Interesting places to visit

Within Tokyo

We welcome you to our show in Japan where you will be able to meet some of the most important denim companies not only in Japan but also globally. The show will bring together the professionals from Japanese denim industry including from retailers, brands, manufacturers, designers and others. When you are done with our show , we may also recommend some of the possible places which denim heads like you may like to visit besides the show . Pl note that these are just some recommendations from us and you may like to research more at your end. Depending on the time available with you , we recommend different places in Tokyo and out of Tokyo . For more information you may also email us at info@denimsandjeans.com

Denim Stores You Can Visit

Warehouse Ebisu



If it’s ‘faithful reproductions of vintage garments’ you want, this Ebisu shop is your stop. They go to great lengths when researching actual vintage pieces, recreating originals down to the threads and the production process. Warehouse products can really make you feel the past, as their textures and looks are practically indistinguishable from real vintage items. The focus here is more on experimentation than trends – something that tends to attract denim enthusiasts, many of whom visit from great distances. Their classic ‘1001XX’ line is based on the design and colour calibration of actual 1950s items, and was recently updated for the first time since its 1995 launch. Warehouse also stocks simple-looking but authentic items based on traditional workwear – a stylish line that appeals even to those of us who aren’t denim connoisseurs.

Address : Ebisu West 1F, 1-29-8 Ebisu-nishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Tokyo
Time from Sunshine City : 20-25 Min
Opening hours : 11am-8pm
Website : www.ware-house.co.jp

Kapital Ebisu



Kapital has consistently emphasised exclusive use of manual processes, with all techniques – from thread dyeing, material production and sewing to washes and decoration – developed and produced by the company itself. Their distinctive designs, skilled craftsmanship and careful manual finishes are widely recognised internationally. Classic items and collection lines are both available at this Ebisu store, with the latter created to match seasonal themes and including denim-focused casual wear brimming with originality. Items for every occasion can be found here, be it summer festival wear or everyday pieces you’re looking for.

Address : 1F, 2-20-2 Ebisu-minami, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Tokyo
Time from Sunshine City : 20-25 Min
Opening hours : 11am-8pm
Website : www.kapital.jp

Momotaro Jeans Aoyama



Momotaro Jeans, one of the most popular brand from Okayama Prefecture’s Kojima (‘the birthplace of Japanese jeans’). Their jeans are made of Zimbabwe cotton, which is also commonly used for high-quality dress shirts, have a flexible feel, excellent durability and are famous for their characteristic fade when worn. Both men’s and ladies’ wear and gear is available, making this shop a nice option for couple visits.

Address : ??
Time from Sunshine City : 20-25 Min
Opening hours : 11am-8pm
Website : www.momotarojeans.net

Daikanyama UES



Conveying the joy of ‘cultivating’ denim, UES is a Japanese brand emphasising high quality, natural materials and domestic manufacturing. The brand name is supposed to be derived from the word ‘waste’, expressing the hope that their items will be worn down to rags instead of languishing in a closet. Woven from Zimbabwe cotton, their material is flexible and strong, and is appreciated for its slowly adjusting fade.The shop also does repairs, and provides information on washing and customisation through in-store samples. You can of course ask the knowledgeable staff too. UES seeks to source the best possible denim fabrics and so works with a small Japanese workshop filled with antique shuttle looms making a denim from organic Zimbabwe cotton of the highest possible quality.


Address : ??
Time from Sunshine City : 20-22 Min
Opening hours : 11am-8pm
Website : www.ues.co.jp

FDMTL







If you are looking for some real Japanese patchwork, you may want to visit FDMTL store in Shibuya city, Tokyo. Founded by Gaku Tsuyoshi, FDMTL has been known for its peculiar designing and patchworks since 2005. Their collection includes jeans,bags, jackets, hats, shoes and more accessories.
Gaku Tsuyoshi, an architect by profession and a fashion college drop out by choice had plans to have his own apparel brand from the time when he was working in some unrelated office work.


Address : ??
Time from Sunshine City : 20-22 Min
Opening hours : 11am-8pm
Website : www.fdmtl.com

J’ANTIQUES



Truly a treasure trove, this superb Japanese vintage denim boutique sports a powerful selection of unique and collector pieces from the 40’s and 90’s complemented by a more recent collection. From casual and workwear to more feminine pieces, you will want to buy everything and stay for hours. Affordable to expensive. Shop here for denim, womenswear, menswear, accessories, and furniture.

Address : Japan, 〒153-0051 Tokyo, Meguro City, Kamimeguro, 2 Chome−25−13 エルレーブ中目黒
Opening Hours : 12-9 PM
Travel Time : 40-50 Minutes from Sunshine City ( Metro)
Website : www.jantiques.myshopify.com

TORO VINTAGE CLOTHING



This old-timer boutique specialises in quality vintage denim from the US and Europe. If you’re feeling the 90’s, this is the perfect place for you. Wider selection includes older pieces as well as more recent ones. Welcoming staff. Rather expensive. Shop here for denim, womenswear, menswear and accessories.

Address : 1 Chome-2-10 Jingumae, 渋谷区神宮前 Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
Opening Hours : 12-8 PM
Travel Time : 35-40 Minutes from Sunshine City ( Metro)

BERBERJIN



Opened more than 20 years ago, this classy Japanese shop offers a large selection of vintage denim. Amongst others, you will recognise many American brands from the 50’s to 90’s and sometimes older. Affordable to expensive . Shop here for denim, casual wear, workwear, shoes, womenswear and menswear.

Address : Japan, 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Jingumae, 3 Chome−26-11, 原宿SHビル
Opening Hours : 12-8 PM
Travel Time : 35-40 Minutes from Sunshine City ( Metro)


Tokyo City Tour


For those who want to have a flavour of the city, there are various options for day tours which cover Food tours, Historical Tour, Cultural Tour, Museums , Sumo Tour and many more. Choose your pick from some of the most recommended tours from Trip Advisor from this link and you may find something of your interest.
You may also check out the Top 20 Things To Do in Tokyo by Culture Trip .

Outside Tokyo

KOJIMA - THE JEANS CITY







Kojima is one of the most interesting places to visit for any denim head who is in Japan. Known as the ‘ Jeans City’ , the whole city has been officially branded as such with support of government and private companies. The city is in Okayama Prefecture and is about 4 hours from Tokyo station by Shinkasen (Bullet train). If you are near Sunshine City, you will need about 30 min to reach the Tokyo station and from there it will take around 3 hours to Okayama and from there you need to take a smaller train to Kojima - which will take about 30 minutes. The total ticket for one way travel will be about $180 . Once in Kojima train station you will be welcomed by Denim props all throughout and it gets you mentally prepared to see tons of great denim ! The taxi will hardly take 5 minutes to Jeans Street and then the fun starts as you visit shop after shop of most well known Japanese brands at one place. The selvedge strip on the road, or the huge jeans flying atop a pole adds to the whole atmosphere being in one of the most well known Jeans place globally !

You can easily do a day trip leaving around 6.30-7.00 train in the morning and returning back in the evening by another Shinkasen train.

Besides visiting great brands like Japan Blue, Momotaro, Big John on the Jeans street , you may also want to see the museum - A History of Denim - by Betty Smith Jeans - which is not very far from the Jeans street.

Founded in 1962, Betty Smith is one of the more well-known denim brands in Japan, and offers visitors to Kojima some unique experiences, one of which being its “Jeans Museum”. Just a short cab-ride away from Kojima Station, the Betty Smith Jeans Museum gives an interesting visual history of denim, and not just limited to Japanese denim! Stepping into the museum felt like stepping into a saloon in the Old-West.


Shopping Tips

Passport

Remember to carry your passport and you will get the VAT refund and hence a better price.