In Tokyo’s saturated fashion industry it can be overwhelming to find a unique shopping experience. That’s where Journey comes in, offering its customers not only an outdoorsy line of clothing and accessories, but also a small piece of Japanese history. Located in Tokyo’s mesmerizing Daikanyama district, Journey can be found within the walls of a historical residential home dating as far back as 1916 during the Taisho era. This unique and historical structure has been standing since Daikanyama was merely a small farming village.
The history of this old building seems to come right out of a movie. An elderly woman lived in the home for many years until she became too old to live alone. Ultimately she moved outside of Tokyo with her family, leaving the house free for demolition. However, Gen Tarumi (The founder of Journey as well as several other shops in the Daikanyama area) had other plans. He saw the old home as a piece of history which should be preserved and celebrated. After purchasing the home from the elderly woman, Tarumi encased one section of the house in glass, for Journey, and left the rest completely preserved as it was when the woman lived in it. The remainder of the home can be found completely in tact, for shoppers to enjoy, including a large garden area in the back of the building. The shopkeeper can be found tending to customers while also ensuring the house remains well preserved.
As far as the merchandise goes, Journey aims to appeal to its unique location by offering outdoorsy themed clothing and accessories. The store carries a variety of brands which compliment its outdoor appearance, but its main brand is Mt. Rainier Design. This outdoor brand offers a line of wind and water resistant material as well as a very modern twist to the outdoor look.
If you are ever wanting to see what makes Tokyo’s fashion industry so unique, while also catching a glimpse of Japanese history, or you simply want to see a phenomenal part of the city, come check out Journey. Definitely a must-see destination for anyone new to Tokyo.
- Address:20-10, Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
- GPS:35.6490204, 139.7013429
- Monday:11:30 – 20:00
- Tuesday:11:30 – 20:00
- Wednesday:11:30 – 20:00
- Thursday:11:30 – 20:00
- Friday:11:30 – 20:00
- Saturday:11:00 – 20:00
- Sunday:11:30 – 20:00