Shopping in Tokyo is like opening your very own shopping bento box. You never know what you're going to get. In the city where fashion is art, and design is diverse, expect cutting-edge fashion and stores, talented local artisans, and lust worthy homewares. Rather than trying to see this vast city in one visit, select an area and spend the day there.
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Ginza has been named as Asia’s most upmarket shopping precinct, and is home to the city’s classiest boutiques and department stores. Tucked in between malls like Tokyu Plaza, Mitsukoshi and Dover Street Market Ginza and the newest addition Ginza Six are a number of independent stores and local brands. The main roads in Ginza are closed to cars on Sundays, making the whole area a shopping paradise.
The welcome of malls and department stores can make Shinjuku a little overwhelming. Here you’ll find local and global threads at Isetan, and lots of specialty stores in the surrounding streets.
Shibuya is the epicenter of all things shopping in Tokyo. Just paces from the famous enormous intersection are dozens of department stores, a busy pedestrian area filled with shops Center Gai and the iconic cylindrical building Shibuya 109. A fay here will ensure you have your retail fix.
The zelkova tree-lined avenue, Omotesando, has been named the Champs-Élysées of Tokyo. Located in Shibuya and Minato, Omotesando is home to many international brands and local labels. Less crowded than Ginza and lacking the department stores, the streets are filled with beautiful boutiques.
Harajuku is most known to be the center of teen culture in Tokyo. The area has a great selection of vintage stores. Head to the streets off Takeshita Street for the best boutiques and local wares.