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Enjoy Crafts While Staying Home. Shinjuku’s Top 3 Craft Stores

Jul 28, 2021

When the summer heat rolls in it’s tempting to turn on the air conditioner and stay home! But what is there to do inside all day? Why not try making something by hand! Enjoy a change of pace and forget about your busy everyday life as you focus on the movement of your hands. Not only is it a great way to kill time you get the satisfaction of creating a new one-of-a-kind object!

For your creative pleasure our editors have selected Shinjuku’s best arts and crafts/hobby stores. But you don’t necessarily have head for Shinjuku, domestic and international shipping is also available so keep on reading ahead!

※Opening hours may change. Please check the official websites for the latest opening information.
※When visiting stores in person please observe all local regulations and wear a mask at all times. Please also wash/sanitize your hands often and practice social distancing.

Get New Ideas at the Craft ‘Hint Market’ Tokyu Hands Shinjuku Store

Tokyu Hands operates under the slogan ‘This is a hint market’ meaning they provide a large variety of lifestyle goods including craft materials and tools, that will spark your creativity and be the ‘hint’ that inspires you.

Tokyu Hands flagship Shinjuku store is their largest and offers the largest selection of products. At this store there are small ‘shops within a shop’ called “Hi! Tenshu” where a staff member who is an expert in a specific field is always ready to share their knowledge! Whether you are looking for leather crafting tools, a glue gun, or some DIY parts you can find it all at Tokyu Hands Shinjuku and if you’re not sure what you’re looking for you’ll surely find a ‘Hint’ here!

Tokyu Hands has partnered with BuySmartJapan to serve overseas customers. Check out the link below for more information.
※This information is from 07/28/2021. There may have been changes in service since then.

Store Information
Tokyo Hands Shinjuku Store
Times Square Building 2-8F, 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.
Opening Times:10:00~21:00
※Opening hours may change. Please check the official websites for the latest opening information.

Art Supply Heaven-Sekaido Shinjuku Main Store

Sekaido opened in 1940, known for the familiar advertisement featuring a shocked Mona Lisa that reads “Even the Mona Lisa is shocked by the wide selection and low prices”. Located just 7 minutes away from Shinjuku Station Sekaido has 5 floors packed with art supplies. Sekaido’s wide selection includes everything from normal stationary, to frames and canvases, oil/water/acrylic paints, design tools, drafting supplies, sculpture materials, comic supplies, and more. With many options and carefully organized isles shopping is fun and simple, and with most items 10 to 20 percent less than the market price it’s easy to see why Sekaido is popular with hobbyists and professionals alike!

Store Information
Sekaido Shinjuku Store
Sekaido Building 1-5F, 3-1-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 
Opening Hours:9:30~21:00(Closed during New Years )

Tokyo’s Time-honored Craft Store – Okadaya Shinjuku Main Store

Okadaya is located near Shinjuku station’s east exit and boasts almost 100 years or supplying handicraft and dressmaking supplies. Fans of the store claim ‘one visit to Shinjuku Okadaya and you’ll have everything you need’. Creatives of all kinds flock to Okadaya and you’ll find local and foreign fashion designers, stylists, crafts people and hobbyists inside!

The Shinjuku Main Store is split between 3 buildings; the fashion building, the fabric building and, the Alta fabric building. The fashion building has handicraft supplies, sewing machines, yarn, beads, stage and cosplay makeup and beyond.

The fabric buildings have a wide variety of textile fabric from everyday clothing to interior and specialty fabrics. Fabrics and ribbons and other things sold on rolls can be purchased from 10cm at 10cm intervals, and many beads and buttons are sold individually so you can buy only what you need. This kind of sustainable shopping is trending around the world but has been a feature of Okadaya since its inception.

In recent years Okadaya has been harnessing the power of online shopping and social media to reach creative individuals around the globe. This year, 2021, Okadaya has begun to offer overseas shipping through「World Shopping」service. Please click the link below for more information.
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Shop Information
Okadaya Shinjuku Main Store
3-23-17 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours : 10:30~20:30

Okadaya Shinjuku Alta Fabric Building
Shinjuku Alta 4F-5F, 3-24-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours 11:00~20:30
※Opening hours may change. Please check the official websites for the latest opening information.
Official Site
Twitter(Official Shinjuku Okadaya)
Twitter(Official Shinjuku Okadaya Cosplay Club)