Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Bento Shopping in Tokyo, Japan

First, I've to say this is not a very comprehensive guide because you can find bento stuff at lots of places in Tokyo, so it's quite impossible for me to list down all the places. I'm only listing down links for the major shops, or shops I happened to come across during my trip. I hope the list will be helpful if you are clueless about where to shop for bento stuff there.

A word of caution, this is going to be a photo intensive and long post, lol. :P

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I think most people are very familiar with Tokyu Hands. They have a few branches, the one I'm showing is at Shinjuku. No time to visit the others, because I've to try to fit in bento shopping with my sight-seeing itinerary, so the shop has to be nearby the sights I'm going for that day.

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I took some photos so you have an idea of what they carry there. :)

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Bento tools......

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More bento tools.......:)

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Thermal lunch sets. :)

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The ones on the right are natural colourings.

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Wax paper.

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Pretty thermal jars.

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On to the next store, Loft.

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This is the store at Yokohama. We were in that area to visit the Cup Noodles Museum.

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Pretty similar stuff to Tokyu Hands, but they have some different stuff too.

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More boxes.

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Boxes and tools. :)

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Baking stuff.

The next shops to look for are 100 yen stores. There's Daiso, Can DoSeria, Tokutokuya and Watts. I did not get to visit Daiso though due to lack of time.

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This is Can-Do at Mitaka.

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This was all they have at that branch, don't bother going down there, lol. I went because we visited Ghibli Museum and was in the area.

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This is the branch at Shinjuku.

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Much better, lol. :)

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This is Tokutokuya at Asakusa.

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Nothing much there, we had no time to visit other branches.

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There's some stuff at the supermarket on the first floor.

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Another 100 yen I went to is Seria.

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This branch is at Mitaka.

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Bento stuff.

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Baking stuff.

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This is another Siera branch, at Asakusa.

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The last 100 yen I went to was Watts.

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This is the branch in Shinjuku.

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Baking stuff that you can use for making bentos too.

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This is Natural Kitchen. They do not have much bento stuff, but they have very nice and cheap zakka kitchen and crafts stuff. I visited the one at Mitaka and Ikspiari. I did not take any photos of the interior since there were hardly any bento items.

More bento stuff I saw at various departmental stores.

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Bento stuff I saw at Takashimaya Shinjuku.

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More stuff......

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And more stuff......

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Cute bowls. :)

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Toys "R" Us at Odaiba.

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Bento stuff found there.

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Hello Kitty shop at Diver City.

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So sweet. :)

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Rilakkuma store at Tokyo SkyTree. 

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Lunchboxes.

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Picks and sauce containers.

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Tomica Shop, also at Tokyo SkyTree.

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What they carry. :)

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This shop at Tokyo SkyTree carries TV characters merchandise.

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Cute version of Naruto.

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I don't know what cartoon is this. :P

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Er, masked rider?

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Moomin! :)

Lol, yeah, I know it's a long post and tiring to read, I'm tired from doing it up too. Lol, it's going to end soon, hold on. :) Last stop, Tokyo Disneyland.

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They have very kawaii bento stuff there!

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But prices are more costly.

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Not bento stuff, but so cute I thought I'll share too. Minnie pot holders and Mr and Mrs Potato Head salt and pepper shakers.

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Love the wooden Pooh spoons and forks.

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The chopstick rest are so cute too.

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I love all the Minnie Mouse stuff they have! :)

Just a little more information before I end the post. If you looking for characters stuff, try Character street, they have a lot of characters store clustered there. If you are looking for traditional or restaurant type of bentos, try Kappabashi (also known as Kitchen Town). They also carry lots of metal cutters.

That's all, thanks for reading and I hope the information is useful. :)

24 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing!!! Ur photos make me want to fly to Tokyo again!!! Fm ET

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    1. Tk u, ET, lol, I feel like going back right now.

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  2. oh....my hubby & I loved to shop at Tokyu Hands, Tokyo :) After looking at all the photos, make me missed my recent trips to Tokyo!! haha...

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    1. Yay, love Tokyu hands too! Oh, u just went too?

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    2. Yes, went for my 2nd honeymoon trip with my hubby only :p Even went to Sanrio Puroland & shop like i'm little kitty fans! haha... Loved shopping in Tokyo!

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  3. WOW, so many cute and neat bento items! How many luggage did you bring back home, lol. I am sure it is very hard to resist buying almost everything! Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures, I enjoyed looking at them :)

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    1. Rina, I was actually rather controlled, only one small extra luggage, n only a small portion in there is my stuff, lol.

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  4. WOW!!! Im now so envy with those Japanese able to get those cute stuff easily!!! So, how many luggage for you to bring all those? LOL...I think I will go crazy if i see those. :))

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    1. Yah, wished I stay there, lol. Lol, only one small luggage, n only a fraction are my stuff.

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  5. Naruto bento stuff?!?!?! Eep! My son would love that! Wish I could go shopping in Japan :D Looks like a very fun bento trip!

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    1. He likes Naruto? I shd hv got u a box! Yes, indeed, did not buy a lot but fun to see the stuff!

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  6. yup!!! feel like going to Tokyo right away! but, school is returning soon. :(

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    1. Me too! Yucks, I don't want School to start. :(

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  7. Berlinda aka Mama Berl19 December 2012 00:35

    Oooooo~ can't get enough of the photos u posted!! :D~
    Mr & Mrs potato head pepper/salt shakers are oh-so-cute! Looks like a great,fun & luggage bursting vacay! :D *thumbs up!*

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    1. Awwww, Tk u, glad u like the photos. :)

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  8. Tq for taking time to post all those picture ! I m enjoying strolling down n u hv to put so much effort to post it ! Tq !

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    1. Awwww, Tk u do much, glad u enjoyed looking. :)

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  9. Why i didn't get this info before? I was in Odaiba, shinjuku and Diver city last week.. huhuuu (T_T)..

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    1. I'm sure u found some stuff elsewhere, I just happened to be at these places. :)

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  10. Enjoy reading this post again and again. Such a wide variety of boxes to look at! Love all the colours. Thank you.

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    1. Tk u very much, me too, shopped more for others than for myself, but It's still fun to see the stuff.

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  11. Funny that I don't know Watts & Tokutokuya LOL! Sure will miss this place :'/

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    1. Lol, coz the others are better, but these two are popular in Malaysia, Hiaz, I did not get to go Daiso this round, no time. :(

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  12. I've never been so jealous in all my days!

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