Tokyo has more than its fair share of vintage and secondhand clothes shops, but with such an enormous selection to choose from, separating the treasure troves from the tat dens is a long and arduous process. One of the best places to start looking is Harajuku, as this teen heaven also boasts an impressive range of stores specialising in vintage wear and gear. Read on for 15 of our recommended picks.
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The Harajuku branch of Santa Monica, which operates five other shops in the city, carries a great selection of womenswear from casual basics to more feminine pieces, with many items going for less than ¥5,000.
Shop here for menswear, womenswear, casual wear and denim.
Its bright neon sign is hard to miss – thrift shop Chicago is something of a Harajuku landmark. Although the chain operates stores all over Tokyo, this branch houses the largest collection of vintage clothing, from kimonos to wedding dresses.
Shop here for casual wear, denim and kimonos.
This old-timer specialises in decent-quality vintage clothing from the US and Europe, for both men and women, and also does original remakes. The prices are a little steep, but the staff are friendly and the clothing full of character.
Shop here for menswear, womenswear and accessories.