Nihonbashi in Tokyo has been a center of commerce since the Edo Era. It was built up around the Nihon Bashi or Japan Bridge, from which the neighborhood takes its name. Many businesses that set up shop here have been around for centuries. Explore the best artisanal shops and purveyors of traditional crafts in Nihonbashi.
Find beautiful traditional Japanese paper known as washi at Ozu Washi. Use washi as a cover to protect your favorite book, as a decorative addition to your crafts and collages, or for good old-fashioned origami. Ozu Washi has been a beloved supplier of quality washi for nearly 400 years, setting up shop back in 1653.
Ozu Washi, 3-6-2 Nihonbashi-Honcho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan, +81 3-3662-1184
Established in 1590, Ibasen deals in sensu, the traditional Japanese folding fan. These quality fans can stand up to use thanks to their fine craftsmanship and materials. Most of the sensu feature ukiyo-e-inspired patterns and other traditional Japanese motifs as decoration, making them an ideal souvenir.
Shoyeido Incense Co.
Visit Shoyeido for fine incense, curated and blended by hand. The incense here is of high quality and uses only natural materials, so you can feel good about burning it in your home. These purveyors of fine incense opened up shop in Kyoto in 1705 and are one of the most respected suppliers in the world.
You can’t go wrong choosing your kimono at Chikusen. This kimono company opened in 1842, and it specializes in traditional styles and prints, all cut, sewn and dyed by hand. Their summer yukata for both men and women are their best-selling products.
Chikusen, 2-3 Nihonbashi-Kobunacho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan, +81 3-5202-0991
Pick up a very special and unique treasure from Jusaburo Tsujimura, a famous Japanese doll-maker. These exquisite dolls are handcrafted and lifelike down to the smallest detail, from the elegant kimono to the expertly styled wigs.
Hakuza specializes in artisanal goods created with the use of gold leaf, from totes, bags, and scarves to jewelry, pocket mirrors, and dishware. They also carry small snacks such as candy and biscuits, made all the more luxurious with the use of their trademark edible gold leaf.
Claska Gallery & Shop “DO”
Claska’s main shop resides on the second floor of the artistic boutique hotel of the same name in Meguro, where a different local designer created each room. Now their gallery and shop outlet “DO” in Nihonbashi allows more people to get their hands on locally designed and crafted pillows, dishware, and other lifestyle goods.
Chidoriya’s cozy shop devotes itself to tenugui, the multipurpose pocket cloths or handkerchiefs that have been enjoying a resurgence in popularity in recent years. Choose from countless designs, both modern and traditional, all hand-dyed and certified as traditional crafts.
Chidoriya, 1-7-6 Nihonbashi-Ningyocho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan, +81 3-5284-8230
Kobayashi Horindo is your one-stop shop for fine Japanese lacquerware, and they specialize in handcrafted lacquer furniture. They also carry smaller items such as chopsticks, jewelry cases and dishware, all luxurious pieces made with the same quality craftsmanship.