5 stationery shops to check out in Tokyo
Ito-ya, which opened in 1904, is a long-established stationery shop and reopened in 2015 after a renovation. The coffee counter on the ground floor starts serving at 8 am. You can buy and write postcards (you can even borrow a pen) in the Write & Post section on the second floor. There is even a post box!
They sell a variety of products, including stationery as well as kitchen gadgets and interior design items but are mostly known for their amazing array of diaries and pens. From simple, practical ones to cute illustrated ones, they cater to every generation.
3) Maruzen Ikebukuro
This shop opened in August 2017 and is probably the largest stationery shop in Tokyo. Interestingly enough there are cab ends of two locomotives on the ground floor (which have nothing to do with stationery). The place to go if you’re in the market for a fountain pen.
Located on the second floor of the leading paper distribution company Takeo’s showroom. They sell original notebooks in various sizes as well as handmade postcards and provide bookbinding service. They also organise one-day bookbinding workshops. The place to find gadgets for bookbinding.
An art supply store, which opened in 1917. They sell original paints (oil colour, watercolour, and gouache) and all the tools you need to paint. Every product features their horn logo. Their other original goods, such as pen cases and notebooks, are also very popular.
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