Bags made in Japan are extremely popular for their chic design and high quality. So, here are ten recommended bag retailers in Tokyo!
- 1. Tsuchiya Kaban Nishiarai Main Branch
- 2. Kitamura Shinjuku Odakyu Shop
- 3. Inujirushi Kaban Asakusa 2-chome Branch
- 4. KURA CHIKA YOSHIDA Omotesando
- 5. genten Ichigaya Main Branch
- 6. REN Shinjuku Odakyu Branch
- 7. OHBA Corporation
- 8. HERZ
- 9. MSPC PRODUCT sort OMOTESANDO STORE
- 10. HOSONO
1. Tsuchiya Kaban Nishiarai Main Branch
Tsuchiya Kaban started out as a randoseru (traditional bags that elementary students in Japan use) maker in 1965, but now makes bags for adults as well. They choose high-quality leather and make each bag by hand, incorporating a timeless design and ensuring a certain level of sturdiness in order for each bag to be used for a long time. Their workshop is annexed to the main store in the Adachi Ward of Tokyo, so you can also see how randoseru are made.
Price Example: Tone Oilnume Shoulder Bag (59,000 JPY (incl. tax))
2. Kitamura Shinjuku Odakyu Shop
Standing by the words “nice”, “cute”, and “high quality”, this is a handbag brand that has its main store in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture. Striving to make customers happy, they sell high-quality products and provide excellent service, including aftercare such as helping customers care for their products and repairing any broken goods. Apart from the Shinjuku store, Kitamura has branches in department stores like Mitsukoshi in Ginza and Nihombashi, as well as Daimaru Tokyo, which is directly connected to Tokyo Station.
Price Example: Handbag (6,300 JPY (incl. tax) ~ 53,000 JPY (incl. tax))
3. Inujirushi Kaban Asakusa 2-chome Branch
This brand now sells sturdy canvas (thick fabric made by weaving together materials like cotton and linen) bags, but it originally became well known in Japan around 1965 to 1974 for making bicycle bags. Their trademark is a dog standing close to a bag. Just like how the rescue dogs in the Alps carry tiny casks around their necks to save lives, all their bags are made to properly protect all your precious belongings. The annexed workshop is where their craftspeople pour all their heart and soul into their work. They have a wide range of bags available - from tote bags and work bags that you can use daily, to Boston bags, which are great for trips - and they’re all attractive in their own way.
Price Example: Inujirushi 100% Cotton Canvas Tote Bag (M) (10,260 JPY (incl. tax))
4. KURA CHIKA YOSHIDA Omotesando
This is the flagship store of YOSHIDA & CO. LTD., a bag maker established in 1935. Following the founder Kichizo Yoshida’s motto of putting your “heart and soul into every stitch”, just like how one would carefully sew each stitch in line with another, they pay special attention to choosing the materials, creating the design, sewing, and everything else. To live up to the founder’s motto, they hire craftspeople with excellent skills and plenty of confidence in their work, and line bags skillfully handmade by these people on their shelves.
Price Example: 3WAY BRIEFCASE (16,500 JPY (excl. tax) ~ 70,000 JPY (excl. tax))
5. genten Ichigaya Main Branch
Believing that “humans are a part of nature”, this store proposes a new way of living that follows three things: being considerate of the environment, understanding that there’s a limit to the resources we have, and creating goods in a way where you can use them for a long time. Though they mainly focus on bags made of natural leather, they also sell small products like wallets and card cases, as well as shoes and clothes. All the stores that they directly control have workshops in them, so you can ask for repairs and even make customer orders.
Price Example: Tosca Shoulder Bag (35,640 JPY (incl. tax) ~ 44,280 JPY (incl. tax))
6. REN Shinjuku Odakyu Branch
This store specializes in making sophisticated leather bags with simple designs that feel great to touch and actually hold. They have a wide range of light and thin leather bags, so those who dislike the heaviness of thick leather ought to check this shop out.
They also have bags that any gender can use, which have designs that go well even with casual clothing.
Price Example: HALLIE Wide Tote Bag L (22,680 JPY (incl. tax))
7. OHBA Corporation
This leather bag store is known for its craftsmanship, with professionals highlighting the best features of each strip of leather when sewing their bags. The leather begins to develop a patina over time as it is used, taking on marks and wrinkles and color, resulting in an appearance and feel that’s truly one-of-a-kind. The simple design shows off the superb quality and ensures that you can use their bags regardless of age or current trends. Apart from their main store, you can purchase their bags elsewhere in central Tokyo, such as at Mitsukoshi in Nihombashi or Hankyu MEN’S TOKYO.
Price Example: Small Overnight Case (172,800 (incl. tax))
This store specializes in leather bags and small goods. You will find their classic bags and small items in a wide variety of shapes and designs, including bags with simple designs that match well with the latest fashions, as well as genuine leather versions of the nylon body bags and camera bags that you often spot out on the streets.
Another interesting feature of this store is that they stock a lot of unique small goods, such as a pen case (3,240 JPY each). You’re sure to come across products that will make you go, “Oh, I actually wanted something like this!”
Price Example: Shoulder Fastener Tote Bag (54,000 JPY)
9. MSPC PRODUCT sort OMOTESANDO STORE
Thanks to its sophisticated designs, this bag brand is popular with youngsters that care about the latest trends and fashions. Though their products are aimed at males, the sporty designs make them perfect for women sporting a casual look as well.
The item to get when you’re there is the sacoche bag, which many people are currently using in Japan. They were originally a kind of shoulder bag that stored stuff like drinks and energy rations for bicycle racers, but their lightness and practicality has led to them being used mainly for outdoor activities. Not only are they easy to bring and use when traveling, but their popularity stems from how easy it is to walk around after putting just your valuables, such as your phone or wallet, into them. This particular brand uses leather to fancy up their sacoche bags, resulting in designs that are quite chic and certainly not completely casual.
Price Example: Surpass -Version.2- (27,000 JPY (incl. tax))
This bag maker was established roughly 100 years ago, and originally made sturdy waterproof canvas canopies for pulled rickshaws and raincoats for the rickshaw drivers. In the present day, they stock a large variety of bags with simple designs that go well with the modern era and are made of the same sort of sturdy and waterproof canvas cloth.
While the canvas cloth itself is quite strong, they also put a lot of effort into the actual sewing to ensure that it lasts for many years. All their products are handmade by experienced and skilled craftspeople, resulting in items with beautiful stitching and top-quality construction.
Price Example: Shoulder SS Camera (9,720 JPY (incl. tax))
Did you spot a store that you might like? Each store carries bags with various designs, but all of them are attractive in their own way, so do check them out the next time you're in Japan!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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