Nippori is famous for the good price and variety of fabrics with so many, more than 60, shops. However, only if you meet the following conditions, you should go to Nippori. Otherwise you may end up a day terribly exhausted with a poor bag. You'll find better hunting in ordinary fabric shops in other places in Tokyo.
If you want:
- To look for getting INSPIRED by unusual fabrics;
- To look for fabrics for your particular projects which require relatively large amount of fabrics;
- To eager to spend a day anyway.
Nippori was Whole-sellers Town historically although they have been shifting to target individual consumers. It seems they still have strong connections to both fabric makers and garment manufacturers. I believe that is the reason that they have unusual fabrics of a) overstock from fabric makers, and b) leftover fabrics from garment manufactures or interior makers. This also makes the price lower.
Suggestion to condition #1 Inspiration Seeker
- First, you must go to Tomato Arch (Map#48) next to Tomato Main (Map#49). Go into the right door and don't look the left side. Around the entrance of the bldg., along the right wall there are a lot of 100 yen/meter fabrics. They are mostly unkown materials so judge on your own. Go deeper and down the steps and you'll find unusual materials on bargain. Sometimes it's thick Chinese silk brocade used for chairs or couches at 300 yen/m, synthetic coarsely woven fabrics in bright colors (what is it for? I don't know but I got it to make a beach mat), or a cotton printed of a sumo wresler's name in Kanji.. Don't ask me what it is for! I bought a synthetic python leather at 350 yen/m Tomato Arch months ago to make a bag and I found the same one was sold at 2300 yen/m at Tomato Main a week ago. It is a treasure hunting and each time things are different due to their incoming fabrics from their networks and probably the timing of inventory control.
- Then you can go to any other shops. If you look for something Japanese, go to the 4th floor of the next bldg., Tomato Main.
- Other unusual fabrics may be found at Zak Zak Main(Map #64).
Suggestion to condition #2 Particular Project Holder
The following shops are my favorite ones for their good quality.
- High-end and designer brand fabrics for dress: Elegance (Map#31) Many designer brands - Valentino, Pucci, etc. ; Alon(Map#68)
- Wool: ARAI FABRICS (Map#23)
- Knit and stretch fabrics: Momo (Map#59), NAGATO 2ND (Map #32)
- Lace, velvet, embroidered fabrics: MIKI (Map#56)
- Linen: Yasuda Shoten (Map#69)
Suggestion to #3
Enjoy each shop as you go around!
- How to get there in detail and more information about the town is greatly written here. Thanks for allowing me to link this page!
- Official English map of Nippori Fabric Town can be downloaded from here.
- Most shops open between 10am and 5 or 6pm. So go early and prepare cash. Credit cards are mostly not accepted in the town.
- Almost all shops close on Sunday and holiday.
- There are also used Kimono and Obi stores in the town. Kimono and Obi shopping in Tokyo is here.
Read this English page for more information.
Pleas refere to my other page, Kimono and Obi shopping in Tokyo for those who don't know how to budget and how to choose.