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Top Choice Vintage in Asakusa & Sumida River

Tokyo Hotarudo

This curio shop is run by an eccentric young man who prefers to dress as if the 20th century hasn't come and gone already. If you think that sounds marvellous, then you'll want to check out his collection of vintage…
Top Choice Stationery in Asakusa & Sumida River

Kakimori

Stationery lovers flock from far and wide to this shop that allows you to custom build your own notebooks (from around ¥1000), choosing the paper, covers, binding and other bits and pieces to make a unique keepsake.…
Mall in Asakusa & Sumida River

Solamachi

It's not all cheesy Sky Tree swag here at this mall under the tower (though you can get 634m-long rolls of Sky Tree toilet paper). Shops on the 4th floor offer a better-than-usual selection of Japanesey souvenirs, i…
Gifts & Souvenirs in Asakusa & Sumida River

Ganso Shokuhin Sample-ya

Pick up great souvenirs at the Kappabashi-dōri showroom of this plastic food model manufacturer. Among the examples of freakishly realistic food models are some more tongue-in-cheek ones, plus souvenir key chains, f…
Fashion & Accessories in Asakusa & Sumida River

Maito

Everything is natural about Maito's clothing and accessories, including the fabrics used (mainly cotton and wool) and the plant-based dyes. Choose from a rainbow-coloured selection of scarves, tabi socks, canvas bag…
Arts & Crafts in Asakusa & Sumida River

Sumida City Point

Promoting the many artisans and craft businesses of the Sumida ward area, this showroom sells locally made items, from cosmetics and fashion to soy sauce. There's a cafe where you can sample food specialities, watch…
Homewares in Asakusa & Sumida River

Kappabashi-dōri

Kappabashi-dōri is the country’s largest wholesale restaurant-supply and kitchenware district. Gourmet accessories include bamboo steamer baskets, lacquer trays, neon signs and chōchin (paper lanterns). It's also wh…
Homewares in Asakusa & Sumida River

Koncent

Design consultancy H Concept runs this trendy homewares and gift boutique, stocking mainly Japanese design products, from mini sumo-statue paperweights to furniture, with a few pieces from overseas thrown into the m…
Homewares in Asakusa & Sumida River

Tower Knives

The Tokyo branch of this Osaka-based kitchen knife specialist sells stainless steel and carbon steel professional-quality chef's knives; some of the pricier ones are hand-forged by respected artisans. Staff speak En…
Arts & Crafts in Asakusa & Sumida River

Bengara

Noren are the curtains that hang in front of shop doors. This store sells beautiful ones, made of linen and coloured with natural dyes (such as indigo or persimmon) or decorated with ink-brush paintings. There are s…