Finally I have visited Japan. I have just arrived one week ago from Japan. It has been an amazing experience to see Japan. Japan is one of the countries that inspires me the most with my leathercraft style. A lot of my leathercraft tools are coming from Japan, which I bought online. It has been always a dream to me to buy them by myself in Japan and to see how leathercraft is in Japan.
Below I will show you the leathercraft supplies stores that I have found in Japan.
Tokyu Hands is a one stop shop. It sells a lot of things, it starts from christmas ornaments, kitchen ware, sport ware, travel ware to creative supplies like felt punching, cards making, packagings, jewelry making, silver art and leathercraft tools and supplies.
I think Tokyu Hands the is the biggest creative shop in Japan. Tokyu Hands is located almost in every big cities of Japan. I have been in their following stores: Osaka close by Dotonbori, Tokyo Shinjuku and Tokyo Shibuya. Please keep in your mind that one store can be differs in their collection from the other stores.
At Tokyu hands you can find for example leather dyes, which is a lot cheaper than what I have bought online, edge bevelers, hole punchers, pounding boards and also many kind of leather from small pieces to big pieces. Tokyu Hands has also a lot of leathercraft accessories, many kind of buttons, studs, swivel hooks, starter kits to make wallets, bags, leather craft books, etc.
I find Tokyu Hands is one of the easiest places to find in japan, especially if you are a tourist in Japan.
Unfortunately the writer did not mentioned how to get there. Since the website of the store is only in Japanese which does not make it easier to find the address. After a lot of searching on internet, Finally I found the address in English:
2-10-8 Torigoe, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Unluckly when we was there, the shop was closed due to the holiday which I was not really aware of.
Disappointed we went back to our hotel. Because of the distance to the Akihabara station, the station where we get off, was quite far. We decided to take a bus to go back to that station. After asking around apparently there was another JR station which is closer to Kyoshin Elle than Akhibara station. It is only 15 minutes away from where we were, so we walked there.
When we nearly approch the station I saw a small leather shop. All the sudden my dispointing was a bit cured. The shop sells a lot of leather and has a small collection of leathercraft tools. I bought a stich puncher with 6 teeths.
After that we continued our way to the subway station but after walking a couple of meters I saw other leather shops. It seems that this neighbourhood is a bit of leathercraft neighbourhood. Beside a couple of leather shops there were also a couple of beads shops for jewelry making. Below you see some pictures.
The second leather craft shop that I visited is bigger than the previous one (see picture below). On the first level they sell leather and on the second they sell leathercrafts tools, like glue, double sided tape, hole punchers, stitch pliers, stamps, etc.
At the beginning I wanted to buy a stitch plier in this shop but it seems that the prices are a littel bit more expensive than at Tokyu Hands. So I decided not to buy there.
If you are looking for leather craft shops in Tokyo, I think this is the best area to go to beside Tokyu Hands offcourse.
Take a JR train, stop at Asakusabashi JRstation, take west exit. At the exit you go straight, at the first junction at the left and right sides, there are 3 leather shops. If you turn left and walk till Torigoe Shrine, it's about 10 minutes walk from the station and go pass the shrine (behind the shrine, about 3 minutes walk from the shrine), you will find a leathercraft shop Kyoshin Elle.