Nippori Fabric Town was on the must do list while in Tokyo. I can spend hours just walking around Spotlight so to have a whole street dedicated to fabric shops!!!! Heaven!
We caught the JR Yamanote from Shinagawa station stopping off at Asakasabashi along the way. All I can say is WOW! I have never seen anything like it, so many electronic shops in one place. It wasn’t really part of the plan but I couldn’t believe it when I got to Japan only to discover the power adaptor I brought with me didn’t work. After trying a few shops close to the hotel without much luck we were directed to the electronic mecca of Japan. So now I have happily got power to charge all the necessities.
So after our little detour we made it to Fabric Town. I had heard about the huge fabric shop ‘Tomato’ so I was expecting it to be quite big, and boy oh boy was it huge! It is split into three shops.. and not just one story. There were bolts and bolts of material, the hardest part is choosing what to get and knowing that I had a very limited amount of space in my suitcase.
My favourite shop was ‘Tsukiyasu Hiroshi Shouten’ I found some lovely traditional Japanese fabric and they also had lots of ‘cute’ fabric that I had to restrain myself from buying. As we got to the end of fabric town I was regretting that I didn’t know the name of the shop, I thought It would be nice to mention in my blog incase anyone else out there is planning a trip to Tokyo and is searching for some pretty fabric. I scoured the shops on the other side of the road as we walked back to the train station seeing if I could spot it but it didn’t really have a memorable front so it didn’t stick out. I checked my receipt to see if it had some clue written on it, but my extent of Japanese isn’t that great, especially written in Kanji. I like to say the only couple of words to everyone I meet ‘hello (konnichiwa) and thank you (Arigato)’, which works well when shopping unless someone says anything else haha. In the end I found the name on a map she had given me and the store was circled! Lucky! 😀
Nippori is a lovely place to go for a walk and very leisurely. I guess it depends if you like that kind of thing, but most of the businesses were little family shops and very pleasant to walk around and browse. The whole place seemed a lot more laid back than other parts of Tokyo. They fabrics vary in price a lot from shop to shop so I would recommend having a look around before purchasing but there were lots of good bargains and most very reasonably priced!