If you would like to see craftsman's work unique to Japan and purchase traditional crafts for souvenirs, 2k540 located under the elevated railway tracks between JR Akihabara Station and Okachimachi Station is perfect for you. You can see nationwide traditional crafts from potteries, glass works, wooden products, leather products to dyed goods there. You can also have a chance to see the actual production process and experience making them.
The place perfect for seeing craft works all around Japan
At 2k540, you can have fun seeing craft works from all over Japan. About fifty professional studios making potteries, glass works, wooden products, handmade shoes and bags and professional craft works gathered here. Each shop has a strong desire to "leave good things" so it carefully introduces products through demonstration.
Takatoriyaki by Onimaru Setsuzan Kamamoto
You can enjoy the works produced by Fukuoka prefecture's potter making Takatoriyaki, the extremity of Japanese traditional craft works. The works created by Hekizan, the 3rd master of potter, provide elegance in delicacy and are loved by young people. In addition to authentic plates for tea and with flower drawn on it, teacups and coffee cups for daily use are often purchased as a souvenirs.
Takatoriyaki by Onimaru Setsuzan Kamamoto 高取焼鬼丸雪山窯元
- Address 5-9 (M-3), Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-0005, Japan
Taking advantage of the know-hows to produce the wooden basis of "Echizen lacquer crafts" of Fukui prefecture with over 1500 years of history, Hacoa sells the wooden miscellaneous goods to match the modern life. Wooden business card holders (the above photo), smartphone cases and lacquered USB memories (the below photo) are popular as a souvenir. They also provide a name printing service using a laser carving machine.
Hacoa DIRECT STORE Hacoa DIRECT STORE
- Address 5-9 (J-2), Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-0005, Japan
Nippon Department Store
This unique department store introduces excellent goods all around Japan that its owner found by going to various places in Japan. It carries a lot of handmade products produced by craftsmen such as the tinplate toys that are produced in small factories even now, stoles that are carefully dyed with vegetables, and folded-cloth collage accessories that are made with the fabric of Kimono.
Nippon Department Store 日本百貨店
- Address 5-9 (A-1), Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-0005, Japan
Uncommon even in Japan, this shop specializes in kaleidoscopes. They use artisanal, cutting edge processing techniques to make the kaleidoscopes, imported from the West an impressive work. If the timing is right, you can see the production processes and create your own original kaleidoscope. There are often English-speaking staffs on Saturdays.
Soshin Kaleidoscopes 創心万華鏡
- Address 5-9(G-3), Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-0005, Japan