Whether you are a shopaholic or not, there is always something you want to take home when you visit Tokyo! From beauty products to novelty items (yes, Tokyo is the place to shop for novelty souvenirs), trust us when we say this shopping guide has something for you.all！
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Japan always manages to surprise and amaze us with its creative innovations, and when you're in Japan, you should definitely see some of them for yourself!
1. Don Quixote
what to expect: Ah, Don Quixote, known as Donki by locals and frequent visitors to Japan. All those crazy Japanese inventions you see on your news probably stem from Don Quixote..We're talking about cat ears that move when you're happy, the Michael Jackson maskin black and whiteand cannabis-scented air fresheners. Of course, if you're looking for discounted housewares, electronics, cosmetics, and more, Donki is the place to be. He is adiscount storeafter all! Plus, it's a great place to buy cheap and unique gifts for friends. Even if you don't plan to buy anything, Donki can be considered an attraction in itself.
Work hours:1000 - 0500
ADDRESS:4-3-3 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo (Akihabara Outlets). other outlets can be foundhere.
How to get there:Go straight from the Electric Town exit in Akihabara, then turn left at the traffic light and continue. Turn right at the next set of traffic lights and go straight. You will see Don Quixote on the left.
2. Tokyo hands
What to expect:When we say you can get up close and personal with all of Tokyu Hands, we mean itrealWithout exaggerating. This is a huge lifestyle megastore that sells everything from leather goods, packaged groceries, cookware and tableware, bento boxes, stationery (see arts and crafts below), Polaroid cameras, bikes, and more.
Tip #HHWT:There are plenty of Tokyu Hands in Tokyo, but we recommend heading to the Shinjuku Outlet store or Shibuya (their first store) as those two stores seem to have the most variety. Outlets in Ikebukuro are also listed as "main stores".
Work hours:1000 - 2100
ADDRESS:2-8F Times Square Building 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Other storeshere.
How to get there::Get off at JR Shinjuku Station and take the New South exit. Go in the direction of Takashimaya, Tokyu Hands is in the building.
What to expect:Loftis is another lifestyle megastore that sells everything. If you don't have much time in Tokyo, we recommend heading straight for Tokyu Hands or Loft, as their offerings are very similar. However, the Loft brand is definitely aimed more at the younger crowd, but if you ask us. Do we always find time to visit Tokyu Hands and Loft?
Tip #HHWT:If you've been to Tokyu Hands in Shibuya, then head to the Loft as there is a branch in the same area! Alternatively, you can head to the outlet mall in Ginza as the MUJI flagship store is nearby.
Work hours:1000 - 2100
ADDRESS:21-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0042. Other shopshere.
How to get there:Take the Hachiko Exit from JR Shibuya Station and cross the main intersection (Starbucks is right across the street). Turn left and the loft is in the alley between Seibu A and B stores.
Because how can you travel to Japan without some typical Japanese souvenirs? (or maybe some photos from the memories above)
1. Bazar Oriental
what to expect: 3 floors of affordable traditional Japanese souvenirs! The Oriental Bazaar first opened its doors in 1934, so you can be sure that it is authentic. Kimonos, yukatas, T-shirts, and books are sold in the basement, Japanese porcelain, stationery, and sundries are sold on the first floor, and decorative items are sold on the second floor. When you're in the area, don't forget to exploreJapanese Harajuku Omotesando！
Work hours:1000 – 1900 (Closed on Thursdays)
ADDRESS:9-13 5-chome Jingumae Shibuya-ku Tokio 150-0001
How to get there:Get off at Omotesando Station and take the Omotesando exit. Go straight for about 5 minutes and you will see the Oriental Bazaar on the left. Exit Meiji Jingumae Station Exit 4, turn around and go straight. Walk about 3 minutes. The Oriental Bazaar is on your right.
2. Nakamise Shopping Street
What to expect:Don't miss the 250 meter driveway with around 90 shops selling all kinds of souvenirs, trinkets and even snacks.Nakamise Street or Nakamise Shopping StreetAlthough it is always crowded, the crowded atmosphere adds to the fun of souvenir hunting. Expect to find traditional items like Japanese chopsticks (you can even engrave your name on them), yukata, geta, wooden combs, cloth, and more. End your souvenir shopping trip with a visit to Sensoji Temple just down the road, the famous and oldest temple in Tokyo! Still don't believe it? Did we mention there isn't one, butTwo restaurants selling halal ramenIs there?
What to expect:A stationery lover's paradise - if you love washi (traditional Japanese paper), pens and all things craft, we've found this place. Think Willy Wonka, but in a pen factory. The only downside is that it's a bit pricey, so you might want to take a look here or buy it from Tokyu Hands.
Work hours:Monday to Saturday, 1000 - 2100
ADDRESS:Yubinbango104-0061, 2-7-15 Ginza, Chuo 104-0061, Tokio
How to get there:Take the subway Hibiya Line, Marunouchi Line or Ginza Line to Ginza Station. Take exit A13 and go straight. Turn right at the light, then turn left at the first street. Go straight down the street and Itoya is on the right.
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2. Tokyu Hands and Loft
What to expect:Yes, Tokyu Hands and Loft is back in the arts and crafts section, although we've covered it before in novelty items, because we couldn't talk about stationery and crafts without mentioning these two stores!
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Itoya is an upscale stationery store, while Tokyu Hands and Loft are your everyday shop for crafts and stationery. The prices are definitely lower at these two stores, so we definitely recommend buying your stationery here.
What a luxury. We hear our wallets begging for mercy.
1. Ginza Central Street
What to expect:Ginza is synonymous with luxury shopping, and Chuo-dori is Tokyo's main luxury shopping district. The streets are lined with high-end brands such as Chanel, Burberry, Prada and even the famous French department store Printemps, as well as old Japanese brands! If you are shopping for jewelry, Mikimoto is a must. Don't forget to check out Maison Hermes (department store) as it has exclusive items from Japan!
Hokosha Tengoku or Pedestrians Paradise
Tip #HHWT:We recommend going there on weekends to experience Hokosha Tengoku (or walker's paradise), when the roads are closed to vehicles (1200 to 1700), making it more convenient for shoppers to get around!
Work hours:It depends on various stores and shopping malls.
ADDRESS:Chuo Dori, Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokio
How to get there:Take the subway Hibiya Line, Marunouchi Line or Ginza Line to Ginza Station (A13 exit towards Chuo-dori and Mikimoto, B6 exit towards Maison Hermes).
2. Omotesando y Harajuku
What to expect:As if there isn't enough of a reason for you to visit Omotesando! This tree-lined street is sometimes called "Tokyo's Champs Elysees," and for good reason. Full of fashion stores and luxury boutiques, Omotesando is a must if you are looking for exclusive brands. look at ourHarajuku guide to know more about this fashionable and luxurious areaAnd what to do/eat in the area!
Work hours:Different types
ADDRESS:4-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
How to get there:Take the subway Chiyoda Line, Ginza Line or Hanzomon Line to Omotesando Station (exit A1/A2).
If you thought our ultimate shopping guide was all there was to it, you're dead wrong. There is more to Japan than we can cover in one article!