Updated: July 18, 2019
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Nippori Fabric Town: Find Cheap, Quality Textiles In This Historic Tokyo District Near Nippori Station!

Nippori Fabric Town is yet another outstanding area near the Yanaka district. It consists of a 1-km shopping street of stores selling textile and related products. If you love making your own clothes, curtains or any thing made of textile, Nippori Fabric Town will be really exciting to visit! If textile is not your thing, you still might find it interesting to tour the unique historical district. Read on for more information about the area.

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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.

How To Get There

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.

Japanese Fabric

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!
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