Tokyo is a shoppers paradise and there are many great shopping options all over the city. Almost every major luxury brand has an outlet or store in Tokyo, and the Japanese have some great shopping stores such as the Takashimaya, Tokyu Hands, and Mitsukoshi, to satisfy everyone’s shopping desires. Here is a list of Tokyo Popular Shopping Areas.
Tokyo Popular Shopping Areas
Ginza has traditionally been the most expensive area in the city of Tokyo, and the main street of Ginza has some of the highest property rents in the world. The Ginza area is the shopping district that caters to the wealthy and it is very adult-oriented. In Ginza, virtually every high-end brand in the world has a store presence. Ginza has many upscale shopping choices with a wide selection of department stores, boutiques, restaurants, bars, and coffee houses. The Isetan Mitsukoshi is one of the oldest stores in Japan and it opened in 1673 as a kimono store and it is located across the street from the famous Wako department store in the center of the Ginza shopping district. The new Ginza Six shopping center has recently opened and it is another very large high-end shopping complex that has 241 shops inside. Train Access: Ginza Station, a few min walk Google Maps
Ikebukuro is the gateway to the neighboring Saitama prefecture and it is a very large city. The Ikebukuro train station is home to two huge department stores, the Tobu and Seibu. A short walk away there are a few more large Japanese department stores Parco, Lumine and Marui (0101), along with two of Japan’s largest electronics stores, Bic Camera and Yamada Denki. The north side of the train station has a large growing Chinese community and many shops are selling Chinese goods.
The Sunshine City Building is a short walk from the Ikebukuro station and it has a large shopping mall on the bottom of this multi-use building. Sunshine City has a large variety of various retail shops in the mall. Next to the Sunshine City, along the Otome road is a collection of shops aimed at the female Otaku that sells Anime and Manga (Comics), female-oriented books and magazines, and Cosplay (Costume play) outfits. Train Access: Ikebukuro Station, a few min walk Google Maps
Next to the Asakusa train station is the Nakamise-Dori that leads to the Senso-Ji Temple. The many small shops on the walkway to the Temple are the best place to visit in Tokyo to go shopping for the largest varieties of Japanese gifts and souvenirs in one place. The small streets and alleyways surrounding the Senso-Ji Temple also have many good retail shops that offer higher quality traditional Japanese goods. This is a great area to experience some classic old-style Japanese shopping culture and to purchase authentic Japanese products and souvenirs. Train Access: Asakusa Station, a few min walk Google Maps
Kappabashi is known locally as kitchen town. Kappabashi-Dori is a street located in between Ueno and Asakusa and this street is filled with shops that supply the restaurant trade and the everyday household kitchen needs. This is the place to go to get everything needed for a kitchen such as knives, kitchen utensils, restaurant furniture, ovens, tableware, and dishes. Kappabashi is also home to the plastic food model simulation (Sampuru) dishes and items that are famous in Japan and found outside many restaurants advertising the food dishes that are being offered. Some of these plastic model food imitations are truly amazing with the closeness and accuracy of the restaurant dishes portrayed. However, the fake plastic food models can be very expensive. Train Access: Tawaramachi Station, 11 min walk Google Maps
The Shimokitazawa, Harajuku, and Koenji cities are popular with college-aged and younger Japanese people. These are the shopping cities for people who are interested in small independent retail shops, used and secondhand goods and a wide variety of discount or bargain products. The shopping in these cities is unique, and each one has its own special charm.
Shimokitazawa or “Shimokita” as it is known locally, has a kind of college town feel. Shimokitazawa is full of mostly small independent clothing stores, used record stores and many other discount shopping options. The Shimokitazawa landscape is a small area that is mostly a walking district that is full of small streets and alleyways that are filled with many small shops selling a wide variety of goods. Train Access: Shimokitazawa Station Google Maps
Harajuku is next to Shibuya and is the center for shopping for all things concerning the Japanese youth. Many shops in and around the central Takeshita street sell the youth fashions of the day aimed at teens, teenagers, and young adults. This is the place to see the most outrageous fashions of the day and on weekends Harajuku is a major destination for teenagers who will dress up in the current costume (Cosplay) favorites of the day. Think of Harajuku on weekend as Halloween in the daytime. Nearby the Harajuku train station, there is the Cat shopping street that has many independent retail shops that are aimed at the older 20s and 30s crowd. Train Access: Harajuku Station Google Maps
Koenji has many shopping stores around the train station with the majority of stores located south of the station. Koenji is the home of one of Tokyo’s coolest neighborhoods year-round (Japanese surveys conclude). It has a thriving underground music scene and the city is full of independent shops, second-hand clothing stores, used records stores, and discount shops. Koenji is a very popular shopping destination for younger Japanese people Train Access: Koenji Station Google Maps
Daikanyama is located in western Tokyo and it’s surrounded by Shibuya, Ebisu, and Naka-Meguro and is the home to many high-end international and domestic shopping options. This small city is very wealthy and it is like a mini-sized Ginza located in a very upscale residential neighborhood. Complete with many small and very exclusive backstreet specialty boutiques selling expensive clothing, accessories and other merchandise. Daikanyama is a wealthy adult-oriented city and the shopping options clearly reflect that. Train Access: Daikanyama Station Google Maps
Shibuya is a very large city and it is the center for youth fashion and culture, and its streets are the birthplace to many of Japan’s fashion trends. There are many shopping options in Shibuya. The iconic Shibuya 109 building is the home to over 120 stores offering the latest in the Japanese youths fashion. There are over a dozen major department stores, the most popular international chain stores and many kinds of independent businesses that cater to young people and shoppers of all ages. Train Access: Shibuya Station Google Maps
The Roppongi area is a very popular shopping district in Tokyo. In the last few decades there have been several new massive building developments in the Roppongi district including The Izumi Garden Tower, The Tokyo Midtown and The Roppongi Hills. These new developments have brought a large number of upscale adult-oriented shopping options to the area. Train Access: Roppongi Station Google Maps
The Omotesando – Aoyama area is home to many high-end shopping places like the Omotesando Hills and Gyre shopping complexes and they are filled with the world’s most famous upscale fashion brands. The main Omotesando Street has a large collection of luxury brand upscale shopping stores. The Omotesando side streets and alleys, known as Ura-Harajuku is filled with many smaller fashion boutiques. This area is an upscale shopping wonderland, which is very expensive and adult-oriented. Train Access: Omotesando Station Google Maps
Shinjuku is home to the Shinjuku Train Station, the largest transportation hub of Tokyo and the home of the world’s busiest railway station. Shinjuku has a large selection of the most popular department stores, international and domestic chain stores and many other shopping options.
Shinjuku is so large it is really three separate areas, the west, south, and east sides of the Shinjuku station. The west side of Shinjuku is home to major hotels, local government, the Keio and Odakyu department stores, second-hand stores and electronics shopping. The south side is home of the Lumine 1, 2 department stores, across the street is the Shinjuku Southern Terrace, the massive Takashimaya Times Square shopping center and largest books and magazine retailer in Tokyo, Kinokuniya. The east side of the station is the home of many of the largest Japanese department stores such as Isetan, Bic Camera, Labi, and Marui (0101), which have five stores in Shinjuku.
There are also the Shinjuku Subnade and Metro Promenade underground shopping areas that have many retail shops and it is located under the Shinjuku station. Train Access: Shinjuku Station Google Maps
Akihabara is the capital of Tokyo for all things electronic and it is known as “electric city”. Akihabara is the place to go to find anything electronic related. If you walk the back streets of the city, you can find shops of all sizes that sell every kind of electronic device, electronic parts, second-hand computers or other electronics. This is the place to come to buy the parts to repair a broken electronic device or even to build a computer from scratch. All the major Japanese electronics retailers are present in Akihabara and its possible to purchase the latest and most up to date brand new electronic products.
Akihabara is also the capital of Tokyo for the Japanese men geeks (Otaku) and therefore many shops cater to these men. You can find new and used Manga (Comics), Video gaming products and anything schoolgirl related that the Otaku might want to purchase. Train Access: Akihabara Station Google Maps
Odaiba Island is a great shopping destination located in the south of Tokyo. Odaiba is a very large shopping district that is a combination of five shopping areas including Decks Tokyo Beach, Aquacity Odaiba, Venus Fort, Sun Walk, and Divers City Tokyo. There is something for everyone here. There are amusement arcades for the children, the Toyota Mega Web, which is a Toyota car theme park and there are many shopping options that include stores of all kinds from the common international and domestic chain stores to the high-end fashion boutiques and everything in-between. Odaiba is very family-oriented and it’s a great place to spend the day shopping and you can find just about everything there. Location: Odaiba Island, Tokyo Bay Train Access: Odaiba-kaihinkoen Station, A few min walk Google Maps
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