Every time we return to Japan, it’s absolutely mandatory that I visit Nippori Textile Town in Tokyo. In one day trip, you can completely satisfy your fabric and craft shopping needs!
This Tokyo trip was in the middle of winter as part of a ski holiday, so I am well rugged up in my BRIGHT blue snowboarding jacket. Dave was a bit embarrassed about me wearing this around Tokyo – in the video, you can see I stand out in a sea of black coats, but hey, I was cold!
The last time I went to Nippori to shop for fabric, it was summer, but a typhoon hit as I was shopping. All the wild weather aside, it’s definitely worth a visit so you can overdose on Japanese fabric like double gauze, cotton lawn and linens.
The brilliant thing about this shopping precinct is that it’s within easy walking distance to the train station. Nippori is a very well serviced station so you can catch multiple train lines, hop off and take the East Exit. You’ll see a sign (in English!) which says ‘Nippori Textile Town’ with an arrow. Follow the arrow for about 200m (1/8 mile) and you are there.
Video mini tour
I am due to head back there again in February 2016. I’ll try to do a much better job of recording a “vlog” this time! What do you want to see from Japan? Do you have any requests for photos or videos?