Paper showrooms in Tokyo where you can obtain samples of printing paper

I am introducing a paper showroom in Tokyo where you can obtain samples of printing paper. Please make use of them for your book making and artwork production.

Showroom where you can get free samples.

I will start with showrooms where you can get free paper samples. I often visit the following showrooms.

Nippon Paper Group Ochanomizu Paper Gallery


〒101-0062 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Kanda Surugadai, 4 Chome−6−番地

Nippon Paper Industries’ showroom is located on the 9th floor of Ochanomizu Sola City.

To enter, you must get an entrance pass from the reception desk at Solaseity.

Almost a full lineup of Nippon Paper Industries’ paper samples (with printed samples) is available here.

Besides that, samples of actual printed materials (books, magazines, picture books, etc.) using Nippon Paper Industries’ paper are on display, and even the brand name of what kind of paper is used.
Since you can hold the samples in your hands, you can get a clear image of the finished printed product.

KYOBASHI Paper Showroom


1-chōme-1-18 Higashi-nihonbashi, Chuo City, Tokyo 103-0004

Kyobashi Shigyo’s showroom in Higashi-Nihonbashi.

While the two mentioned above are paper manufacturers, this is a paper distributor, so we have samples from a variety of paper manufacturers, including

  • Oji Paper
  • Nippon Paper Industries Co.
  • Mitsubishi Paper Mills
  • Hokuetsu Kishu Paper
  • Takeo
  • Heiwa Paper
  • Daio Paper
  • Taisho Paper

Here you will find a selection of the A4 printing samples mentioned above, though not the full lineup. This is also where you can browse through the Dainik and Toyo Cloth, as well as other cloth samples for bookbinding.

There are also a lot of other goodies with printed samples, many of which you can take home with you.

Showrooms and paper stores where paper samples can be purchased for a fee.

Other showrooms and stores that sell paper not listed above.

Takeo Paper Shop, Kanda


A4 samples available for purchase.

3 Chome-18-3 Kanda Nishikicho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0054

Takeo Aoyama Mihon-cho


Able to purchase paper samples of about A3 size. Able to consult with our professional staff about paper.

〒150-0002 Tokyo, Shibuya City, 2, 渋谷区渋谷4丁目2−5 プレイス青山1F

Heiwa Paper Company Paper Voice Tokyo


Samples in quadruplicate (545 x 394 mm) size are available for sale. Exhibitions and other events are also held.

1 Chome-22 Shinkawa, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0033

Tokushu Tokai Paper Pam Tokyo

Tokyo Station

Extensive samples and displays.

2 Chome-4-1 Yaesu, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0028

If you want to get free samples, if you only want to look at one place, the KYOBASHI Paper Showroom, which has samples from several paper manufacturers.
If you have a specific paper manufacturer for the samples you want, it is better to go to the showroom of the appropriate manufacturer.
Basically, it is a good idea to visit all three locations introduced here.

My Favorite Photobook Store in Japan

As a lover of photo books, I would like to recommend some Photobook stores in Japan.
Please visit them when you come to Japan.


Flotsam books


Address: 1 Chome-10-7 Izumi, Suginami City, Tokyo 168-0063

This store mainly deals in photo books.
The owner, Mr. Kobayashi, has a great sense of style and handles cool photo books and art books from all over the world.
Most of the books are new publications, but they also carry used books. The prices are inexpensive, and popular items sell out quickly, but we also carry many books that can only be purchased through this store in Japan.
We are strong in fashion-related photo books, and we also carry zines.
In addition to photo books, we also carry books on design, such as collections of works by overseas designers, exhibition catalogs, and typography books that you can find only at this store.
The store often holds exhibitions of artists and book events.

Flotsam books



Address: 2 Chome-10-3 Ebisuminami, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0022

A gallery and bookshop in Ebisu.

The owner, Mr. Nakajima, also organizes the Tokyo Art Book Fair, so you can be sure of a good selection.

Book obscura


Address: 〒181-0001 Tokyo, Mitaka, Inokashira, 4 Chome−21−5 フジパークマンション 103

A new + used bookstore in Kichijoji (Inokashira Park) selling photography books and art books.

There is also a gallery (exhibition space) inside the store, where you can see exhibitions of photographers and artists.

Various photography books are displayed according to the owner’s classification of genres, so it is easy to browse, even though there are a lot of books. This bookshop is recommended for students and those who are beginning to be interested in photography books and art books.

Book obscura



Address: 3 Chome-7-4 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001

This is a well-established bookstore specializing in photo books.

So books


Address: 1 Chome-47-5 Uehara, Shibuya City, Tokyo 151-0064



Address: 5 Chome-3-2 Minamiaoyama, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0062

This space is for twelvebooks, a distributor of MACK and other products in Japan.



Address: 〒150-0032 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Uguisudanicho, 5−7 第2ヴィラ青山1F

A long-established design-related antiquarian bookstore with a store in Shibuya.
The store carries many famous and rare books on architecture, design, and photography.



Address: 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Jingumae, 5 Chome−36−6 ケーリーマンション

A bookstore located in Harajuku, Tokyo, offering a wide variety of zines and other publications.

Tsutaya books Daikanyama


Address: 〒150-0033 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Sarugakucho, 17−5 代官山T-SITE 1号館~3号館 1階~2階

TSUTAYA’s Daikanyama branch. This store has a fairly large selection of photo books, both old and new.


Book of days


Address: 〒550-0011 Osaka, Nishi Ward, Awaza, 1 Chome−10−2 ボンジュール阿波座 202号

A bookstore with a store in Osaka’s Nishi Ward.
They carry a large number of cool photo books.
They also have a discount service for members.
I visited the store when I was on a trip to Osaka, and the store is quite spacious, with many nice art books and photo books.




Address: 〒920-0864 Ishikawa, Kanazawa, Takaokamachi, 18−3 IACK

A gallery, bookshop and distributor located in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture.
The location is used as photographer Yukihito Kono’s studio, but on weekends it is open as a gallery.
Since 2018, they have been working as a distributor for international independent publishers such as JM Ramirez Suassi, Multipress, and Overlapse, as well as self-published works.
The books they carry are wonderful and I buy a book every time I see them at an event in Tokyo.

Art, Design, Photobook shop in Japan Map

The following Google map shows bookshops in Japan that sell the design, art books and photo books introduced in this article.

Art, Design, Photobook shop in Japan

Header: Lubos HouskaによるPixabayからの画像

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Shu Watanabe’s artist book, “THE LAST SUMMIT,” is entering Switzerland’s VOLUMES Award 2021 book award.
If you scroll down to the bottom of the official event website, you will see my book.
If you click on it, information about the book and a photo spread will appear.
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Shu Watanabe’s artistbook “The Last Summit”

“THE LAST SUMMIT” Shu Watanabe’s Artistbook

My first photo book, “THE LAST SUMMIT”, has been completed and is now on sale. Here is some information about this book.

My father passed away in July 2017 due to a slip and fall accident while climbing a mountain. What did mountain climbing mean to him? What did climbing mean to him? It is a photo book project where I attempted to dialogue with my late father by facing and reliving his last climb.

“THE LAST SUMMIT” Shu Watanabe’s Artist book


My father died in a slip-and-fall accident on July 15, 2017, at Mt. Ryokami in Chichibu County, Saitama Prefecture. At the beginning of that year, he was in the hospital to receive treatment and surgery for liver cancer, which was discovered in September of the previous year. After leaving the hospital in March, my father was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver, but he had gradually resumed working and continued his hobby of mountain climbing.

“Dad went out to the mountains yesterday morning and never came back. ……”

It was a sunny morning when I received a phone call from my mother, and then it felt as if the ground was crumbling beneath my feet. After filing a missing person’s report at the police station near my parents’ house, my father-in-law gave me a ride to Mt. Ryokami.

As much as I wanted my father to be safe, I couldn’t stop thinking about what would happen if I couldn’t find him. I was feeling hopeless. As if to reflect my feelings, it began to rain heavily as we approached the site. Before arriving at Mt. Ryokami, I received a call from the Ogano Police Station in Saitama Prefecture. They informed me that the body of someone matching my father’s description had been discovered at the bottom of the trail. When I checked the body that had been brought to the police station, it was unmistakably my father’s face. It was a hot summer day, so his body was cremated as it was. My family didn’t get to see his face on his last day.

When the nightmarish day for our family was over, what came to my mind as I was driving back to Tokyo from Chichibu, was not so much sadness over his death but rather anger over why he had gone climbing despite his health condition so soon after the surgery.

About a week after my father’s funeral, I remembered that I had family photos in a drawer of a cupboard in my parents’ house. I searched through the images, trying to find a glimpse of my father, and came across a large number of photos of him climbing mountains, which had never caught my attention before. The image of him in his mountaineering clothes and backpack, looking contented in nature as far as the eye could see, was different from the gentle father I knew at home.

I wondered why mountain climbing fascinated my father so much. To ease the resentment caused by accident, I began to look for what he saw in it. Relying on his notes, I started to purchase climbing gear, including clothing and food. I decided to climb the mountains he climbed.

Shu Watanabe

“THE LAST SUMMIT” artist book by Shu Watanabe

15,400 JPY
Language: Japanese or English
Page: 204page
Size: 215 x 312 x 24mm
69 editions only (all made to order)
Each edition will be signed and give the edition number by the artist
Photo / Edit / Binding / Print: Shu Watanabe
The book concept, storyline, and art direction developed: Yumi Goto at Reminders Photography Stronghold
English Proofreading: Sachie Takagi, Marc Kaufman
Photos provided: Katsumi Kawashima, Yuko Kawashima, Tomoki Sato, Kazuo Fukata, Mizuko Yamaoka, Norihisa Watanabe

Shu Watanabe’s Artistbook “The Last Summit” Is Now Available!

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