The last major stationery store I recommend visiting if you make a trip to Japan, is Itoya.
Address: 2 Chome-7-15 Ginza, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan
Itoya wasn’t far from the Ginza-itchome Station (look for the giant paperclip!) however it’s not a tourist area – it’s more of a business district and luxury shops so you’ll have to go of the way to go there. Muji, Hands and Loft (more stationery shops) are only a few blocks away if you want to make the ‘trek’ more worthwhile.
There are multiple floors to this shop with floor 5 (office) the place you should make a beeline for. On floor 5 you’ll find a wall of washi tape, pens in every color and plenty of other cute stationery to explore.
Well known brands stocked at this store:
- Uni Propus highlighters
- Pilot Twin tip
- Tombow dot markers
- Zig dot markers
- Tombow twin tip pens
- Tombow Play Color K dual tip markers
- Firxion pens, highlighters and erasable self inking stamps
- Zebra Mildliner (original colours plus a pastel set)
- Zebra Sarasa
- Pilot Juice
- Mt washi tape
- Self inking stamps
- Stamps that require an ink pad
- Leuchtturm notebooks
- Brush pens – Tombow, Zig, Copic, Pentel, ABT, SAI
- Post It Note 3M Sticky notes
- Equenz notebooks
An entire stand just for the Frixion pens (in all pen tip sizes) and the pen refills, and the highlighters in every color…
Japan was the first time I saw these Frixion light highlighters. I was sceptical as the Frixion pastel highlighters are so pastel you may as well not bother using them. But the Japanese always have paper you can do a tester on and thanks to that, I was proven wrong. The colors of these highlighters are similar to the Zebra Mildliners but they’re also erasable. If only they had a wider range of colors! I could only see them in a reddish pink, apple green and the blue (there were a few more colors available at Loft).
You can see what the green version looks like in my Japanese stationery haul.
Itoya had a variety of individual pens, pen packs and pen refills in different pen tip sizes.
They had these nifty wrap around mini pen cases. A bit expensive though…
Love a wall of washi…
A few notebook brands I’d never heard of before (they were mostly graph not dot grid though): Zequenz, Edit and Romeo. And of course, the Leuchtturm.
Finally some stamps! One of the few shops that had mini clear stamps for planning.
I love self inking stamps and had the shapes version (bottom right in the photo below) in my hand.. but restrained and put them back. I already have Frixion checklist stamps.. but now I wish I’d bought these too!
Loved these functional washi tapes by icco nico. They had 5mm spacing in large and small box sizes, including a rainbow version <3. This was the only store where I saw these washi tapes.
if you’re a Filofax fan, they stocked a small range
There was an impressive range of brush pens including Zig, Pentel, Copic, Tombow and ABT.
And this brand that I have no idea what it translates to English but looks like a nice selection of colors.
If you are short on time in Toyko, skip Itoya in Ginza and go to the other Tokyo stationery shops I’ve mentioned in this blog post series instead (Loft & Tokyo Hands).
There is also an Itoya near the Osaka main train station (Grand Front Osaka – South Building).
My rating: 4/5 (a good stationery range but not 5 stars due to the inconvenient / non-touristy location, and it stocks much the same brands you can find at Tokyo Hands). Some of the stationery items I were interested in were slightly more expensive at Itoya than other stationery shops in this series.
Continue reading the rest of this series
See what I bought from each of these stores in my Japanese stationery haul.
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