Where to find shopping and style in Tokyo
In a city known for its weird, wonderful and enormous retail centres, whole afternoons can be lost wondering around Tokyo shopping complexes. None are as iconic as Shinjuku’s Isetan, a retailing utopia spread across eight buildings. The chain store Tokyu Hands sells practically everything, while only in Don Quijote will you see aisles of toiletries, alcohol and sex toys under one roof.
For the best vintage and second-hand clothing, check out Toro in Shibbuya. Ooedo Kazuko sells an eclectic array of antique kimonos and eccentricities and the sprawling Oi Keibajo flea market is perfect for a few hours of rummaging around for goodies. Literature buffs should make a beeline to Jimbocho Book Town, home to hundreds of bookshops and stalls.
Lovers of luxury brands should take a stroll down Naka-dori Avenue, while Harajuku’s Cat Street is always full of fashionable shoppers flaunting the latest look. To totally immerse yourself in the Tokyo way, visit one of the city’s lifestyle stores – Biotop in Minato-ku showcases eco-driven fashion and lifestyle products, Yaeca apartment store is hip and understated, while Icon, a brand new walk-through concept store, stocks designer brands from Krisvanassche and JW Anderson to Bless and BLK DNM.
Before your trip is over, be sure to stop by Asoko, where all the stock is sourced to the theme ‘Enjoy surprises’ – the perfect place to pick up unusual souvenir knick-knacks.
Isetan 3-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. 03 3352 1111.
Tokyo Hands 12-18 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. 03 5489 5111.
Don Quijote 1-16-5 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. 03 5291 9211.
Toro 4F, 6-19-17 Jingmae, Shibuya. 03 486 8673.
Ooedo Kazuko B1F Omotesando Bldg, 4-2-9-3 Jingmae, Shibuya. 03 785 1045.
Jimbocho Book Town Kanda-Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
Biotop 4-6-44 Shirokanedai, Minato. 03 3444 2421.
Yaeca Rivera 2B, 1-21-22 Higashima, Meguro. 03 5708 5586.
Icon 5-39-1 Jingumae, Shibuya. 03 614 7444.
Asoko 6-27-8 Jingumae, Shibuya. 03 6427 9965.