I have been collecting Japanese antiques for over 30 years, so I am sharing with you the Best 10 Japanese antique stores in Tokyo. These stores have excellent selections and are owned and run by true experts in the field of Japanese antiques. If you can’t find what you want in one of these stores, work with the shop owner to find the item. If you have time to search, I also recommend you attend the monthly antique shows and flea markets – updated list located here. Good luck with your search and I hope you find your treasure.
1. Nishikawa Antiques – Azabu Juban, Tokyo
Nishikawa Antiques is one of my favorite antique stores for buying beautiful dishes for special meals. The shop is intimate, and the sales team very knowledgeable. Occasionally they have small furniture, but the majority of the antiques are small decorative pieces and dishes. You can view new arrival products at this link in Japanese. If you are interested, you can contact online in Japanese or visit the shop. While in the area check out the following Japanese arts and craft stores in Azabu Juban; Asa no Ha, Blue and White and Take no Megumi.
Nishikawa Japanese Antiques Details
Address: 2-20-14 Azabu Juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo (google map)
Hours: Open everyday 11:00 -18:00
Access: 5 min walk from the Azabu Juban station
2. Japanese Antique – Azabu Juban, Tokyo
Located on a small side street in Azabu Juban, you might be a bit intimidated to enter this small antique store. However, you will be pleasantly surprised by the kind owner and his son. The two-story shop looks a bit like a museum inside, but the assortment is lovely. The shop carries big step chests, ceramics, and decorative items. Hasebeya also has some Chinese and Korean antiques. A very popular shop for expats who live in the area.
Hasebeya Japanese Antiques Details
Address: 1-7-7 Azabu Juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo (google map)
Hours: Open everyday 11:00 -18:00
Website: no website or social media
Access: 4 min walk from the Azabu Juban station
3. Tankyodo Japanese Antiques – Minami Azabu, Tokyo
The English speaking owner, Masa, has a background in art, architecture, and antiques. He has remodeled a 40-year-old apartment house into a boutique antique shop that is beautifully remodeled with raw wood and cement floors, washi accented shoji, and beautiful lighting. His curated selection of Japanese tansu (chests) and home accessories is impressive. He is very knowledgeable about all the pieces and can explain in detail.
The store is tucked away behind Tokyo International School. Also note it is only open on Fri-Sun, although appointments can be made for private viewing.
TANKYODO Japanese Antiques Details
Address: HH Apt-A, 2-13-1 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047 (Google map)
Hours: Open Friday, Saturday and Sundays 10:00-17:00 (appointments can be set for other days)
4. Okura Antiques, – Azabudai, Juban, Tokyo Okura is antiques is a small shop but has one of the widest selection of mid-range priced antiques that I have found in central Tokyo. They have lovely tansu (Japanese chests), hibachi (ceramic pots), old prints and plenty of home accessories. If you are looking to get a nice item as a gift or for yourself Okura will not let you down.
Okura Antiques Details
Address: 3 -3-14 Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo (google map)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday; other days open 10:00 -18:00
Website: okura art
Access: 8 min walk from the Azabu Juban station and 10 mins from Roppongi Station
Best 10 Japanese Antique Stores in Tokyo
5. Kanaru-sha Japanese Antiques, Fuchu, Tokyo
Kanaru-sha Japanese Antiques in Fuchu is a beautiful store inside and out. If you live in the Chofu/Fuchu area, or your kids go to the American School in Japan, this store is a great resource to decorate your home with beautiful furniture and pottery. Kanaru-sha has two floors filled with beautiful Japanese chests, doors and screens. If you are looking for something smaller to add just a touch of “Japan” to your home than consider a beautiful blue and white hibachi or small accent plates.
Kanaru-sha Japanese Antiques Details
Address: 1-26-4 Shiraitodai, Fuchu, Tokyo (google map)
Hours: Open everyday 10:00 -18:00
Access: 7 mins walk from Shiratodai Station on the Seibu-tamagawa line, or 10 mins walk from Tamareien Station on the Keio Line
6. Dentsdelion – Torigoe, Taito-ku, Tokyo
A lovely two story building that if full of beautiful Japanese furniture, home accessories and artwork. The owner (a Frenchman) and his wife (Japanese) care for the items like their own until they find a future home. You will love spending time in the space and learning more as you view wonderful Japanese treasures. While in the area we recommend you also visit AkiOka handicraft/artisan area and Rin (Japanese arts and crafts store).
Dentsdelion Japanese Antiques Details
Address: 2-4-13 Taito, Taito-ku, Tokyo (google map)
Hours: Open everyday 11:00-19:00
Access:10 min walk from both Naka-Okachimachi Station and Akihabara Station
7. Kofukuan Japanese Antique Shop – Machida, Tokyo
If you are looking for that special Japanese antique piece for your home than head to Kofukuan Japanese Antique Shop. Although it is a bit of a hike (about 60 mins) from downtown Tokyo, you will not regret the effort. Kofukuan has the largest selection of Japanese antiques that I have seen in one retail location. Their Machida 1,150 square meter warehouse has two floors stocked full of Japanese tansu (chests), warehouse doors, Japanese house fittings (screens, lights, windows, sliding doors, etc.) and many collectable items (statues, dishes, stone garden ornaments, etc.).
KOFUKUAN Machida Branch
Address: 2-8-1 Kamitsuruma, Minami-ku, Sagamihara-shi, Kanagawa-ken (google map)
Business hours: Wednesday – Sunday 11:00 – 18:00; closed Tuesday
8. Akariya – Yoyogi, Shibuya, Tokyo
Akariya which means light has been in operations for 30 years. They have a beautiful selection of furniture and home decor items. They also can help appraise and buy your items if you would like to sell. You can send inquires about buying and selling through their English contact form.
Akariya Antique Store Branch
Address: 4-8-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (google map)
Business hours: Closed Sundays, other days 11:00-19:00
Access: 3 min walk from Sangubashi station (Odakyu line) and 4 min walk from Yoyogi 5 chome bus stop (Keio bus, No.51)
9. Antique Mall Ginza – Ginza, Tokyo
Antique Mall is a rental space where individuals or companies can rent space to sell their products. The selection is basically anything a person may classify as “antique.” Prepare to be a bit overwhelmed with Japanese, Asian, and Western antiques displayed in various techniques from professional to haphazard. Best to know what you are searching for before you enter, or you might just run out!
Antique Mall Ginza
Address: 1 −13−1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (google map)
Business hours: everyday 11:00 -19:00
Access: 2 min walk from Ginza 1-chome station #10 exit, Yurakucho Line, 3 min walk from Kyobashi station #2 exit, and 3 min walk from Tara-cho station #A3 exit.
10. Antique Yamamoto Shōten – Setagaya, Tokyo
This antique store is huge and has one of the largest selection of antiques I have seen in central Tokyo. Three floors of furniture, dishes and decor. You could spend hours here. Best to know what you are looking for before entering. The prices run from bargain deals to quite high. Definitely a must visit for treasure hunters.
Antique Yamamoto Shōten
Address: 5-6-3 Kitazawa, Setagaya City, Tokyo (google map)
Business hours: Closed Monday, other days 11:00 -19:00
Access: 8 min walk from Higashi Kitazawa station
11. Tokyo Antique Markets and Shrine Sales are a great place to find hidden treasures. Many of the stores above also sell their items at the larger antique fair at Antique Jamboree and Heiwajima markets that take place a few times a year. You can find the most updated antique market list here.