Shopping in Tokyo

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Shopping is elevated to an art here; in fact, many people list shopping as a hobby when asked about their favorite pastimes. Of course you’ll find al... Read More

Shopping is elevated to an art here; in fact, many people list shopping as a hobby when asked about their favorite pastimes. Of course you’ll find all the major designer labels, but for the best shopping in Tokyo, seek out the artisans and boutiques where fine craftsmanship and studied attention to detail characterize things made in Japan.

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  • 2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan

    Under the train tracks between Akihabara and Okachimachi stations, you'll find rows of several dozen local artisan shops. Jewelry, art, accessories,... Read More

  • Ameyoko

    Ameyoko, short for Ameya Yokocho (Candy Shop Alley), is a busy market street running between Ueno and Okachimachi Stations. Known as a place for black... Read More

  • Beams Harajuku

    The Beams Men flagship store has been peddling the casual, handsome-man lifestyle since the 1970s. Look for sharp upscale clothes, shoes, and... Read More

  • Cosme Kitchen Daikanyama

    Organic cosmetic shop with both domestic, as well as international make-up, skin care, and hair care products. A small organic juice and smoothie bar... Read More

  • Daikanyama T-site

    Beautiful sprawling media complex featuring books, magazines, music, design objects, stationery, and more. There are seating options scattered across... Read More

  • Ippodo Marunouchi

    Immerse yourself in the world of Japanese tea at the Marunouchi branch of the 300-year-old tea company. Their green tea varieties are grown in Kyoto and... Read More

  • Japan Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square

    Artisanal, traditional handicrafts from all over Japan make for fabulous souvenirs. Demonstrations by artisans, workshops, and a repair clinic are also... Read More

  • Mandarake Shibuya

    This underground emporium is a clearinghouse for all things manga and anime: it could very well be the largest in the world. Come here for character... Read More

  • Meishu Center

    Fans of nihonshu, rejoice: this sake-tasting center stocks over 100 brands from all over Japan. After imbibing a few selections (available in single... Read More

  • Nakamise-dori

    Lively shopping street leading from Thunder Gate to Sensoji, lined with dozens of traditional shops. Cute trinkets and key chains, traditional Japanese... Read More

  • Nippori Fabric Town

    Neighborhood with over 80 fabric and craft stores, mostly clustered along Nippori Chuo Dori; the main drag to the northeast of Nippori Station. One of... Read More

  • Okura

    The shop's main brand is Blue Blue Japan, a clothing line dedicated to Japanese indigo. All items are made in Japan using traditional handicraft skills,... Read More

  • Shibamata Temple Street

    An old shopping street anchored by a Buddhist temple with an intricately carved wooden gate at one end. In addition to many traditional shops selling... Read More

  • Tokyu Hands Shibuya

    Boasting a little bit of everything, Tokyu Hands is a special favorite for hobbyists and DIY enthusiasts. With stock that ranges from grommits to glue... Read More

  • Uniqlo Ginza

    The king of basics (commonly known as the Japanese Gap), Uniqlo is the go-to for men's, women's, and children's t-shirts, jeans, and other staple... Read More

  • Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street

    Charming, classic shopping street that harkens back to past decades—or even past eras. Filled with more than 70 shops, the street has a real local,... Read More

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