Shirokiya Japan Village Walk has been developed as a theme park village with Shirokiya Guardian Spirits Sanctuary at its core in the image of Monzen-machi (門前町), a town which is built adjacent to shrines and temples. Around this area, many small stores line the wide and narrow streets. Such as a theme park village like Shirokiya Japan Village Walk is the only commercial property of its kind in the world.
Hikotaro Omura opened a notion store at Nihonbashidori, Edo (now Tokyo) in August, 1662. This marked the beginning of Shirokiya, Japan's oldest department store.
In 1958, Shirokiya was purchased by a larger Japan-based department store. And on October 29, 1959, the first branch of Shirokiya outside of Japan was opened in Hawaii's then brand new Ala Moana Shopping Center.
Soon after, in 1966, Shirokiya moved to its present location in Phase II of the shopping center. A branch store was opened in the Kaahumanu Shopping Center on Maui, in November 1973. And, on April 2, 1981, a third Shirokiya store opened in Phase I of the Pearlridge Shopping Center.
But 2001 marked another major change in Shirokiya's history. The weak economy in Japan forced a change in ownership as well as the closing of the two branches.
Now locally owned, Shirokiya in the Ala Moana Shopping Center continues to offer the finest quality Japanese merchandise to local as well as visiting shoppers. Through the years Shirokiya has become very much a part of the cultural community of Hawaii. And we are very grateful for the show of support the people of Hawaii has given us during the changing times.