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Japan With Kids - Forums: Shopping in Japan: Furniture / home furnishings

By Cornelia on Tuesday, September 4, 2001 - 10:32 am:

I heard that:

Rooms to Go Furniture at Odaiba and Yokohama is closing in approx. 10 days. (I think they also have one in Tachikawa?) There seems to be a close-out sale...

By Karen on Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - 4:04 pm:

Properties are generally rented unfurnished in Tokyo. For some apartments, unfurnished means EMPTY, that is, there is no stove, fridge, washer/dryer or even light fixtures! Be sure to find out from your real-estate agent what is included. Choosing between an unfurnished and a furnished apartment is a very personal decision. If your family plans to stay in Tokyo for less than one year, perhaps renting furniture would be the way to go. You can rent everything from beds to curtains to butter knives from the furniture rental agencies. Furniture leasing for a three-bedroom apartment averages ¥2 000 000. If you plan to make Tokyo your home for longer than one year, then buying furniture is your best bet. Most of the larger shops will deliver to your home for a reasonable fee. Beautiful furniture abounds here; the Japanese are famous for their beautiful home furnishings. Japanese dressers (tansu) are especially gorgeous. So go ahead and splurge!

Furniture Renting Companies

Tokyo Lease Corporation
1-9-7 Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0041
Tel: +81-3-3585-5801, Fax: +81-3-3585-5833
This is certainly the granddaddy of all furniture renting/leasing places. Sofas, dining sets, kitchen utensils and linens are all available here. Their website provides a comprehensive rental price guide and example showrooms

Isetan Company Ltd.
14-1 Shinjuku 3-chome, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022
Tel: +81-3-3352-1111, Fax: +81-3-3225-2513
This is the leasing section of Isetan, a top-end department store chain. Minimum lease is 24 months but they are able to work with all budgets. Contact Leonard for helpful assistance

Interior Decor International, Inc.
Matsuda Building
4-8, Toranomon 3-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 150
Tel: +81-3-3578-9171, Fax: +81-3-3578-9831
Email: info@interior-dé
The experts here will help you choose furniture to decorate your dream house and will arrange everything for you, taking your rental budget into consideration

Interior Collection
A.H-1 Bldg. 1F, 1-9-14 Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81-3-5561-0527, Fax: +81-3-5572-7734
Complete home furnishings from couches to drapes for purchase or lease. Specializing in Chinese antiques and Asian accent pieces. Contact Ai for advice

Furniture Selling Companies

Pacific Furniture Service
1-20-4 Ebisu Minami
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0022
Tel: +81-3-3710-9855, Fax: +81-3-3710-9795
Email: (in Japanese)
This store represents Lloyd Loom Furniture of England. They speak hesitant English, but the furniture is custom made and beautiful. They will rent on a case-by-case basis. Contact Ms. Ichida

Interior Gallery Tsuyama
1-21-6 Motoasakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0041
Tel: +81-3-3845-1234 (Japanese only), Fax: +81-3-3844-0161
Email: none
Since 1936 this company has worked to reproduce traditional Japanese furniture. Absolutely stunning pieces by various artists. Although the staff is exceptionally friendly, no English is spoken so bring a Japanese-speaking friend, the furniture here will last a lifetime and is well worth your trouble

5th and 6th Fls., Shibuya Parco Part 3
14-5 Udagaea-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81-3-3477-8830 (Japanese only)
Fax: none
Email: none
For the modern and trendy, MUJI offers minimalist furniture that is environmentally friendly, sturdy and well priced. There are numerous locations throughout Tokyo, check the website for addresses

Pierre deux
1-17-2 Ebisu Nishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0021
Tel: +81-3-3476-0802, Fax: +81-3-5456-9066
Email: none
Specializing in the sale of high-quality French country decor including fabric, faience, reproduction furniture, steel furniture, and accessories. In English and French. Detailed item listings and pictures on the website

By Owen Self on Monday, July 1, 2002 - 6:50 pm:


We are trying to decide whether we should bring selected furniture with us or buy once we arrive.

We have a King-size bed (not a luxury when two toddlers end up joining us in the middle of the night, every night!), two 3-seater sofas, full-size desk, and two single beds under consideration. Whilst I wont be getting a luxury mansion, I'm expecting to rent a 3 or 4 LDK of around 160m2 so assume I will be able to fit the stuff in.

Whist shipping Australia-Japan seems not too expensive, the cost of eventually returning the stuff home (according to one quote) makes me think I'm better off buying these items in Japan (particularly if I can get them 2nd hand).

Would appreciate any thoughts on this. Are there any good 2nd hand furniture dealers on the web? What sort of prices would I pay for new or pre-loved?



By Karen on Monday, July 1, 2002 - 7:52 pm:

It might depend on how long you plan to stay here and if you're company is prepared to pay for furniture moving for you.

You can purchase nice used furniture from Tokyo's free classified ad magazine, The Metropolis (

Here's the Selling: Furniture & Fittings section link:

Check out the classifieds and some of the websites that I've listed above in my Feb. 12th post to get an idea of how much furniture costs over here.

Hope this helps,


By Nancy on Tuesday, July 2, 2002 - 12:16 am:

Hi Owen,

This time of year families are leaving so there are bargains around. There are also good buys around on new furnture if you know where to shop(not necessarily where expats shop). Buying from the classifieds can be a real hassle, from finding the address to getting things delivered (unless you have a van).

By Anne Swartz on Monday, December 9, 2002 - 12:24 am:

Help! I need to find a place to buy some Little Tikes (or something similar) plastic table and chairs for my toddler since I can't get it shipped from the states. I need a suggestion in western Tokyo if possible. Thanks!

By Karen on Tuesday, December 10, 2002 - 10:34 am:

Have you tried looking at Toys 'R Us? There's a few locations in Tokyo and one in Yokohama.

By Maricel J. Tangayan on Friday, December 5, 2003 - 8:58 am:

Hi. I am looking for a bunk bed. New or second hand is okay. Wish you could help me.

By Shibuya on Friday, December 5, 2003 - 10:45 am:

If you can read a little
Japanese, pick up a "NISSEN"
catalog, available free at most
convenience stores. They sell
knock-down bunk beds. The
wooden ones are very sturdy. I
saw one listed for 29,900 yen.
Oh, they have a web page (I've
never looked at it though):

By julie b. on Saturday, July 31, 2004 - 1:43 pm:


I m selling :a desk,kitchen table, arm chair, cabinets,chest with 6 drawers, small TV with remote...
please all MUST GO very soon!, interesting prices.....
I can send pictures,
all pick up in Setagaya

By Tokyomama on Tuesday, September 21, 2004 - 5:03 pm:

I'm looking for some Chinese antique pieces. Can anyone recommend reasonably priced antique shops? Maybe in Yokohama China Town? How are the prices there compared to Tokyo?

By Beth on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 10:16 am:

Hello. I was just wondering if anyone knows of a good (and ideally not *too* expensive) place to shop for prints and paintings in or around Tokyo.

Also, does anyone know of any interior decorators here who offer home makeover services...that is, short (maybe half-day) consultations discussing how to arrange the art and furniture you already own? We're not interested in spending a lot of money to replace all our stuff, just in getting some ideas on how to make the best use of what we have. Thank you!

By Karen on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 5:47 pm:

Beth, the only place I have found some really nice reasonable prints is Oriental Bazaar in Shibuya. Or there is another place just down from there on the same side of the road - sorry not sure what it is called - but they have some nice wall hangings and prints that are quite reasonable too.

By Anne Bergasse on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 6:03 pm:

Hi Beth
You can try the Tollman Gallery in Shiba
Daimon - They
have beautiful prints in all shapes and
sizes, many different artists, well-known
and recently discovered, and all range of

By Beth on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 7:23 pm:

Thank you! I've been to Oriental Bazaar before, but I haven't really looked at their prints...I always seem to buy pottery there. I've also never been to the Tollman Gallery, so I'll have to check out both tomorrow. Anyway, thanks for the ideas!

By Ruchika Vemuri on Friday, January 20, 2006 - 8:13 pm:

Hi everybody,

We are moving soon and I am thinking of getting some new furniture. Till now I had been thinking to go to Oh!Kawa or Nitori. Does anybody have any good suggestions for reasonable furniture retailers. I am also interested to buy it overseas and get it sent here, but dont know of any possible online stores. I tried but it wasnt what I was looking for and Pottery Barn does not deliver to Japan. Looking for Kids rooma nd Living room furniture. Any suggestions welcome.

By Ignatius26 on Friday, July 13, 2007 - 3:11 pm:


Most of links in this discussion are no longer valid.
Will any one post muji furniture english online store?


By Kurapika on Monday, January 14, 2008 - 7:40 pm:

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