October 17, 2018

Tokyu Hands

In Japan, almost every city has its own unsung wonderland: It’s called Tokyu Hands. To call it a “store” would be an understatement: A typical incarnation will sell everything that isn’t edible, and then some.

Shopping in Kyoto. Tokyu Hands on the left. Photo: Daniel
Shopping in Kyoto. Tokyu Hands on the left. Photo: Daniel

In Japan, almost every city has its own unsung wonderland: It’s called Tokyu Hands. To call it a “store” would be an understatement: A typical incarnation will sell everything that isn’t edible, and then some.

Tokyu hands started out as a DYI store, and it still shows: You’ll find everything from (power) tools, art supplies and materials for projects. Today a typical incarnation will also have knives, kitchen utensils, stationary, toys, luggage and bags, and much more. The Ikkebukuro location even sports a cat cafe.

You can spend hours browsing; you’ll almost always find what your looking for, and always something else that you like.

Tokyu hands started in 1976 with their store in Shibuya, which is still one of their flagship locations. Today there are dozens of stores all over the country - the larger ones featuring 8 or more floors filled with all the hardware you ever wanted.

Practical Details: Tokyu Hands Shibuya


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