WHY IS TOKYO #6

Bright, buzzing, ultra-modern Tokyo sits at number 6 on our ranking. More than 8 million visitors a year, decent value for money and enjoyable city ambience make it a vibrant and frequently bamboozling shopping city, packed with every imaginable item (and plenty of products that you've never even dreamed of before too).

SHOPPING IN TOKYO

Shopping in Tokyo is an incredible experience. We can guarantee that a shopping splurge in Tokyo will be like nothing you've ever experienced before. From haute couture and electronics, to traditional Japanese goods and quirky Harajuku garments, there's something for absolutely everybody to be found in Tokyo's numerous shopping districts.
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SHOPPING IN TOKYO AT A GLANCE

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HIGH STREET

For more stores than you could visit in a week, head over to Shinjuku, a huge hub in Tokyo centred around the world's busiest train station. With streets and underground arcades crammed with shops, including numerous flagship stores, department stores and many retailers selling consumer electronics, this is a must-visit Tokyo shopping destination. High street retailers can also be found in great numbers in Shibuya (great for youth fashion), Odaiba (head to the Palette Town shopping complex) and Tokyo Solamachi (at the base of the Tokyo Skytree).

VINTAGE

Harajuku is the must-see spot for counter-culture fashion, which means it's also home to plenty of vintage stores, perfect for a rummage, too. While Omotesando boasts designer brands, Takeshita Dori is all about youth fashion and a quirkier aesthetic, making it the ideal spot for retro fashion hunters. Flea markets are held across the city in temples and shrines each Sunday and are another great source of second-hand goods.


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DESIGNER/LUXURY

The Ginza is Tokyo's most prestigious shopping district, home to designer brands and flagship stores selling everything from high-end fashion to cutting-edge electronics. Virtually every major Japanese and international brand has a retail space in this glitzy corner of Tokyo.

Again, the Ginza is a great spot for designer labels from the world's finest fashion houses, but you may also like to explore the Marunouchi and Roppongi districts to find even more big names and designer products from all over the globe.

SALES

Looking to snap up a bargain in Tokyo? Seasonal sales in summer (early July at the end of the rainy season) are a busy but bargain-friendly time to shop in the city's many malls and arcades. For year-round discounts, keep your eyes peeled for Tokyo's many 100 yen stores, which offer low cost goods like chopsticks, home decorations and lots more.

For a taste of authentic Japanese shopping, without a Starbucks in sight, a trip out to the historic neighbourhood of Yanaka is well worth the train fare. Crammed with food stalls, textile shops, vintage clothing stalls and exquisite traditional crafts the little streets of this area are a brilliant secret shopping spot away from the tourist trail. Afuri Nakameguro, a young and quirky but charmingly leafy corner of Tokyo is another great spot to find cute little boutiques and (reportedly) the very best ramen in Tokyo.


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Exploring the alleys of Harajuku is another shopping essential, including the low-key Cat Street on the opposite side of Omotesando. Meanwhile, over in Koenji, the locally favoured Look Street is a haven for thrift stores and cool little boutiques. Don't forget to check out a traditional Tokyo shotengai where you can buy everything from tea and fruit to crafts (and get your umbrella fixed too!). Yanaka Ginza is one of Tokyo's best examples.

The bloggers at Why So Japan recommend Tokyo’s Harajuku area. They love the “little boutiques along Takeshita Dori and could easily spend hours browsing the shops”. For something a little different, head to Shibuya 109. A trip to this collection of shops in the Shibuya district is a “great way to see what kind of fashion Tokyo’s youth is into”.

"The Harajuku area is full of lovely boutiques and Shibuya is the place to go for youth fashions."


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Travel bloggers Elin and Oliver, who run the Tales Like These blog, say the “hipster heaven” Shimokitazawa area is great for vintage clothes. “Everything and everyone in this area look cool. You'll find vintage shops everywhere and some great places to have lunch/drinks.”