Nippori Fabric Town
The town first developed in the first part of the 20th century during the Taisho Era. Today it still has some 100 stores selling sewing products and loads of textiles of fine quality. It's becoming a popular spot for tourists and it's always been a gathering spot for DIY textile-enthusiasts.
To get to the Nippori Fabric Town, get off at the Nippori Station of the Yamanote Line and take the East Exit. From there you should see indications on public signs on how to get there. The Town is just 200 meters from the station. You'll see when you get there the gate-monument shown above.
Most of the stores are on the main street but some really nice ones are on smaller back streets. Pick up a free map at one of the stores to assist in your exploration.
You can find many stores selling Japan-made fabric at unbelievably low prices. The pieces of 50 by 55 cm here are only 300 yen. Explore and you should find really good deals!
Aside from the fabric, stores sell all kinds of beads and buttons. You can find some rarities among them. It's fun to just look through the merchandise of many stores.
You'll find a lot of traditional motives but also some desgins that come from Japanese pop culture such as these embroidery textile badges.
Tomato Nippori: The Town's Huge Iconic Store
Tomato isn't a neighborhood grocer as the facade leads to believe! It's actually the hugest store of the Nippori Fabric Town. Tomato has many branches in the area, each store specializing in different things such as sewing tools or luxury garments. What you've got to visit is Tomato's Honkan (main store), however. That one is absolutely outstanding. It has 5 floors of textile products of just about every quality and design you can imagine. You're pretty much guaranteed to find what you are looking for there, and at a good price too!
Adress: 6-44-6 Higashi-Nippori, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 10:00-18:00 (open daily)
Nippori Fabric Town Business Hours
Business hours vary depending on the store, but most places open at 10:00 and close at 18:00 or 19:00.
For other things to do around that area, check out the links below!