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The 100 best shops in Tokyo

The very best shops in Tokyo: new openings, vintage stores, essential boutiques, underground favourites and more

Time for some retail therapy at the best shops in Tokyo

You don't know the meaning of retail therapy until you've shopped in Tokyo. And to prepare you for the ultimate shopper's high, we've rustled up, oh, just 100 of the best shops in Tokyo, from brand-spanking new fashion shops to a range of both well-known and underground spots to satisfy vintage hounds, decor dreamers, paper sniffers and vinyl fiends. And even if you're just in the market for holiday souvenirs, we've got you covered too.

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1LDK Apartments

1LDK Apartments is the lifestyle-oriented branch of 1LDK, the popular Nakameguro clothing store that draws an aesthetic comparison with Muji. Offering clothes, food and homeware, the store consists of three main sectors: 1LDK Me for a highly wearable selection of women’s and men’s clothing...

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Nakameguro
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85 (Hachigo)

Fermentation has been all the rage recently in Tokyo, and this new shop, part of the Nakameguro Koukashita complex, plays right into the trend's hands by focusing on said time-honoured preservation technique. With a selection that includes soy sauce, miso, sake, cheese, bread and much more, 85 deals in items for daily use that are both good for your health and the enviroment's...

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Nakameguro
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Beams Japan

The Beams Japan flagship in Shinjuku was re-opened in bigger and better form in April 2016, and now spreads out over a total of six floors. You'll find a dizzying collection of clothing, crafts and art, plus a gallery hosting an eclectic array of events and exhibitions, a rather serious yoshoku restaurant in the basement, and a branch of Ebisu's Sarutahiko Coffee on the ground floor...

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Biotop

The idea here was to create a shopping space within a natural, living ecosystem. Launched in 2010, Biotop takes care of your fashion, food and lifestyle needs, while even offering natural cosmetics and a plant nursery. Stock up on emerging and familiar global fashion labels such as Carven and Hyke, and then grab a healthy lunch at the rustic Irving Place café upstairs...

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Shirokanedai
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Cibone

Relaunched under the theme of ‘New Antiques, New Classics’ in 2014, Cibone offers a carefully curated selection of furniture, day-to-day essentials, fashion, art and beauty products from all over the world. The shop also organises regular in-store events including exhibitions and pop-up boutiques from various artists and designers...

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Gaienmae
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D & Department Tokyo

Found deep in residential Setagaya, D & Department deals in long-lasting furniture, everyday essentials, books, CDs and much more, including quite a few secondhand wares. The store functions as a base for a variety of design projects, recycling experiments and other events...

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D47 Museum

The eighth-floor museum in the towering Shibuya Hikarie building is all about spreading the love: each exhibition is devoted to showcasing a particular theme, as represented by all 47 of Japan's prefectures. The retail space also sells and supports a range of items focused on Japanese craftsmanship from each of the different prefectures...

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Shibuya
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Daiso Harajuku

Whether you're looking for household products or cheap souvenirs, you're sure to find what you need at this three-floor ¥100 shop, a prominent landmark on Harajuku's Takeshita-dori shopping street. Daiso makes life easier for international shoppers by offering floor guides in English as well as Japanese...

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Harajuku
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Ginza Six

Touted as the largest commercial complex in all of Ginza, this humongous structure sits on the Chuo-dori lot last occupied by the Matsuzakaya department store. The concept for Ginza Six is 'world-class', meaning a rather upscale version of, well, everything. Facing the area's central drag on the ground level are high-flying international brands like Céline, Dior and Fendi, while the more artistically inclined surely appreciate the inclusion of Tsutaya Books...

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Hard Off Oizumi-Gakuen

The Oizumi-Gakuen outpost of Hard Off is the recycle-store chain's largest in the Tokyo area. Dealing in used audio equipment, computers, electronics, musical instruments and clothing, it boasts a massive, warehouse-like interior. Renowned as a veritable treasure chest for collectors, the shop sees a daily stream of regulars who come in search of forgotten masterpieces and rarities...

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Nerima
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Ippodo Marunouchi

Founded in Kyoto in 1717, this 300-year-old purveyor of fine tea makes every effort to maintain consistently delicious flavours throughout the year. Ippodo’s Marunouchi outpost is your one-stop shop for all things green tea, and even houses a fully equipped tea room fit for serious sipping. We also love their matcha takeout service...

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Marunouchi
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Isetan Shinjuku

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Arguably the trendiest department stores in Japan, the flagship Isetan Shinjuku is renowned for having its window displays created by leading artists and offers only the finest in food, clothing and homeware. It recently underwent a massive refurbishment – got to keep up with the times, of course...

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J'antiques

Vintage store J’antiques sells chic American clothing and furniture from its base in the Nakameguro shotengai. Opened in 2005, it’s run by Hitoshi Uchida and offers a good range of vintage items from throughout the 20th century – the bulk of which is menswear and womenswear...

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Nakameguro
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Koffee Mameya

For those still grieving the loss of Omotesando Koffee, which closed down back in late 2015, this place is sure to bring respite: opened by the same man, Eiichi Kunitomo, and located in the exact same place (albeit in a new building), Koffee Mameya is a bean specialist with enough shebang to turn you into a proper barista at home. They sell between 15 and 20 varieties of beans, all in 150g bags and with a pricetag between ¥1,200 and ¥4,000...

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Harajuku
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La Kagu

Opened in October 2014, this new Kagurazaka landmark plays a handful of different roles, including those of street fashion heaven, bookstore and café. The La Kagu building, designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates, is built around a 1965 storage facility that's been carefully revamped while maintaining its Showa-era charm...

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Le Labo

Made-to-order colognes plus other great-smelling items like candles and lotions can be found at the Daikanyama outpost of this NYC fragrance label. Not your most conventional scents, they're both easily wearable and unisex. The brand have made quite a name for themselves with some of their most popular creations, including Rose 31 and Santal 33...

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Daikanyama
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Liquors Hasegawa

Located in underground shopping mall Yaesu Chikagai, right by Tokyo Station, Hasegawa carries a truly extraordinary selection of sake, shochu, craft beer, whisky and other types of hard liquor. With exotic bottles of single malt decorating its shelves, the shop feels almost like a museum to booze – and even better, it’s interactive...

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Nihonbashi
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M+

Both a studio and a retail store, this leather shop stands out from the rest. Leather artisan Yuichiro Murakami, who used to be an architect, really puts his heart – and the traditional techniques he learned in Italy – into the products. Oozing simplicity and functionality, his pieces also make for great gifts...

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Asakusa
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Minä Perhonen Daikanyama

Designer Akira Minagawa's hugely successful lifestyle and clothing brand, which incorporates Finnish influences while remaining distinctively Japanese, packed up and moved to Daikanyama in spring 2016 after 15 years in Shirokanedai. Minä Perhonen's new Hillside Terrace location is actually two stores in one: the space facing the Hillside Terrace complex's entrance bathes in natural light...

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Daikanyama
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Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi Main Store

Mitsukoshi is Japan's oldest surviving department store chain, dating back to 1673, and this vast edifice is its flagship store. If you need assistance in English, head to the 2nd floor of Mitsukoshi's Annex building and look for the Foreign Customer Service Counter. They provide interpretation and shopping assistance in English and Chinese; have a foreign exchange machine...

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Nihonbashi
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Mitsuya Saketen

Established in 1926, the venerable Mitsuya liquor store is doubtlessly the best sake shop in western Tokyo. Their nihonshu is delivered directly from over 100 breweries around the country, allowing you to enjoy some of Japan's finest sake at reasonable prices. Centred around a giant fridge in which delicate pure sake is preserved, the store specialises in ginjo...

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Nishi-Ogikubo
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Mujirushi Ryohin Shibuya Seibu

Imagine a place where all is calm and beautifully designed with clean lines and a neutral palette. This is Muji. It stocks everything from home and office accessories to toys, crafts and even a range of skincare. A recent revamp saw it reopening in November 2013 and this branch now also features a delicatessen, Café & Meal Muji, which offers some much-needed respite from the madding Shibuya crowds...

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Shibuya
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Pass the Baton

The Omotesando branch is the second store for Pass the Baton, a modern recycle shop that opened their first post within Marunouchi Brick Square. Inside, you’ll find a range of second-hand items, including antiques, furniture, clothing and art – many of which have been previously owned by well-known celebrities...

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Omotesando
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Saturdays Surf NYC

With its wood floors, chilled-out vibe and in-store espresso bar, this Daikanyama outpost does a good job of recreating the appeal of the original Saturdays Surf shop in Soho, New York. There are some beautifully crafted surfboards and wetsuits on offer, but you don't have to be a surfer to enjoy the place: just browse the selection of apparel...

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Nakameguro
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Sippo

Worth the 20-minute trip west from Shinjuku on the Chuo line, this antique furniture and homeware boutique in Mitaka appears a little overstocked: what doesn’t fit on the shelves is usually displayed on the street outside. But there’s treasure to be found, and the perseverant can find everything from designer tableware, including some exquisite Hasami pottery, to towels, postcards and spices...

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Mitaka
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Snow Peak Akishima Outdoor Village

Japanese outdoor brand Snow Peak's flagship outlet occupies a large section of the Mori Park Outdoor Village complex out in Akishima, roughly a 45-minute train ride west from Shinjuku. Tents are set up outside the store so you can go inside and take a peek, while the indoor area is divided into sections for everything from fancy mountaineering...

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Tama area
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Solco

So you thought Himalayan Pink Salt was unique? Science graduate and salt expert Sonoko Tanaka, who opened her shop Solco in December 2014, provides a whole new world of experimentation for salt addicts. She sources the different types of salt from Japan and around the world, always carefully analysing taste and compatibility with different foods. Next to each salt on display, you'll find a card describing the characteristics, origin and taste, and the story of each salt...

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Shinagawa
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Tea Market Gclef

This Kichijoji tea specialist has been a neighbourhood fixture since 1996, keeping locals well caffeinated with leaves and packaged tea from countries like India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and China. Sampling is allowed, and you're sure to have fun comparing the many seasonal varieties. If your Japanese is up to par, try prodding the staff for further details about the leaves' characteristics...

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Kichijoji
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Today's Special Jiyugaoka

Launched in March 2012, Today’s Special is the brainchild of popular Tokyo lifestyle brand Cibone and primarily stocks food, but they also have a wide range of household goods, clothes and healthcare products. The third-floor café, Today’s Table, sells seasonal dishes for hungry shoppers...

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Jiyugaoka
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Tokyo Hotarudo

Asakusa's premier antiques purveyor sure stands out on Rokku-dori: the retro sign spells out 'Mobo Moga Goyotashi', a play on the 1920s slang for 'modern boy' and 'modern girl'. Entering the narrow building, you're sure to notice the vintage, barely functional radio playing some long-forgotten tune. Hotarudo houses a jumble of seemingly random merchandise – mainly from the Taisho period...

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Asakusa
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Tokyu Hands

From stationery to toilet-seat covers, this is the largest household goods store in Tokyo, packed with knickknacks for the home. Particularly interesting is the party supplies section, which gives a unique glimpse into the Japanese sense of humour. It can be difficult to find your way around the multitude of floors, but getting a bit lost is part of the fun, right?

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Shibuya
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United Arrows Roppongi Hills

United Arrows branched out once again in September 2016, this time in Roppongi Hills' West Walk, with their biggest-ever flagship store spread out across the second and third floors. The lower level is for women while the upper floor focuses on men's items – both sections are full of enough clothing, shoes and accessories to warm any fashion lover's heart. Part of the third floor also has mini-areas specialising in items such as umbrellas, watches and bags...

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Roppongi
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Yamamoto Coffee

Shinjuku's premier coffee specialist draws you in with the aromatic beans (both roasted and fresh) sold at the entrance, while the shop interior is littered with countless coffee-related contraptions – from hand-driven coffee grinders to espresso machines and roasters, plus spare parts for all of the above...

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Shinjuku
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Ambush Workshop

Shibuya's famed Cat Street welcomes the first-ever flagship for Tokyo-based brand Ambush. The space stretches across 140 square metres and its design remains true to the gender-neutral vibes of the brand’s collections. Situated in the former site of American Apparel’s Shibuya Men’s store, the store houses the brand’s conceptual jewellery alongside a growing number of its original apparel range...

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Shibuya
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C.E

A streetwear brand run by a trio of illustrators and graphic designers – Skate Thing, Toby Feltwell and Yutaka Hishiyama – C.E opened its first brick-and-mortar store earlier this year in Aoyama. Elements of the UK-born Feltwell's background run up against Skate Thing's trademark Tokyo sensibilities, resulting in a constant stream of interesting creations...

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Aoyama
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Candy

Epitomising Tokyo’s youth fashion culture, Candy is a popular haunt for young fashionistas and offers a wide range of labels from high-end international brands (J.W. Anderson and Valentino) to cutting-edge Japanese brands (99%IS- and Christian Dada). Take inspiration from their styling portfolio or just browse through the store for some much needed retail therapy...

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Harajuku
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Christopher Nemeth

One of the most iconic stores in the Omotesando/Harajuku area, this highly conceptual space shows off pieces by the late fashion designer and artist Christopher Nemeth. An important figure in the ’80s London fashion scene, Nemeth's influence on fashion was made known by his carefully crafted garments interlaced with intricate cutting and sewing techniques...

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Omotesando
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Flamingo Shimokitazawa

This Shimokitazawa store – sibling to its Harajuku and Kichijoji namesakes – opened in 2005, stocking a mix of new clothing and American vintage duds starting at the ’40s and ending at the ’80s. Thanks to its US-based buyer, new stock comes in quickly, and there’s a good selection of both men and women’s clothing – as well as a few added extras such as retro-look tableware...

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Giraffe Daikanyama Hillside Terrace

Expressing the very specific ambition of being the store selling the cutest ties in the entire world, Giraffe deals only in original products – from colourful bow ties to classic business ties, simple skinny ties and chic bolo ties. We also like their women's necklace selection...

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Daikanyama
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GR8

Even among the shopping chaos that is Harajuku's Laforet, this store dealing in 'cutting-edge' fashion stands out from the rest. The neon lighting inside lends a quirky glow to styles from up-and-coming and edgy designers like Hyein Seo, Astrid Andersen and Shaun Samson. They also host a range of items from popular designer collabs including the coveted Kanye West and Adidas Yeezy collection...

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Harajuku
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Have a good time

This shop nestled in Nakameguro is not to be missed as it’s one of the last of its kind, promoting what’s left of the area’s grungy street art culture. Browse through their collection of cool art which comes in the form of casual fashion pieces like T-shirts and sweat tops, as well as small memorabilia like stickers and accessories. Besides their house brand, they also have capsule collaborations...

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Nakameguro
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House @ Mikiri Hassin

Formerly housed on the second floor of an apartment building just off Harajuku's famous Cat Street, Mikiri Hassin – which is run by renowned stylist Sota Yamaguchi – moved to its current backstreet location in August 2016. An essential stop for in-the-know Harajuku fashionistas, it boasts an unfailingly cutting-edge selection...

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Aoyama
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Ikiji Store

A Sumida-based clothing manufacturer, Ikiji brings together a collective of skilled artisans working with shirts, knitwear, leather and more, and combine traditional techniques with modern silhouettes and textiles. They deal in everything from polo shirts and sweaters to bags, business card cases and other small accessories – all of which draw on the Edo-era concept of iki (sophistication). Their line is simple but unique, and incorporates patterns that have been used in Edo-Tokyo for centuries...

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Ryogoku
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Maison Kitsuné Daikanyama

In addition to their Aoyama shop and café, Parisian brand Kitsuné also operate this chic Daikanyama location since spring 2016. Said to be inspired by the late Hotel Okura's retro interior, the décor at Maison Kitsuné Daikanyama is the work of co-founder Masaya Kuroki himself. You'll find womenswear on the ground floor, while the second floor offers men's clothing and accessories...

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Daikanyama
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Nakata Shoten Ameyoko

One of the longest-standing stores on Ueno's Ameyoko, Nakata is a purveyor of surplus military gear and leather jackets. They source both the real thing and replicas from all over the world, and boast an excellent selection of reasonably priced boots, coats and various accessories...

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Okachimachi
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Nude Trump

If you need to spice up your outfit before hitting a fashionable party in Shibuya (perhaps at hipster playpen Trump Room, just upstairs), stop by this long-standing vintage clothing shop beforehand. Run by absurdist fashionista Hayao Matsumura (who originally started the shop in Koenji in the late ’80s), Nude Trump is a chaotic jumble of outré garments and accessories...

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Shibuya
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Okura

At Okura you'll find clothing and other textiles based on traditional Japanese tailoring techniques and designs. The store itself housed in a beautiful old building and invokes a real Japanese atmosphere – it even features a weathered curtain over the door at the entrance. Browse through a wide range of items including indigo-dyed (a Japanese dyeing method used since ancient times) T-shirts...

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Daikanyama
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OBJ East

Based out of Kyoto, eyeglass specialists OBJ (pronounced 'objet') show off both their own originals and brand specs from Japan and elsewhere at this flashy Ginza outlet. The rows of waist-high showcases see glasses displayed almost as works of art, with represented brands including Eyevan, Oliver Peoples, Clayton Franklin and Ayame...

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Pulp 417 Édifice

Housed inside the new Shibuya Cast complex at the south end of Cat Street, this streetwear shop is the epitome of cool. Attached to their adjoining café and restaurant, it lets you lick on an ice cream cone as you browse through the selection of labels and footwear for both men and women. Although they do have designated men’s and women’s items, most things in the shop are meant to be unisex...

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Shibuya
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The Real McCoy's

Look no further for the best quality denim, leather and other cosy wardrobe staples at The Real McCoy’s. From worn-in T-shirts and heathered grey sweats to vintage-inspired souvenir jackets and military bombers, there’s no shortage of fine fashion staples at this urban cool dealer. Although most pieces in the shop look like they are well-maintained vintage items from as early as the ’50s, don’t be fooled...

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Harajuku
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Sacai

After years of ducking the spotlight, Chitose Abe finally embraced the growing acclaim for her Sacai brand by opening this Aoyama flagship store in 2011. The veteran designer (who worked under Rei Kawakubo and Junya Watanabe before going it alone in 1999) is best known for her innovative knitwear, but her women's and mens lines now...

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Shibuya 109

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This landmark Shibuya store is the domain of the joshikosei – the fashion-obsessed teenage girls who don’t just follow trends but start them. Take a stroll around to see them in action and indulge in some amateur anthropology. Nearby 109 Men's is the male version...

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Shibuya
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Sneaker Shop Skit Tokyo Kichijoji

Rows of colourful, wrapped-up shoes line the walls at this Kichijoji store that offers an exhaustive range of sneakers from the likes of Adidas, Puma, Nike, Admiral, Reebok and Onitsuka Tiger. They deal in everything from the latest models to 'dead stock' while also carrying limited-edition versions – enough to pique the interest of even the most discerning sneakerhead...

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Kichijoji
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Solakzade

Not your typical eyewear shop, Solakzade’s Harajuku boutique is home to a distinctive range of unused vintage and antique frames sourced from Japan and around the globe. The shop carries over 10,000 unique styles from each era of the 1800 to 1900s. Solakzade opened in July 2012 and is run by a pair of brothers from Osaka...

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Harajuku
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Studious Jinnan

Stocking Japanese brands only, Studious is a rising 'select' store that seeks to promote local products to a global audience. Its store in Shibuya's Jinnan is a high-end version selling leading Japanese brands like N.Hoolywood and White Mountaineering. Be sure to check out the ‘Tokyo Souvenir’ section for stylish Tokyo-related goods...

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Shibuya
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Toga XTC Harajuku

Intrepid fashion hounds in search of unusual designs won’t be disappointed by this used clothing shop, opened in 2007 and run by designer Yasuko Furuta’s Toga brand. The choice of location – it's effectively squatting in the ground-floor parking space next to Toga’s Harajuku branch – is thoroughly in keeping with the eccentric nature of the selections within. Toga XTC focuses on second-hand European clothes, shoes and accessories...

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Harajuku
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Tokyo135° Shinjuku Alta

An offshoot of the nationwide Tansuya chain, Tokyo135's Shinjuku Alta branch attracts a diverse crowd looking for slightly funkier kimono for all occasions. Their colour scheme and style is decidedly more pop art-y and modern than traditional, and they also sell a large selection of vibrant hair adornments and other accessories, alongside some cool remade items. Not all pieces for sale are secondhand, but they have a good mix of new and old...

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Shinjuku
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Books Kinokuniya Tokyo

Although floors one to five were unfortunately closed in August 2016, Kinokuniya's other Shinjuku outpost is still one of the best bookstores in Tokyo for foreign-language publications. Head to the sixth floor for books, magazines and more in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and many other languages...

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Shinjuku
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Daikanyama Tsutaya Books

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In a perfect world, all bookshops would be like this. Tokyo's Klein Dytham Architecture won an award at the World Architecture Festival for their work on Daikanyama T-Site, which is spread across three interlinked buildings adorned with lattices of interlocking Ts. That 'T' stands for rental chain Tsutaya, whose seemingly bottomless pockets helped fund the kind of book emporium that most capital cities can only dream of...

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Disk Union

This massive eight-floor music treasure trove will surely have any music geek drooling over their stock of secondhand CDs and vinyl. The store received a makeover last year categorising each floor with a different music genre where you'll find the likes of punk and hardcore on the top seventh floor down to Japanese rock and indie music on the basement level...

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Shinjuku
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Flash Disc Ranch

One of the top record stores in Shimokitazawa, an area littered with shops dealing in both vinyl and CDs, the spacious Flash Disc Ranch is found on the second floor of a run-down building on the south side of the station. The vintage sound system is usually turned up almost all the way, accompanying your search for everything from rock and jazz to house and new wave...

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Shimokitazawa
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Ima Concept Store

Consisting of Ima Gallery, Ima Books and Ima Cafe, this 500m2 concept store in Roppongi focuses on photography. It provides a fresh space for photographers from both Japan and abroad to exhibit their works and share their philosophies through workshops and talk events. The bookshop carries over 2,000 titles...

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Roppongi
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Jet Set

Based in Shimokitazawa and Kyoto (and online), Jet Set covers all genres with albums selected by their expert buyers. Best if you’re looking for soft rock, soul, house, disco and techno. And if you’re into Japanese pop, you’ll be amazed by Jet Set’s limited-edition 7/12 inch records...

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Shimokitazawa
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Komiyama Shoten

Japanese photography expert John Sypal calls this Jinbocho bookstore ‘four floors of incredibleness’. Komiyama stocks photobooks by all the giants of Japanese photography as well as plenty of Western photography. Primarily but not exclusively a photo shop, Komiyama also carries books on fashion, design, Japanese history and art. Things get progressively rarer and more expensive as you ascend up to the top floor...

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Jinbocho
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Lighthouse Records

This atmospheric Shibuya record store focuses on genres such as house, disco and Balearic house, and also boasts a pair of handsome vintage Klipschhorn floor speakers. Prices are very reasonable, and the shop gets a shipment of new stock every week, so check back regularly...

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Shibuya
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Los Apson?

Founded in a Shinjuku apartment building back in 1994, this well-supported record shop was based in Hatagaya for well over a decade before moving to its current Koenji location in 2015. Underground records are the main draw, but you'll also find plenty of quirky T-shirts and self-published music mags here...

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Morioka Shoten Ginza

The concept of this bookstore, which opened in 2015, is ‘a single room with a single book’. Focusing on just one book each week, the store creatively exhibits each work in a beautiful space within a wonderfully retro building...

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Higashi-Ginza
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Nostos Books

You'll find this brick-and-mortar branch of the online secondhand bookshop Nostos on Shoinjinja Dori in Setagaya. The shop opened in a renovated grocer's shop in August 2013, its all-glass exterior easily catching the attention of stylish locals. Carrying about 3,000 publications from the '60s through to the '80s, its main focus is on design, art, photography and essays...

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Setagaya
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Shelf

Shelf specialises in photography books, from newly published to out-of-print editions. Found near the Watari-Um Museum of Contemporary Art, this is a treasure box for those who work in the field or who simply can’t get enough of arty imagery...

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Harajuku
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Tower Records Shibuya

Tower Records was given an extensive overhaul in late 2012 that increased its whopping 5,000 square metres of floor space. There’s now a bookstore and a decent café on the second floor, the music sections now give prominent placement to back catalogue stock as well as new arrivals...

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Shibuya
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Waltz

Tokyo is well known for its vibrant record store scene, but finding a shop specialising in good old cassette tapes might surprise even the most hardcore of collectors. Waltz stocks a whopping 3,000 tapes amassed one-by-one by the owner, plus an extensive selection of vinyl, VHS tapes, vintage mags and boomboxes...

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Nakameguro
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Akihabara Radio Kaikan

Originally established in 1950, this is one of those venues that’s become a symbol of Akihabara’s tech and fictional character culture. It closed down for renovation in 2011 but was relaunched in 2014, with a bigger and better selection of stores selling all sorts of ‘electric town’ goods such as figurines, idol merchandise, trading cards and pretty much any electronic equipment you need...

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Akihabara
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Atelier Sougeikan

A stone's throw from the futuristic marvel that is the Tokyo Skytree, Atelier Sougeikan offers calligraphy lessons where you’ll get a chance to decorate an item of your choosing, such as a fan or a lantern, and take your creation home with you. They also sell reasonably priced souvenirs – we love the lacquer-drawn Skytree poster...

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Kinshicho
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Avril no Mise Kichijoji

A yarn specialist on Kichijoji's Nakamichi-dori, Avril occupies a cutesy red-walled building on the north side of the station. Step inside and be greeted by the sound of winding machines – the staff are always hard at work here, organising the countless varieties of yarn that adorn the walls. In addition to regular varieties, you'll find natural fibers, ribbons, stainless steel string and even raw wool...

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Hanashyo Nihonbashi

Specialising in Edo Kiriko glassware, Kameido-based Hanashyo also operates this Nihonbashi store and showroom. One of today’s premier names in this traditional art, the origins of which reach back into the 1820s, Hanashyo’s gorgeous, stylish wares make for impressive souvenirs....

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Nihonbashi
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Kagaya

Founded in 1962, Shinjuku's Kagaya is one of the city's longest-running smoke shops and deals in everything from standard cigarettes to cigars, pipes and lighters. Brands from around the world are represented, with the cigar lineup being particularly impressive: you'll find fine Cubans alongside product from places like Dominica, Honduras and Nicaragua...

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Shinjuku
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Kakimori

You might find yourself falling in love with the art of writing again after a visit to this specialist stationery shop. Kakimori’s range of pens, inks and letter sets are chosen on the basis of how comfortable they are to use, and customers are welcome to try out the fountain pens in store. Best of all are the made-to-order notebooks...

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Asakusa
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Kakusen-en Komagome

Unique cacti and succulents in an almost overwhelming variety fill the main greenhouse and spill out onto the roof at this Komagome specialist, where you'll find plants from as far afield as Peru and South Africa. It's always a fun place to visit, whether you’re a cactus enthusiast or a newcomer to the world of succulents...

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Kama-Asa Shoten

Founded in 1908, Kama-Asa in Asakusa’s Kappabashi (also known as Kitchen Town) deals in everything from kitchen knives (up to 80 different kinds) and exquisite Nanbu Tekki ironware to items like stylish crane-shaped graters and some of the best frying pans. Buy a knife and they’ll engrave it for you...

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Asakusa
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Karimoku 60 Shinjuku

Turning out exquisite handmade furniture since 1940, Karimoku 60 is an institution. The company’s creations are all made from domestic wood and designed to suit Japan’s smaller homes. Their iconic K Chair’s design has stayed the same since 1963 and remains the company’s flagship product...

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Kiddy Land

Kiddy Land is a Tokyo institution. The main Harajuku shop is a noisy, heaving maze of mascots, dolls, cuddly toys, furry toys, action figures, Disney, Kitty, Doraemon, Godzilla and more. Warning: this much cuteness can damage your mental health...

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Harajuku
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Kyukyodo

Japanese paper specialist Kyukyodo opened its first shop in Kyoto in 1663 and supplied incense to the Imperial Palace during the Edo period. Still run by the Kumagai family that founded it, the shop moved to Tokyo in 1880. This branch in Ginza, with its distinctive arched brick entrance, still sells incense, alongside a selection of seasonal gift cards and lots of small, moderately priced items...

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Ginza
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M's: Pop Life sex department store

The creativity involved in Japan's porn industry is on full display at this seven-floor sex goods shop next to Akihabara Station, and the best way to peruse their wares is slowly, from the top down. The top three floors are given over to DVDs. Hop out of the lift at the seventh, walk past the posters of porn stars, and you're immediately confronted with hundreds of transgender skin flicks and shelves packed with 'mature' content...

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Mandarake

You don’t have to go all the way to Akihabara to get your otaku fix: this subterranean shop in central Shibuya is overflowing with manga, anime, collectible toys and more. Stay tuned for store events and auctions where collectors can get their hands on rare finds...

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Shibuya
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Mannen-ya

Look for the giant turtle painted on a flashy yellow building and you'll be on the doorstep of this 50-year-old store that sells everything from knickerbockers and jika-tabi (work shoes) to hot-pink helmets and Hello Kitty items...

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Shinjuku
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Mask Shop Omote

Find out what’s behind the mask at Shuhei Okawara's funky store in old Tokyo: Omote is found along a quiet, nostalgia-oozing shopping street in Sumida's Kyojima and has become a favourite among the city's actors, mask-makers and headwear enthusiasts. The selection ranges from the usual to the fetishistic, including Venetian-style masks...

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Midoriya

Three generations of bamboo craftsmen have practised their art at this Yanaka shop, which was first established back in 1908. The elegant products on display range from flower baskets to chopsticks, bookmarks and lunchboxes, but the exquisite insect cages are the real standout. If you can't afford one of those, opt for the 'renkon coasters' (¥500), fashioned to resemble a slice of lotus root...

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Nippori
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Mikura

Fittingly located on the north side of Asakusa’s Kappabashi (aka Kitchen Town), this specialist shop carries a dizzying variety of chopsticks in different lengths, colours and shapes – ask the staff to pair you up with ones that fit perfectly in your hands. An engraving service is also available...

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Asakusa
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Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten

Established in Nara back in 1716, Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten is one of those venerable crafts purveyors that have survived through the centuries by relying on quality, tradition and gradual adaptation to changing times. This Marunouchi store, their Tokyo flagship, stocks an extensive range of collaborative items, including the Hasami line made with Nagasaki porcelain...

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Nakano Broadway

Walk down the cathedral-like shotengai in Nakano and you’ll reach the covered Broadway section. A popular haunt for Tokyo's otaku community, this five-floor complex contains numerous outlets of Mandarake, specialising in new and second-hand manga; branches of Fujiya Avic, the second-hand CD/DVD/anime store offering rarities and bootlegs...

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Nonohana Tsukasa

Unlike conventional flower shops, this one primarily stocks wild grass. The seasonal plants and blooms they carry may be simple, but they're sourced from all over Japan and hold a certain charm. You'll also find flower pots and bonsai trees, while there's a tea room – decorated with more wild grass, of course – on the second floor...

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Ginza
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Pigment

Run by the Terrada warehouse company – which actually does far more than just stock Tokyoites' leftover belongings – this art supplies 'laboratory' was designed by internationally renowned architect Kengo Kuma and inspired by the look and feel of bamboo. It stocks more than 4,200 colour pigments, as well as a number of top-quality traditional East Asian tools...

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Rozan

Take the main street from the north exit of Nishi-Ogikubo Station and walk all the way to the Zenpukuji River to find Rozan, a seemingly unassuming pottery shop. Owner Fumihiko Oshima has built a large and devoted following on the back of his refined aesthetic: every month, he chooses a different contemporary artist to exhibit at Rozan...

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Nishi-Ogikubo
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Takeo Paper Trading

The showroom of Takeo, Japan's foremost expert in paper trading. Find all kinds of paper for printing, artworks, envelopes and much more – a whopping 2,700 different kinds are available. The second floor is dedicated to exhibits highlighting paper samples from both Japan and elsewhere...

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Jinbocho
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Tamiya Plamodel Factory

Add to your collection at this well-stocked hobby shop in Shinbashi, which carries every Tamiya product you could possibly imagine. The range totals around 6,000 different items, including toy cars, model planes and accessories. There's even an event space above the shop where various events take place...

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Tendo Mokko Showroom

A furniture manufacturer from Yamagata prefecture, Tendo Mokko uses a patented technique known as molded plywood to produce beautiful, flowing lines – best represented by the iconic Butterfly Stool, designed by Sori Yanagi and widely admired by design nerds around the world. They've also worked with the likes of designer Isamu Kenmochi and architects Arata Isozaki and Kenzo Tange...

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Hamamatsucho
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Tokyo National Museum Shop

Found on the National Museum's ground floor, this store carries a whopping 4,500 items at all times – from paraphernalia related to ongoing exhibitions to original products themed on works from the museum's permanent collection. You'll find bags, stationery, accessories, replicas of famed artworks...all superb souvenir options...

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Ueno
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Tokyobike Gallery

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It could be said that Tokyobike is the design embodiment of the Yanaka mindset. The company have been knocking out simple, attractive bicycles, just a hop and a skip from Nezu Station, ever since they opened in 2002. The concept is simple: comfort above speed (Yanaka in a nutshell), ideally put together for the local life...

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Tomato

From its name, you’d expect this five-floor store to sell, well, tomatoes. Instead, it sells fabric at wholesale prices. Around the neighbourhood, there are several branches of this shop which also stock beads, accessories and other crafty items. Located in Nippori Fabric Town, it's the one stop shop for all your textile needs...

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Nippori
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Tout le Monde Shop

Look out for the gleaming blue building in the residential backstreets of Aoyama: Kichijoji-based Billboard's more centrally located outpost deals in greeting cards and postcards from all over the world – hence the shop name. Choose from over 700 kinds to make sure you get the right one for the occasion and the recipient. They also sell a range of unusual envelopes...

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