Thursday, December 11, 2008

Okadaya

Last time I was in Tokyo I struggled to find Okadaya, despite good directions (this seemed to be a pattern with me). This time I was determined to find it, after reading good things about it.

I took a photo of the well signed store (how could I have missed it) so anyone else trying to locate it knows what to spot. This red sign is what to look for when you come out of the East Exit of Shinjuku station.

Okadaya is in two buildings - each of about 6 levels. One building contains fabric of all descriptions, the other contains all the extra bits you need to sew, knit, bead, and craft your little heart out with.

My favourite floor was the craft book floor (right at the top). I think it had the best craft book selection I'd seen anywhere, with multiple copies of each book. Sadly, there was a "no photos" sign up so I can't show you the proof.

For the knitters there was also a whole yarn floor.

12 comments:

Pilli Pilli said...

Big Sigh... I so want to go there! My boyfriend and I (we're living in Italy), have been planning to go to Japan for a long time now... (Craftstores like that one do NOT exist here) But it looks like this year we'll only get a holiday in February... and at that time Japan might just be a little bit too cold...

Stitching At Stone Cottage said...

I spent an evening in Okadaya and planned to return on my last day of our visit to Japan...the family wanted to tag along, and quickly ran out of patience so my purchases limited to just a few pattern books. I thought I would be able to buy online when I returned to Aus. Unfortuenatly their website is only available in Japanese script....what an amazing store!

Corrie said...

yes I agree!!! best book selection...did you get the lift? because I had a pram I had to wait while the lift went up and down with not enough room for me and plenty of young and pretty people using the lift and not the stairs...grrrrr...oh and its not the flashest part of tokyo!

Corrie:)

linda said...

I also had a terrible time finding this place even if I was staying about 1/2 a mile away! I think the store would take at least a week to get to know though so if anybody is visiting, make time. They are worth the visit (I spent most of my time on the book floor too. Amazing selection!)

Simone said...

I can't wait to go back to Tokyo!! Have not been at Okadaya last time but will definitevely go there next time...

Katie said...

Thanks for the picture! I tried to find Okadaya when I went to Japan last April, but I failed miserably. But there's always next time! I would love to check out the book floor. I couldn't find the craft books in Kinokuniya (where I ended spending my time instead of Okadaya). But I've heard their selection is quite good as well.

angelune@TCA said...

My friend Mayumi brought me here when I was in Tokyo last summer, it was the best store ever! I could have spent days in there. I bought some fabric, books and yarn. The prices are also really reasonable, considering how much these cost when imported to North America.
I don't think I could have found it if I didn't have a guide. The streets in Shinjuku are all criss-crossing and with no street names and flashing signs everywhere, it's pretty hard to find your way.

Marseille said...

I can't remember how I found out about it, but I remember bumbling around Shinjuku with my then-boss (this was the heat of summer, 2003....), trying to find the store.....then he felt conspicuous and wouldn't come in, but decided he was more conspicuous loitering outside. :)
Great store.....on my last trip (Feb 2007) I mostly just bought books.....

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

I love this store too and second the opinion that it has the best craft book selection to be found. I'll be making my last trip there in a few weeks!

In their building across the alleyway, they have some interesting kits and things to use with fabrics as well.

Hello Sandwich said...

That is sooooo sweet of you! Thank you! I have been to Tokyo 7 times but would you believe not once have I been to this great shop! thanks for the heads up and have a lovely Sunday!
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Merete said...

Thank you so much. I'm visiting Tokyo in two weeks and this helps a lot. Greetings from Denmark.

vermiljoen said...

lol, my story exactly, I 've been looking and looking for Okadaya when I was in Tokyo. Despite the direction I had with me, I had to return the next day to give it a new try. And-oh!- how large can a sign be...