Shopping in Tokyo – Top 10 Shopping Districts in Tokyo

Shopping in Tokyo? We've got some top tips on which districts and shops to check out. Taking the stress out of shopping in Tokyo.

Shopping in Tokyo

Shopping in Tokyo is like nowhere else on earth. Although expensive in parts, the range and quality of goods – from clothes to books, music to handicrafts – more than makes up for this. Even if you’re just window shopping, the Tokyo shopping experience shouldn’t be missed. 

In what follows we’ve got a complete guide to Tokyo’s premier shopping districts, complete with individual store recommendations and details on how to get there. 

1. Ginza

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The shops in Ginza mainly target the high-end of the market with a reputation for elegance and haute couture. The districts European-style avenues are lined with retailers, all centered around Chuo-dori (“Central Avenue”), Ginza’s main artery. On weekends and public holidays the street is pedestrianized completely, providing a welcome respite from the usually heavy traffic. 

 

Mitsukoshi Department Store

An extensive department store with a Japanese confectionery shop, wine shops, sake shops and restaurants.

Opening hours: 10.00am – 8.00pm (shops), 11.00am – 11.00pm (11F and 12F restaurants), 10.00am – 11.00pm (1F and 2F cafes)

Address : 4-6-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8212

 

Matsuya Department Store

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Another large department store particularly good for clothes shopping. Plus, a tax refund counter is on-hand for foreign shoppers. 

Opening hours: 10.00am – 8.00pm, 10am-10pm (Restaurants)

Address: 3-6-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8130

 

Wako Department Store

Unusually, Wako Department Store specializes in clocks and watches, as well as the more usual clothing and accessories, jewelry and interior decorations. 

Opening hours: 10.30am – 6.00pm

Address: 4-5-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8105

 

Tokyo Plaza Ginza

An extensive shopping complex with clothes shops, accessories, lifestyle goods, cosmetics, cosmetic treatment services, restaurants and cafes.

Opening hours : 11.00am – 9.00pm (some shops until 11.00pm)

Address : Ginza 5-2-1, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

 

Hakuhinkan Toy Park

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Find here toy shops, restaurants and cafes. Very child friendly.  

Opening hours : 11.00am – 8.00pm (Restaurants: 11.30am-10pm)

Address : 8-8-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8132

 

2. Asakusa

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Traditional Asakusa was once known as one of Tokyo’s premier entertainment districts. Although today it is mostly tourist-centric, there still remains a good range of shopping options. 

 

Ekimise Asakusa

Find here ninja goods, Japanese towels and much more in shops specializing in uniquely Japanese wares.  

Opening hours: 10.00am – 8.00pm

Address : 1-4-1 Hanakawado, Taito-ku, Tokyo-to

 

Asakusa Rox

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Asakusa Rox stocks a good range of souvenirs and clothes. If you tire of shopping there’s also 11 types of onsens and 3 types of sauna in the building.

Opening Hours : 10.30am – 9.00pm

Address : 1-25-15 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo-to

 

Inujirushi Kaban

This shop sells handmade bags, backpacks, coin purses and hats. Have them  embroider your name for a personal touch. 

Opening hours : 10:00am – 7:00pm (Closed on Wednesdays)

Address : 1-11-1, Asakusa, Taito-ku

 

Kochou

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Want a kimono but don’t want the dent in your bank balance? Try Kouchu for secondhand Kimonos at affordable prices.

Opening hours : 10:00am – 7:00pm

Address : 1-39-11, Asakusa,Taito-ku

 

Sanbido

This shop sells lacquer wares, jewelry boxes and specializes in “Kokeshi” wooden dolls, among much more.  

Opening hours: 10.00am – 6.00pm

Address: 1-33-3 Asakusa, Taito-ku

 

3. Shibuya

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Shibuya is known for attracting the young and hip, lured by the many clothing shops, music shops and pretty much any other kind of shop you can imagine. Among the youth-cetric shopping options also find well-known international brands and extensive department stores. 

 

Shibuya 109

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This is one of Tokyo’s most popular shopping centers, particularly with the younger crowd. Find here predominantly Japanese fashion brands of all kinds.

Opening hours : 10.00am – 9.00pm

Address: 2 Chome-29-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0043

 

Shibuya Hikarie

This complex has fashion boutiques, makeup shops, accessories, shoes, homeware and restaurants

Opening hours : 10.00am – 11.30pm

Address: 2 Chome -21-1 Shibuya, Tokyo 150-8510

 

Shibuya Parco

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A large entertainment and shopping complex which includes a cinema, theater, bookstore, art shop and an exhibition hall displaying contemporary art and design.  

Open hours : 10.00am – 9.00pm

Address: 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-8377

 

Tokyo Hands

This store sells a wide range of craft items, stationery, art and design supplies, health products, beauty products, cleaning and laundry products, gardening tools, travel items, outdoor equipment, interior accessories, bags and wallets, plus much more. Chances are Tokyo Hands has what you’re looking for. 

Opening hours : 10.00am – 9.00pm

Address: 12-18 Udagawacho, Tokyo 150-0042

 

Shibuya Loft

Popular general store Loft’s Shibuya store is particularly extensive, selling everything from snacks to furniture. Look for the big yellow sign. 

Opening hours: 10.00am – 9.00pm

Address: 21−1, Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0042

 

Shibuya Mark City

Mark City stocks clothing and accessories with restaurants and cafes on hand for a break. 

Opening hours: 10.00am to 9.00pm

Address: 1−12−1, Dogenzaka, Tokyo, 150-0043

 

Disney Store

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Photo Credit : Yoshikazu TAKADA via Flickr cc

The Disney themed shop sells original Disney merchandise, gift items and souvenirs

Opening hours: 10.00am – 9.30pm

Address: 20-15 Shibuya Udagawa-cho, Tokyo, 150-0042

 

Tower Records

Tower Records is heaven for music lovers. Each floor specializes in different genres, from J-Pop and rock to classical and jazz.  

Opening hours: 10.00am – 11.00pm

Address: 1-22-14 Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0041

 

Seibu

A fashion department store for both women and men complete with several restaurants and cafes.

Opening hours: 10.00am – 9.00pm

Address: 21-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo, 150-0042

 

4. Akihabara

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Akihabara is famous for two things: otaku culture and electronics. Here’s a guide to some of the best:

 

Sofmap

Find here Apple products, CDs, DVDs, games as well a range of good quality secondhand products. 

Opening hours: 11.00am – 9.00pm

Address: 4-1-1 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo 101-0021

 

Loax

Everything from obscure electronic musical instruments to computer games. 

Opening hours: 10.00am – 7.00pm

Address: 1-2-9 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo

 

Yamada Denki

Personal computers, PC accessories and household electronics.

Opening hours: 10.00am – 10.00pm

Address: 1 Chome-15-8 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo 101-0021

 

Akky

Akky sells a variety of electronic equipment for overseas use, including cameras, computers, televisions, DVD players and software.

Opening hours: 9.30am – 8.00pm

Address: 15-3 Sotokanda 1-Chome, Chiyoda Ku, Tokyo 101-0021

 

Yodobashi Camera

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Huge multi-level store with a wide range of computers, games, watches and cameras. All available tax-free. 

Opening Hours: 9.00am – 10.00pm

Address: 1-1 Tokyo, Chiyoda Hanaokacho, Tokyo, 101-0025

 

Radio Kaikan

Overflowing with anime related goods, manga, models, toys, trading cards, figurines and collectibles.

Opening hours: 10.00am – 8.00pm

Address: 1 Chome -15-16 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021

 

Super Potato

Super Potato is a video game timecapsule. For reasonable prices find long discontinued games systems and games and a plethora of accessories and mechendise. 

Opening hours: 11.00am – 8.00pm

Address: Chiyoda, Tokyo 101-0021

 

Gamers

Anime and manga related goods such as movies, video games, CDs, stationery, software and toys.

Opening hours: 9.00am – 10.00pm

Address: 1-14-7 Soto Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

 

Mandarake

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One of the largest manga and anime shops in the world, selling collectible manga, figurines, dolls, posters, CDs, toys and pretty much anything else manga/anime related you can think of. 

Opening hours: 12.00pm – 8.00pm

Address: 3-11-12 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo 101-0021

 

Gundam Cafe

Gundam robot themed cafe with a shop selling everything Gundam related.

Opening hours: 10.00am – 10.30pm

Address: Atre Akihabara 2, 1-1 Kanda Hanaokacho, Chiyoda -ku, Tokyo 101-0028

 

5. Shinjuku

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One of the largest and most popular districts in Tokyo with abundant shops, restaurants and attractions. Shinjuku centers on its station, the busiest in the world, with everything within easy reach of here. 

 

Shinjuku Odakyu Department Store

Catering mainly for women, the Odakyu Department Store is well-stocked and ever popular. There is also a separate floor dedicated to restaurants and cafes. 

Opening hours : 10am-8.30pm (restaurants 11am-10.30pm)

Address : 1-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-8001

 

Keio Department Store

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Products for both men and women over several floors. There are cafes and restaurants as well.

Opening hours: B1-3F: 10am-8.30pm, 4F and up: 10am-8pm, Restaurants : 11am-10pm

Address : 1-1-4 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-8321

 

Shinjuku MYLORD

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Geared mainly towards young women’s clothing and dining.

Opening hours : 11.00am – 9.00pm

Address : 1-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023

 

Shinjuku Flags

Various shops selling sports products, fashion goods and musical goods.

Opening hours : 11.00am – 10.00pm

Address : 3-37-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

 

NEWoMen

Fashion stores, beauty boutiques, lifestyle goods, cafes, restaurants and even a grocers, confectioners and delicatessens.

Opening hours : 11.00am – 10.00pm

Address : 4-1-6 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022

 

Takashimaya Times Square

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Photo Credit : Yoshikazu TAKADA via Flickr cc

A large shopping complex covering 16 floors! Find here products for men, women, children – everyone is covered.  

Opening hours : 10.00am – 8.00pm

Address : 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-8580

 

Lumine Est

Men and women’s fashion and restaurants and cafes on the 7th and 8th floors. 

Opening hours : 11.00am – 10.00pm (Restaurants 11.00am – 11.00pm)

Address : 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022

 

Labi Shinjuku East Exit Store

Electronics, home appliances and health and beauty products.

Opening hours: 10:30am – 10-30pm Mon-Sat

Address : 3-23-7 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022

 

Barneys New York Shinjuku

Six floors of women’s clothing and accessories and four floors for men’s clothing and gift items.

Opening hours: 11.00am – 8.00pm.

Address : 3-18-5 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Other Areas:

If the crowds of the above areas are a bit off-putting, check out these lesser known but equally great shopping districts: 

6. Nihonbashi

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Photo Credit : Dick Thomas Johnson via Flickr cc

This old Tokyo neighborhood specializes in traditional goods and local foods such as lacquerware, gold leaf, knives, chopsticks, sake, katsuobushi, seaweed and sweets. Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi (Open: 10.00am – 7.00pm) was the first department store built in Japan and still stands in the district’s center. Now there are several department stores in Nihonbashi including Coredo Muromachi (Open : 10.00am – 9.00pm) and Coredo Nihonbashi (Open: 11.00am – 9.00pm).

 

7. Marunouchi

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Photo Credit : Takanori Nakanowatari via Flickr cc

One of Japan’s most prestigious business districts with skyscrapers, offices, shops and restaurants in abundance. Some of the best shoping can be found at:

Marunouchi Building (Open: 11.00am – 9.00pm), Shin Marunouchi Building (Open : 11.00am – 9.00pm), Kitte (Open: 11.00am – 9.00pm), Marunouchi Oazo (Open: 9.00am – 9.00pm), Marunouchi Brick Square (Open: 11.00am – 9.00pm) and Tokyo Building Tokia (Open: 11.00am – 11.00pm).

 

8. Ikebukuro 

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Ikebukuro is a major stop on the Yamanote Line and ever popular for shopping and entertainment. There are plenty of large department stores and electronic chains in the area including the large Seibu and Tobu stores, Bic Camera and Yamada Denki. There are also a number of butler cafes, anime, manga and cosplay related shops such as Animate, Mandarake and K-Books as well.

 

9. Odaiba 

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Odaiba, a man-made island off Tokyo Bay, is one of the city’s premier shopping and entertainment districts. Odaiba feels very sleek and modern with something for everyone. Some of the most popular shopping malls in the area are:

Decks Tokyo Beach (Open : 11.00am – 9.00pm), Aquacity Odaiba (Open : 11.00am – 9.00pm), DiverCity Tokyo Plaza (Open : 10.00am – 9.00pm), Venus Fort (Open : 11.00am – 9.00pm), Leisureland (Open : 10.00am – 11.50pm) 

 

10. Roppongi 

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Photo Credit : Christian Van Der Henst S. via Flickr cc

This area is popular for fashion, accessories, household goods and interior design products. Roppongi is incredibly foreigner-friendly so a language barrier won’t hinder you here. Some of the best shopping options: 

Roppongi Hills Shopping and Dining (Open : 11.00am – 9.00pm), Axis Design (Open : 11.00am – 7.00pm), Blue & White (Open : 10.00am – 6.00pm), Tolman (Private) Collection (Open : 11.00am – 7.00pm)

 

Tips to Remember

1. Take your passport. Most large stores offer tax concessions on purchases over 5,000 yen for consumables and 10,000 yen for non-consumables which can be claimed when a passport is presented. 

2. Carry cash. The Japanese economy is much more cash-based than elsewhere so it is best not to rely on credit/debit cards when shopping.

3. Don’t haggle. In Japan, the stated price is the only price. 

4. Try the 100 yen stores. The Japanese versions of the 99 cent store are fantastically comprehensive and good quality. 

5. Be careful of size. As a general rule Japanese sizes are smaller than those in the US or Europe – try on clothes before purchasing to be safe. 

6. Shops inside stations are often more expensive than outside. You have to pay for convenience. 

7. Try Don Quijote. With branches all over Tokyo, you can find everything you can imagine here. Nicely, it’s also tax-free and most are open 24 hours a day! 

 

 

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