Buying stationery in Tokyo is a wonderful experience thanks to the large number of shops that offer the best in cards, notebooks, pens, and beautiful stationery. My girlfriend and I managed to compile a list of the 10 best stores in Tokyo that specialize in stationery products and took time to visit them together just to confirm what we already knew.
A Few of the Best Stationery Shops
This store has one of the biggest selection of Japanese traditional crafts in Tokyo and offers plenty of “minigie” or Japanese folk art. Bingoya is great for souvenir shopping as you can fine washi paper in many different colors and plenty of great gifts like Kokeshi dolls and indigo-dyed fabrics. If you happen to buy too much to carry, then the shop can help you arrange for shipping overseas to your home country.
Address: 10-6 Wakamatsucho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 162-0056
Hours: Tues ~ Sun 10am to 7pm, Closed on Mondays
Founded in 1887, it is a stationery store with unique and adorable items. They also feature a gallery and an art school in a very relaxed atmosphere. Plenty of art supplies to be had, but my girlfriend purchased a few postcards which are quite rare in Tokyo. Located in the used-bookstore district of the city, Bumpodo is a great place to shop for gifts and art supplies.
Address: 1−21−1 Kanda, Jinbocho, Tokyo 101-0051
Hours: Open Everyday from 10am to 7:30pm
A wonderful place to shop for stationery, especially if you become a member by paying a low one-time membership fee of ¥700 to get special items. After becoming a member you are given a key to access a variety of stationery locked in table drawers. Such an interesting concept, as all the drawers have different items and can be used freely such as notebooks, pens and erasers. We’ve spent quite a few hours at Bunbougu Cafe doodling on notepaper while enjoying lunch at this spectacular place that never gets old to visit.
Address: 4-8-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001
Hours: Open Mon ~ Sun 10am to 11:30pm
I like to paint and this is the place to go for supplies, particularly brushes that are made from horsehair. There is a tiny café in the basement and plenty of gallery space that my girlfriend and I took the time to see the contributions by local artists. Many tourists and travelers have tacked up a note or artwork on the walls of this place for all to see. Gekkoso, which opened its doors in 1917, mainly sells its own original stationery products.
Address: 8−7−2 Chuo, Ginza, Tokyo, 104-0061
Hours: Thurs ~Tues 11am to 7pm, Closed on Wednesdays
You can get lost amid the 8 sales floors, the “inspiration hall” in the basement, and the café on the 12th floor. Stationery items and one-of-a-kind handmade cards can be bought, written and posted right from this store. Itoya is a remarkable place that offers a great selection of art products and fountain pens also.
Address: 2-7-15 Ginza, Chuo,Tokyo
Hours: Mon ~ Sat 10am to 8pm
Sun & Holidays 10am to 7pm
12Fl Cafe: 10am ~ 10pm (Last order at 9pm)
We took the subway to this fascinating stationery store that offers some of the best greeting cards in all of Tokyo. You can even create your own notebook right in the store which is a great touch. It’s too bad that modern technology is replacing the old traditional ways of getting things done. However, Kakimori still believes that communicating and creating ideas through writing are still as important as ever.
Address: 4-20-12 Kuramae, Taito, Tokyo 111-0051
Hours: Tues ~ Fri 12pm to 7pm
Sat & Sun 11am to 7pm
Closed on Mondays
My girlfriend noticed a beautiful kimono-clad woman shopping for incense while we were purchasing a washi-covered pen case. We love the charming ambiance and sweet smell of Kyukyodo. There’s a plethora of standard and unusual stationery in this traditional store that makes for the perfect stop when buying something unique. You’d be considered lucky if a Japanese calligraphy exhibition was taking place in the upstairs gallery, during your visit.
Address: 5−7−4 Tokyo, Chuo, Ginza 104-0061
Hours: Mon ~ Sat 10am to 7pm
Sun 11am to 7pm
Better known as a bookseller than a stationery store, there are still some great selections you can find here. Maruzen has everything, including memoirs, publications, travel guides, books and novels. They’re located near Nihombashi Station which makes it extremely convenient for travelers. My girlfriend chose a new diary from the roomful of selections that also includes planners, cards, notebooks, and so much more.
Address: 1-1-24 Kichijoji, Minamicho, Musashino, Tokyo 180-0003
Hours: Tues ~ Sun 10am to 10pm
Closed on Mondays
Established in 1940, what sets this store apart from the other ones is that it may be the best place for writing instruments, specialized art supplies and paints in the city. The letter sets at Sekaido were amazing and we wouldn’t mind one day, shopping at the other outlets around Japan. My girlfriend has bought quite a few gifts from the store at cheap prices, but she’s a good shopper.
Address: 1-11-11 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0023
Hours: Open Everyday 9:30am to 8pm
This is more of a general store that offers briefcases and bicycles along with some exceptional planners, journals, and diaries. If you need a pen or pencil, this is the place to go along with a fine selection of art supplies. Tokyu Hands has so much variety that it’s categorized as a stationery shop, home center and a department store.
Address: 12-18 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0002
Hours: Mon ~ Sun 10am to 9pm
We will never forget buying stationery in Tokyo at the top 10 stores. Japanese stationery is generally low cost but is of high quality. The selection was spectacular with plenty of superb items that were perfect for our needs. You cannot go wrong when shopping at these stationery stores in Tokyo.