We believe that an optimal environment and aesthetically beautiful tools will help to enrich your time of creativity—when working, learning or playing, at a moment of inspiration or when organizing your thoughts, or in an attempt to convey something—and this will lead, in turn, to another cycle of creativity. Our aim is to offer products and provide a space that can make this creative cycle more beautiful and comfortable.
Our mission: Adding beauty and comfort to your time of creativity
What we value: Discovering new tangible and intangible things that can last for decades. Valuing personal relationships.
The world we aim for
“A store that brings smiles, inspiration, and comfort to its customers whenever they visit”
A place where people can spend their leisure time
A place where people can refresh their mind
By visiting Itoya, you can discover things you hadn’t noticed before and encounter grander possibilities without losing your sense of self. Your spirit will be refreshed and this will lead you in a new direction. This comfortable space and time is the world we are aiming to bring about.
In 1904, the history of Itoya began when the ever curious founder—Katsutaro Ito—first encountered items of stationery. Stationeries were just arriving in Japan at a time of great change. Wanting to introduce these stationeries to as many Japanese as possible, Katsutaro came upon the idea of opening a store in Ginza—then an up-and-coming part of Tokyo—and, through stationeries, of bringing in the efficient working style of the West which would increase the future potential of the Japanese. Since then, his curiosity has been inherited by us at Itoya where we continuously discover and offer ideas and tools that bring ease to one’s life, especially your creative life, as well as “new value one step ahead of the times”.
At Ginza Itoya, in order to fully support working people, we aim to provide not only the purchasing experience but also an environment where people feel comfortable and services which are only available at the real-store.
Our flagship store consists of two buildings and a total of 18 floors with fourteen themed selling spaces and pop-up events called “Tools for work”.
Also, there is a business lounge(HandShake Lounge) and a hall for events(Inspiration Hall), as well as a cafe & restaurant(CAFE Stylo); an indoor vegetable factory(FARM); a juice bar(Drink)—showing that we also care about health.
A street-level store of a 3-storey building. We aim to create a store in which customers can gain inspiration by having fun with stationeries carefully selected from Japan and from overseas, as well as through our bespoke services.
Our large-scale branch stores assist in categories such as “Gifts” and “Writing” by offering special writing instruments, greeting items, and stationeries for everyday use. The stores are conveniently located close to stations and aim to enrich our customers’ lives (8 stores).
Having TOOLS FOR NOMADS as our concept, we deliver instruments for special occasions and inspiration to those who exercise their creativity regardless of where they are—whether it’s at an office or café, on a train or plane (3 stores in Japan, and 9 stores in North America).
Airport stores connect stationeries made in Japan to the world. We have selections of “Japan’s best”; “Japan’s latest stationeries” incorporating traditional Japanese stationeries and Good Design stationeries that are highly functional (2 stores).
Our commitment to Good Design
Our merchandise from Japan and overseas are purchased, and our original products are developed based on the value of “use and cherish things to one’s liking for as long as possible”, “cherish things of good taste for a long time”, and “to use with care for a long time, make no purchases with compromise”.
And to fulfill our value, we always ask ourselves “does it meet the quality of Good Design?”.
[Our concept of “Good Design”]
We develop our own product lines with designs that one will never get tired of by adding something extra, allowing its owner to make combinations of colors as wells as functions according to business occasions or context of usage.
Sophisticated and colorful leather items that add light to various occasions in one’s life. The products are in variations of materials such as leather, ultra-microfiber material , and cotton.
Tools that are essential in commuting, business trips, and on the go.
The heritage of the original ROMEO fountain pen, launched in 1914, was revived as a new brand of writing instruments and peripheral items in 2009.
A standard series focusing on functionality with simple and timeless design for deskwork occasions.
We offer bespoke services so that you can customize your creative tools to your liking or personalize a gift through processes of customization. Repair services are also available so you can continue to use your valuable instruments. Please feel free to contact any of our stores for more details.
Lines of Business
Company OverviewITO-YA LTD.
|Address||2-7-15, ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061 JAPAN|
|Representative||Akira Ito, President|
|Established||June 16, 1904|
|Capital||JPY 100 million|
|Number of employees||605|
|Main Office||River Gate Bldg., North Wing 19F 36-2 Nihonbashi Hako-zaki-cho, Chuo-ku Tokyo 103-0015, Japan|