Shopping Guide to Japan: 10 Best Places To Shop in Tokyo

Klook team
Klook team
14 Mar 2020

Shop ‘til you drop!

Apart from attractions like the Tokyo Skytree and Sensoji Temple, visitors from all over the world make their way to Tokyo, Japan specifically for its exquisite shopping scene. Here you’ll find everything from handcrafted artisanal goods all the way to rare designer items. So if you’re visiting Tokyo anytime soon, you might find this shopping guide helpful!
Keep reading to find out more about each shopping district in Tokyo and where you might find the items on your shopping list. To aid your shopping extravaganza, you might want to book yourself a Tokyo Subway Pass so you can easily hop from one district to another!

1. Shibuya

Shibuya, Tokyo is a one-stop destination for attractions, food, and an unimaginable amount of shopping! Before you step out of Shibuya Station (located right in front of the famous Hachiko Statue), passengers are already welcomed with a plethora of underground shopping options.
Move past the chaos of Shibuya Crossing and discover cheap, trendy finds at the underground mall of Shibuya 109 and homeware goods, gadgets and stationery at the 8-storey tall building of Tokyu Hands.

2. Shinjuku

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Shinjuku is basically Disneyland for shopaholics. With a new store luring you into its racks street after street, plus the occasional H&M or Uniqlo in every corner, you may need to retire your credit card after this visit.
We recommend spending an entire day in Shinjuku in order to get the full experience. We have to admit, the number of shops and stalls can get overwhelming, but give it a couple of hours and we can guarantee you’ll find some of your best buys in this neighborhood! Don’t forget to drop by Isetan, Tokyo’s biggest shopping department, while you’re in the area.

3. Ginza

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Make your way to Ginza for all kinds of luxury finds! You can count on Japan to offer some of the cheapest deals for that Gucci bag you’ve been eyeing for a while, or those Dior sandals you saw your favorite influencer wearing. Whatever designer item you’ve been saving up for – you’ll find it here in Ginza.
This posh shopping district is also home to the biggest Uniqlo and GU stores in the country, so feel free to drop by for a peek if you’ve already maxed out those credit cards!

4. Daikanyama

Daikanyama, a quaint neighborhood in the heart of Tokyo, echoes Brooklyn, New York’s hipster and millennial vibe with a mix of high-end Western and Japanese brands, local art galleries and curated souvenir shops. There’s no wonder why locals frequently gather here during the weekends. With a great lineup of shops like Tsutaya Books, Journey, and Okura, and cafes like the Ivy Place, and Le Cordon Bleu’s La Boutique Cafe, we would totally do the same!

5. Harajuku

Known for being the epicentre for all things “kawaii,” Harajuku offers guests an eccentric adventure through the entire stretch of Takeshita street. If you’ve over 30, this may not be the shopping spot for you, however, it is worth visiting for its quirks and a glimpse of Tokyo’s cosplay culture. For all things kawaii, cosplay, and anime – Harajuku is the place to be!

6. Aoyama

Looking to cop an outfit you recently saw a local wearing? Head over to Aoyama and refresh your wardrobe with some authentic Japanese street style brands. If you’re one to wear the latest trends in the fashion scene, you’ll definitely start a statement in your hometown with pieces from Yohiji Yamomoto, Issey Miyake, Undercover, and so much more!

7. Asakusa

After a visit to the beautiful Asakusa Temple, be sure to spend some time at Nakamise Street for some serious souvenir shopping! If you’re looking for something uniquely Japanese, there’s no better place to visit. Here you’ll find many handmade goods, local crafts, and even hand-painted kimonos. Afterwards, locate one of the many bakeries in Nakamise for a delicious serving of Melon Pan!

8. Akihabara

For all your tech and gadget finds, the neon-lit streets of Akihabara will send you into a frenzy. This seemingly futuristic neighborhood is where you’ll find the newest cameras, the most inventive gadgets, and BIC Camera – an entire department store stocked with gadgets you never even knew you needed. The best part? BIC Camera offers tax-free shopping in addition to its discounts for foreigners just with the presentation of a passport!
For even more discounts, book yourself this BIC Camera Tourist Privilege Discount Coupon for absolutely no cost and get up to 7% off your purchase.

9. Shimo-Kitazawa

In case you didn’t know, Japan is a treasure trove of vintage goods! So if you’re interested in antiques, second-hand luxury goods, and scoring one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, Shimo-Kitazawa offers the best collection!
Don’t worry so much about authenticity of these designer goods – Japan has a strict policy in regards to selling fake and inauthentic goods. However, it doesn’t hurt to confirm with the seller!

10. Don Quijote

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Before you conclude your Tokyo trip, a visit to Don Quijote is 100% mandatory – especially if your friends, family, and colleagues are expecting some pasalubong. Believe it or not, you can find everything from Green Tea hczfryfKitkats to pristine condition Louis Vuitton handbags in this iconic shopping centre. The best part? It’s open 24-hrs so there’s no need to rush your shopping spree!

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