Tokyo is known as one of the best shopping cities in the world with a wide range of big shopping malls. It has everything that you look for: new collections in clothing for men and women, kimono, cutting-edge electronics, traditional crafts, beauty products, Japanese style furniture and special items such as Hello Kitty goods, anime and comic books and figures. The list is endless.
The shopping departments are mainly located in the city centre or around large train stations. It will be very enjoyable to go shopping in Tokyo if you are a shopaholic. Your shopping experience will become easier when you have a list of convenient and interesting department stores.
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It is one of the largest department store buildings that exists and has been in business since the early Showa period. The interior and exterior are well maintained and present a lasting reflection of this era.
The mall attracts lots of customers every day and offers a variety of items, from gardening tools and furniture to clothes for men, women, and children. In the basements, you can purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, wine, liquors and beer and dine at restaurants offering Japanese food.
Opening time: 10.30 a.m. - 7.30 p.m. Restaurants are open until 9.30 p.m.
Address: 2-4-1 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
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The store, with an area of about 3,500 square meters, is located in Ginza, one of the most popular tourist spots and shopping districts in Tokyo. Muji, which literally means “no logo” in Japanese, produces and sells a wide range of designed household items and clothing. As written on its official website, Muji “was born of an unwavering mindfulness toward the allure of nature: in genuine colours, in natural materials, in unbleached papers and cloth”. Many local and international customers favour its products because of their natural colours and shapes.
Its flagship store in Yurakucho is a 3-story complex with its architecture featuring the company’s philosophy: simple packaging, quality products. You can find apparel for women, men and kids, and popular stationery, home products, and furniture at Muji.
Opening time: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Address: 100-0005 Yurakucho 2-3F, 3-8-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
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The world’s largest flagship store is on Ginza’s main street Chuo Dori and can be reached after a 4-minute walk from Ginza Station. With 12 floors and a total retail place of approximately 5,000 square meters, it provides customers with a huge selection of apparel for women, men, children and babies such as T-shirts, jackets, jeans, and khakis. If you are a fan of Disney or Japanese anime characters, the 11th floor with designed T-shirts are for you. Their products are good but affordable and their staff is really helpful.
Uniqlo also offers free tax exemption for overseas visitors who purchase over JPY10,000.
Opening time: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Address: Ginza Komatsu East Wing, 6-9-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
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Each floor of the department store is filled with local and international brands, offering customers access to the latest fashion, cosmetics, and jewelry. You can ask for tax exemption and overseas delivery on the third floor and exchange foreign currencies into Japanese yen on the first floor.
Lots of people are interested in dining at the food hall in the basement level. Restaurants serve different types of food, from salads to sushi and bento boxes, at reasonable prices. There are also many options for vegans. Besides, customers can enjoy their meal and drink beer on the rooftop of the store.
Opening time: 10.30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Restaurants are open until 10 p.m.
Address: 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku Tokyo 104-8166
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Loft has its department stores in Tokyo’s main shopping centres, including Yurakucho, Shinjuku, and Shibuya. Just 5 minutes’ walk from Hachiko Exit of Shibuya Station, Loft offers a wide range of products, such as stationery, household items, cosmetics, furniture, and souvenirs.
Write a list of what you want to buy before entering the store and try to stick to them. Otherwise, you will spend much time here and purchase even unnecessary things.
Opening time: 10 a.m. - 9p.m.
Address: 21-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0042
Tokyo is a heaven for shopaholics. Even if you do not intend to purchase anything, walk around the department stores in the largest city in Asia to get a taste of the shopping experience.