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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 (Asakusabashi)

Bead suppliesAsakusabashi CraftA little Kapipara (Capybara) told me about Bead Town in Tokyo. Located in Asakusa-bashi (浅草橋) are numerous distributors selling huge assortment of beads, gems, crystals, precious stones, jewelry findings, tools etc. BEL ART ONDA’s store list & map will give you a real good idea of how many of such store are within the Beads’ Lovers Paradise.

How to get there?

Asakusabashi Station (浅草橋駅) serves two lines: Toei Asakusa Subway & JR Sobu Line. Coming from Shinjuku and Akihabara will be a breeze. Especially Akihabara, since it is only a stop away!

Bead TownThese stores are located next to the EAST exit of the station: (1) Parts Club, (2) Canaelle and (3) Shimojima.

Parts Club (パーツクラブ)

Parts ClubI went there with my buddy, a budding jewelry maker from Singapore. Despite of our strong intention to conquer Bead Town, we only visited three bead shops (i.e. eBeads BazzarAccessory ART3; Parts Club), and decided we had ENOUGH. My friend got most of her pretty stuffs from the 2-storey Parts Club, which is directly next to east exit of Asakusabashi Station.

Opening hours:
Mondays to Saturdays: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sundays & Public Holidays*: 10:00 am – 6:30 pm
* If a Public Holiday is on Saturday, the store will close at 8 pm.
Closing Day: NOT FIXED (不定休)
Check their website for more details (in Japanese).

東京都台東区浅草橋 1-18-10
(See picture of Asakusabashi Station above)

Beside Beads

Asakusabashi bead townAsakusa-Bashi is also known as Doll Street (人形の街) since the Edo period. Hence, it has many prominent stores selling Japanese traditional dolls, such as Hina Ningyo (雛人形 / Hina doll set); Gogatsu Ningyo (五月人形 / May dolls); Hagoita (羽子板 / battledore), etc.

To know which stores has doll-making materials (for example: fabric, accessories, display stands), please check out this comprehensive chart from History of Maman’s Handicraft. (Website in Japanese.)

Shimojima (シモジマ)

AsakusabashiVisiting the 8-storey Shimojima, a wrapping material wholesaler, was high on my list. Unfortunately, it was closed for stock-taking! Imagine my disappointment. (CRY!) Let my misfortune be a lesson to fellow Tokyo visitors. Always check the stores’ websites prior to your trip because their closing dates are irregular and may varies from branch to branch.

Opening hours:
Mondays to Fridays: 9:00 am – 6:30 pm
Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Closing Day: NOT FIXED (不定休)
Check their website for more details (in Japanese).

東京都台東区浅草橋 1-30-10
(See picture of Asakusabashi Station above)

Floor Guide: (may subject to change)
1F: School stationery sets
2F: Toys, fancy goods, party supplies, crackers, balloon, magic tricks, seasonal decorations, gift packaging
3F: Stationery
4F: Office supplies, kitchen/household goods, goods for food stand/stall
5F: Paper bags, wrapping papers, gift-related stickers, ribbons, ceremonial goods
6F: All sort of plastic bags, food wrapping
7F: All types of boxes, tapes, food packaging
8F: POP (Point of Purchase) / Retailing goods such as displays, posters, stands, labels, cash registers, white/black boards

Canaelle (キャナエル)

AsakusabashiCanaelleAs we walked back to the station (with me low in spirit), we checked out Canaelle, which is actually part of the Shimojima group. It has a small craft section on the third floor. Of which, I bought two rubber stamps for my schedule book. ^_^Y

Opening hours:
Mondays to Fridays: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays: 10:00 am – 6:30 pm
Closing Day: NOT FIXED (不定休)
Check their website for more details (in Japanese).

東京都台東区浅草橋 1-18-10
(See picture of Asakusabashi Station above)

Floor Guide: (may subject to change)
1F: Greeting cards, letter pads, wrapping papers, photo frames, Incidence (imported brand)
2F: Wedding customized goods (e.g. invitation cards), gifts, ring pillows
3F: Craft supplies, decopatch, stickers, washi tapes (decorative tapes), Japanese small items (wa-mono), aroma products, hair accessories
4F: Party supplies, kitchen goods, tea, imported food & sweets, instant food


16 comments on “Craft Stores in Japan – Tokyo (Asakusabashi)

  1. Steph
    January 27, 2017

    Hi, great advice. I’ll be traveling to Japan soon and would like to know whe the best place would be to buy embrodiery supplies, please? 😊

  2. Tamara Gjinoska
    June 28, 2016

    Hello and thank you for all the information you’ve put out there .I first came across your blog less than 2 years ago, prior to our first visit to Tokyo . I managed to go to Asakusabashi, found Kiwa and Parts Club and I was hooked( didn’t go any further, ran out of time). On my further trips I discovered Kiwa in La Foret. We are in Tokyo again ( 5th visit in less than 2 years) and loving every moment.Thanks to you- another discovery ( Okadaya) and in the next few days we intend to prowl further in Shinjuku ( I printed your map). It seems we will have to purchase another suitcase once the prowl is over :) Thank you again-I will think of you when I make all the jewellery , accessories and clothing . xo, Tamara

    • blackcabbit
      June 30, 2016

      Haha Tamara, you gave me chuckles. You are most welcome! So glad you had great and fruitful time in your visits to Tokyo. Be blessed with tons of creativity! ♡

  3. Sue
    May 18, 2016

    Hi there, your blog is v v v informative. Thank you. Wondering if you know of any shops in Tokyo selling interesting rubber stamps, lino cutters, fabric ink stamp pads etc – or can those be found from usual stationery shops – itoya, sekaido, tokyu hands? If you know of any such shops in Kyoto or Nagoya, please also let me know as I will be visiting as well. Thank you v much.

    • blackcabbit
      May 18, 2016

      Thank you Sue.

      Hmm I think the stores that carry fabric ink stamp pads or interesting rubber stamps will be these popular few: Itoya, Okadaya, Sekaido, Yuzawaya, Tokyu Hands…

      As for lino cutters, i am not so sure but my best bet will be on Sekaido.

      It has been a while since my last craft shopping so there may be new additions that I’m not aware of (I totally clueless about Kyoto and Nagoya). Sure be wonderful if someone will update me on that too then I will have the excuse to make a trip there :P

  4. Drakena74
    December 23, 2015

    I’m visiting Japan in March 2016 and I’m looking to see which stores would sell Polymer clay or Resin clay. Would you know by any chance? I’m definitly going to visit Sekaido because I have family and friends who LOVE to draw & paint. Thank you!

    • blackcabbit
      December 23, 2015

      Yes Drakena74,
      Sekaido will most likely have such clay, I think. Have a good and fruitful trip in March! Japan Yokoso! ^_^Y

  5. LEILA
    August 5, 2015


  6. Cindy Kuo
    March 8, 2015

    Thank you for posting this article! Very helpful!
    It will be my first time going to Japan and I was kinda lost to find jewelry findings stores.

    • blackcabbit
      March 9, 2015

      You are most welcome, Hope you have a wonderful and fruitful trip! ^_^Y

  7. Lisa
    May 26, 2014

    Great post. I went bead shopping there once and it was overwhelming.

    • blackcabbit
      May 27, 2014

      Thank you, Lisa! Ya, it was overwhelming for me too. Like touching the tip of the iceberg. LOL

  8. Min
    April 2, 2014

    The pictures turned out well! Your camera is pretty good after all! Hee.

    • blackcabbit
      April 2, 2014

      Hee hee, all thanks to image editing software, in my case Pixelmator cos cannot afford Photoshop. :P

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