Tokyo is a real Mecca for shopaholics – you can find anything and everything from souvenirs, stationery, high-end and affordable fashion to homeware and collectibles. By far the biggest challenge for shoppers is finding the right place to shop – as one single department store offers enough to keep you busy for a whole day. Today, we’re going to look into 6 variety shopping spots, where you can shop for just about anything you might be after. These stores are great places for stocking up on souvenirs as well – especially if you’re looking for something more exciting than a mug or a fridge magnet.
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1. Shibuya 109/ 109 Men’s
Shibuya 109 is the place to go for fashionable clothes. The men’s and women’s’ stores are located in different buildings, but they both near Shibuya station, within walking distance from one another. The mostly sell Japanese brands that you can’t find anywhere else, so it might be a good spot to get some accessories or even clothes as a souvenir for someone back home.They also have a few miscellaneous stores in there, like a Sanrio one on the first floor fo 109 Men’s, where you can shop for cute stationery and accessories.
Name: Shibuya 109
Address: 2-29-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0043, Japan
Business hour: Every day, 10am-9pm
Phone number:+81 3-3477-5111
Official website: http://www.shibuya109.jp/
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Loft is the ultimate destination for just about anything – from traditional Japanese souvenirs (for once original and good quality ones) to stationery and kitchenware. Located in Shibuya, Loft is a seven-story store you are sure to spend a least a few hours in. However, you might be able to do all your souvenir shopping in one place- what’s not to like about that?
Name: LOFT Shibuya
Address: 21-1 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0042, Japan
Business hour: Every day, 10am-9pm
Phone number:+81 3-3462-3807
Official website: https://www.loft.co.jp/
3. Don Quijote
Commonly known as just Donki, Don Quijote is a chain of discount department stores in Japan. They sell, once again, everything and anything – from apparel and traditional Japanese clothes (the Asakusa branch has some particularly nice yukata sets) to stationery, spirits, snacks, electronics, and stationery. Donki is one of the most popular places to shop for souvenirs since it’s cheap and offers a huge variety of items.
Name: Don Quijote Shibuya
Address: 28-6 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0042, Japan
Business hour: Every day, 24 hours a day
Phone number:+81 3-5428-4086
Official website: http://www.donki.com/en/
4. Tokyu Hands
Tokyo Hands is the ultimate destination for stationery and craft supplies fans. Their Shibuya branch is an overwhelming 8-story building that sells anything you could ever dream of – from pens, notebooks, and planners to all sorts of craft materials and tools. They also sell traditional Japanese souvenirs, including wash paper knick-knacks, kitchenware, and food sample accessories.
Name: Tokyu Hands Shibuya
Address: 12-18, Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002, Japan
Business hour: Every day, 10am-9pm
Phone number: +81 3-5489-5111
Official website: https://www.tokyu-hands.co.jp/en/
5. Kiddy Land
Kiddy Land is the perfect destination for toys shopping – perfect if you want to buy some unique Japanese toys for someone dear back home. They cover all age ranges – from babies to toddlers and all the way to school kids – so you can definitely find something at Kiddly Land for the little ones in your life. They also sell a lot of famous character items – including plushies – which are a hit with adult collectors as well.
Name: Kiddy Land
Address: 6-1-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
Business hour: Mon-Fri, 11am-9pm, Sat-Sun 10:30am-9pm
Phone number: +81 3-3409-3431
Official website: https://www.kiddyland.co.jp/
Itoya is probably the most famous Japanese stationery store. Their history dates back more than a hundred years, and they are still dominating the highly competitive Japanese stationery market. Their flagship store is located in Ginza, and it sells a wide variety of items – from business stationery essentials to craft materials. They also sell a variety of Japanese souvenirs featuring washi paper – the most popular being the fans and masking tape.
Address: 2-7-15, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0061, Japan
Business hour: Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-7pm
Phone number: +81 3-3561-8311
Official website: http://www.ito-ya.co.jp/
Japan is huge on shopping culture, which is why you can find thousands of stores selling different kinds of items. However, it can be hard to make it to more than one or two Japanese department stores in one day – that’s why it’s important to find a store that offers a variety of items in one place. With these stores, you can usually get all your souvenir shopping done in under one day, and continue discovering Japan without worrying about going home empty-handed.
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