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ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE BEST SHOPS FOR JAPANESE ART SUPPLIES

INSIDE: The Complete Guide to Buying Japanese Art Supplies with a list of the best shops in Tokyo. 

If you are an artist, manga comic illustrator, designer, creative, illustrator or hobbyist in Tokyo, you need to keep this list of Tokyo art supplies shops handy.

These are the best shops to visit for Japanese Art Supplies.

It’s the complete guide to shopping for art supplies in Tokyo.

Hot tip: Fill your wallet.

If you thought shopping for art supplies at home was fun, then this will blow your mind.

Shopping in Tokyo for Japanese art supplies when you are an artist, designer, creator, maker or hobbyist is next level excitement! 

Take a look below for details. 

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Shopping in Tokyo at the Best Japanese Art Supplies Store 

  • The first question is: what type of artist are you, and what art supplies do you normally use?
  • The second question is: what kind of art supplies are available in Japan?
  • The third question is: what art supply stores in Tokyo offer art workshops too?

With those three questions answered, you can pinpoint the best shops in Tokyo to visit on your Tokyo itinerary.

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Top 10 Japanese Art Supplies & More!

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For starters, Japanese art supplies to look for in a Japanese art store include:

  • Japanese art brushes and Japanese paint brushes (a Japanese paint brush is one of those must-have things)
  • Japanese painting supplies
  • Japanese ink brush & Japanese ink painting supplies
  • Manga art supplies and comic art supplies including the world famous COPIC markers!
  • Japanese printmaking supplies
  • Japanese paper and origami supplies
  • Japanese art materials including quality paper, visual diaries, and journals
  • Japanese ceramic supplies and clay
  • Japanese brush art pens & Japanese brush painting supplies
  • Japanese calligraphy supplies
  • Japanese art pens
  • Artist pigments and art materials
  • Artist supplies for Japanese wood block printing, and hand carved stamping

RELATED:The BEST Stationery Stores in Tokyo 

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Where to Buy Japanese Art Supplies in Tokyo?

This is a general list of the best art shops in Tokyo selling a broad range of Tokyo art supplies for all kinds of artists.

Start here. 

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Image credit:  Kakimori

No.1: Kakimori 

Kakimori is the place to purchase a customised notebook where you choose:

  • your binder ring colors
  • notepapers
  • fasteners, and
  • cover design.

Choose your arts supplies, then the staff will make it right in front of you! 

The whole process takes about 20-30 minutes.

Prices range from 1‚000 yen to 3‚500 yen.

They stock all kinds of pens.

  • fountain pens
  • ballpoint pens
  • refillable ball point pens
  • pencils
  • pen cases
  • jetpens

You are invited to try before you buy at Kakimori Tokyo art supplies store.

Kakimori also home to well made stationery items, including:

  • business card holders
  • hand crafted notebooks
  • letter writing sets
  • envelopes, and
  • gift cards.

Kakimori art supply store is in Kuramae Tokyo.

Kuramae is the home of many, many artisans and craftspeople in Tokyo, and can be found between Asakusa and Tokyo Skytree.

THE INSIDE SCOOP: Kakimori Tokyo

Address:1-6-2, Misuji, Taito, Tokyo, Japan 1110055
AccessClick here for a map.

  • 8 minutes by foot from the A1 Exit of the Kuramae Station on the Asakusa Line.
  • 10 minutes by foot from West Exit of the Asakusabashi Station on the JR Line.»

Opening hours: 11am to 7pm daily. Closed Mondays. Open on public holidays.
URL: Click here for website (English)
Workshops: N/A

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Image credit:  Inkstand

No.2: Inkstand by Kakimori 

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.

Inkstand came from the idea that “everyone should have a color that truly represents them”

Ink samples are prepared drop by drop, allowing you to mix your way towards the color that matches your mood perfectly.

With each drop, your personal ink adds to the joy of writing and expressing yourself on paper..

Inkstand’s greatest wish is that everyone will share the enjoyment that comes from bringing a sense of color into your daily life.

THE INSIDE SCOOP: Kakimori Inkstand Tokyo

Address:4–20–12 Kuramae‚ Taito‚ Tokyo‚ Japan zip.111–0051
Access

  • 3 minutes by foot from the A0 Exit of the Kuramae Station on the Asakusa Line.
  • 5 minutes by foot from the A5 Exit of the Kuramae Station on the Oedo Line.

Opening hours: 11:00am–7:00pm. Closed on Mondays (open on public holidays)
URL:Click here
Workshops:  Book your Reservation HERE to make your own Japanese ink colour

Tokyo art supplies at Pigment Tokyo Lab

Image credit: Pigment Tokyo Lab

No.3: Pigment Tokyo Lab 

PIGMENT Tokyo Lab (pronounced as in the French, pīgmōn) is a laboratory for exploring “expression in color and materials” as well as an academy, a museum, and a store.

It’s a comprehensive facility for creativity!

All the pigments are displayed in the glass jars and there are more than 4500 choices of colors here.

To buy artist pigments, you simply choose the color you like from the wall and the staff will measure as much you want from the jars, starting from 15 grams.

There are:

  • Shin-iwa (Artificial) Pigments
  • Natural Mineral Pigments
  • Earth Pigments
  • Suihi pigments
  • Effect Pigment
  • Kyojyo pigments

and more.

tokyo art koi tattoo by david davis

Image credit: David Davis via Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0

The Pigment store in Tokyo also stocks:

  • Painting canvases of canvas, silk, cotton
  • Washi paper
  • Sumi Ink sticks
  • Metal leaf, gold and silver pigments, coloured silver leaf
  • Oil paints, pigment paste, acrylic paints, watercolours, ink, tempera paste
  • Water or oil based resin paint supplies
  • Glues and adhesives
  • Japanese art books
  • Ink stones and pigment dishes

Japanese art brushes:

  • oil paint brushes
  • watercolour brushes
  • flat paint brushes
  • finger brushes (yubifude)
  • flat fog brushes
  • calligraphy brushes

Brushes to do detail line drawings:

  • Umpitsu drawing brushes
  • Mensofude fine brushes
  • Hirafude flat brushes
  • Saishiki-fudde coloring brushes
  • Kegaki-fude brushes

THE INSIDE SCOOP: Tokyo Pigment Lab

Address:TERRADA Harbor One Bldg. 1F, 2-5-5 Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0002 JAPAN
Access

  • About 3-minute walk from Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit Rinkai Line ‘Tennozu Isle Station’
  • About 5-minute walk from Tokyo Monorail ‘Tennoz Isle Station’

Opening hours:  11.30am to 7pm. Closed Mondays and Thursdays.
URL:Click here
Workshops:  Yes. Click here for details. (You can book a private class too.)

Tokyo art supplies at uematsu in tokyo

No.4: Uematsu 

Uematsu art supply store in Shibuya is well established, having been in business for more than 85 years, with a full range of service painting materials that cater to anyone who loves to draw or paint.

Painters, artists, culture aficionados, drawing students, illustrators, designers, and amateur hobbyists in Japan know Uematsu very well.

They stock:

  • water color painting supplies
  • acrylic painting supplies
  • oil painting supplies
  • environmentally friendly art supplies

They offer an extensive selection of art supplies, and friendly store clerks who are more than happy to help!

THE INSIDE SCOOP: Uematsu store

Address:2-chome 20-8 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo – Miya Masuzaka Rise Sona Bank
AccessClick here for a map
Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 10am – 7pm (Incl. public holidays). Closed on Sundays.
URL:Click here
Workshops: Yes, in-house painting classes. Email [email protected] for details

Tokyo art supplies at Sekaido

Image credit: Sekaido Shinjuku

No.5: Sekaido Japanese Art Supply Store 

Sekaido is the world biggest art store in Japan, with in excess of 100,000 art materials in stock!

Sekaido Japanese Art Supply store and Japanese stationery shop has two stores in Shinjuku, and there’s also one in Machida, Ikebukuro, Kitaguci, Yokohama, and other parts of Japan too. 

It first opened in 1940!

The Sekaido Shinjuku stationery store stocks:

  • art supplies
  • stationery
  • paint
  • design and drafting supplies
  • frames
  • painting and poster boards
  • design supplies
  • comic manga supplies, and
  • modelling material.

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Here’s a general guide to the Sekaido Shinjuku main store.

1st Floor

  • Japanese fountain pens and Japanese stationery including washi tape

2nd Floor

  • Japanese paper
  • drafting tools and paper
  • design and illustrator supplies
  • animation goods
  • model materials
  • art and design related books

It’s also the go-to place for comics and manga art supplies.

3rd Floor

  • painting materials
  • Japanese painting supplies
  • Japanese woodblock printing supplies
  • modelling materials for hand cut stamping
  • materials for miniature clay making
  • easels
  • Japanese calligraphy supplies on the third floor

4th Floor

  • framing of artworks 
  • purchase Japanese prints and Japanese artworks 

5th Floor

  • oil painting supplies

THE INSIDE SCOOP: Sekaido Shinjuku main store

Address:3-1-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022, Tokyo 3-1-1 World hall building 1F-5F. **Look for the Mona Lisa flags out front.
Access

  • 1 minute walk from Marunouchi Line – Shinjuku Line “Shinjuku 3-chome Station” Exit C-4
  • 7 minutes walk from JR / Odakyu Line / Keioh Line “Shinjuku Station”

Opening hours: 9:30-21:00 (except New Year)
URL:Click here

Workshops: 

  • Yes, holiday workshops happen each season in the main stores including Shinjuku Sekaido store.
  • Check the website for details of workshops to join in. You can also see demonstrations and sample new crafts during the presentation.

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No.6: Ginza Gekko-so

Gekkoso was founded in 1917, and continues to attract visitors to experience the old-school charm of the place on both the entry level and in the basement.

Visit the Ginza Gekkoso art Supply Store for:

  • hand crafted paint
  • hand crafted paintbrushes
  • visual art diaries
  • sketch books,
  • and more.

Gekkoso’s own brand logo is a musical horn.

Buy any of their original products, and you’ll find this logo inscribed. It’s a wonderful keepsake of your visit.

THE INSIDE SCOOP: Ginza Gekkoso

Address:8-7-2 Eiju Building 1F・B1F, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo  (Hanatsubaki Street)
Access

  • Ginza Station via Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, or Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
  • 7 minutes on foot

Opening hours:  11:00AM to 7:00PM.
URL:Click here
Workshops: Not as such, but you can buy a postcard from the basement level, and embellish it during your visit using original Gekkoso paints. Ask at the counter for details.

japanese art supplies at itoya ginza by hiroaki maeda

Image credit: Hiroaki Maeda via Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0

No.7: Itoya Ginza 

Itoya Ginza (or Itoya Tokyo, as  it’s sometimes called) is a well known stationery shop in Tokyo with a giant red paperclip on the building.  The flagship store in Ginza is two buildings (G. Itoya and K. Itoya) with a total of 18 floors!

But don’t write it off as just a stationery shop.

Itoya Ginza has a MASSIVE selection of art supplies too.

You’ll find:

  • Japanese calligraphy brushes and ink
  • Paintbrushes for oils and acrylics, oil painting supplies, acrylic supplies, paint
  • Crayon pastels,  oil pastels and chalk
  • Calligraphy pens
  • Best Japanese watercolor brushes, watercolor supplies
  • Japanese drawing supplies for manga, comic supplies, design ink, drawing aids
  • Airbrush supplies
  • Dyes
  • Canvas, easels
  • Drafting supplies – compass, drafts, templates, rulers
  • Paper craft supplies – seals, decorations, scrapbooking supplies
  • Modelling supplies – clay
  • Craft supplies, origami paper

THE INSIDE SCOOP: Ginza Itoya

Address:2-7-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 7 104-0061
Access

  • Tokyo Metro Ginza Station – turn right walk 3 minutes out to Ginza Chuo-dori from the A12 exit (about 300M)
  • Ginza chome station – Shinbashi direction from Exit 9 1 minute walk towards (about 100M)

Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 to 20:00. Sunday / Holiday 10:00 to 19:00
URL:Check the floor guide here for art supplies in Tokyo
Workshops: 

The B1 inspiration hall in G. Itoya is the space where creators gather to enjoy exhibitions, events, lectures and shows about art culture.

The 8F Crafts floor is the Ginza Itoya Papiearium Workshop space.

  • Regular craft workshops are held on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Register online via their booking page here. 
  • Even if you are a beginner, feel free to attend.
  • There are monthly craft classes for kids too. Join in!

You can also check the Itoya Ginza events page for craft workshops, art workshops and exhibitions that are coming up.

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Image credit: Yuzawaya stores

No.8: Yuzawaya 

Yuzawaya is a large-scale specialty store of handmade hobby materials that has been in action for 64 years, with a wide range of materials and tools from around the world.

Some of the stores stock art supplies.

Click here for a guide to Yuzawaya stores.

Check the descriptions in the orange ovals to find your closest store that stocks art supplies.

THE INSIDE SCOOP: Yuzawaya Shibata store

Address:8-2 144-8660 Nishida, Ota-ku, Tokyo, Japan  8-23-5
Access:JR · Tokyu Shibata Station South Exit. Click here for a map.
Opening hours: 10: 00-20: 00
URL:Shibata store
Workshops: 

  • Yes, the Shibata store has regular free in-store workshops. Materials fee extra.  Click here for details. 
  • Yuzawaya also has a Yuzawaya Art Academy with regular classes for beginners through to experienced artists and crafters.

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No.9: LOFT

Paper craft lovers will find MT Washi Tape, craft templates, and paper craft embellishments.

Artists will find coloured pencil sets, graphite pencils, and sketch books.

But LOFT has so much more.

Souvenirs, gifts, design goods, luggage, leather…

Don’t miss this shop. 

THE INSIDE SCOOP: Shibuya Loft Store

Address:Loft Shibuya can be located at 21-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0042
Access:The Shibuya branch of LOFT is near to the main Shibuya Crossing at JR Shibuya Station.  Click here for details
Opening hours: 10am to 9pm daily
URL:Take a sneak peek inside
Workshops: N/A

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No.10: Tokyu Hands 

Tokyu Hands Department Store is THE ultimate craft supplies store in Japan, but there’s lots of art supplies too.

At this Japan craft store, find:

  • calligraphy supplies including calligraphy brush pens
  • painting supplies
  • wood block printing supplies
  • paper craft supplies, washi tape, nuno deco tape
  • glass painting supplies
  • stamping supplies

Some Tokyu Hands stores have an in-store cafe with original menus that change each season, and opportunities to join in hands on workshops and other special events.

This is the place to buy handmade goodies too.

THE INSIDE SCOOP: Tokyo Shibuya Hands Cafe on site 

Address:12-18 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Access:7 minutes on foot from Hachiko Exit of Shibuya Station
Opening hours: 10:00~21:00
URL:https://www.tokyu-hands.co.jp/en/list/shibuya/
Workshops: Yes, at Tokyu Hands Cafe.

daiso stationery by doing

Image credit: Doing via Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0

No.11: Daiso 100 Yen Store Kawaii Art Supplies

Daiso has cheap art supplies for paper craft, drawing, and manga illustration.

Find:

  • sticky notes
  • washi tape
  • deco tape
  • modelling clay
  • pens and pencils
  • notebooks and notepads
  • glue
  • stickers
  • paint brushes
  • paint palettes
  • Daiso watercolour paints and painting stuff to buy
  • stretched canvas
  • watercolour paint sets, and
  • washable crayons
  • nail art supplies

This is the best place to start your collection of nice art supplies for kids. 

THE INSIDE SCOOP: DAISO Japan

Address:1 Chome-19-24 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan (Takeshita street, in Harajuku)
AccessClick here for details
Opening hours: 10am to 9pm daily
URL:Daiso in Harajuku
Workshops:  N/A

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING SPECIFIC?

calligraphy by OIST

Image credit: OIST via Flickr CC BY-2.0

No.1: Where to buy Japanese calligraphy supplies?

Start at Sekaido.

(See above for details.)

Next stop should be Lapis Design & Art Supply in Roppongi Hills for:

  • calligraphy pens
  • paper, and more.

BOOK NOW: Traditional Japanese Calligraphy Experience in Tokyo with a master of the art 

copic markers by manisha b

Image credit: Manisha B via Flickr CC BY-2.0

No.2: Where to buy cute Japanese art supplies for Manga comics?

Manga illustrators need these cute art supplies in their collection.

  • Deleter comic paper
  • Non-photo blue pencil leads
  • Graphite pencils
  • Erasers
  • Inking tools
  • Dip pen nibs and holders
  • Dip pen ink
  • Fineliners including copic multiliner pens
  • Copic markets – Copic sketch markers, Copic classic markers, Copic ciao markers
  • Templates and guides, curves and rulers, compass
  • Anti smudge tools, dust removers

Read this excellent guide to Manga art supplies here

Tools Ochanomizu shop for tokyo art suupplies

Image credit: Tools 

No.1: Tools Art Supply Shop in Tokyo

Tools art supply shop in Tokyo is the place to be.

This is the main place to buy your Copic markers in Japan.

They are an official stockist, with a Copic Clinic on site to do all your copic marker refills and nib replacements.

They sell lots of Japanese art supplies too. 

Make a pit stop.

THE INSIDE SCOOP: Tools art shop in Ochanomizu

Address:2-1-30 Kanda Surugadai Chiyoda-ku 101-0062
Opening hours:  

  • Weekdays from 9:30 to 19:00
  • Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 18:30

URL:Find the shop list here  (There is one in Shinjuku is on the 6th floor of Lumine Est, the east exit of Shinjuku Station, the busiest terminal station in Japan. )
Workshops: Yes. Check the website for details of upcoming workshops at the Ochanomizu shop.

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Image credit: Inzmam Khan from Pexels

No.2: Other places for Manga art supplies

Head to Uematsu Tokyo art supplies store, and Sekaido Shinjuku for an enormous selection of manga art supplies.

Visit Mandarake in Shibuya for a giant collection of:

  • manga comics inspiration
  • anime toys
  • manga dolls
  • anime ornaments
  • manga cards
  • CD’s, DVDs
  • toys.

Book now: Made in Japan Cultural Curiosities Walking tour 

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No.3: Tokyo Anime Center

The Tokyo Anime Center is another excellent resource for manga fans.

READ MORE: Best Things to Do in Tokyo with Kids!

THE INSIDE SCOOP: Anime centre Tokyo

Address:1-14-1 Yata-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo DNP City Yata- cho Building DNP Plaza B1F
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm daily.
URL:Tokyo Anime Center

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