1. Uniqlo Ginza
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  2. Kith Tokyo キストウキョウ
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  3. Shu Uemura Tokyo Makeup Box
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16 stunning flagship stores in Tokyo you need to visit

Love shopping in Tokyo? These flagship stores are home to top Japanese as well as international brands from Muji to Gucci

Kaila Imada
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Kaila Imada
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Time Out Tokyo Editors
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Shopping in Tokyo is an absolute joy. You can find almost every major brand and designer label imaginable, whether it's homegrown or international. Best of all, many of these labels try to outdo each other with jaw-dropping flagship stores boasting huge sales floors inside buildings designed by world-renowned architects – some even include one-of-a-kind in-store restaurants and art galleries.

One huge advantage about shopping at flagship stores is that they tend to carry the brand's full breadth of products as well as the latest releases. So whether you're looking to splurge, just window shopping or a fan of retail design, you'll have a field day at these sumptuous flagship stores in Tokyo.

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Global flagship stores in Tokyo

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  • Ginza

Japanese lifestyle chain Muji is best known for its clean, functional designs and drool-worthy stationery, and you’ll find all that and more at its global flagship store in Ginza. The Ginza landmark offers the complete Muji lifestyle: two restaurants, a bakery, a bar and two galleries, plus a retail space that stretches five floors, stocked with stationery, clothes, furniture, kitchenware and home accessories. There’s even a fresh food section offering bento boxes, a custom tea-blending station and a juice bar. Want to imagine a life surrounded by all things Muji? Just check out the in-store hotel, which embodies Muji’s sleek, minimal aesthetic.

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  • Ginza

The massive Uniqlo Ginza commemorated its tenth anniversary with a major renovation to turn the 12-storey flagship store into a new lifestyle and shopping hub. Not to be confused with the nearby Uniqlo Tokyo flagship which opened last year, the Uniqlo Ginza shop is located on the main Ginza shopping street known as Chuo Dori, right across from Ginza Six shopping complex.

One of the design highlights is the Life Wear installations on each and every floor. The brand’s signature clothing items are displayed like a museum exhibit. More excitingly, the 12th floor is home to Uniqlo Coffee, where you can relax over Uniqlo’s exclusive blend of coffee alongside cookies from the famous confectionery shop Ginza West. 

On the tenth floor you’ll find a custom-order salon, where you can get measured for the perfect fitting suit. The sixth floor will provide women's innerwear consultation and you can get fitted for underwear that best supports your body. Just like the Uniqlo Tokyo shop, the first floor will host a Uniqlo Flower shop selling lovely bouquets from just ¥390.

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  • Ginza

One of casual fashion behemoth Uniqlo’s largest flagship outlets in the world, Uniqlo Tokyo in Ginza shines the spotlight on the brand’s LifeWear line for men, women, children and babies in an appropriately fashion-forward space developed by creative director Kashiwa Sato and Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron. Don’t miss the Uniqlo flower market set up outside the shop, where you can get a fresh bundle of flowers for less than ¥500.

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  • Harajuku

Shu Uemura’s store in Omotesando looks like a giant beauty box and is appropriately named the Tokyo Makeup Box. As the brand's first global flagship beauty boutique, the store offers an extensive range of cosmetics and skincare items as well as limited-edition products that are exclusive to the shop.

There’s more than just shopping to do here – other services at the Tokyo Makeup Box include personalised gift wrapping, custom engraving, and professional brush cleaning services.

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  • Aoyama

If you’re going to visit any Comme des Garçons shop while you’re in Tokyo, it has to be the flagship store in Aoyama. Opened back in 1999, the boutique was designed in collaboration with architect Takao Kawasaki, who helped turn this former office space into a sleek structure that’s  able to highlight the building and showcase the store’s clothing and merchandise in the best possible light.

The brand’s designer and founder Rei Kawakubo also had significant input on the shop’s interior, which is mainly stark white (as are most Comme des Garçons boutiques), and a perfect backdrop for her dramatic designs.

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  • Shibuya

Harajuku’s famed Cat Street is home to the first-ever flagship for Tokyo-based brand Ambush. The space stretches across 140 square metres in the former site of American Apparel’s Shibuya Men’s store, the shop houses the brand’s gender-neutral conceptual jewellery alongside its original apparel range. Also carrying an extensive range of store exclusives and books for daily inspiration, it’s so full of variety you’re bound to stumble upon something new each time you visit.

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Sacai
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  • Aoyama

After years of ducking the spotlight, Chitose Abe embraced the growing acclaim for her brand by opening this Aoyama Sacai flagship store back 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 men's lines now incorporate a range of different fabrics, often in unusual combinations. You'll find the entire collection at this minimalist two-floor boutique.

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  • Aoyama

Undercover designer Jun Takahashi commands a fanatically loyal army of punk fashion rebels who adore his edgy designs. Enter his unsettling world at this store and experience the artistic side of his dark fashion empire. Browse through the ladies’ selection on the ground floor, or head to the basement, which houses the men’s collection and Undercover’s side labels including The Shepherd. The store is also home to the many project collaborations Takahashi has taken on, including Undercover’s athletic wear line Nike Gyakusou, and small accessories produced in conjunction with popular label Porter and skate brand Vans.

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  • Kagurazaka

Kagurazaka’s trendy La Kagu ‘warehouse’ is home to the Akomeya flagship store, offering some of Japan’s most delicious and beautiful goods – especially for your kitchen. Above all, Akomeya is a rice speciality shop and so it offers an almost overwhelming range of grains by weight. Whether you’re looking for heirloom rice from a particular prefecture or the brown variety for everyday eating, the shop attendants can help you find the exact grain to suit your cooking style and health requirements. 

The front of the store also showcases a beautiful selection of ceramics and Japanese kitchenware, all of which are labelled with a short description of the artisan and place of origin. This is heaven for home cooks and foodies, who can sit down for a healthy meal at the on-site Akomeya Kitchen, or grab a freshly-brewed tea to go from the Chaya counter.

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  • Shinjuku

The Beams Japan flagship in Shinjuku 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 range of events and exhibitions. There's also a yoshoku (Japanese-style Western food) restaurant in the basement, and a branch of Ebisu's Sarutahiko Coffee on the ground floor. If you're looking for a gift that's truly Japanese, Beams is the place to go – pretty much everything you can buy here is made in Japan.

Japan flagship stores in Tokyo

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  • Shibuya

American luxury lifestyle brand Kith has finally landed a Tokyo flagship store in Shibuya’s Miyashita Park complex. The New York-based brand teamed up with Snarkitecture, the design studio co-founded by American artist Daniel Arsham, to create the shop space and it sure is a stunner.

The massive streetwear emporium is made up of two separate rooms: one dedicated to rows of clothing and accessories, while the other is filled with shoes – even on the ceiling. If you’re feeling peckish, stop by Kith Treats upstairs; it’s the brand’s signature cereal and ice cream dessert bar.

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  • Ginza

The stunning seven-storey Louis Vuitton flagship store in the Ginza Namiki Building is finally complete after an extensive three-year renovation. Designed by renowned architects Jun Aoki and Peter Marino, the exterior is covered in rippling mirrored glass for a colourful, iridescent effect.

Louis Vuitton fans will find exactly what they're looking for here, as the shop offers luggage, leather goods, accessories, ready-to-wear clothing, shoes, watches, fine jewellery and even fragrances. Aside from shopping, the flagship store is also home to Tokyo's first Louis Vuitton café, Le Café V. The café menu is created by Yosuke Suga, from Tokyo’s renowned Sugalabo restaurant.

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  • Ginza

Italian fashion house Gucci has set up its second Ginza flagship with a new four-storey building offering exclusive custom services and a full luxury shopping experience envisioned by Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele. The retail space covers two floors with Gucci's latest fashions for men and women, plus handbags, luggage, accessories, shoes, jewellery, watches, eyewear and fragrances.

This autumn, the third floor will open as the Gucci Apartment, where you can make reservations for made-to-order items, personalisation, and other special services. Plus, you’ll be able to check out Gucci's luxury furniture and interior décor collection.

However, the highlight of the flagship is the new Italian restaurant Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura, helmed by three-Michelin-starred restaurateur and chef Massimo Bottura set to open later this year.

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  • Roppongi

United Arrows’ largest flagship store is located in Roppongi Hills and is spread out across two 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 fill even the most discerning fashion lover’s closet many times over. Part of the upper floor also has special displays of items such as umbrellas, watches and bags.

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  • Harajuku

Good denim is an investment and you can make it more worthwhile by creating your own bespoke pair of jeans from scratch. The Levi’s flagship store on Cat Street in Harajuku offers Lot No 1 service; the first of its kind in Asia, it allows denim hounds to create or customise a pair of jeans with the help of in-house expert tailor Mio Yamamoto. The entire process from start to finish takes about a month. 

For those short on time, you can still personalise your denim at the third-floor Tailor Shop, adding features like embroidery, distressing, panelling, studs, buttons and patches from as little as ¥500. Moreover, you can also print various patterns and designs on the T-shirts bought in-store – so you can get a complete, one-of-a-kind outfit.

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  • Nakameguro

Japanese brand Kinto now boasts a store in Los Angeles, but the flagship shop in Tokyo is located down a sleepy street in Nakameguro and carries a sleek selection of tableware, tumblers, and coffee equipment. The store even sells its own coffee blend, which is sourced from the Single O coffee roasters in Tokyo’s Ryogoku neighbourhood. 

Kinto is most popular for its travel mugs and tumblers, which come in clean, muted colours and simple designs – they make excellent and affordable gifts and souvenirs. There are also made-in-Japan ceramics, lightweight glass cups, and stylish pots and vases.

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