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Best areas in Tokyo for shopping?

Going on my second trip to Tokyo and want to do a little shopping this time. Where are the best areas/neighborhoods to shop? Looking for it all at different prices from local boutiques to big name stores. Thanks! 

7 Answers

top answer by
Rebecca from Manchester

Harajuku is the only place you need to go! The shops here can range from high end designer shops such as Chanel, to high street brands like Topshop to a million and one quirky Japanese stores. Head to Dontonbori Street for the best of the Japanese stores.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Harajuku (attraction)
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answered by
Scott from San Francisco

Tokyo might be the best shopping city in the world.  Or at least the most interesting.  There are so many places to shop it's hard to narrow things down.  But go into the train stations, go into the dept. stores, go into the markets, and absolutely go into the electronics stores like Bic Camera and department stores (don't forget to see the food halls usually in the basement of every dept. store too) like Ginza Mitsukoshi there is so so much to see.  The only place I didn't really think was worth the extra trip was Roppongi although they have some very good restaurants in that area. One more tip:  if you see something and think to yourself "I can get this at home, it's made by (insert company or designer)", think again - buy it in Tokyo.  Brands, designers and stores have different lines available in Japan so he who hesitates has lost.  Below is a list of areas and places that are totally worth shopping: 





Shinjuku Station

Tokyo Station 



Shibuya Station


Omotesando Hills


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Bic Camera (attraction)
  2. Ginza Mitsukoshi (attraction)
  3. Marunouchi (attraction)
  4. Ginza (region)
  5. Akihabara (attraction)
  6. Shinjuku (metro area)
  7. Shinjuku Station (attraction)
  8. Tokyo Station (attraction)
  9. Harajuku (attraction)
  10. Shibuya (metro area)
  11. Shibuya Station (attraction)
  12. Omotesando (attraction)
  13. Omotesando Hills (attraction)
  14. Asakusa (region)
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answered by
Gaku from Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Japan

These areas would be good for you:

Takeshita Street of Harajuku  : for 10 - 25 years old

Shibuya 109 of Shibuya station :  for 10 - 30 years old

Shinjuku Station : for 20 - 50 years old 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Takeshita Street (attraction)
  2. Harajuku (attraction)
  3. Shibuya 109 (attraction)
  4. Shinjuku Station (attraction)
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answered by
nako from London

Go to Ginza. The street has everything.

The three big local depts. store (Matsuya, Ginza Mitsukoshi, and Matsuzakaya Ginza Tokyo...though closed for new construction now for the third one) and all the world high end brands as well as Japanese chain store like lofts, muji, and tokyo hand.

If you have more time, go Shinjuku. I like Ginza more as it is easy to find things and the area is nice. you can spend the whole day in Ginza and have a window shopping for high end shops and buy the cheaper things, clothes, stationary, and all the Japanese souvenirs.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Ginza (region)
  2. Matsuya (attraction)
  3. Ginza Mitsukoshi (attraction)
  4. Matsuzakaya Ginza Tokyo (attraction)
  5. Shinjuku (metro area)
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answered by
Carolann from Around The World

Depends on what you are looking to buy!

I agree that Harajuku is a great place to go for just about any type of clothing and accessory. It's also close enough to Shibuya to walk and you'll find the two '109' buildings (109 men's and just 109 for women). They are several floors of clothing and accessory stores.

If you are looking for anime, comics, etc, then Nakano Broadway is where you want to head.

For electronics, and discounted electronics, try Akihabara or, like mentioned, a Bic Camera.

Many places have a Tokyo Hands, but we preferred Don Quixote's which is also found in many places. Although it's not incredibly cheap prices, they are decently priced and you can probably find ANYTHING you are looking for (including some international snacks!) it's also pretty neat just to see.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Harajuku (attraction)
  2. Shibuya (metro area)
  3. Nakano Broadway (attraction)
  4. Akihabara (attraction)
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answered by
Rei from San Francisco

For really local boutiques go to Omotesandō. For wider selections go to big department stores which have lot of Japanese brands - some of the  department stores you can go to are Ginza Mitsukoshi, Matsuya, Lumine, Yurakucho Marui. They are all in Ginza. One Japanese brand that I really like for quality is Gallard Gallante in Omotesando. You will also find lot of big brands LV, Gucci in Ginza area. Hope you enjoy your trip!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Omotesandō (attraction)
  2. Ginza Mitsukoshi (attraction)
  3. Matsuya (attraction)
  4. Lumine (attraction)
  5. Yurakucho Marui (attraction)
  6. Ginza (region)
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answered by
Justin from Phoenix

It depends on what you're looking for. If you want electronics, it's all about Akihabara. And my musician friends could run themselves ragged at all the instruments for sale near Jimbocho

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Akihabara (attraction)
  2. Jimbocho (attraction)
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