    • blackcabbit
      September 14, 2016

      Hi, I’m not familiar with tambour beading but after googling about it, I think you may find what you want at Asakusabashi. Please do research the place before going just in case I got it wrong. Have a great time in Tokyo! ^_^Y

  4. jysmn
    August 5, 2016

    Hii, thank you for your useful information! I wonder if Sekaido sells golden leaf? Do you know where I could find one around Shinjuku? Thanks!

    • blackcabbit
      August 5, 2016

      Hi Jysmn, I really do not know. f(-_-) Sorry.
      Sekaido is a big store, maybe you’ll get lucky. Do try Yuzawaya too.
      Have a wonderful shopping trip!

  5. andrea
    June 1, 2016

    Thank you for the very helpful information! Do you think okadaya has DIY skincare ingredients?

    • blackcabbit
      June 2, 2016

      Thanks Andrea… When it comes to skincare, I have no idea :P

  6. Joanne
    April 25, 2016

    Heading to Tokyo in two weeks and looking for Bunka Embroidery shops – are you aware of any?

    • blackcabbit
      April 25, 2016

      Hi Joanne,
      I never buy Bunka Embroidery before but I’d think that Yuzawaya may have. Since the branch in Shinjuku is not very big, if you have time to spare, maybe you want to try Yuzawaya’s KANDA branch.

      I never been there myself, so you may want to get advice from more people who did. Have a great trip!

      • Joanne
        April 25, 2016

        Thanks so much for your prompt reply. I will surely investigate Yuzawaya. Thanks again!!

  7. Frances Etorma
    March 20, 2016

    Hi! I checked your blog and I’m going to shinjuku in a few weeks, I want to know where to buy sweets deco supplies or DIY stuff in any of these stores you posted in this blog?

    • blackcabbit
      March 21, 2016

      Hi Frances,
      It has been a while since I last visited these stores in Tokyo, so I am not 100% sure. But I’d think that Sekaido, Yuzawaya and Okadaya will most likely have them. Have a great trip in Japan!

  8. Annie Ahamad
    March 18, 2016

    Hi there! I will be visiting Tokyo & Osaka at the end of this month. Can u pl guide me to stores where I can purchase paper punches for craft projects?

    • blackcabbit
      March 18, 2016

      Hi Annie, I think you can try Sekaido and Yuzawaya in Tokyo. Hmm, not sure about Osaka though. Have a great trip in Japan!

  9. Ati
    February 12, 2016

    Hi! I’d be travelling to Tokyo next month and I hope I can find craft stores there. I found your blog and it is amazing. Thank you for posting these informations. If I want to buy wire craft tools and supplies, where do I should go?
    Thanks so much

    • blackcabbit
      February 12, 2016

      Thank you Ati. My best bet to buy wire craft tools is in Sekaido. Have a wonderful and fruitful trip!

  10. sshadowwolff
    November 3, 2015

    hi!! i love your blog, it has helped me a lot as im going to japan, tokyo, shinjuku, and im currently looking for Sakura Koi Watercolor products but cant seem to find any in Singapore:\ so im asking if you know of any art which sells Sakura Koi products? thank you so much for the informative blog anway!!

    • blackcabbit
      November 3, 2015

      Hi, are you asking about さくら濃い水彩? If so, my bet is in Sekaido. They carry a lot of art materials so you will most likely find it there. Hope you have a great trip in Japan! ^_^Y

  11. Nur Syazana Mohammad Nizar
    October 21, 2015

    hi, stumbled your blog and i find its very helpful but since this is from long time ago i dunno if you’ll see this. I hope you do~~

    just want to ask for your opinion.

    Im going to japan this coming dec 2015. I would love to splurge on art supplies (its quite limited here in my country), so just wanna ask on their price between stores (which would be cheaper or recommended) esp for items like copic markers, pens and watercolor supplies.

    Thank you.

    • blackcabbit
      October 22, 2015

      Thanks for dropping by Nur.

      If you are looking for quality and variety, I’d highly recommend Sekaido. I think there will not be much price differences because usually the prices are kinda of fixed by the suppliers.

      Hope you find your artistic treasures here in the Land of the Rising Sun. Have a fabulous trip! ^_^Y

      • Nur syazana
        November 25, 2015

        Hi, just would like to ask on your preference/recommendation of the artshops that u have mentioned, if we are looking for copics? Thank you!

  12. Anonymous
    July 28, 2015

    Hello, I found your blog because I’m planning a visit (my first visit) to Japan this October 2015 and since I’m obsessed with stationery, DIY and paper crafts I googled “Best craft stores in Japan” and found your blog. Loved it! I must say that I speak no Japanese at all -_-‘ and I’m a little scared of missing important stuff. Do you have any recommendations? We will be staying for 13 days.
    Thanks a lot in advance!

    • blackcabbit
      July 28, 2015

      Thanks to the coming Olympic, Japanese in the service line will do their best to help you and they may even try to speak English. Hopefully, this will make you less scare. Dont worry, you will love it here.

      Since you like stationary, check out stores like LOFT (, Sekaido, and also ITOYA (I never been to this one yet). The main branch is in Ginza. (

  13. alyazia
    May 22, 2015

    How can i order lots of items from you and will you give me discounts.

    Thank you

    • blackcabbit
      May 22, 2015

      Dear Alyazia,

      Please use the Zibbet store’s message me to let me know which items you are interested, I will then see if I can give discount (cos my prices are at their lowest). I will definitely offer combined shipping, which will save a great deal.

  14. MANDY P
    May 5, 2015

    Thank you for sharing. I have been to Okadaya to look for flower making heat tools and material but not much luck. Will try the other shops you listed this June and hope I have better luck.

    • blackcabbit
      May 5, 2015

      Hi Mandy, I am sorry that U cannot find what you looking for in Okadaya. Hmm, I am not familiar with flower making but I think you may have better luck with Yuzawaya (Kamata branch), which is in front of Kamata Station of JR and Tokyu lines. I never been there YET, but I have seen flower making materials at the Tsudanuma branch (not a lot though). Well, I hope you will have a great craft shopping trip in June! ^_^Y

  15. Hana
    March 17, 2015

    Thank you so much for sharing the infos!
    Do you also happen to know if any of these shops sells Koyo soft board (Lion Board)? It would be great if you know! : )

    • blackcabbit
      March 18, 2015

      Hi Hana, you are most welcome. This is the first time I know about Lion Board. If it is commonly used in art objects, then I think you will have better luck at Sekaido, the huge art store. That will be my best guess. Sorry for not able to be sure. ^_^;

  16. PastelDoll
    January 14, 2015

    Thank you so much for this guide! It was really helpful! Since i’ve used it, i think it would be nice to add your link in the video where i show all my shinjuku shopping… XD

    Thank you again!

    • blackcabbit
      January 15, 2015

      Dearest Annalisa, Thanks for spreading the love. Molte Grazie! I am so happy that you have such a fantastic shopping trip, interesting treasures you found! Have a great time creating! ^_^Y

  17. rajeev
    December 2, 2013

    this is an amazing bit of information, my son is looking for origami related store, would you recommend something from the list!!

    • Anonymous
      December 2, 2013

      If he’s just looking for regular origami paper, he can get some for ¥105 (about $1.05) at pretty much any ¥100 Store.

    • blackcabbit
      December 2, 2013

      Hi Rajeev, to find beautiful origami papers, you can check out Yuzawaya, Sekaido and Tokyu Hands. And yes, definitely 100-yen stores will have some too. Have a fantastic day! ^_~

    • Yuliya
      January 29, 2014

      Sekaido has lots of paper and sets for different hobbies

  18. Duangjai Ekahitanonda
    June 10, 2013

    Thank you for your helpful info. Where can I buy leather tools kits and quilts kits in which store cause I have one day in shinjuku prince hotel.

    • blackcabbit
      June 10, 2013

      Hi Duangjai, I remember seeing quilting & leather related stuffs in YUZAWAYA. Since Tokyo Hands is in the same building, I’d suggest to pop in there too. If time permits, check out Sekaido as well. Because it’s a huge art store, it should carry leather-related goods too. Have fun! Cheers ^_^Y

  19. Brad Hards
    May 28, 2013

    Thanks very much. My partner and I had been to Shinjuku before (and even made it to Tokyu Hands and out to Nippori), but the rest of the places were a revelation. Liberty print was bought (by her) and stationary (by me) :-)

    Thanks again.

    • blackcabbit
      May 31, 2013

      You are most welcome! If you know any other cool art/craft-related places, please share with me too! I’m still very much a foreigner clueless about Tokyo despite of staying in Japan for four years. (´・_・`)

  20. Heather Russell
    April 2, 2013

    I’m in Tokyo now visiting my brother in law and his family and I just wanted to say thank you for all your hard work in putting this guide together. I have found it so useful, I can’t thank you enough!

    • blackcabbit
      April 2, 2013

      Thank you so much for your encouraging comment, Heather. It really make my day! Have a safe, fun and creative trip! ^_^Y

  21. Martha Jager
    January 11, 2013

    Am off to Tokyo next week armed with all your FAB information! Thank you soooo much for your time and effort here! I appreciate you!

    • blackcabbit
      January 11, 2013

      You are most welcome. Have a fun, fabulous, and inspiringly fruitful trip! If you find anything else interesting, do share with me. b^_^d

  22. Maureen
    October 21, 2012

    I’m a knitter and I just moved to Tokyo. I’m looking for a reliable place to get all kinds of yarn and knitting supplies. I don’t need expensive or luxurious yarns, I just like a wide variety. Would you suggest Okadaya as the best place? If you have a better suggestion please let me know. I am comfortable using the subways to get anywhere, even smaller towns. Thank you.

    • blackcabbit
      October 22, 2012

      Hi Maureen. If you stay in Tokyo then I’d highly recommend Tomato (or Nippori Fabric Town) instead of Okadaya, in term of pricing. But I have only been to Okadaya once, so my opinion may be lopsided. More info on Nippori Fabric Town can be found here:

      Alternately, since you have a Japanese address, you may want to consider membership with YUZAWAYA, cos they do occasionally offer 30% OFF knitting or sewing supplies. To date, the biggest branch of Yuzawaya is in Kamata (Tokyo). You may want to visit that branch to check out its variety. (It’s in my plan to visit it one day too! :P)

      Here is the link (in Japanese) with more information:

      I stay in Chiba, so I frequently go to TWO craft stores in Kashiwa City for my craft supplies (i.e. Sanki & Yuzawaya). As both stores are in close proximity (kinda of opposite each other), their prices are extremely competitive for most items. Sanki’s knitting department looks pretty good too.

      Sanki (Kashiwa)
      (This store is near KFC, don’t confuse it with “NEW SANKI” which is its fashion section a stone’s throw away). BTW, I have a few dated pictures of Sanki’s craft store on my flickr. You may want to check it out:
      Sanki 01

      Yuzawaya (Kashiwa)

      Hope these info helps. I’ll love to know how your shopping goes if you do visit these places. Hope to hear from you again :)

  23. Anonymous
    September 12, 2012

    Thank so much, my plan will to visit ABC Craft only one shop due to easy way to walk from Shinjuku station. Your information is helpfulness for me.

  24. megan
    June 25, 2012

    WOW! Arigatou gozaimasu! The time you put into this! This is wonderful, I wish I had found it earlier. Just 1 day left in Tokyo. Will make my way to Sekaido and Yuzawaya. I wonder if there something like this for the East Coast, US area (where I´m moving to)…

    • blackcabbit
      June 25, 2012

      Thank you so much Megan for your encouraging comment. May your trip to Sekaido and Yuzawaya be super fruitful, fun and inspiring!

  25. Frances antoinette
    March 11, 2012

    Tokyu hands was monstrous with so many things to see…good thing I had a meal before I went into the store!

    • blackcabbit
      March 11, 2012

      (NOD NOD) Frances, I totally get what you mean! I remember how Tokyu Hands (Shibuya Branch) dominated my whole trip. I was not able to pull myself out of there. I did not even have time for other stores :P

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