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Shopping Guide for Tokyo

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Standing among some of the greatest shopping capitals of the world, you'll find a little bit of everything in Tokyo - from that quintessentially Japanese sense of Harajuku flair, to the city's own versions of Paris's charming Champs-Élysées and Las Vegas's Grand Canal Shops at The Venetian. If you can imagine it (and even if you can't!), you can probably find a store that sells it in this inimitable metropolis. Here's a brief taste of what you might find in Tokyo's consumerist paradise!

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  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

9 Places

12 City Tips

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9 Places

Matsuya Ginza

Department Stores,

Omotesando

Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Harajuku Takeshita-dori

Neighbourhoods,

Shibuya 109

Shopping Malls,

Akihabara

Neighbourhoods

Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon)

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Kitchen Town (Kappabashi)

Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks,

VenusFort

Shopping Malls,

TOKYO Solamachi

, Shopping Malls

Jessica L's City Tips

  • Lost in translation? Laforet HARAJUKU's translated homepages have a handy "Communication Tool" cheatsheet available for download. It even helps you identify yen coins more quickly!
  • You may be asked to take off your shoes or to use a face cover before trying clothes on, to prevent make-up or dirt from getting on them.
  • Japan has a strict no-tipping culture, and many price tags include tax, so chances are you'll pay exactly the posted price.
  • Be aware that some restaurants have a seating surcharge, such as a mandatory appetizer (otōshi) or a minimum drink purchase.
  • Tokyo is one of Japan's more credit card-friendly cities, but it never hurts to carry cash around with you, as most places greatly prefer this.
  • Tokyo's trains are run by separate companies, so day-passes tend to be cumbersome unless you stick to one. I prefer JR East and suggest their Suica IC card!
  • Prepaid IC cards don't offer discounts but make for convenient transfers across lines. Suica (JR East) and Pasmo (metro) cards are compatible with each other.
  • Use your Suica or Pasmo card to make small purchases at participating stores, most konbini (convenience stores), and those cool vending machines lurking everywhere in the city!
  • Always ask permission before inspecting packaged/wrapped goods and/or trying them on, as not all items are available for closer inspection.
  • Finish food (preferably seated!) outside before heading in to shop. Food and clothing are taken seriously in Japan and should be kept separate.
  • Many large shopping centers offer currency exchange, ATMs, coin lockers, and even temporary baggage storage.
  • Department stores offer duty-free shopping options for foreigners with a passport, so stop by the information desk to see if you qualify for a foreigner-only discount!
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    Matsuya Ginza
    Department Stores,
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    Jessica L Says:

    Shop like you just won the lottery by sauntering your way through the high-end, high-fashion neighborhood of Ginza, and browse leading brands like Chanel, Bulgari and Sony, or check out large department stores like Ginza Wako and the Paris-based Printemps. If you need a special boost to your day, (regardless as to whether or not you intend to go shopping), drop by Matsuya Department Store at 10am sharp: a bell rings to indicate opening hours, and the doors swing wide open to reveal the department store's whole staff lined up at their counters to greet the first customers of the day with a bow. Fancy that!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Snoozed too long? Matsuya's rival company, Mitsukoshi, is only one block down and offers the same opening ceremony at 10.30am.
    • Although most shops are open all week, try to plan a weekend afternoon out! Chūō Street closes to cars from noon to evening, reserved for pedestrian traffic only.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 528 things to do in Chuo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Very Average Experience! 29/04/2018
    • High end fashion brands 16/04/2018
    • Matsuya Ginza
    Address:
    3-6-1 Ginza
    Chuo 104-8130
    Tokyo Prefecture
    Phone:
    +81 3-3567-1211
    Other:
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    Omotesando
    Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Jessica L Says:

    If money is no object, spend away at the upscale boutiques and designer brands that line Tokyo's very own 'Champs-Élysées,' Omotesandō. If you're looking for a particular flagship store of your favorite brand - from Apple to Dior to Louis Vuitton - this is where you'll find them. Don't have a fortune to spend? Never fear! Omotesandō may be better known for its luxury goods, but for the more frugal trend-setters, it also offers cheaper fast fashion options like Zara and H&M.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Check out the Omotesandō Hills shopping complex for more mature and well-to-do fashions.
    • The Oriental Bazaar has lost a bit of its hidden gem charm but is still worth a look. However, you'll find cheaper traditional souvenirs elsewhere, so save your money!
    • Small alleyways in the Harajuku area are your best friends! Large international brands can be found anywhere, but these boutiques are local only, so make the most of your trip.
    • If you've got kids, definitely make a pitstop at Kiddy Land. Studio Ghibli and Hello Kitty paraphernalia are just the tip of the iceberg here!
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 276 things to do in Shibuya
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • fine if international designer stores interest you 21/05/2018
    • My favorite neighborhood in Tokyo 15/05/2018
    • Omotesando
    Address:
    Jingumae
    Shibuya 150-0001
    Tokyo Prefecture
    Other:
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    Harajuku Takeshita-dori
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    Jessica L Says:

    Want to bring style and color all around the world, just like Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Girls? Then Takeshita-dōri's where it's at! Not too far from its cleaner-cut and trendier cousin Omotesandō, Takeshita Street can be found just off Yoyogi Park, and carries all of that crazy cool Harajuku fashion you've only ever heard about on the radio. Neon pinks, rainbow accessories, the fine line between gothic and Victorian, lolita, rap and hiphop fashion - you'll find just about anything and everything that screams 'counterculture!' here.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Takeshita-dōri's always packed, rain or shine, and if you'd rather not risk getting your eyes poked out by umbrella spokes, try to visit when the weather's nice!
    • Weekends tend to be particularly packed, so try a weekday shopping trip instead.
    • Don't be afraid to stray into the side streets! There are plenty of amazing little shops around every corner, so be sure to explore to your heart's content.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 276 things to do in Shibuya
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A spot worth visiting 21/05/2018
    • Great Vibes and Kawaii culture 20/05/2018
    • Harajuku Takeshita-dori
    Address:
    Jingumae 1 chome
    Shibuya 150-0001
    Tokyo Prefecture
    Other:
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    Shibuya 109
    Shopping Malls,
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    Jessica L Says:

    Shibuya is best known for catering to the young trend-setter. At Shibuya 109 (pronounced 'ichi-maru-kyū') for example, you'll find every kind of style that falls under the heading of 'gyaru' (girly) subculture - from edgy hip-hop-punk chic to floral and flouncy princessy cuteness. And if you're wondering where all the men's clothes are, head a little further down the street, back toward the famous Shibuya Crossing for 109 Men's.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • 109 has a phone interpretation service that promises simultaneous translation as you shop. Visit the info desk for details on how to access it.
    • Use free wifi by selecting "SHIBUYA Wi-Fi" on your mobile device.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 276 things to do in Shibuya
    • not a must visit 20/04/2018
    • Shopping mall with trendy shops 20/04/2018
    • Shibuya 109
    Address:
    2-29-1 Dogenzaka
    Shibuya 150-0043
    Tokyo Prefecture
    Phone:
    +81 3-3477-5111
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Akihabara
    Neighbourhoods
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    Jessica L Says:

    Akihabara is the perfect one-stop shop for all things geeky and nerdy! Often shortened to 'Akiba,' this area is best known as the mecca of otaku culture. In fact, you'll be hard-pressed to turn a corner without being offered flyers from women dressed in maid outfits, catching a glimpse of the newest Gundam series flashing by on an LCD screen, or needing to shield your more innocent companions' eyes from overly busty figures of semi-censored hentai (pornographic animation)! And while Akiba may have lost its former exclusive rights as the capital's electronics center, you'll still find some of the newest up-and-coming products being market-tested here, so do some window-shopping for a glimpse into the future!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Don't forget to try a scrumptious kebab from one of many food carts in this area - especially if the word "kebab" conjures up images of a skewer of meat. You'll thank me for it!
    • Head west and you'll run into the Ochanomizu area, which specializes in musical instruments and sports equipment. Pick up a new guitar amp or electric keyboard here for less.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 367 things to do in Chiyoda
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Truly the highlight of Tokyo! 20/05/2018
    • My Favorite District 19/05/2018
    • Akihabara
    Address:
    Sotokanda
    Chiyoda 101-0021
    Tokyo Prefecture
    Phone:
    +81 80-3604-3373
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    Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon)
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Jessica L Says:

    While you'll find plenty of cultural souvenirs everywhere you turn in Tokyo, why go just anywhere when you can visit Asakusa and get a taste of pre-modern Japan while you're at it? The Nakamise shopping area is located just outside of one of Tokyo's oldest and most visited Buddhist temples, Sensō-ji, and offers up everything from delicious dango (sweet rice-flour dumplings on a skewer) and freshly-made rice crackers to intricately designed yukata and adorable phone charms. Taste everything while you're here and don't forget to buy a little something for your friends and family back at home!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Remember to take photos in front of the famous Kaminarimon gate from both sides! The front is flanked by Shintō gods Fuūjin and Raijin, the back by Buddhist gods Tenryū and Kinryū.
    • When walking beneath the giant red chōchin lantern, look up! You'll see a beautiful wood carving of a dragon on its underside, worth photographing.
    • If you feel confident haggling, you may do so here. Good luck!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 475 things to do in Taito
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Crowds 20/05/2018
    • A good place to buy souvenirs and snacks 18/05/2018
    • Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon)
    Address:
    Asakusa
    Taito
    Tokyo Prefecture
    Phone:
    +81 3-3844-3350
    Other:
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    Kitchen Town (Kappabashi)
    Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks,
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    Jessica L Says:

    Just west of Sensō-ji is the inimitable Kappabashi, a street lined with stores that sell every single item necessary to run a restaurant in Japan. From professional-grade cutlery and beautiful lacquerware to tempura oven ranges and the atmospheric nōren curtains that welcome you to your local sushi-ya, Kappabashi is sure to have it! If you've ever wanted to purchase your favorite dish immortalized - like those beautifully realistic food 'samples' displayed in restaurant windows - or simply want to pick up some beautiful (and useful!) souvenirs at a reasonable price, make the short trek to this hidden gem of a street.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Some stores only sell in bulk. If in doubt, ask.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 475 things to do in Taito
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Well worth a wander 20/05/2018
    • Great for foodies 03/05/2018
    • Kitchen Town (Kappabashi)
    Address:
    3-8-12 Matsugaya
    Taito 111-0036
    Tokyo Prefecture
    Phone:
    +81 3-3844-1225
    Other:
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    VenusFort
    Shopping Malls,
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    Jessica L Says:

    A manmade island just off the coast, across from Tokyo Bay's landmark Rainbow Bridge, Odaiba has several different options for shopping fans. Shopping centers like Aqua City and Diver City, the Decks Tōkyō Beach shopping mall, and Palette Town are just a few of the many attractions to be found on this island. Within the latter is the Venus Fort, a Venice-themed shopping mall that resembles the Grand Canal Shops at The Venetian in Las Vegas. Though it doesn't provide the same fancy gondola rides down long indoor canals, it's still a great place to visit just for the novelty of it, if you have the time to spare!

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • This shopping mall is pet-friendly, and even offers several different pet boutique shops.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 203 things to do in Koto
    • Quirky mall 02/05/2018
    • An outlet is necessary for tourists 15/04/2018
    • VenusFort
    Address:
    1-3-15 Oumi
    Koto 135-0064
    Tokyo Prefecture
    Phone:
    +81 3-3599-0700
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    TOKYO Solamachi
    , Shopping Malls
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    Jessica L Says:

    Not sure whether to check out Tokyo Tower or the Tokyo Skytree, and only have time for one? If you're pressed for time and want to get as much shopping done as possible, choose the latter and visit the Tokyo Solamachi for unrivalled photo opportunities and great stores to boot! A city-within-a-city, Tokyo's 'Sky Town' is split into three separate sections, the East and West Yards, which are of particular interest to the heavy-duty shopper. You'll find everything from textiles and folk art to fashion accessories and fun collectibles here, as well as selections of high-end fashion from both Japanese and international brands. In short, a little bit of everything for everyone!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Present your passport at the Tōbu Department Store (4F) for a free wifi card! Use it to log in at designated areas on each floor; check their floor guide for said locations.
    • The East Yard and Oshiage Station provide some of the best close-up views of the Skytree towering above you.
    • If you have time, check out the Minolta Planetarium, the Dome Garden, and Sumida Aquarium while you're here!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 227 things to do in Sumida
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Place to relax and shop 18/05/2018
    • SkyTree and lots of fun shopping here at Tokyo Solamachi 18/05/2018
    • TOKYO Solamachi
    Address:
    1-1-2 Oshiage
    Sumida 131-0045
    Tokyo Prefecture
    Phone:
    +81 570-550-102
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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