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SHOPPING IN TOKYO
Shibuya
Widely known as the leading youth fashion and shopping district in the country, Shibuya knows no limit in attracting youngsters from across Japan and curious travelers from around the world. It is not only the very place where the latest teenage fashion is born, but also where the cutting-edge lifestyles for young men and women emerge and is transmitted every day.

Nevertheless, like many other districts in Tokyo it is a place where every alley has its own atmosphere – quiet, noisy, classy, pop, dim, bright, traditional, modern, etc. etc..
  shibuya
A wide variety of goods can be purchased in this “24/7 mess of people district”, but the main attraction is undoubtedly fashion related items geared towards teens to early 20s in both genders but especially women. 

>> More information on Shibuya
[Age Range]   Middle school and above
[Price Range]   Middle – High
[Goods]   Clothing, shoes, bags, accessories, other fashion-related items
music-related goods (CDs, instruments, music, etc.)
[Shopping Spots]   Shibuya 109 / Shibuya 109-2 / Marui City Shibuya 
+department stores and thousands of little stores spread across the district
[Access]   Shibuya Station
JR Yamanote Line, JR Saikyo Line, Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line,
JR Shonan-Shinjuku Line, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Tokyu Toyoko Line,
Tokyu Denen-toshi Line, Keio Inokashira Line
Harajuku / Omotesando / Aoyama
 

The three neighborhoods of Harajuku, Omotesando and Aoyama are located next to each other and has be recognized as another trend-setter spot for young generation in Japan.
Harajuku, which by now has spread its name wide across the world alongside of Shibuya, is a zippy area for punk fashion, Gothic & Lolita fashion and so-called “Urahara fashion”. Although Takeshita Street has become somewhat the byname for Harajuku, the area is quite wide and the winding lanes connecting like a maze contain different air from that of the so-known main street.
Omotesando and Aoyama, on the other hand, have totally different atmosphere and stores lineup from Harajuku. Being the design district as it is, name brands, boutiques and fashion design offices line up on the sides of the wide streets as adults dressed in high fashion elegantly spend their afternoons and evenings. 

>> More information on Harajuku & Omotesando Area

[Age Range]   Harajuku... grade school and above
Omotesando, Aoyama... twenties and above
[Price Range]   Harajuku... Cheap – High
Omotesando, Aoyama... Middle – Luxury
[Goods]   Harajuku... Clothing (teen-fashion, punk, Gothic&Lolita, casual, “Urahara”),
                     shoes, bags, accessories, other fashion-related items, sundries
Omotesando, Aoyama... Clothing, shoes, bags, fashion items, jewelry, etc.
[Shopping Spots]   Takeshita Street, Cat Street, Omotesando (avenue)
LaForet Harajuku, Omotesando Hills, boutiques and shops
[Access]   Harajuku Station... JR Yamanote Line
Meiji-Jingu Station... Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
Omotesando Station... Tokyo Metro Ginza, Hanzomon, Chiyoda Lines
[Reference]   http://www.harajuku.jp/ (Japanese/ English)
http://omosan.com/ (Japanese)
Shinjuku
   
   
The area surrounding Shinjuku Station has several faces from the business district on the west side to the shopping & entertainment district on the south to east side. As compared to places such as Shibuya and Harajuku, there are not as many little stores jamming narrow streets and the fashion spots are rather gathered up in department stores and fashion buildings. Even then, strolling around the Shinjuku 3(san)-chome area gives you an enjoyable time browsing the shops, and also a little walk to the Kabukicho district might give you another kind of entertainment from shopping. The south side of the station is currently in the midst of redevelopment but is always crowded with people walking in all directions, and the narrow slope connecting south exit and west exit is another place with girl’s fashion shops. On the west side spreads Yodobashi Camera, a large-scale general electronic appliance store providing cameras, computers, video games to TV and washing machine. 
[Age Range]   Late teens and above
[Price Range]   Cheapish – High
[Goods]   Clothing, accessories and fashion items, sundries, CD, books, electronics
[Shopping Spots]   Lumine 1, Lumine 2, Lumine Est, Mylord, ALTA,
Takashimaya Times Square, Kinokuniya Bookstore, Yodobashi Camera
+department stores and shops
[Access]   Shinjuku Station
JR Lines, Odakyu Line, Keio Line, Toei-Shinjuku Line, Toei-Oedo Line,
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
[Reference]   http://www.shinjuku.or.jp/ (Japanese)
 
Akihabara / Ochanomizu
 
Akihabara has always been a district for the so-called otaku but it was so mainly in terms of electronic products until a decade ago when the manga, anime and video games industries started to heat up in the same town. Today the district continues to be an “electronic shopping spot” where the variety of electronic goods down to the smallest components and parts available is second to no other place in Japan. It is also spreading its name across the world quickly as the “mecca of manga and anime” and is a very interesting place even just to walk around, for there are many kinds of shops and people hanging out around the neighborhood.
  Akihabara
Photo: Akihabara
If Akihabara is a town for electronics and manga/anime/video games maniacs, Ochanomizu is one for bookworms. Only a station away from Akihabara, Ochanomizu has been known as the place to go look for books, new ones also, but more of old, second-hand or (extremely) rare. It also has a nickname of "Quartier Latin of Japan" and is a college town bustling with students, shops and eat-outs for students as well as a number of sports shops and music shops. 

>>More information on Akihabara
[Age Range]   (Late teens and above)
[Price Range]   Middle – High
[Goods]   Electronic devices/ appliances, manga/ anime/ video games and related items
Books (antique, second-hand, rare), music related items, sports goods
[Spots]   Akihabara... Akihabara Denki-gai (tech/electronic products area; Chuo-dori), Yodobashi Camera, Yamagiwa Soft / Anime, Animate, Tokyo Anime Center (Eng), Akihabara Radio Kaikan
Ochanomizu... Ochanomizu Gakki-Tengai (music shops street; Ochanomizubashi Exit), Kanda Jimbocho Kosho-
Tengai (antiquarian bookshops street; 7-15 min-walk from Ochanomizu Station)
[Access]   Akihabara Station... JR Yamanote, Sobu, Keihin-Tohoku Lines,
                    
               Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Tsukuba Express
Ochanomizu Station... JR Chuo, Sobu Lines, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
Shin-Ochanomizu Station... Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
[Reference]   http://www.akiba.or.jp/(Japanese/ English)
Asakusa / Ueno
 
Along the elevated railroad track between Ueno and Okachimachi Station stretches out Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko), a shopping street just a bit different from many other shopping streets you will find in Tokyo. This market street for commodities, clothing, accessories, goodies and other grocery especially seafood and dried food opened post WWII as somewhat of a black market where you can find cheap goods and some rare, foreign stuff. Today the bustling market contains over 400 stores of all kinds gathering accordingly to each industry including outdoor leisure, apparel, shoes & bags, food, cosmetics, stationary, watches and jewelry.

As you step out from Asakusa Station and approach the famous Sensoji Temple, you will pass by a number of small shops selling Japanese sweets and souvenirs especially on the narrow stone paved path of Nakamise. Being a prominent district in Tokyo for mass/ variety entertainment/ vaudeville for more than 100 years, many of the stores in Asakusa offers entertainment-related goods as well as beautiful seasonal decoration.

Located right in the middle between Ueno and Asakusa stations is the Kappabashi Dogu-gai, a shopping street which itself is like a huge kitchen. Known for the numerous wholesale stores in the food-related industry selling a wide variety of cooking utensils from pans, knives, ingredients, uniforms, artillery to plastic made replica food, it is said that here there is nothing you cannot find in terms of cooking and most of the customers are owners of restaurants and eat-outs. The Japan-unique food samples – or displays made and sold in Kappabashi are basically each made by hand and are very detailed that they are even referred to as art.

>> More information on Asakusa / Ueno
[Age Range]   All-ages
[Price Range]   Varies
[Goods]   Ueno... commodities, grocery, clothing, accessory, etc.
Asakusa... sweets, souvenirs, etc.
Kappabashi... kitchen utensil (mostly commercial), replica food (for souvenirs also)
[Shopping Spots]   Ameya-Yokocho (aka Ameyoko), Asakusa Nakamise-dori (Eng), Kappabashi Dogu-gai
[Access]   Ueno Station... JR Lines, Tokyo Metro Ginza and Hibiya Lines
Asakusa... Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Toei-Asakusa Line, Tobu Isesaki Line
Shimokitazawa
 
Shimokitazawa is another representative youth and fashion district in Tokyo and is a favorite spot for college students to hang out since there are a number of small-scale live houses and mini theatres as well as the uncountable tiny shops featuring clothing, accessories, fabric, interior goods and fashionable commodities. As seen mostly on the northern side of the station, the neighborhood retains hints and traces of the old black market and the warren of maze of streets and curiosity-inspiring shops with rare goods from decades ago will quickly swallow you in and would not let go easily. 

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[Age Range]   Teens and above
[Price Range]   Cheap – Middle
[Goods]   Fashion items, second-hand clothing, commodities, furniture, accessories, antiques
[Shopping Spots]   Little shops
[Access]   Shimokitazawa Station ... Odakyu Line, Inokashira Line
[Reference]   http://www.shimokita-town.com/index.html
Ginza / Nihonbashi - Tokyo Station Area
 
”A refined town for elegant adults” – Ginza on its main street designed with a beauteous mixture of traditional Japanese and European architecture, embraces a number of old established shops and departments stores, luxury brands/ boutiques and galleries as well as head offices of name companies. Although it is still known to be a district for high-class, higher-generation people to shop, the area is also enlivened with young women keen on classy fashion, delicacy and sweets.

Another place of interest on the southern side of Tokyo Station is Yurakucho located next to the Ginza neighborhood. It is currently known more as a district for theaters, but is gradually changing into an entertainment and shopping district with the recently started re-development project and openings of new shopping complexes.

As you proceed along the Chuo-dori from Ginza towards north for about a kilometer you will come to the Nihonbashi district on the northeast side of Tokyo Station. Nihonbashi itself is a bridge crossing over Nihonbashigawa River which centuries ago was the origin point of five major highways connecting Edo (Tokyo) and other cities. Being the intersection of all these roads, Nihonbashi has been for a long time the node of commercial goods flow and thus prospered as a merchant town. Even today, this east-west/ old-new mixed neighborhood retains dozens of old-established stores with a couple of centuries-history, department stores and a brand new shopping & entertainment complex also containing a luxury hotel.

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[Age Range]   Twenties and above
[Price Range]   Middle – High – Luxury
[Goods]   Fashion related items (for adults), brand items, jewelry, miscellaneous goods
[Shopping Spots]   Ginza... Department Stores: Printemps Ginza, Matsuya, Mitsukoshi,               Matsuzakaya, Ginza Wako and many more shops along mainly
              Chuo-dori
Yurakucho... MUJI, Hibiya Chanter, Marunouchi Building, TOKIA, Seibu, Hankyu
Nihonbashi... Coredo Nihonbashi, Mitsukoshi (main store), Takashimaya
[Access]   Ginza Station... Tokyo Metro Ginza/ Marunouchi/ Hibiya Lines
Higashi Ginza Station... Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
Ginza-itchome Station... Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line
Shinbashi Station... JR Yamanote/ Keihin Tohoku Line, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line,
                                     Toei-Asakusa Line, Yurikamome
Tokyo Station... JR Lines, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
Yurakucho Station... JR Yamanote/ Keihin Tohoku Lines, Tokyo Metro
                                     Yurakucho Line
Nihonbashi Station... Tokyo Metro Ginza/ Tozai Lines, Toei-Asakusa Line
[Reference]   http://www.ginza.jp/index.html (Ginza, Japanese)
Ebisu / Daikanyama / Nakameguro
 
The history of Ebisu as the stylish one’s hot spot goes back only slightly more than a decade when the Yebisu Garden Place opened up on the former site of Yebisu Beer Factory. Ever since, Yebisu has become favorites of hundreds of people keen otona no oshare including not only elegant yet casual fashion but also stylish “mature” lifestyles. Today the area especially close to the station contains a good amount of fashion, interior/ furniture etc. shops, eat-outs and restaurants with elegant non-crowded atmosphere as well as providing good nightlife.

Closely located to Ebisu is the Daikanyama, a quiet and moreover a very posh neighborhood offering a number of chic boutiques, cafes, restaurants, clubs and so on. The fame and popularity of this town of stylishness has known no fall for quite a long time now, and continues to be one of the most fashionable places to hang out among people of various generations.

Also close to both Ebisu and Daikanyama, not to mention the fact that it is only two stations away from Shibuya, is Nakameguro, another slice of this enormous city that has been gaining remarkable attention and popularity in the past couple of years. What used to be nothing more than the “back” of Ebisu and Daikanyama is now the hot spot where modern meets the traditional with fashion/ interior/ furniture shops line on one street and the classic Japanese neighborhood shopping street on another. Unlike most other places in the city, the stores and shops are open until late hours enabling people to enjoy time after work.
[Age Range]   Twenties and above
[Price Range]   Middle – High – Luxury
[Goods]   Fashion related items (for adults), interior, furniture, kitchenware, antique, etc.
[Shopping Spots]   Ebisu... atre Ebisu, Yebisu Garden Place (English), Mitsukoshi Yebisu, Mr.Craft,
               Orange Terra
, etc.
Daikanyama... La Fuente DAIKANYAMA, B-TOWN Daikanyama
                          (fashion complex), A EVISUYA TAILOR Daikanyama,
                          Onitsuka Tiger Tokyo, OLD IMARI Daikanyama (earthenware), etc.
Nakameguro... B-Town Nakameguro, ART BIRD BOOKS, Per Gramme Market
                            (web site under construction), Kagi to Jo Kato
                            (keys and locks),etc.
[Access]   Ebisu Station... JR Yamanote/ Shonan Shinjuku/ Saikyo Lines, Tokyo Metro
                            Hibiya Line
Daikanyama Station... Tokyu Toyoko Line
Nakameguro Station... Tokyu Toyoko Line, Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
[Reference]   Ebisu: http://www.ebisunavi.com/ (Japanese)
Daikanyama: http://www.daikanyama.ne.jp/ (Japanese),
                          http://teapot.office-m2.co.jp/daikanyama/ (Japanese)
Nakameguro: http://nakameguro.cc/ (Japanese)
 
 

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