If you’re a craft and DIY enthusiast, Japan is the right place to visit. Ideas are abundance and resources seem to be limitless. Find anything that you need for your latest craft project, whether it is sewing, knitting, leather work, decoupage, or painting.
Let’s spend one day in Shinjuku to browse around several places specialized in craft and DIY supplies.
The Shinjuku store is split between two buildings, one for fabric and one for notions, knitting yarns, accessories, and lingerie.
Find samples and pre-cut fabrics in front of the store if you want a quick shop or hop inside to browse all sorts of fabric. First floor is for cotton fabrics, Japanese fabrics, denims, books, and magazines. You will find more specialized fabrics in the above floors, such as lace, jersey, lycra, velvet, and other. It is easy to spend all day browsing all six floors of fabrics.
Now that you have the fabric, stroll into the next building to find the matching notions. While in there, take a look at women’s lingerie in the basement floor and various cosmetics in the first floor. For the more serious make-up enthusiasts, stage make-up, wigs, and hair ornaments are in the second and third floor. With such various choices it is no wonder that this seven floors building is often visited by students from Tokyo fashion design schools.
Okadaya, 3-23-17 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
This is the place to visit for stationery and art lovers. Sekaido has 5 floors of art and craft materials and one floor for gallery and art classes. Various supplies for drawing, painting, silk-screening, sculpting and fine arts can be found here, along with art-related books.
Sekaido, 3-1-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
This seven floors variety store is located inside the Takashimaya building. Head to the variety and hobby craft section in the seventh floor to find supplies for leathercraft, beads, buttons, and flower making.
But don’t stop there, visit other floors for travel accessories, bath and beauty products, kitchen supplies, stationery products, and much more.
Tokyu Hands, Takashimaya Times Square 2-8F, 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
After visiting all the floors in Tokyu Hands, head up to the eleventh floor of Takashimaya building to visit Yuzawaya. Although the Shinjuku store only has one floor, it is enough for all kinds of fabrics and sewing notions. In fact, Yuzawaya is a better place to visit if you don’t have much time for craft shopping.
Yuzawaya, Takashimaya Times Square 11F, 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Craft shopping in Japan is not perfect without a visit to the bookstore as Japan is famous for its craft and sewing books. Lucky for you, one branch of Kinokuniya bookstore is also located in the Takashimaya building. Head to the second floor for craft and sewing books are in the second floor, and go to the sixth floor for foreign-language books.
And after a whole day of craft shopping in Shinjuku, go to coffee shop in the third floor to rest your feet and enjoy a cup of coffee!
Kinokuniya, Takashimaya Times Square, 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo