J : Japanese Only Content
CHAIN : Business has multiple locations
24Hour Rush On-demand Printing:
1. Your Nearest Convenient Store B CHAIN
If you are looking for a quick solution for on-demand printing, most convenience stores (“conbini”, as they call it in Japan) are open 24/7 and have printing machines available from black & white, color, to photo printing. Most machines are fully supported in English and some have multilingual options. Survivng In Japan has a great guide on printing in convenience stores. E
2. ACCEA B CHAIN
ACCEA is a great place to go for on-demand printing. With 24 hour availability in most locations, and a fully English supported website, this is a great business for those non-Japanese speakers. (If you would like to utilize the online submission for file uploading, you must agree to terms and submit your personal information in all Japanese.)
3. Kinkos Japan J CHAIN
In the states Kinko’s is now Fedex Office, but Japan is still running with the “Kinkos” name. With various options and quick turnarounds, it’s known as the business man’s convenient store. They have many locations open 24 hours, although some services are only offered during normal business hours.
4. Lithmatic J CHAIN
Most store locations are open 24 hours for your basic on-demand printing necessities, but all locations are closed Sunday and holidays.
Special Printing Services
Happy Printers J
Open: 11:00 〜 19:00 everyday (Last file acceptance 18:00)
Address: Flag 1B 3-27-15 Jingumae Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001 (Google Map)
Type: laser cutter, UV printer, latex printer
Happy Printers is not just a normal printing shop, it’s “the most exciting print shop”. Their unique store concept has won the 2014 Good Design Award. It’s a place where you can explore the endless possibilities of 2D printing with commercial ink-jet printers. Customers are encouraged to participate in the creative process by sharing and discussing ideas. Their workshops offer great learning experiences, as well as ideas for your next project.
Open: 9:00 〜 18:00
Address: 2-3-9 Funado Itabashi, Tokyo 174-0041 (Google Map)
Type: Foil stamping and specialized prints
Cosmotech specializes in foil stamping and printing. Don’t be fooled with the fact that their homepage is only an outdated looking blog. If you look at Cosmotech’s quality work and the kind of designers they works with, you will join the line in asking for their service. Samples of their services are sold here.
Obun Printing B
Address: 1-17-2 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8484 (Google Map)
Type: Specialized coating and varnish textures; braille, urushi lacquer finish, etc.
Obun Printing specializes in unique textures; such as braille printing, urushi lacquer finishes, and various varnishes / coatings. They also develop original printable paper products that can function as a white board or black board. Multilingual translation services are available for those whom need printing content to be switched to another language.
Kawachiya Print J
Open: Mon-Fri 9:00～18:00 | Sat 9:00～17:00 (Closed Sunday & holidays)
Address: 5-31-8 Shinbashi Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0004 (Google Map)
Type: Specialized prints; Silk screen printing, letter press, foil stamping, book binding, etc.
Printworks Studio Shibuya J
Open: Mon-Sat 10:00 ~ 21:00 (Closed Sun & holidays)
Address: 107 Primera Dogenzaka 1-15-3 Dogenzaka Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0043 (Google Map)
Type: Letter press printing, letter press machine rental, fine paper supplies for printing, co-working space, and book binding work space. (Workshops available)
Printworks Studio Shibuya is located 1 minute walk from Shibuya station. They offer co-working space with free wifi for those who just need a desk to work on a project, basic printing & letter press services, and space and tools for DIY book binding. Letter press machines and computers (Mac & Windows) are available for rent within the shop. Workshops are available for those whom would like to learn / rent the letter press machines. Stocks of fine paper options for letter press are available for purchase as well.
First Universal Press J
Open: 13:00〜18:00 (Closed Wed & Sat)
Address: 2-7-8 Kotobuki Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0042 (Google Map)
Type: Letter press & book binding (Workshops available)
First Universal Press offers letter press printing services and workshops. As of now, there is more information on their facebook page than their website.
All Right Printing J
Open: 10:00 ~ 18:00 (Closed weekend & holidays)
Address: 1F 2-8-4 Unoki Ota-ku Tokyo 146-0091 (Google Map)
Type: Letter Press (Workshops available)
All Right Printing is another shop that specializes in letter press. They do tours of the shop, letter press workshops, and can also provide workshops in other venues upon request. Design consultation is available as well.
Hirata Insatsu J
Open: Mon – Fri 9:00 ~ 18:30 | Closed for lunch break 12:00 ~ 13:15 (Closed weekend & holidays)
Address: 3-20-2 Takaban Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-0004 (Google Map)
Type: Letter Press, embossing, foil stamping, etc.
Hirata Insatsu has a craftsman devoted to letter press printing for over 40 years. They also try to accommodate design needs by providing embossing and foil stamping options.
Winged Wheel B
Open: 11:00-20:00 (Closed Tues, except public holidays)
Address: 4-5-4 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001 (Google Map)
Type: Letter Press, paper stocks, stationary, etc.
Established in 1918, Winged Wheel is a third generation family owned business with a beautiful store front in Omotesando. They have plenty of display samples of paper stocks and designs to choose from, and offer letter press as well as other general printing services to add that special touch.
Shinohara Shiko J
Address: 5-51-13 Ojima Koto-ku, Tokyo 136-0072(Google Map)
Type: General book binding & special paper manipulations
Shinohara Shiko provides book binding services along with specialized paper manipulation. Paper manipulation as in complex methods of folding to make brochures and zines.
Special Ink Supplies
T&K TOKA B
Address: 1-53-2 Itabashi Tokyo 173-0004 (Google Map)
T&K TOKA specializes in developing special inks for printings of all sorts. They pride themselves in creating and developing inks most perfect to your ideal.