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The 10 Best Places To Go Shopping In Tokyo

Shopping in Tokyo gives you access to both the different styles and products that are unique to Japan!

Shopping in Tokyo HeaderFor many people who get the opportunity to go to another country, it’s not always enough to just visit. Many people want to experience the culture of the country they are visiting, and this experience can be had in a variety of ways. One great way to get a feel for what it’s like to live and work in a different country is to go shopping at the local stores and markets there.

If you’re planning a trip to Japan and want to make a stop at Tokyo while you’re there, you’ll have a lot of options when it comes to experiencing the local culture. For those of you who plan to experience the culture by shopping in it, you won’t want to miss these 10 best places to go shopping in Tokyo:

1. Shinjuku

Shinjuku is famed for its train station, which is said to be the busiest on the planet! However, not everyone comes to this famed location to catch the train. In addition to the station, Shinjuku is home to a number of department stores, mega-appliance stores and various shops.

No matter what your budget is, odds are you won’t leave empty-handed.

2. Ginza

Ginza is known as the destination for expensive tastes. The shopping here is high end, featuring world famous fashion labels. There’s more here than just exclusive clothing items. Shoppers are also able to enjoy quality meals, courtesy of various cafés and restaurants.

3. Shibuya

Shibuya shopping

If you’re a fan of the manga’s GALS! or anime’s Super GALS!, then you know that Shibuya is the place for young fashionistas. Although known for trend-setting clothing stores like Shibuya 109, there are also smaller, lesser known stores that should be visited as well. If the electric atmosphere of Shibuya is too much, consider the nearby Aoyama where things are less hectic.

4. Harajuku

In truth, Gwen Stefani’s so-called “Harajuku Girls” didn’t do justice to the super cool and fashionably varied location.

You won’t find styles anywhere else on this earth, like you will in Harajuku. It’s a magnet for trendsetters and trend-watchers alike. If you’re looking for inspiration or to step out of your comfort zone, hit up the shops in this location.

5. Roppongi

Courtesy of the addition of the Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown shopping complexes, Roppongi has emerged as a must-visit location for eager shoppers.

It features hundreds of upscale stores. Thanks to being located near a number of embassies, the area promises an international experience. Not only can you possibly get a taste of home, you can shop and eat with individuals from all over the world.

6. Ikebukuro

Ikebukuro

Ikebukuro is the second largest train station in Japan after Shibuya, so it’s a busy hive of activity in its own right. Not only that, it’s another great place for shopping.

However unlike Shibuya, this is an ideal spot for bargain hunters. Expect less high end fashion and brand names when you shop around in Ikebukuro.Even though the brand names are scarce, it’s still a perfect place to checkout.

7. Odaiba

Odaiba is located at Tokyo Bay and is one of the most unique shopping destinations in all of Japan. Imagine a man-made island, created to be a virtual shopping mecca! The views of the water from Odaiba are lovely.

It’s considered a trendy date spot, mixing quality shopping with endless entertainment options. There is even a timed sunrise and sunset feature for shoppers to look forward to!

8. Jimbocho

Are you a bookworm at heart? Then you absolutely cannot pass up the opportunity to visit Jimbocho. It is overflowing with bookstores and book publishers. Anyone with a fondness for literature wouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to browse.

9. Akihabara

Akihabara

If you are someone who loves all things manga or anime, then you will definitely want to make time for Akihabara. It is packed with shops dedicated to manga and anime as well as games and all sorts of collectables.

In addition, Akihabara is a wonderland for those on the lookout for quality electronics.

10. Sugamo

Sugamo is great for shoppers who aren’t teenagers anymore, but still are concerned with being fashionable in their own right. In addition to buying quality goods, visitors often visit the local shrine, which hosts festivals three times each month.

It’s hard to believe that so many shopping opportunities can be found in one city, but that’s Tokyo. Much like New York City or London, it’s a central hub of outlet stores, restaurants and event venues for everyone who lives in and travels to the city. Shopping in Tokyo gives you access to both the different styles and products that are unique to Japan, as well as popular international brands. You can buy high end exclusive items or bargain hunt to your heart’s content. Whatever you do, just make sure you take some time to soak in the amazing culture around you.

Images by Japan-Guide, Francisco Diez, and heiwa4126

Kayla Matthews is a Diverse Japan blogger, anime nerd and Japanese cultural enthusiast. You can check out her productivity blog at ProductivityTheory.com and follow her on Google+ and Twitter @KaylaEMatthews to get updates on her latest posts!

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