There are various places in Tokyo to find wonderful fabrics.
Famous is the Textile Town in Nippori called ” Sen-I-Gai”(please view the blog: The Nippori Expedition for details).
Unfortunately a large number of the shops in Nippori are closed in the weekends and so most of the working population has no chance to stroll through the amazing kilometers of fabrics.
But there is hope: Okadaya and Yuzawaya, two large department stores for textile, sewing, knitting and handicraft can be found at convenient and strategic places throughout the city!
Here is a short overview:
Okadaya is a handicraft and lingerie speciality store, with the main department store in Shinjuku (Shinjuku ku, Shinjuku 3-23-17) just behind Studio Alta at the East Exit of Shinjuku JR Station.
There are two buildings: the textile building has all kinds of print and unicolored cotton, wool, polyesther, knit and decoration fabrics. There is a kimono department in the basement and an organic textile department in the top floor. Just opposite the narrow street is the building for all kinds of accessoires, beads, buttons, lace, wool, leather, sewing and knitting tools, sewing machines and a special make-up and hairstyling corner with products for theater and professional use! In the basement is a lingerie department! It’s a paradise for creative people, but you’ll see many youngsters searching for gimmicks to create their perfect cosplay costume.
Beside the Shinjuku store, there’s one in Machida as well (Machida City, Haramachida 6-10-7)
The Okadaya company has recently opened a few more stores under the names Hobby Scramble and Mano Creare !
is a store for everything that you need for sewing, knitting and decoration!
It is located in
N0cty Plaza Mizonoguchi (Kawasaki City, Takatsu ku, Mozonoguchi 1-3-1)
Marui in Kitasenju (Adachi ku, Senju 3-92)
Vina Walk (Kawasaki ken, Ebina City, Chuo 1-4-1)
Odawara Apri (Odawara City, Sakae City 2-9-33) and
Marui Family in Shiki City (Saitama ken, Shiki City, Honmachi 5-26-1)
is a store for handicraft tools, fabric and creative works
Store locations are in
Parco Chofu (Chofu City, Kojimamachi 1-38-1)
Rise Futakotamagawa (Setagaya-ku Tamagawa 2-21-1)
Lalaport Hoshu (Koto ku, Hoshu, 2-4-9)
Ario Kameari (Katsushika ku, Kameari 3-49-3)
Ario Kitasuna (Koto ku, Kitasuna 2-17-1-305)
Yokohama Joinus (Kanagawa ken, Yokohama Nishi ku, Minamisaiwai 1-5-1)
North Port Mall (Kanagawa ken, Yokohama City, Tsusuki ku, Nakagawa Nakamachi 1-25) and
Minato Hokutokyu S.C. (Kanagawa ken, Yokohama City, Tsusuki ku, Chigasaki Chuo 5-1)
is the lingerie store and lingerie brand of Okadaya.
There are quiet a few stores in Shinjuku and Ikebukuro, but check the shoplist with pics
for more details here ➳ Intesucre shoplist
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I’m sad to report that the ManoCreare branch at Daimaru Peacock in Jiyugaoka closed this past summer (2013). Sad!
Hi and thanks for the comment! It seams that they closed even a few more stores…. will try to update my shoplist as soon as possible 🙂