The ultimate art supply store in Tokyo. You can find all the necessary professional grade art supplies with experts in each section. You can also find a lot of unique art supplies that are associated with traditional Japanese crafts such as special washi papers, sumi ink, high-craft brushes, etc. If you need to purchase large items and are concerned about transportation, they have free parking for patrons, as well as amazing skills in packaging large scale items for easy transportation. If you are purchasing large quantities or plan to shop often, you should ask for their “Sekaido Card” – a discount membership card that lasts for 2 years. (￥500 one time fee required)
Uematsu is a building full of art supplies that stands right in front of Shibuya station. Besides general art supplies, they specialize in carrying supplies for traditional Japanese style paintings. There are tons of good washi papers and rare mineral pigments. They also produce their own environmentally safe glue, applicable for all painting genre surfaces.
PIGMENT is an art supply store worth visiting with it’s beautiful interior designed by architect Kengo Kuma. Not only is the place beautiful but it boasts over 4200 colors of pigments, more than 200 antique ink sticks, and 50 kinds of animal glues. Here you will find museum grade traditional Japanese art supplies, some that are rare amongst the world. The brushes they carry are also mostly hand crafted by traditional craft masters of Japan. It’s simply the most exquisite art supply store in Tokyo, and they can accommodate in English if you let them know ahead of time.
Open: 10:00～ 19:00 weekdays | 11:00～18:00 weekend & holidays | closed every 2nd Sunday
Address: 4-9-3 Taito, Tokyo 110-0016 (Google map)
Discounts: For every ￥5,000 spent, ￥200 discount coupon available here. (no expiration, some products do not apply, must bring printed coupon) Kincado point card also available. (free)
Kinkado is an art store and art school. They offer all the necessary basic art supplies through 3 floors. They also develop their own brand of fine brushes (crafted in Japan) which is worth checking out.
At Tokyu Hands you can find your standard stationary / art supplies, interesting designer items, daily useful products, to weird and amusing objects. They say “In Japan you can find tons of things you never knew you needed”. This store exactly demonstrates that and can entertain you for hours by the possibilities of ideas. Great place to buy souvenirs as well.
A similar type store to Tokyu Hands, Loft carries standard stationary / art supplies, interesting designer items, daily useful products, to weird and amusing objects. There are only slight differences between LOFT and Tokyu Hands, but by variety of art supplies & DIY tool wise, it is recommended to visit Tokyu Hands first, and then LOFT.
A huge building with multiple floors of art supplies, art classes, and a gallery space. This location claims to have the most variety of print making supplies in Japan. Bumpodo also develops their own original high quality art supplies such as press machines, copperplate engraving inks, and oil paints.
Lemon Gasui J
Open: 10:00～20:00 weekdays | 11:00～19:00 weekend & holidays
（Copy service closed on Sun & holidays | Framing service closed on Wed, Sun, & holidays)
Address: 2-6-12 Lemon Bld., Kandasurugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0062 (Google map)
Discounts: “Lemon Point Card” – no fees, valid for 2 years from the last date used.
Lemon Gasui promotes itself as “a store closest to architectural design” as it carries many items specifically for architects. On their B1 floor, they provide printing services from standard to large scale prints and lamination. They also retail CAD program softwares for Mac and Windows, along with total customer support by specialists.
Tools J CHAIN
Open: 11:00～22:00 ※Opens 10：30 on weekends & holidays
Address: Lumine Est Shinjuku 6F, 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0022 (Google map)
Discounts: “Tools Smile Card” – free, no expiration. Free delivery or parking for purchases more than ￥3,000.
Tools Shinjuku may look like a normal small stationary store, but you will be pleasantly surprised by how much art supplies they tuck into their space. Supplies are sectioned into craft supplies, stationary supplies, painting supplies, drawing supplies, drafting supplies, and a whole area on sketchbooks and portfolio folders. They have a discount membership called the “Tools Smile Card” (free & no expiration) . If you spend more than ￥3,000, they offer free delivery or free parking validation for 2 hours.
Takeo is an excellent place to find quality paper. They are serious about paper, holding exhibitions just on paper, constantly challenging boundaries of paper materials by experimenting with new technology. If you have a unique project in mind, they have expert concierges that will accommodate your needs. An online store (J) is also available with over 9,000 variation of papers in stock, where you can purchase samples as well if you have difficulty visiting their store. They have a total of three stores in Japan (J) including one in the Kansai region.
Paper Mall J
Papers for books, paper bags, envelopes, etc. Paper Mall is an online paper store where you can purchase any quantity starting from a single sheet. They carry affordable options to unique high quality papers that are only exclusively available from their store. Free samples are available for people that create an account under their website.
Hobby & Craft Stores
Okadaya J CHAIN
Open Hours: 10:00～20:30 everyday (closed New Years)
Address: 3 chome-23-17 Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
Discounts: Starting at 5% off, the more you shop the more they start to discount when you join their membership. 3 types of membership are available with a ￥200 – ￥500 yearly fee.
If you are into fashion design, costume design, or simply work with fabric, yarn, any kind of material that might need a little sewing, Okadaya is a great resource to keep in mind, given the size of the store and it’s location. Right off Shinjuku East exit, Okadaya has two large buildings with plenty of supplies. >>Read more about Okadaya
Yuzawaya J CHAIN
Open: 10:00~20:00 everyday
Address: 8-23-5, Nishikamata, Ota-ku, Tokyo 144-0051 (Google map)
Yuzawaya is know for carrying tons of hobby / craft items, as well as general art supplies and DIY tools. This huge Kamata branch is a little far out closer to Haneda airport, but they also have smaller branches located in Ginza, Shinjuku, Kichijyoji, etc.
Craft specializes in carrying necessities for leather crafting. Here you will find plenty of leather supplies and tools for amateurs to professionals. Leather manipulation services are also available on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday between 11:00～12:00 and 14:00～17:00.
Home Improvement Stores
These two listings are the largest home improvement stores in Tokyo. You may be able to find a small – mid sized store closer to your desired location. Home Improvement Stores are called “Home Center”s in Japan.
Joyful Honda is the biggest chain home improvement store, and this one is the largest in Tokyo. It’s recommended to visit via car since it takes 25 mins to walk from the nearest station (Hakonezaki station). Free parking for patrons, and delivery option is available at a cost.
While not the largest, Super Viva Home is still enormous enough to fulfill your needs. The great thing about this store is that it is easily accessible from the train station via a 2 – 3 min walk. For patrons they lend out a small truck for free (up to an hour), and delivery options at a cost. Rentals / fixing services for power tools also available.