When I was in Tokyo in 2010, I decided to stay in the Yanaka area for two reasons: it’s away from the hectic pace downtown Tokyo is known for and it has a charm not many tourists – not even locals, I think – are aware of.
One must-see shop, especially if you’re a stationery and fine paper collector, is Isetatsu. This traditional store makes and sells “chiyogami,” which is traditional Japanese paper printed with woodblocks.
Isetatsu can easily be overlooked because it blends well with the residential area it is located in. You’ll know you’ve found the shop you’re looking for because of the colorful items by the display window, beckoning you to take a closer look.
Once inside, let time take over: browse to your heart’s content.