Japan Shopping Guide

Japan. I die. I can’t even.

I love Japanese design. It’s clean, consistent and the colour palette is to die for. It’s everywhere, the simple industrial style followed me, and I loved it. Let me share with you some amazing homewares shops I found… all by accident. Yes, this trip was all about having a rest for me so I didn’t track down stores to write about… this all happened organically. So yes, there are probably many more stores out there but these are ones I found walking through the humid but very well kept streets of Tokyo, Kyoto and Kanazawa. Even if you don’t have plans to visit Japan check out the photos below and drool over their very eclectic offerings.

Dulton

1-4-8 Jinnan 1st FL / Shibuya-ku / Tokyo

This shop definitely has quite the industrial-eclectic appeal. It has everything from furniture to kitchenwares to artworks to little knick knacks… even shoes. It’s bursting with goodness. Such a cute find!

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Noce

1-4-8 Jinnan Building 1F / Shibuya-ku / Tokyo

Now I didn’t have time to pop in here as I was frantically late to meet a friend, but man this furniture shop is cool! It’s right next to Dulton, filled with Scandi goodies. Like super cool. And the prices seemed really reasonable for the amazing furniture they had on offer. If this shop was in Australia I’d have furnished my whole house with it!

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Five Thirty Park

1-4-10 Jinnan / Shibuya-ku / Tokyo

This shop is dubbed ‘the jewelry style shop for the modern gentleman”, but it also has many beautiful homewares, and things for girls! Now this is a splurge shop, but it sure does have some beautiful product. Definitely worth a look… also there’s a very cute organic fruit juice truck parked out the front for a refreshing beverage… just sayin’.

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Art Style Market

6-14-10 Jingumae / Shibuya-ku /Tokyo

There is a super cool pocket of shops neighbouring Harajuku in Shibuya. I started with Art Style Market which had so many things I wanted to buy, I died. I loved the kitchenwares, and the pendant lights were in abundance. Again it’s this real industrial-eclectic look- with a touch of rustic charm. And The Great Burger is right across the road! One of the best burgers in Tokyo, according to me, with Good Town Donuts and Coffee next door for dessert. Great little area to stop for lunch. I also adored this street for its architecture. Concrete square blocks dotted with green plants and black window frames. It couldn’t have been more industrial-chic if they tried!

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Détour à Bleuet

A very cute french homewares inspired store filled with gorgeous things! Again this store is absolutely busting at the seams with many rustic-country charm goodies.

6-13-3 / Jingumae / Shibuya-ku / Tokyo

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Unico

604 – 8042 / Nakano-cho climb / Kyoto

Now I stumbled across this furniture shop trying to find dinner on my first night in Kyoto. I saw this beautiful sheer artwork through the window and had to quickly jump in and have a look. It’s a furniture store, but the smaller homewares are affordable (and can fit in your suitcase) and so beautiful. There is a natural eco-chic feeling to this shop as it draws on natural colours and materials and there is greenery everywhere. It was so soothing to walk in there, not to mention air conditioned from the hideous humidity outside!

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niko and…

3-1 / Shinmachi Horikawa / Forus Mall 5F / Kanazawa

You can find this shop in most big city centers in Japan, and even Hong Kong, but I stumbled across it in Kanazawa. After a day of trekking through the city and its beautiful gardens, finding this shop rekindled my tired spirit! There are awesome clothes, amazing furniture and its jam packed full of super cool small homewares… and yes, my obsession on kitchenwares is becoming apparent through this post, but I would totally deck out my kitchen with items from here. In fact I did buy a mug, my most precious mug, and hiked with it all the way through Asia. I don’t know why, but tea just tastes better in it. This was probably my favourite store. If I ever move to Japan (please, please, please) this would be the place I would go first, from rugs to sofas to dining tables to KITCHENWARES. This would be my shop. Come to Sydney please niko and …?! Oh and there’s a great cafe and book store connected. A hispters dream.

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Happy styling xx