4 Best Places to Go for Shopping in Tokyo

From traditional crafts to trendy fashion, vivid anime goods, branded goods and cutting-edge electronics items, you have a shop in Tokyo practically for anything and everything. However, you may not get the goods at the price range of your desire.

Tokyo’s varied cityscapes also serve as the shopping districts with their own specialities and characteristics. So, if you are in Tokyo, the first thing you need to do is to familiarise with different shopping places and prepare yourself for a shopping spree in this ever energetic and bustling city.

Followings are some of the most popular places for shopping in Tokyo Japan, take a look:

Shinjuku – Probably Tokyo’s Largest Shopping and Entertainment District

In the vicinity of Shinjuku Station, which is a major transportation hub and world’s busiest train station, this district houses major department stores and flagship stores of big companies. You could also walk in the outlets of Japan’s major electronics retailers and many other shops and boutiques. Most shops are along the streets and underground shopping arcades.

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Shibuya – Hub of Youth Fashion

Next to Shibuya Station, this shopping district is the place where youth fashion trends in Japan origin from. There are many celebrated and trend-setting apparel stores such as Shibuya 109 and other small fashion stores along the streets. You can find several small boutiques and high fashion and designer brands through Aoyama and Daikanyama. The atmosphere in here is quiet and passive in comparison with Shibuya’s electric brightness.

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Harajaku – Youth Trends vs High Fashion and Street Culture

This fashion district caters to the needs of different kind of shoppers. At the Omotesando, famous as Tokyo’s Champs-Elysees, there are upscale boutiques, cafes and a host of top designer outlets along its tree lined avenue. Then there is Takeshita Dori, a hub of youth fashion and street culture. Most shops are crammed along a narrow street and target teenage and younger crowd.

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Ginza – Tokyo’s Leading Upscale Shopping District

The Ginza is the home to upscale department stores, art galleries, boutiques and designer brand stores. You can find almost every top international and native brand showing a presence here. The major electronics brands such as Sony and Apple also have a presence in the Ginza. The shopping district stretches to Yurakucho area with more boutiques, electronic retailers and department stores.

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You can find different varieties of products at different price range at these shopping centres. So, if you are visiting Tokyo, do not forget to walk in to these world famous shopping places.

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Fashion Trends and Boutiques save Department Store Sector

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Japan is not just known as the Land of the Rising Sun but is also considered the technological capital of the world. To many, Japan is also the epitome of culture, tradition, heritage, customs and art. However, very few know Japan for its fashion industry. The fashion in Japan is taken very seriously as the people of Japan are extremely fashion conscious. Almost everyone on the streets of Japan is well dressed and always keeps up with the trends.

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The fashion industry of Japan does not ape the West but are deeply influenced by trends that are current in the fashion capitals of the world, namely, Paris, New York and Milan. There are many people around the world who still think that Japanese fashion is all about Kimonos, but they are thoroughly mistaken. Japanese fashion trends is extremely ‘modern’ and very ‘high street’. The department stores in Japan, this year, showed a stable growth concerning economy. The department store sector has shown a rise and that is mostly due to the fashion boutiques in the department stores.

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As the people of Japan are fond of shopping, the department store sector in Japan will continue to rise. This rise or economic growth has benefitted the fashion industry of Japan tremendously. Annual sales, in the industry of department stores, have improved in sixteen years for the first time. With the escalation of internet shopping, the department store industry was in danger but it all seems pretty stable now. As internet shopping poses as huge competition to the department stores, it can be seen that loyal customers still opt to visit department stores rather than shopping over the internet.

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While exploring Japanese fashion trends in style, it has been noticed that various major department stores are faring well in the Japanese department store sector. Fashion in Japan has always been important but it seemed to be in trouble sometime during last year. However, since that has healthily recovered, we can hope to see further rise in the department store sector. This was going to happen as shopping and fashion; both are an integral part of Japanese lifestyle. It should also be seen that the tourists in Japan, are also responsible for this rise because many of them consider Japan a hot spot when it comes to shopping. The year 2013 has so far been great for the department store sector and as we turn to the last quarter of the year, we can only hope for it to get better.

Buy a Discerning Range of Products at Japanese Marketplaces

Are you on a trip to Japan? You must be looking to visit a few marketplaces to buy exclusive Japanese products. Whether you are looking to buy gifts and souvenirs, fashion apparels, toys or furniture, Japan has several places to shop around and find out what you are looking for.

If you are currently putting up at Tokyo or other big cities in Japan, you have many marketplaces to go to. Shopping in Japan is easy and comparatively cheaper than most other developed countries. Besides earlier mentioned products, you can find a lot of food products, gadgets and other things at the marketplaces.

However, you can go through a few guidebooks on Japan to know about shopping in Japanese market. They provide you a through and depth information about shopping in Japan and where to find the products you are looking for.

Shopping Places in Japan

MOTTAINAI – Green project in Japan:

If you are missing the markets of London, go to MOTTAINAI festa. Though it is not a marketplace but chances are you can find a vast range of products at the place where it is being organised. The MOTTAINAI festa this year was held at Akihabara UDX building. Besides being educational, this event is also family friendly with many workshops. You can buy stuffed toys, which are made with the use of recycled toys and other materials, for your kids. There is a wide variety of dessert objects available at the workshops. These objects are made using clay and can be useful as a memo stand if a pin is added. You can also buy and sell your products on their website.

MOTTAINAI MARKET

KITTE:

In the vicinity of Tokyo station, KITTE is a new landmark in the capital city of Tokyo. Originally known as Old Tokyo Central Post Office, KITTE has been made functional with a unique concept of introducing highly skilled products. On the 5th and 6th floors of building, there are many restaurants selling a wide range of cuisines. When you come down, you have several shops to buy clothes and gifts and souvenirs from. At Nakagawa Masashichi Shouten, you can find exciting collection of kitchen ware while go to CLASKA gallery & shop “DO” for buying tote bags. This building also houses Gelato Pique, where you can find a great collection of fashionable apparels. Similarly, there are many other shops in this building.

KITTE MALL

Okinawa:

While on the trip to Japan, you cannot afford to miss the marketplaces at Okinawa. You can go to Ishigaki, though it is not as big as Naha but you can walk around the shopping places easily. All the shops are spread around the Euglena Mall in main 3 streets. There are several boutiques and shops available with discerning range of products. You will like to buy a few presents for your loved ones.

Okinawa MARKET

There are many other marketplaces in the Japan. To know about them you can visit a few blogs from Japan.

Japan: Every Shopaholic’s Dream Come True

If you are a shopaholic and going to spend holidays in Japan, you will have plenty of options to shop around in the country. Japan is a shopper’s paradise. There are umpteenth number of places to buy choicest clothes and souvenirs.

Japan is known globally as a shopaholic country. The street smart people of Japan throng various shops on the lanes. You can find anything and everything in these shops.

Take a look at some of the most popular shopping places in Japan

KITTE: This newly refurbished building has become a major centre of attraction amongst tourist. You do not only have its beauty to see but there are ample amount of opportunities for you to shop around as well. There is a shop named Nakagawa Masashichi Shouten that is famous for a wide range of kitchen ware. The entire range of timeless products is built with traditional values and skill.

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On the 4th floor, there is CLASKA gallery and shop “DO”, where you can buy printed tote bags. The Gelato Pique has a vast collection of designer clothes. Then there is Double Standard Clothing available with great range of spring collection.

Marketplaces in Tokyo: If you are there in Japan during the months of Christmas, you will not have any sort of difficulty in buying Christmas gifts for your near and dear ones. The Shibuya Loft is a wonderful place in Tokyo to buy a various Christmas gifts. They sell exclusive products from Japan, Europe and USA.

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You can buy some of the most striking iPhone covers and wooden alarm clocks from this place. Other items to purchase from this shop include nanoblock, Honore des Pres, lunch boxes and several other items.

Okinawa: This place is true shoppers’ hub. The Makishi Daiichi Kousetsu Ichiba near Kokusai Street in Naha is famous amongst the fish mongers for the varieties of fishes and other sea foods.

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There is a vintage store on the alleyways that join Heiwa Street and Mutsumi Street. You can find cool vintage T-shirts and bric-a-brac at this place. It is interesting to notice that remakes, dyeing and adding patchworks of clothes are done at the back side of this shop.

Vegetable tea has caught in trend in recent times. If you have grown with a sudden like of vegetable tea on your tour, Amazon Japan is the place where you should make an order.

In a nutshell, shopping in Japan is a unique and exceptional experience. Do not forget to explore all the marketplaces on your visit to Japan.