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Shopping in Tokyo

Tokyo Travel Guide 900
Shopping in Tokyo
Without doubt, Tokyo is a shopping paradise, and shopping is an unmissable experience in Tokyo. From trendy fashion and cosmetics in Shinjuku, Ginza, and Shibuya, to electronics in Akihabara, you can find almost everything you can dream of in the vibrant city. Shopping malls are found on every street and stores are around every corner, it is impossible on failing to find a shop that fits your demand. For high end fashion brands, Ginza collects thousands of top designers. For budget shopping, Shibuya and Shinjuku is the best for trendy fashion, and often times the favorite for students. Electronic and anime fans should definitely visit Akihabara. Before rushing out to this shopping paradise, check out the following detailed guide on each shopping area in Tokyo:

Ginza
Ginza is famous for high-end shopping, and it is a touristic district attracting million of visitors each year. An icon of the country, Ginza is also known as the most bustling business district of the city. Ginza is always on the top list of many shopping lovers.  The heart of Tokyo, Ginza is an energetic region since ancient time, with four large scale shopping malls, over 500 specialty stores, 2000 restaurants, 1600 clubs and karaoke, 30 theatres, and 100 galleries.



Shinjuku
Shinjuku is one of the 23 districts in Tokyo. It is not only the most robust business region in Tokyo, but also in Japan. Shinjuku is located toward the West side of the city center. The Shinjuku station is the most used transportation for public commuting to the area. West of the Shinjuku station is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.  South of the station, you will enter the busy shopping and entertainment streets, including Kabukicho, which has plenty of clubs and best for nightlife. You will continue to find shops and malls walking toward the East side.
District from the urban business district, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden offers a break in a tranquil and relaxing park for visitors.



Akihabara
Akihabara is the district with countless electronic stores, selling the latest electronic devices. Located in the North-East of Chiyoda district, Akihabara is a famous electronic street in the world. As more and more shops and restaurants have been added to the area, Akihabara becomes a well-developed shopping district. Currently, there are over a thousand stores found in Akihabara, selling electronic devices, toy models, anime goods. Additionally, themed cafes and other retailers found in the area enhance the shopping experience in Akihabara.
Address: 15-4, Soto-Kanda 1, chiyoda district, Tokyo
Transportation: Take Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line and get off at the Akihabara station.



Shibuya
Shibuya is repeatedly associated with “fashion” in Japan. Magazine would take shot for girls on Shibuya, and would frequently lead the fashion trends in the country and even in Asia. Distinct from the classy Shinjuku, Shibuya attracts more young adults.  The most popular places include Shibuya 109 and Parco. Shibuya is undeniably the treasure island for youth fashionable clothes and accessories.
Address: Tokyo Shibuya
Transportation: Take the JR Yamanote and get off at the Shibuya Station.



Ikebukuro
Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, and Shibuya are the top business centers in Tokyo. Ikebukuro has a variety of shops, including designer fashion, electronics, anime, cosmetics, and drug stores. On the East side, you will find the Seibu, Tokyu HANDS, and other department stores. On the West, you find Tobu department stores and owl café.  Last but not least, you can try some of the best ramen in Ikebukuro. Ichiran, Ippudo, Mutekiya are not only the favorite of tourists, but also attracts many local every day.
Address: Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku district, Tokyo
Transportation: Take the JR Yamanote and get off at the Ikebukuro Station.



Omotesando
Omotesando, together with Harajuku, Shibuya, and Daikanyama, is known for street fashion. From Omotesando station to Meiji Shrine Bridge, this about 1KM road used to be the main entrance to the Meiji Shrine, now becomes the heart of trendy fashion.
Address: Jingumae 4, Tokyo 23 shibuya district
Transportation: Take Tokyo Metro Ginza Line and get off at the Omotesando station.



Harajuku
Where numerous fashion brands gather, Harajuku, together with Shibuya and Daikanyama, is the utopia for the youths. Walking from Harajuku to Takeshita Street, department stores and restaurants seem to never come to an end. The Harajuku Station is designed by Ghibli anime film producer. Today, it serves as an important icon in Tokyo and attracts many tourists.
Address: Jingumae, shibuya district, Tokyo
Transportation: Take the JR Yamanote and get off at the Harajuku Station.



Daikanyama
Daikanyama is located in the Shibuya district, and is an upper middle class residential area in Tokyo. The stores in this region are less crowded, thus it is a top choice for shoppers who prefer a more relaxed environment. The stores near the station sell different merchandises from delicate products to household essentials.
Address: Daikanyama, shibuya district, Tokyo
Transportation: Take Tokyo Metro and get off at the Daikanyama station.


 

Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • Which area in Tokyo is best for dining and shopping?
    Shinjuku is not only a well-known shopping district, but also a great place for dining. In the famous Kabukicho, you will find a variety of restaurants with different cuisines.
  • Where can I find the best duty-free stores in Tokyo?
    There are plenty duty-free stores in Tokyo, such as Shinjuku, Ginza, and Shibuya.
  • Where can I find anime stores in Tokyo?
    Located in the North-East of Chiyoda district, Akihabara has numerous electronic retailers. You will also find the most anime stores in Akihabara.
  • What is the best place to shop for youngsters in Tokyo?
    With a large variety of clothing brands, Harajuku, together with Daikanyamacho and Shibuya, is known for the street culture and youth fashion in Tokyo. Additionally, Shibuya and Shinjuku are also the favorite choices for many young people.
  • Where is the famous busy intersection located in Tokyo?
    The famous intersection, frequently shows up in magazine and TV, is located in Shibuya. Crossing on the intersection is a highly recommended experience in Tokyo.
  • Which shopping district in Tokyo can you find trendy youth fashion?
    Shibuya is known for youth fashion. Magazine would take shot for girls on Shibuya, and would frequently lead the fashion trends in the country and even in Asia. Distinct from the classy Shinjuku, Shibuya attracts more young adults.
  • Where is the best shopping place in Tokyo to buy toy model for children?
    Akihabara in Chiyoda district offers the most comprehensive toy models. You will find a lot of toy model and anime stores along the streets.
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