INSIDE: Ultimate Guide to Awesome Tokyo Stationery Store marketplaces in Japan.
I cannot leave Japan without my suitcase filled to the brim with cute Japanese stationery (and Japanese craft supplies) from Japanese Stationery Shops.
Here’s a guide of good Japanese stationery things to look for.
- Japanese pencils
- Japanese pens
- Japanese markers
- Deco tape
- Washi tape
- Origimi paper
- Japanese notepads
- Japanese letter writing sets
- Japanese stickers
- Japanese phone accessories
- Japanese office supplies including Japanese folders, random but must-have staplers in the shape of a love heart or a hippo or whale (the best office talking piece ever)
- Cute Japanese school supplies
- Zakka stationery
- Kawaii stationery with all the adorable Japanese characters including Rilakkuma, Anpanman, Hello Kitty, and more
- Disney stationery and gifts featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Disney princesses and Toy Story
- Japanese gift cards and Japanese birthday cards – their beauty will ASTOUND you!
Take a look at our comprehensive guide of where to buy stationery in Japan below.
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- 1 POPULAR JAPANESE STATIONERY BRANDS
- 2 No.1: Copic Markers
- 3 No.2: Best Japanese Pens, Pencils & Japanese markers
- 4 No.3: MT Washi Tape
- 5 No.4: Bullet Journals & Midori Notebooks
- 6 No.5: Japanese Seals and planner stamps
- 7 No.6: Japanese Glue
- 8 ROUND UP OF BEST TOKYO STATIONERY STORE OPTIONS
- 9 No.1: TOKYU HANDS Japanese Stationery Store
- 10 No.2: LOFT Japan Stationery Store
- 11 No.3: SEKAIDO Stationery store
- 12 No.4: ITOYA Ginza Stationery Store
- 13 No.5: BUMPODO Stationery Shop in Tokyo
- 14 No.6: LAPIS Art Supplies
- 15 No.7: HACHIMAKURA Stationery
- 16 No.8: TAKEO Paper Shop
- 17 No.9: TOOLS art supply shop in Tokyo
- 18 No.10: BILLBOARD Tokyo
- 19 No.11: SHINIMONO GURUI
- 20 No.12: GINZA GEKKOSOU Tokyo
- 21 No.13: HAPINS Store
- 22 PERSONALIZED ART SUPPLIES
- 23 MORE of Where to buy Japanese Stationery in Tokyo!
- 24 MUJI Stationery Shop Tokyo
- 25 100 YEN STORES IN TOKYO eg DAISO
- 26 Toadstool Rating: Best Stationery stores in Japan
- 27 Looking for more places to shop in Japan?
POPULAR JAPANESE STATIONERY BRANDS
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First up, these are the best Japanese stationery products, stationery materials and brands to look out for, and buy in Tokyo when you visit the stationery shops in Japan listed below.
Put these on your shopping list of things to take home from Japan!
If you can, buy more than one pack of anything you fall in love with. It’s always a good idea to have backups of Japanese stationery you adore!
Hot tip: Head to Harajuku to find cute stationery stores in Japan along Takeshita St itself, and in the shopping malls with entrances on the street.
There’s tonnes of Tokyo pens, cute stationery, adorable stickers & erasers that kids love!
No.1: Copic Markers
Copic markers are refillable, alcohol based markers originally made for professional manga graphics creators.
They blend beautifully when you draw and make everyone’s work look good.
The colours are spectacular.
Made famous by Youtube artists including:
- Tino Copic
- Baylee Jae
- Sophie Chan and
No.2: Best Japanese Pens, Pencils & Japanese markers
- MONO graph mechanical pencil series
- Sailor’s Fountain Pen
- Fude Touch Sign pens (rainbow colours)
- Funwari Fude Color 80 pens
- Ohto Fude Ball pens
- Kuretake brushables
- Kuretake Calligraphy pens
- Petit Gel pens
- Zebra midliner pens in the rainbow set of 5 (there’s more than one set)
No.3: MT Washi Tape
Look for MT Washi tape (paper tape) in all the designs!
Who can resist this magical paper tape?
No.4: Bullet Journals & Midori Notebooks
If you love to doodle, then pick up Bullet journals to write in using your new Zebra pens!
Midori traveller’s notebooks are another top popular stationery in Japan.
Find Midori notebooks in most of the Tokyo stationery stores listed below.
No.5: Japanese Seals and planner stamps
Super cute Frixion planner stamps for your bullet journal and wall calendar and diary.
Check out the limited edition versions – you might find:
- Peanuts characters, or
- seasonal stamps for winter or Christmas or Sakura Japanese Cherry Blossoms.
These tiny Japanese stamps make great gifts from Japan for kids at around 100 yen each.
No.6: Japanese Glue
Kokuyo’s GLOO-Stick (Firm Adhesive) is a revelation – it’s square shaped so you can reach the corners!
ROUND UP OF BEST TOKYO STATIONERY STORE OPTIONS
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No.1: TOKYU HANDS Japanese Stationery Store
The only way to start a list of best Japanese stationery stores in Japan is with Tokyu Hands.
Tokyu Hands Department stores have one whole floor dedicated to Japanese stationery, Japanese pens and Japanese markers, and the prices are as good as you’ll get anywhere.
If you are looking for other things to buy in Tokyo similar to stationery, such as Japanese craft supplies and Japanese art supplies, this is the place.
Plan to spend at least half a day in Tokyu Hands if you like shopping.
The best stationery shop in Tokyo is also FULL of quirky Japanese products for the kitchen, bathroom, storage, bedroom, and more.
No.2: LOFT Japan Stationery Store
LOFT in Shibuya Tokyo is our favourite Japanese stationery store and gift shop.
DON’T MISS IT if you like:
- handcrafted stationery
- post it notes in all sizes, shapes and designs
- mind blowing cards (with moving pieces)
- pens and pencils galore
- washi tape
- so much more!
Click the link in the URL tab below to take a peek at our comprehensive guide to all the Japanese stationery you can buy in Loft.
No.3: SEKAIDO Stationery store
Sekaido stationery store is the ultimate Japanese stationery and art supplies store in one.
- office supplies, and
- Japanese fountain pens.
- Japanese paper
- drafting utensils
- design products
- comics and manga art supplies
- animation goods
- model materials, and
- related books
- Western painting materials
- Japanese painting supplies
- Japanese woodblock printing supplies
- Modelling materials for hand cut stamping and miniature clay making
- Easels, and
- Japanese calligraphy supplies
- plus you can buy Japanese prints and Japanese artworks
- oil painting supplies
No.4: ITOYA Ginza Stationery Store
Itoya stationery shop in Tokyo is famous for its’ giant red paperclip outside the shop, and motto, Art. Office. School. Life.
Itoya’s designers are influenced by the very Japanese mottos:
- use and cherish things to one’s liking for as long as possible
- cherish things of good taste for a long time
- to use with care for a long time, make no purchases with compromise
Most importantly, the creators ask, “does it meet the quality of Good Design?”
G Itoya and K Itoya
The flagship store in Ginza is two buildings (G. Itoya and K. Itoya) with a total of 18 floors!
They have themed event spaces, a juice bar, an indoor vegetable factory, and a cafe restaurant CAFE Stylo.
They sell stationery for everyday use including:
- Itoya pens
- Itoya notebook
- special writing instruments
- greeting cards, and
- letter writing sets.
Itoya is also home to Japanese art supplies for every kind of artist.
No.5: BUMPODO Stationery Shop in Tokyo
Bumpodo in Kanda is a Japanese art store and stationery shop with an art school attached.
Home of six floors of excitement for artists in Japan, you can purchase art supplies, printing supplies, oils, watercolour paints, and more.
- Japanese paper supplies
- design and manga comics, and
- manga art supplies.
- Bunshodo original oil paint (They released the first professional paint in Japan in 1929)
- zakka goods
- printing materials
- copperplate supplies
- woodblock printing supplies
- lithograph supplies
- silk screen products
- printing paper
- supplies for hand cut stamping (eraser printing supplies)
- 4th floor is an exhibition space for Japanese artists.
Head to the 6th floor to find:
- oil paints
- drawing paper
- poster frames and
- photo frames.
Plus if you speak Japanese, or have access to a translator, they have 73 courses and workshops for adults and kids.
Bunshodo Gallery Cafe at Bumpodo 3F
For busy shoppers, the 3rd Floor is home to the Bunshodo Gallery Cafe.
Stop by to taste delicious Japanese cakes and coffee.
No.6: LAPIS Art Supplies
Lapis is a specialty store handling art supplies and stationery in Roppongi.
It’s a bit off the beaten track for most visitors to Japan, but worth a look.
- Color pencils, crayons, markers
- watercolors, oil paintings, pastels, acrylics, poster colors,
- Sketchbook, canvas, illustration board
- Airbrush, drafting pens, templates
- general notebook, system notebook, clear file, books and post cards
- Wrapping supplies, and greeting cards
No.7: HACHIMAKURA Stationery
This antique stationery shop, Hachimakura in Koenji in Japan, is a quaint excursion back in time.
You can find:
- antique paper, used paper, old books
- old picture postcards
- antique chromos
- vintage maps
- imported stamps
- vintage objects
No.8: TAKEO Paper Shop
Takeo paper store is your one-stop shop for paper supplies in Tokyo.
Stop by the first floor to see, touch (and buy) all the paper products.
Who knew paper came in so many colours, textures, sizes, and types?
The 2nd floor is a gallery and event space to see the paper in use.
They also have a shop on the 2F – “Beidou Shop”
Credit Cards are accepted if you spend more than 3000 yen.
No.9: TOOLS art supply shop in Tokyo
Tools is an Japanese art supplies shop that supports students of the art university (as well as the everyday artist!)
The Ochanomizu Art Academy and the Ochanomizu Art College are located just opposite the Ochanomizu Store.
Tools Ochanomizu is an official Copic shop, selling a giant selection of the awesome Copic Markers.
Therefore, it’s a renowned place for manga illustrators to buy their manga art supplies.
Tools’ main service is to be the Copic pen doctor!
The “Copic Clinic” is the place to buy Copic ink refills and Nib (pen point) replacements.
- Ink refilling is standard at 100 yen per pen (excluding tax).
- Nib exchange up to 50-210 yen (excluding tax).
They sell tonnes of washi tape, liquitex products, and a bulk load of paper too.
Everyone loves stationery shopping at Tools!
No.10: BILLBOARD Tokyo
Billboard is a very cool, hip and retro shop featuring post and greeting cards from around the world.
Cool Japanese stationery and small handicraft accessories are also available.
No.11: SHINIMONO GURUI
(literal translation- The Wicked Seal shop)
My favourite stationery shop, Shinimono gurui Stamp Shop is located at Yanaka Ginza Shoten-gai (Yanaka Ginza shopping street) where you can purchase traditional ‘hanko’ personalised seals with your name in Japanese on it.
They also sell adorable stamp seals with cute Japanese illustrations of cats, birds, faces and more.
Be prepared to be mesmerised!
No.12: GINZA GEKKOSOU Tokyo
Ginza Gekkosou Art Supplies Store is a true artist’s shop, founded in 1917, supplying artist’s with:
- handcrafted painting brushes
- drawing tool boxes
- pen holders
- leather pencil covers and
Their own products are made by hand, and feature a Japanese horn instrument as proof.
Founder Hashimoto Hyakka discovered the blue and cobalt blue techniques of the world standard color Ruri, and gave birth to the first domestically produced paint in 1940.
Later, he invented a new color cobalt violet pink (Gekkoso Pink) that won 1st prize in the World Painting Color Award in 1971.
On the first floor there is a space for:
- art materials
- sketchbooks, and
- palette knives
In the basement, there is:
- a small gallery for stationery
- letter writing paper
- art, and
No.13: HAPINS Store
Hapins stocks super cute:
- stationery sets
- paper files
- clip sets
- card cases
- masking tape
- paper bags
- iphone covers, and
- glasses cases.
They have 170 stores nationwide.
PERSONALIZED ART SUPPLIES
No.1: Kakimori Stationery Shop
Kakimori Tokyo is the place to purchase a custom made notebook where you choose your binder, notepaper, cover design.
Open 11am to 7pm daily.
Find Kakimori in Kuramae Tokyo here.
No.2: Inkstand by Kakimori
Their sister shop, Inkstand is the place in Japan to purchase your very own fountain pen ink colour, specially designed just for you and your personality and mood as they believe everyone should have a colour that truly represents them!
With their help, you mix and match each drop to make that one-of-a-kind ink.
Find Inkstand here
Kuramae, the home of these two stores, is an artist’s dream town.
Take your time to wander the streets to find many artisans at work, and buy their hand-crafted products.
MORE of Where to buy Japanese Stationery in Tokyo!
MUJI Stationery Shop Tokyo
Muji in Tokyo has simple wholesome stationery for the minimalist who loves simple design and natural colours, products and materials.
The best MUJI stationery options for organisers who love simple but stylish design are:
The best MUJI shop in Tokyo is MUJI Shibuya.
It’s five levels of MUJI products including homewares, kitchenware, furniture, clothes, toys & has a Japanese grocery store on the ground floor.
Be sure to check out LOFT stationery shop adjoining.
100 YEN STORES IN TOKYO eg DAISO
Try 100 yen stores in Tokyo for cheap but very cute Japanese stationery.
This is the perfect place to shop on a budget for Japanese stationery gifts for kids as well as friends who love kawaii stationery.
Daiso in Harajuku Tokyo is a good place to start.