The best shops in Nakameguro and Daikanyama

Get lost exploring the trendy cafés and hip shops lining the streets of Nakameguro and Daikanyama

Le Labo Daikanyama
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If you prefer to shop in a less hectic environment, make a trip down to Nakameguro or Daikanyama, the two neighbouring locales which are home to a fun array of stores and shopping spaces you won't find anywhere else in Tokyo. Browse the coolest places from sprawling bookstores and speciality shops to hidden finds under the train tracks.

The best shops in these two ’hoods

Shopping, Specialist food and drink

85 (Hachigo)

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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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1LDK Apartments

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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; the Taste and Sense food section for casual café fare by morning...

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Shopping, Bookshops

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...

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Giraffe Daikanyama Hillside Terrace

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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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Shopping, Chocolate and sweets

Green Bean to Bar Chocolate

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Directed by Chloé Doutre-Roussel, the Parisian chocolate connoisseur, this slick shop is part of Tokyo's recent 'bean-to-bar' invasion and creates quality choc from raw cacao beans. Join one of their workshops to learn about the entire production process and enjoy an educational journey into the wonderful world of chocolate...

Shopping, Menswear

Have a good time

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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...

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Shopping, Vintage shops

J'antiques

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Vintage store J’antiques sells chic American clothing and furniture from its base in the Nakameguro shotengai (shopping street). 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. Interior items – including antique accessories, furniture and tableware dating from as late as the 1950s...

Shopping, Cosmetics

Le Labo

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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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Maison Kitsuné Daikanyama

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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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Minä Perhonen Daikanyama

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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...

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Okura

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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...

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Saturdays Surf NYC

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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...

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Tokyobike Shop Nakameguro

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The Yanaka-born Tokyobike continues its success story with this Nakameguro shop, the brand's third location in Tokyo. The stylish, factory-like shop sells not only bikes but also a wide variety of accessories, spare parts and fun knickknacks...

Shopping, Specialist food and drink

Vinos Yamazaki Nakameguro

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Part of a wine import chain, Vinos Yamazaki's latest shop is found inside the new Nakameguro Koukashita complex. The knowledgeable staff can tell you all about the 400-plus varieties of wine on offer, while you'll also be able to emulate other sides of the good Mediterranean life with their selection of imported cheeses, olive oil...

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Shopping, Music and entertainment

Waltz

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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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Best Packing Store

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Packing doesn’t have to be a soul-sucking chore. Turn it into something infinitely more pleasurable by picking up fun and stylish travel essentials from Best Packing Store, which sells all kinds of interesting accessories and comfort clothing for those on the move. Popular brands include Lorinza for bags, Postalco for wallets, folders and notebooks, and Porter Classic for worldly menswear.

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Daikanyama UES

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Conveying the joy of ‘cultivating’ denim, UES is a Japanese brand emphasising high quality, natural materials and domestic manufacturing. The brand name is supposed to be derived from the word ‘waste’, expressing the hope that their items will be worn down to rags instead of languishing in a closet. Woven from Zimbabwe cotton, their material is flexible and strong, and is appreciated for its slowly adjusting fade. We recommend the ‘400T’ raw denim with its modern, tapered silhouette that comes with a little extra room between the hips and the thigh. The first hand wash will remove the starch, while subsequent washes will allow fading and breaking in to occur along the creases, meaning that you can experience the process of ‘cultivating’ the item for yourself. The shop also does repairs, and provides information on washing and customisation through in-store samples. You can of course ask the knowledgeable staff too.  

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Log Road Daikanyama

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Daikanyama's new shopping mall is not really a mall at all. Rather, it's a collection of free-standing shops and cafés – including Kirin's craft beer brewery, LA clothing retailer Fred Segal, and Kamakura's Nor Cal-inspired Garden House Crafts – that all open up onto a pretty paved lane featuring wooden benches and greenery. This is better than we expected – when we first heard about the new opening, we were imagining yet another building complex. While there is not quite enough here to keep you busy for hours, it's far more inviting to imagine sitting outsite on a terrace and enjoying a craft beer or latté before browsing the outdoor pop-up shops, which are set to change on a regular basis. Log Road Daikanyama is built on top of the old Tokyu line tracks (very close to the current tracks) north of Daikanyama Station. Look forward to fresh, warm doughnuts with various flavours including matcha green tea and maple bacon, available at Fred Segal's food section; Fred Segal’s 'kitchen truck' offering savoury dishes and a range of drinks; and six different kinds of craft beers at Kirin's Spring Valley Brewery. For more images, visit our blog  

Shopping, Bookshops

Nakameguro Tsutaya Books

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This just isn't fair anymore: neighbouring Daikanyama already has what's basically the world's greatest bookstore, and now Nakameguro gets an offshoot of that same bibliophile nirvana. Opened underneath the railway tracks right outside Nakameguro Station in November 2016, it consists of four interconnected but nominally separate spaces: 'lifestyle and gifts', 'ideas and inspiration', 'events' and a café/lounge fit for laidback browsing and sipping. Now, spare a thought for us not living in the immediate vicinity of Tsutaya Books Central...

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Shopping, Shoes

Pistacchio Daikanyama

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Don’t be fooled by its size: Pistacchio Daikanyama may be tiny, but its modern interior is filled with a wide range of sneakers, from classic to the latest trends. Located mere steps from Daikanyama Station, the store’s blue exterior is reminiscent of a Parisian bakery, and the narrow wood and brick-walled boutique houses brands such as Nike limited- edition goods, New Balance and Adidas. Lacoste, Patrick, Hunter rain boots and Sorel snow boots are also available in store or via their online shop. Follow the shop’s Instagram account for inspiration and to see shoes photographed in their natural habitat.  

Shopping, Bookshops

Sugino Shoten

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Since 1954, this venerable bibliophile heaven has been supplying Tokyoites with secondhand Japanese books spanning the whole gamut of literary genres. Go digging among the piles for rare finds and you’ll even come across some obscure titles in English. Note that the in-house 'book mountain', a true spectacle that could easily pass as an art installation, will be levelled come summer.

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White Mountaineering

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Designer Yosuke Aizawa’s White Mountaineering label is leading the Japanese fash pack right now. This premium ‘outdoor-inspired’ brand moved its flagship store from Omotesando to Daikanyama last April. You’ll find all of the brand’s latest designs here, as well as the more basic Wardrobe line.

Check out another area

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The best shops in Asakusa

There's a lot more to Asakusa than just Sensoji. From traditional Japanese crafts to kitchenware, there's plenty left to explore in this historic neighbourhood. Take a stroll along the Sumida River for stylish finds in Kuramae or hit up the popular shopping streets of Kappabashi-dori and Nakamise-dori for a real treat. 

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