Flaubert once said “Travel makes one modest" , and it surely feels like that when you are in Japan. Tokyo's incredible energy will please all the creative travellers looking for beautiful interiors, innovative design, avant-garde architecture, traditional craft, the best of fashion,and of course food.
We wanted to share with you five spots to (absolutely) visit while you are in Tokyo. You can thank us later.
Our Favourite Shop
Located in a renovated factory in Shirokane, Our Favourite Shop is a little paradise for design lovers. Their very well curated selection features art, fashion, gourmet food, and interior design products by local talents only. The store was born from a collaboration between three leading lifestyle professionals, and became in few years a hub for artists and creative entrepreneurs. We particularly loved the minimal and contemporary pieces by KIKOF.
Yaeca Home Store
Seriously, can we live here? The team behind Yaeca Home Store had the brilliant idea to convert a two-storey residence into a home shop. When you enter, you are immediately welcomed with a cool brewed tea, and it's just the beginning. You can go to the kitchen to enjoy a selection of freshly baked biscuits, walk around the living room to admire their incredible furniture and decorative object collection, climb upstair to have a look at their minimal fashion wardrobe . Half way between a home and a shop, Yaeca present their products in a similar way that you would like to see them in your house. Must go.
The coffee culture is strong in Japan, and you would miss out on a great experience if you don't stop at Shozo for a cuppa. Located in Minamiaoyama few steps away from two other hip coffee shops (Café Kitsuné and Blue Bottle), Shozo is the cutest coffee spot we've been too. The little Japanese wooden hut is filled with amazing coffee and sweets that you can enjoy in their garden area. So charming that you might want to come back everyday.
Japan is known for being "stationery Mecca" to many stationery afficionado around the world, so how to resist a quick stop at the iconic Traveler's Factory? Located in the busy Tokyo Station, the shop houses all the products that made the success of the brand alongside some special limited editions that you can only find there. If you can't make it all the way to Japan this year, don't worry we have your back! Simply make sure to check our Traveler's Company collection on The Journal Shop, as you will definitely need a Traveler's Notebook to record all your upcoming summer adventures.
Sakurai Japanese Tea Experience
Sakurai is the ultimate contemporary tea room. Designed by Shinichiro Ogata, this gorgeous interior featuring copper, stones, and dark timber is the perfect place to experience the Japanese tea culture with a modern twist. There are only a few seats available around the counter to taste some of their finest seasonal blends served with delicious Japanese delights, but believe us it worths the wait.
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