Looking For Mameshiba In Tokyo
A reader of the blog emailed me and asked me about finding Mameshiba in Tokyo. He was a father that was travelling to Japan and wanted to buy some Mameshiba merchandise while on their trip, for a family member back home. In the email the father also asked if Mameshiba was still popular in Japan. They would be visisting a couple of cities during their trip, one of them being Tokyo. Mameshiba is one of our favorite Japanese characters, so on one of our trips to Tokyo we went on the search over most of Tokyo to find the cute little “bean dogs”.
Here’s our answer to the email:
On the first occation we visited Tokyo we had problems finding anything to do with Mameshiba. On our second trip we were more succesful. The two shops I can recommend you check out are both toy shops.
The first shop is Hakuhinkan Toy Park in Ginza. This shop seemed to have a special offer selling Mameshiba, if its still on now I cant be sure, but its worth checking it out.
The address is:
Hakuhinkan Toypark 8-8-11 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo, Japan (Map link)
The website is: http://www.hakuhinkan.co.jp/
Closest subway station: Ginza (on the Tokyo Metro)
The second shop is Yamashiroya in Ueno. This is also a toy shop. When I was there, Mamishiba stuff was on the bottom floor around the other soft toys.
The address is:
有）ヤマシロヤ Japan, Tokyo, Taito, Ueno, ６丁目14−6 (Map link)
Closest subway station: Ueno (on the JR Yamanote line)
The website is: http://www.e-yamashiroya.com/
Of course, all of this can change since we were there last year, but I think these two shops are your best bet. There’s one more big toy shop in Tokyo, Kiddy Land in Harajuku/Shibuya, but we have never found any Mameshiba stuff there.
****Update 13th sept. 2014 we got some information that still both shops stock Mameshiba products so that great****
****New update 7th march. 2015 from a user that posted a reply to this post, is that its better to go to Hakuhinkan Toypark seems the other shop did not have or had very little available for sale****
I still see adverts being made with Mameshiba, makes me believe they’re still popular. Good luck and hope you have a great time in Japan and find what you’re looking for.
If you have any tips on the hunt for Mameshiba in Tokyo, please share..!