Arts & Crafts Hoarding Guide in Tokyo


Konnichiwa Kawaii Artsy Travelers! :)

Some people have been asking us where to shop art & craft materials in Tokyo, so here is the much-awaited post!

While going around Tokyo with my creative friend Abbey, we visited a lot of “yabai” (dangerous lol) stores that offered a lot of #OnlyInJapan art materials! Abbey’s reaction every time we would go to a store / “art mall” (store is an understatement lololols) = priceless! Just a precaution before you decide to add these places to your itinerary… make sure you have extra funds because you might be hoarding more than the usual, haha. When I first went to these places, I was sooo dumbstruck. I didn’t know where to start, haha! :))


YUZAWAYA: Art materials, kawaii fabrics, craft kits and more!

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The Yuzawaya branch that we visited is Yuzawa Parco Urawa branch. This is the only branch I would visit because it’s convenient (I’m from Saitama! :D). Yuzawaya offers a wide range of art materials and fashion-related materials (from pens, craft kits, resin materials, fabric textiles, etc.). I think that it is safe to say that this is like a mini “Nippori” too (extra trivia: Nippori is dubbed as the Fabric Town in Tokyo).

I haven’t been to the Shinjuku branch but here are the access details based on their website.

YUZAWAYA Shinjuku Branch: Takashimaya Times Square 11F

TEL.03-5367-4141 (representative)
FAX.03-5369-8686
Business hours: 10 AM  – 8PM

Click here for the available list of branches (in Japanese).

 


SEKAIDO Shinjuku: The Ultimate Art Store in Tokyo 

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For those of you who are particular with the materials and brands you need (aka looking for a National Bookstore meets Fully Booked in Japan), Sekaido is a must visit. A building located roughly a few meters away from Shinjuku station houses 6 floors full of art materials you can only imagine – paper, paint, ink, notebooks etc. – See more at: artistic-dreams.com

 

SEKAIDO Shinjuku Head Store: Click here for the Google Maps


LoFT Shibuya: Muji + Stationery & Paper Goods + Lifestyle / Travel + Kawaii

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“Located in busy shopping ward Shibuya, Loft is a gem to art lovers, stationery hoarders, travelers – you name it. In general though, it would be similar to a department store sans the clothes and shoes. Of course, my priority was visiting the LG floor for all the stationery items and a few art materials.” – See more at: artistic-dreams.com

 

LoFT Shibuya: Click here for the Google Maps

(Loft, 21-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0042)


Check out Abbey’s Art Hoarding in Tokyo blog post for more info.


Other places you can visit for more artsy goodness:

  • Daiso Store in Takeshita Dori (100 yen store!!)
  • Tokyu Hands (in Takashimaya Times Square / Shibuya)
  • Nippori Fabric Town

 

Enjoy the art hoarding! :)

Love, Kaila & Ashley




10 Gardens in Tokyo That You Have To Visit


Tokyo is a definitely a busy city. No doubt about that. Most of us love the rush that it brings, checking out on the latest gadgets, getting all the cute stuff, dining at kawaii cafes and experiencing all the other world-wide phenomenon that we’ve seen through the internet. For others who want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, you don’t really have to go far as we suggest 10 gardens that you can visit IN TOKYO.

14042059618_0e474612d3_bTrivia: The pond inside Hama Rikyu Gardens is considered special. The water is straight from Edo Bay. Isn’t it amazing how Japan is very particular with their history? Even small details like this is very important to them! Check out Ashley’s full post about Hama Rikyu Gardens here.

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List of Gardens in Tokyo:
1. Hama Rikyu Gardens

Location: 1-1, Hama Rikyu-teien, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0046
Access: Toei O-edo Line Shiodome Sta. E-19, Tsukiji-shijo Sta. E-18 or Yurikamome Shiodome Sta. (7 minutes on foot) JR or Tokyo Metro Ginza Line/Toei Asakusa Line, Shimbashi Sta. (10 minutes on foot) G-08, A-10
Boat: Suijo Bus (Asakusa—Hama-rikyu—Hinode-Sambashi)
Tel: 03-3541-0200

 

2. Kyu Shiba Rikyu Gardens

Location: 1-4-1 Kaigan, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0022
Access: JR Hamamatsu-cho Sta. North Exit (1 minute on foot)
Toei Asakusa Line/O-Edo Line, Daimon Sta. (5 minutes on foot)
Yuri-kamome Line, Takeshiba Sta. (10 minutes on foot)
Tel: 03-3434-4029

 

3.Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens

Location: 1-6-6 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0004
Access: Toei O-edo Line, Iidabashi Sta. (2 minutes on foot) E-06
JR Sobu Line, Iidabashi Sta. (8minutes on foot)
Tokyo Metro Tozai Line/Yuraku-cho Line/Namboku Line, Iidabashi Sta. (8 minutes on foot) T-06, Y-13, N-10
Tel: 03-3811-3015

 

4. Rikugien Gardens

Location: 6-16-3 Hon-komagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0021
Access: JR/Tokyo Metro Namboku Line, Komagome Station (7 minutes on foot)
Toei Mita Line, Sengoku Station (10 minutes on foot)
Tel: 03-3941-2222

 

5. Mukojima-Hyakkaen Gardens

Location: 3-18-3 Higashi-Mukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 131-0032
Access: Tobu RR Isezaki Line, Higashi-Mukojima Sta. (8 minutes on foot)
Keisei RR Oshiage Line, Keisei Hikifune Sta. (13 minutes on foot)
Bus: Toei Bus Kameido — Nippori route (#22), Hyakkaen-mae (2 to 3 minutes on foot)
Tel: 03-3611-8705

 

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6. Kiyosumi Gardens

Location: 3-3-9 Kiyosumi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0024
Access: Toei O-edo Line and Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, Kiyosumi-shirakawa Sta. (3 minutes on foot) Toei Bus Line: JR Kameido Sta., North Exit, #7 Bus Stop (Line #33)
Take the Toyoumi-suisan-futo bus; get off at “Kiyosumiteien-mae” (3 minutes on foot).
Tel: 03-3641-5892

 

7. Kyu Furukawa Gardens

Location: 1-27-39 Nishigahara, Kita-ku, Tokyo 114-0024
Access: JR Keihin-tohoku Line, Kami-Nakasato Station (7 minutes on foot)
Tokyo Metro Namboku Line, Nishigahara Sta. (7 minutes on foot)
JR Yamanote Line, Komagome Sta. (15 minutes on foot)
Tel: 03-3910-0394

 

8. Kyu Iwasaki tei Gardens

Location: 1-3-45 Ike-no-hata, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0008
Access: Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, Yushima Station, Exit #1 (3 minutes on foot)
Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Ueno Hiro-koji Sta. (10 minutes on foot)
Toei O-Edo Line, Ueno Okachi-machi Sta. (10 minutes on foot)
JR Yamanote Line, Okachi-machi Sta. (15 minutes on foot)
Tel: 03-3823-8340

 

9. Tonogayato Gardens

Location: 2-16 Minami-machi, Kokubunji City, Tokyo 185-0021
Access: JR Chuo Line, Kokubunji Sta., South Exit (2 minutes on foot)
Tel: 042-324-7991

 

10. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Location: 11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0014
Access: JR Line, Shinjuku Station
Tel: 03-3350-0151

 

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[OUTSIDE TOKYO]
*Sankeien Garden
Location: 231-0824 Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama, Naka Ward, Honmokusannotani, 58−1, 三溪園内
Access: Sankeien Garden is located close to Negishi Station (JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line). Alternatively, you can take a bus (for ¥220) from Yokohama station East exit, terminal A, bus stop 2, bus number 8 or 148. Ticket cost ¥500 for adults and ¥200 for children.
Tel: 045-621-0634




The Yamanote Line Tour


Yamanote Line Tour

Original image from TokyoMoob | Illustrations by ChiChi for JLM

“The Yamanote Line (山手線, Yamanote-sen) is Tokyo‘s most important train line. It is a circular line which connects Tokyo’s major city centers. A trip around the whole circle takes approximately one hour.”

(source: www.japan-guide.com)

 

If you’d like to have a no-hassle Kawaii tour around Tokyo, we recommend taking the Yamanote Line and use the train stops as your basis for your itinerary. Our favorite train stops are the following:

  • Shinjuku
    • For: Calico Cat Cafe, Kinokuniya Book Store, My Lord Shopping Mall, Takashimaya, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Alice’s (in Wonderland) Fantasy Restaurant, Ladurée, Bunka, Robot Restaurant, Kagurazaka, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office, Golden Gai, Fire Museum, Shinjuku West Exit Camera Town, Tokyo Toy Museum
  • Harajuku
    • For: Meiji Jingu Shrine, Yoyogi Park, La Foret, Takeshita Street, Vintage Harajuku shops at Ura-hara, Omotesando area, Famous crepes, Freshly-cooked Calbee potato snacks, Q~pot café, LINE store, Pierre Hermé café, Tokyu Plaza, Pompompurin café, Closet Child, Ota Memorial Museum of Art, Cat Street, Rocket, Onitsuka Tiger, KIDDYLAND Harajuku, Niko and ….
  • Shibuya
    • For: Hachiko Statue, Shibuya Crossing / Scramble, Shibuya 109, The Guest Café and Diner, Village Vanguard in Parco, And People Café, Tower Records, Alice (in Wonderland) Dance Land Café, Trump Room, Grimoire, Fake Tokyo, Disney Store, Fujiya Family Restaurant, Loft, Tokyu Hands, Don Quijote, Mugiwara Store, Ichiran Ramen
  • Tokyo
    • For: Beautiful Tokyo Station, Tokyo Imperial Palace, Ginza, Hama Rikyu Gardens, Tokyo Tower, Roppongi, Marunouchi, Daimaru Department Store, Nijubashi Bridge, International Forum, Nakadori Avenue, Kitte shopping complex, Marunouchi Brick Square, Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum
  • Akihabara
    • For: Tax-free Japanese gadgets / electronics, Maid cafés, Don Quijote, Anime merchandise, Otaku culture, Chuo Dori, Yodobashi electronics store, Akihabara Crossfield, Sofmap, Laox, Manga cafés, Anime center, Home Café, Mandarake, Akihabara Dai Building, Radio Kaikan
  • Ueno
    • For: National museums and parks, Ameyokocho, Kawaii pandas, Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo National Museum, Asakusa, Sensoji Temple, Edo-Tokyo Museum, Rikugien, Ueno Park, Tokyo Solamachi, Botanical Garden, Yanaka, Kappabashi, Ryogoku, Sugamo
  • Nippori
    • For: Nippori Fabric Town (Japanese textile, kawaii fabrics), Yanaka, Tennoji Temple, 10 manju shop
  • Ikebukuro
    • For: Sunshine City, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, Electronic stores (Bic Camera, Yamada Denki), Shopping at (Tobu, Seibu, Marui) department stores Loft, Seibu, Otome Road, Namja Town, Sunshine 60 Observatory, J-World Tokyo
  • Shin-Okubo
    • For: Korean town, K-pop fans, Idol Park Cafe, Toppoki, Korean BBQ / yakiniku

For more info about each stop, click here.