Trip to Kyukyodo, Tokyo

The second paper-related stop on my trip to Japan was also in Tokyo’s Ginza district – Kyukyodo. Its neighbors included Tiffany’s and Harry Winston. I was definitely out of my element – fanny packs are simply not fashionable.

Interestingly, the store was founded in Kyoto in 1663 and began as a medicine shop. The Tokyo location was established in 1880.

I didn’t mention this in my last post, but something I did to prepare for my trip was to print out pictures of the storefronts on our itinerary. I was able to find the images on travel blogs and business websites. We fully expected that the majority of the store signs we encountered would be written in Japanese – with the photos, we figured that we’d have an easier time finding our destinations.

It worked like a charm.

Luckily, it was easy to find Kyukyodo as its sign was in English (and its entryway was hard to miss).

Store sign outside of Kyukyodo Tokyo

I have to admit that Itoya was a tough act for Kyukyodo to follow. Sadly, I didn’t have that sense of ooohhhh when I entered the store. It was mostly focused on stationery with one wall devoted to papers.

Shelves of Chiyogami papers at Kyukyodo Tokyo

Now don’t get me wrong – that wall was spectacular. It’s just that the place was mobbed and I had a hard time getting access to the papers. And I was tired and cranky. And, well, Itoya.

Shelves of Chiyogami papers at Kyukyodo Tokyo

Their selection mostly consisted of Chiyogami papers and they were patterns that I had seen before. I finally found one that was new to me and it just made me happy – a pearlized paper with fluorescent reddish-pink and blue goldfish on it. It measures approximately 37″ x 25.5″ (grain short).

White pearlized Chiyogami paper with red and blue goldfish

Now it’s mine. Just look at it…it’s so sweet!

White pearlized Chiyogami paper with red and blue goldfish

I was in the store for no more than 10 minutes, which made my hubby happy. Unfortunately, I never made it upstairs, which apparently has lots of calligraphy supplies. I’m bummed about not having gone up there, but the fact is that I had hit the wall and was shopping fried.

And on my first day – for shame! I’m not as tough as I thought I was.

If you’re interested in checking out the store yourself, here are the details:

  • Address: 5-7-4 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
  • Phone: 03-3571-4429
  • Public transportation: Ginza Station (Ginza, Hibiya, Marunouchi lines), exit A2

Total sheets of paper purchased to date: 10

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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