Art Hoarding in Tokyo


If there’s anything else I end up doing as part of my itinerary every time I travel, it would be to go shopping for books and art materials.

This time last year, I spent a whole day wandering around the streets of Singapore (good thing I was alone) – particularly in Bras Basah Complex for my art materials fix. I also stopped by the same stores in Singapore during Life in Transit (and ended up buying…wait for it…around 8 books!) and found myself spending hours at the nearby bookstore (Tsutaya was the only bookstore there, but it sufficed) during my holiday trip to Kyushu. Recently, I visited one of the notable supplies stores in Paris (and cried internally), Sennelier.

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Today I’ll be sharing some of the art stores I managed to visit in Japan (particularly in Tokyo) during my trip with Kaila a few weeks ago. Hopefully this helps in case you’re planning to visit Tokyo anytime soon!

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For those of you who are particular with the materials and brands you need (aka looking for a National Bookstore meets Fully Booked in Japan), Sekaido is a must visit. A building located roughly a few meters away from Shinjuku station houses 6 floors full of art materials you can only imagine – paper, paint, ink, notebooks etc.

Some cool things about this place:

  • They have a lot of watercolor brands to choose from! Holbein, Van Gogh, Windsor and Newton, Schmincke, Daler and Rowney, etc. I currently use Schmincke and Daler & Rowney, which are both great (more on the art materials I use on this post). But this time, I bought a few Holbein pans – especially ones with the vibrant colors I needed (wallet is crying though).
  • All floors are PACKED with EVERYTHING. E V E R Y T H I N G!
  • It’s also nice to know that each floor has a designation (i.e. 2nd floor is for acrylic and oil, etc)
  • It is safe to say that if you’re like me who secretly gets overwhelmed with art stores, you will take around half a hour minimum before you can figure out what you’ll be buying.


Purchases from Sekaido! In other news, I also got myself some unnecessary things such as a Project Paper pad, lol. Nevertheless, it’s being used a lot now so at least I’m giving it some justice.


While in Shinjuku, also visit Kinokuniya‘s 7th floor if you’re looking for books and foreign magazines. Got myself a Frankie issue and a copy of Tokyo on Foot, aka visual feast!




If you’re short on time and you won’t be visiting Shinjuku during your trip, Yuzawaya can be found at selected malls within Tokyo. It’s basically a mini version of Sekaido and comprises more of craft/DIY materials than traditional art materials. Nevertheless, I also got myself a few things here.



In the midst of Harajuku’s lineup of fashion stores, arcades and crepe shops in busy Takeshita Street, there is a pink building housing inexpensive goodies that are sure to make you want to go up all floors (despite it not having an escalator, lol). No photos because the area was pretty packed and I was panic buying the whole time. But there’s Daiso, aka your one stop novelty items shop. In my case, I ended up buying cutesy stationery, lots of envelopes and notebooks. And plastic containers. (Sorry not sorry)



Located in busy shopping ward Shibuya, Loft is a gem to art lovers, stationery hoarders, travelers – you name it. In general though, it would be similar to a department store sans the clothes and shoes. Of course, my priority was visiting the LG floor for all the stationery items and a few art materials.


I ended up getting a Task Manager pad (!!!), Meeting Planner pad (I am so happy I can’t contain it), MT tapes and this really nice vintage Mickey iPhone case with my favorite color combination on it (of course, I had to get it).

I wasn’t able to visit Tokyu Hands because I told myself that this is enough – BUT I suggest visiting there as well, especially if you’re needing more DIY materials.

Anyway, I hope this mini guide helps in mapping your route for art hoarding in Tokyo! I promised myself to keep doing this every time I travel because y’all are asking where I get most of my art stuff – and sadly, I don’t buy in Manila. Everything’s abroad. If you have places you recommend going, let me know in the comments below! :)

Until the next ~art hoarding~ sesh!

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24 Responses to “Art Hoarding in Tokyo”

  1. Laura Casas
    May 20, 2015 at 5:57 am

    So awesome!!!!! I would die on those places hahaha, so pretty everything the pictures and the places, also your blog and you are really amazing, I love reading your adventures.

    I’m a big fan of your beautiful work hehe

    Greetings from Colombia

  2. Abbey
    May 20, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Thank you! Hello from Manila !:)

  3. Guillian
    May 20, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    I am craving for stationary and art supplies haul right now because of your post. Huhu Does Philippine have daiso shops?

  4. Abbey
    May 20, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    There are Daiso shops here but they’re not as complete as the ones in Japan :)

  5. Jazmin
    May 20, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    There are art stores beside UST, P.Noval: Joli’s, Lexan, and Jomar’s. Majority said that Lexan is the cheapest of them all for a store who sells and cuts all kind of papers! Then the brush award goes to Jomar’s; almost all of the brushes’ sizes are there. Though Joli’s ‘yong pinaka-matunog above the three.

    Really enjoyed this post, Abbey!

  6. Abbey
    May 20, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Thanks Jazmin! Will check them out when I’m in the area :)

  7. Louise Ramos
    May 20, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    “6 floors full of art materials.” OMG I DIED. Another reason to go to Japan! I can almost see myself living in the bookstores there. :))
    Caffeine Rush

  8. Abbey
    May 20, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Hahaha. Yes. I kinda died for a moment too. :)) Must go!!!

  9. Monique
    May 21, 2015 at 4:22 am

    I just went to sekaido yesterday!! Thank you so much for posting about it a few weeks before huhu. Kasi wala talaga akong alam na a store like sekaido exists HAHA

  10. Abbey
    May 21, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Yay great!! Haha you’re welcome. I wouldn’t have known it if my friend didn’t tell me too.

  11. Jane
    May 22, 2015 at 11:19 am

    I absolutely love this post (and all your other writings about art materials). I am in love with lettering as well and would give anything to have these art materials in my stash. Thank you for being such an inspiration Abbey. :)

  12. Abbey
    May 22, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Thank you, Jane! And you’re welcome :)

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  16. Michii
    September 14, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Great stores <3 wish to go there and hoard art supplies! Interesting article too. Also, try Lemon Gasui in Ochanomizu, Tokyo. It offers a lot of art and architecture supplies. Also a great store!

  17. Abbey
    September 14, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Thanks Michii! I’ll keep that in mind when I return to Tokyo next year :)

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  19. Rebecca
    October 28, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Thank you for this very helpful guide! My family’s planning to go to Japan by near December, and if God allows, I’m planning to check out Sekaido and Tokyu Hands and the main art stuff I’d be looking for are Copic markers. Do you know if there’s a Tokyu Hands branch near Sekaido? Or which branch were you plannig to visit?

  20. Abbey
    October 28, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Hi Rebecca! You’re welcome :) Tokyu Hands is beside Loft in Shibuya, which is near Shinjuku (you can take the train). I suggest going to Sekaido if you’re looking for Copic markers – they have a lot there. Enjoy!

  21. Renante Tuballa
    July 4, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Hello! are you selling Glassine or acid-free archival paper? How much? Thank you.

  22. Abbey
    December 15, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Nope, sorry!

  23. Alyssa Ong
    September 1, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Hello! I going to Tokyo real soon (end of September), but I was just wondering where I could get the best calligraphy supplies, specifically ink, nibs and nib holders? Btw I’m doing a calligraphy project for school, would you mind if I email you a few questions that I would like to ask you? Thank you! Loving your blog :)

  24. Abbey
    December 15, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Sekaido :) Sorry for the late response! it’s all in this post.