Himitsubako, puzzle box, secret box available in Tokyo

Himitsubako, which is also called puzzle box, secret box, trick box, has just arrived today!!!

We normally stock over 30 types of karakuri and secret boxes, but the traditional ones are very hard to obtain in Japan.

For other puzzle boxes and for buying them, please visit this page.

I waited for over 5 months for this…. The number of craftsmen making the box is very scarece and they cannot make many of them at once, so I had to wait for that long….

Secret box made in Hakone Japan

The secret box is generally covered with the beautiful Hakone yosegizaiku, which means marquetry. The patterns of the box is, therefore, not printed, but small piecies of wood sticks are glued together and they first make the block. Then they glue these different designed blocks together and slice it thinly to cover the box.

When you move 21times of the box surfaces, you will be able to open it.

large enough to put things in it

The size of this himitsubako is 5sun. 1sun is about 3.3cm, so the 5 sun box is around 15cm.

The box is large enough to use it as a box to keep things in it.

You can see, touch and play with the actual yosegi himitsubako puzzle boxes at my store in Aoyama, Tokyo!

 For other puzzle boxes and for buying them, please visit this page.

We also have different types of puzzles like Hanayama and Kumiki wooden puzzles.


MA by So Shi Te

2-22-15 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku,

Tokyo Japan 107–0062


The shop is only 1min walk from Gaienmae station exit 1b on Ginza line.

Gaienmae station is only 2 stops away from Shibuya.


Should you have any queires or if you are interested in purchasing any of the boxes, please feel free to contact us. We can also ship them overseas by EMS after confirming your payment by Paypal.

You can also check the details of Himitsubako on our online store

Yahoo shop:http://store.shopping.yahoo.co.jp/maaoyama/199-1.html

Aoyama Market: http://www.aoyamamarket.com/ma/living-toys/himitsubako.html


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Linda Murray says:

    Morning what days and is your opened I am currently on a N Z tour group leave Sunday Would like to purchase 3 himitsubako for gifts in N

    1. I apologize for the delay in my reply. My store doesn’t have any fixed holiday so it’s open 7 days a week from 11AM till 7PM,

  2. Hello, I bought several puzzles including the 7 step secret puzzle box. I know the proper moves and verified them online, but the puzzle top is not sliding over for the final move. Are there any tricks to help loosen that lid. It is the first time I am solving the puzzle since I opened it. Thank you, David

    1. Hello, David san. Thank you very much for shopping with us.
      As you may know, the last move is the top plate slides to the direction where you moved the side plate to downward. Only the top plate moves, so please try not to push the edge, which does not move.
      There is also a possibility of being too tight. It can often get too tight to open when it is dry, so what I do personaly, when it happens, is to use a scotch tape i.e. take about 10cm and stick about half to the edge of the plate leaving another half to pull. Could you try this??
      If it doesn’t work, please let me know by email.

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