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INSIDE: A sneak peek into Tokyu Hands Ikebukuro Department Store and a look at the best Tokyu Hands products on offer. 

What’s the best department store in Tokyo for families if you have a 5 year old, a 12 year old, a 16 year old, plus mum, AND dad?

It’s a good question and we can answer it.

There’s only one shop in Tokyo that can cater to everyone’s needs, likes, interests and wants!


Tokyu Hands products range from the beautiful and the useful, to the downright odd, and the bizarre. There’s every kind of Japanese stationery, hobby craft tools of all kinds, luggage, Japanese bags, Japanese bento boxes and bento accessories, bikes and more.

It’s easy to fill a suitcase or two with fabulous finds for home, as well as awesome Tokyo souvenirs and gifts.

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Guide to Best Tokyu Hands Products 

Here’s one example of something odd I’ve bought from there.

I’ve reclaimed the dinosaur-foot cup holder I bought for my dad on my first visit to Tokyu Hands in Ikebukuro 30 years ago.

You wind it up, put your drink on top of the foot, then it walks (wobbles!) your drink across the table.

This fun gadget still works.

The boys think it’s hilarious.

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Inside Tokyu Hands Tokyo

There’s only ONE shop in Japan that everyone MUST visit.

We guarantee you’ll love it as much as we do.

Tokyu Hands is the only shop in Tokyo we know of that caters to everyone in the family, and it’s also the only shop we know of where it’s impossible to walk out empty handed.

8 Floors of Fun Shopping at Tokyu Hands Sunshine City Tokyo

Tokyu Hands Sunshine City is 8 floors of every gadget, object, tool, toy, piece of equipment you can possibly imagine.

There’s a floor or two for everyone’s interests.

Seasonal Events at Tokyu Hands Ikebukuro 

Be sure to check out the 1st floor seasonal event space as you enter the doors.

This area becomes a mini-exhibition area, showcasing some of Japan’s incredible things.

When we last visited, there was a Toadstool forest filled with handmade needle-felted toadstool toys, jewellery, ornaments, and artwork showcasing the work of a pod of local artists.

Who knows what will be next?

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Tokyu Hands Tokyo Floor Guide

Here’s a quick overview of what’s on each floor.

Tokyu Hands Events & More

1st Floor. The Ever Changing Event Space.

Plus in the corner by the stairs, the kids will LOVE the gigantic collection of capsule machines.

With everything from Gudetama “raw egg” character dolls, love charms, Snoopy ornaments, lazy Zoo animals, cultural ornaments, to ballerina dolls, there’s bound to be at least one capsule treasure the kids will love.

At ¥200 each, it’s a bargain souvenir too.

Tokyu Hands Luggage

2nd Floor.

  • Bags
  • Suitcases
  • Travel accessories
  • Bicycles
  • Wallets and Pass cases
  • Leather goods
  • Japanese handbags
  • Business bags

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Tokyu Hands Kitchen & Beauty

3rd Floor.

  • Kitchen supplies. Do not miss this section. So many cute things to make bento and pretty things for your home kitchen.
  • Confectionary supplies
  • Cooking utensils
  • Dental care
  • Tea-Making supplies. These make wonderful souvenirs!
  • Health care products. Buy a bottle of Japanese shampoo and conditioner to take home. Decadent!
  • Beauty supplies and face masks
  • Japanese ‘house mother’ aprons.

This visit, I bought a toadstool-shaped pastry brush, and a rectangular pan to cook sushi-style tamago egg omelettes.

I’m still kicking myself for not buying this Sandwich Pocket press. Roam the Gnome is sure the kids would have loved to try a Sandwich Pocket for lunch!

In the beauty section, remember to pick up an Animal-print face mask. You must, if only to give the kids a big laugh.

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Tokyu Hands Craft Tools

4th Floor.

  • DIY tools
  • Paint and plumbing supplies
  • Garden supplies
  • Woodworking craft materials
  • All the stuff you’d find in a Japanese hardware store. Dads will have a ball checking out all the Japanese ways of doing things!

Tokyu Hands Bed, Bath and Home

5th floor.

  • Bed linens and bedding
  • Clocks
  • Slippers (bag a pair for home)
  • Photo frames
  • Bath and toilet accessories (another place you must check out)
  • Relaxation accessories
  • Towels

Tokyu Hands Stationery

6th floor.

  • Japanese Stationery including pens and pencils
  • Photo albums
  • Design accessories
  • Retail and Japanese office supplies
  • Letter writing supplies
  • Japanese notebooks and files
  • Personal planners
  • Diaries
  • Envelope Seals
  • Posters.

Oh heart, be still.

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Tokyu Hands Party

7th floor. 

On this floor, there’s:

  • Dress Up Costumes
  • Wrapping materials
  • Party accessories
  • Games
  • Dressmaking materials
  • Metal craft supplies
  • Leather craft supplies
  • Greeting cards and postcards
  • Mobile phone accessories
  • Science kits
  • Flower making materials

Plus all the other craft materials you can dream of, including miniatures and ceramic markers too.

Roam the Gnome and I spend HOURS here each time we are in Tokyo.


Without the kids, if at all possible.

This is one shopping floor I love to explore uninterrupted by little people.

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Nekobukuro Cat Cafe

8th floor.

If you want to visit a Cat Cafe while you are in town, finish a shopping visit with a trip upstairs.

The 8th Floor is also an entire space dedicated to pet supplies, right next to the Nekobukuro Cat Cafe/House.

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Top Tips for Shopping at Ikebukuro Tokyu Hands

No.1: Concert Lights

The Concert Lights pictured above are very popular right now.

Kids, teens, and adults buy one (or a few) in their favourite colour/s and wave them around during dance and music concerts in time with the song.

To us, they look a bit like shortened light sabres.

We want one in every colour of the rainbow!

No.2: Ceramic Marker pens

In the Craft section, we love the Ceramic Marker pens.

These are a great gift at just over ¥100 each.

You can draw on any ceramic surface, then set them in the microwave or oven in just a few minutes.

We LOVE giving the gift of creativity, and buying creative tools, especially when some of these things are impossible to come by in Australia.

Other things to look for at Tokyu Hands

  • coloured stamp pads for fabric
  • miniature house supplies
  • paintbrush pens

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Where to eat in Tokyu Hands

The Ikebukuro branch of Tokyu Hands does not have a cafe or restaurant but there are plenty nearby in the Sunshine City building minutes away.

BUT the best thing is to eat before you come, and work that meal off climbing the stairs!

You can even tally up how many calories you are burning.

What an incentive to climb instead of ride up.

THE INSIDE SCOOP: Tokyu Hands Sunshine City

Correct at time of publication on Roam the Gnome. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of. All prices in yen, unless otherwise stated

Address: 1-28-10 Higashi Ikebukuro Toshima-ku Tokyo 170-0013
Telephone: 03 3980 6111
Website:  Click here to find out What’s On in the Seasonal Event Space.

Tokyu Hands Store Hours: 

10am to 9pm daily.

7 days a week. 

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How to get to Tokyu Hands in Ikebukuro

By Train:  7 minutes on foot from East Exit of Ikebukuro Station

Map of Tokyu Hands Ikebukuro Store

MORE Tokyu Hands Stores in Japan

There are plenty of Tokyu Hands stores in Japan filled with Tokyu Hands products you’ll want to buy for home. Most major cities have a branch, but the shops differ in size, small to large. The best range of Tokyu Hands products for craft and hobbies can be found in the large stores.

Tokyu Hands Shibuya

Tokyu Hands Shibuya is a large store like Ikebukuro, 7 minutes walk from Hachiko statue, in the street behind the Disney Store.

Tokyu Hands Shinjuku

Tokyu Hands Shinjuku is a large store too. It’s in the Times Square building, just 2 minutes walk from the New South Exit of JR Shinjuku Station.

Tokyu Hands Ginza

Tokyu Hands in Ginza is a medium sized store, 3 minutes on foot from JR Yurakucho Station or 4 minutes on foot from Tokyo Metro Ginza Station.

Tokyu Hands Yokohama

Tokyu Hands Yokohama is a medium sized store too. But any size Tokyu Hands is worth a visit!  1 minute on foot from West Exit of Yokohama Station.

Other Stores in Tokyo

There are other medium and small Tokyu Hands stores in Tokyo, including THREE Hands-Be standalone stores full of handmade craft inspiration!

Click here for all the details.

Tokyu Hands Osaka

Tokyu Hands Osaka is 4 minutes on foot from Hankyu Umeda Station, which is directly connected to JR Osaka Station.

Tokyu Hands Hiroshima

Tokyu Hands Hiroshima Click the link for a map.

Tokyu Hands Kyoto

Yes, there’s a Tokyu Hands in Kyoto too. It’s near Daimaru, just 1 minute on foot from Shijo Station on Metro Karasuma Line / Karasuma Station on Hankyu Kyoto Line.

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