I have been obsessed with sewing for a while, and it’s finally starting to recede with the lack of space in the house – having to haul a 13kg machine along with all my boxes of sewing tools in and out of cupboards is seriously no fun at all.
Before my steam runs out, let me share my top 3 picks on where to shop for fabric in Tokyo!
1. Nippori Textile Town / Nippori Fabric Town
If you only time for one stop, Nippori Textile Town is the place to go!
Seriously, this place is like a freakin’ fabric wonderland, with many, many shops clustered together, carrying everything you need for sewing, from fabric to notions.
Look at the sheer number of stores!
Of all the shops available, my absolute favorite shop is Tomato.
To be more accurate, it should be shops, as Tomato has several different stores in Nippori, each carrying different items.
I like it so much that I felt I had to show you exactly how to get there!
1. From JR Nippori station, head to the South exit (North also works, but usually I go from the South)
2. Exit the station and turn right:
3. Walk towards the stairs. Follow arrows and make a right turn at the corner:
4. Cross the street and walk in the direction of the traffic:
5. From here it’s straight all the way (with one or two traffic crossings)
6. You’ll start to see fabric shops:
7. AND WE’RE HERE!
The main building is the real deal, with over 5 floors of crafty goodness, but Arch carries some fabrics that the main building doesn’t, like fleece and denim. Check them both out if you have time! Enjoy!
In the meantime, here’s some eye candy. Don’t drool!
There’s a 100 yen corner – yes, that’s $1 for 1 meter! – on both the first and second floors, so pop by to see if you find a good deal! I don’t have use for 90% of the fabric they usually have on sale, but I’ve scored some pretty awesome fabric before! They do state that they don’t entertain questions about fabric in the sale corner though.
Anything you want, you probably can find here:
There are carts for you to transport the bolts of fabric to the cutting counter, so be sure to use them! Previously, I didn’t realize they had them and struggled with 4 heavy bolts all the way to the counter -_-
The minimum amount you have to purchase is 1 meter (unless otherwise stated on the fabric), and in 10 cm increments thereafter.
Credit cards are accepted (Mastercard, Visa).
Store is closed on Sundays + PH and at 6pm on all other days. Check the store calendar to make sure you don’t make a wasted trip (like I did once)!
Not related to fabric, but if you’re in Nippori, do pop by Yanaka! It’s an interesting neighborhood located on the side of the West exit :)
Map to Tomato’s main building:
When I just want to pick up a small amount of fabric, I turn to Yuzawaya because it is more convenient than Nippori. There are many outlets sprinkled around town!
The outlet I frequent the most is the one in Shinjuku. It’s on the 11th floor inside Takashimaya Times Square building, which is like 1 minute away from Shinjuku station; very easy to locate!
Edit: The Shinjuku branch has closed down on 6 November 2016.
There are also many branches all around Tokyo (and Japan!) so you should be able to find one near you.
The fabric selection at Yuzawaya is not as plentiful as Tomato, but still pretty decent.
They also sell other crafting goods like notions, yarn, resin, beads, etc. too!
I’m a member so prices are pretty good, as I basically get 20% off non-sale items all the time. If you’re a tourist but can read and write Japanese, you probably can manage filling out the form. Membership is 500 yen a year and you get 20% off on the same day you join!
Unlike Tomato, the minimum amount you have to purchase at Yuzawaya is just 10 cm! (Sometimes there is a special price if you purchase a minimum of 1 meter. It’s usually labeled on the tag)
Credit cards are accepted.
Yuzawaya is basically open almost every day.
Nearest station: JR Ikebukuro, East exit (5 min)
Okadaya in Shinjuku has 2 buildings. The one in the picture above is where notions and other crafting goods are housed.
As for the fabric building?
It’s hidden to the side here!
There are 6 floors of fabric goodness here! Although admittedly, I shop at Okadaya the least because it’s the most expensive of all the shops listed in this post. But I purchased from Okadaya on several occasions when the fabric I wanted couldn’t be found elsewhere.
Nearest station: JR Shinjuku, East exit, exit B13 (1 min)
And these are my top picks for purchasing fabric in Tokyo, two of which I frequent a lot! I hope this post was useful :)