10 Best Tokyo Shopping Districts To Up Your Style

I’m not gonna deny – shopping is a big reason why we visited Tokyo this year. It’s no secret that Tokyo is a shopping mecca. From high-end department stores or chic boutiques, the city has something for just about anyone. Coupled with Japan’s tax refund, you can really save a lot!

We had done hours of research prior to our trip to help us navigate Tokyo’s shopping scene, and it’s now time to pass on that knowledge to you. Check out this comprehensive Tokyo shopping guide for the top shopping areas in Tokyo and the best place to shop based on what you’re looking for!

Shinjuku Tokyo Shopping District

Photo by Jezael Melgoza on Unsplash

Table of Contents
1. Ginza
2. Odaiba
3. Omotesando
4. Harajuku
5. Shibuya
6. Akihabara
7. Shinjuku
8. Jiyugaoka
9. Daikanyama
10. Nakameguro

1| Ginza

Ginza is Tokyo’s centre of luxury, equivalent to the Fifth Avenue in New York City. You can expect to find designer boutiques and luxury brand outlets here at Tokyo’s most high-end shopping district.

Ginza Tokyo Shopping District

Uniqlo flagship in Ginza

Ginza shopping is centered around Chuo-Dori – the main street stretching approximately 1 km long. This buzzing shopping street is home to luxury stores such as Bvlgari, Chanel, and Prada. Between them are massive department stores including Ginza SIX, Ginza Mitsukoshi, Matsuya Ginza, Ginza Wako, Tokyu Plaza Ginza, Barneys New York, and Marronnier Gate Ginza where you can shop for fashionable items.

Even if you’re not into luxury, Ginza holds flagships stores for many affordable brands like Uniqlo, Zara, and H&M—often with tax-free counters.

Itoya in Ginza Tokyo Shopping District

Cute stationery items found in Itoya

….and that’s not all. In Ginza, the true pleasure of shopping can be found at specialty shops like Sanrioworld, Itoya (stationery store), Atmos (shoe store), and Hakuhinkan (toy park)!

Shopping tips: To take advantage of Japan’s tax refund program, bring your passport with you. Most department stores and large retail chains have dedicated tax refund counters that will help you claim tax refund so that you can enjoy tax-free shopping!

Best for: high-end luxury goods

How to get there: take the subway to Ginza station, accessible on the Marunouchi, Hibiya, and Ginza lines. Or to Higashi Ginza Station on the Asakusa and Hibiya subway lines.

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2| Odaiba

A man-made island in Tokyo Bay, Odaiba is a popular shopping destination for local and foreign tourists.

Odaiba Tokyo Shopping District

Shopping in Odaiba is an experience unlike any other in Tokyo. While it is true that Odaiba is filled with numerous shopping malls, each comes with a theme, giving you a resort-like shopping atmosphere.

For instance, the Odaiba shopping mall, Venus Fort at Palette Town. The 3-level outlet mall distinguishes itself from other Tokyo shopping malls by mimicking a medieval European town.

DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, designed under the concept of “theatrical city space,” is a popular spot for manga and anime fans. Home to a Gundam-themed store (known as Gundam Base Tokyo) and a life-size Unicorn Gundam statue, DiverCity has become a place for many to release their inner geek.

While you’re in Odaiba, don’t miss out on other noteworthy spots such as DECKS Tokyo Beach (a ship-themed shopping center) and Aqua City Odaiba (built with the theme of a Tokyo resort island and has a ramen theme park on the 5th floor!).

Best for: international designer brands at discounted prices

How to get there: take the subway to Daiba station on the Yurikamome line. Or to Tokyo Teleport Station by connecting the JR Saikyo/Yamanote line to Rinkai line.

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3| Omotesando

Dubbed as Tokyo’s Champs-Elysee, Omotesando is an upscale fashion district.

The main street, Omotesando-Dori (aka Omotesando Avenue), is lined with luxury fashion brands like Tod’s, Dior, and Miu Miu. Serious shoppers would make a stop at chic shopping malls such as Omotesando Hills and Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku for trendy fashion and lifestyle items.

It is true that Omotesando shopping is very luxury-oriented just like in Ginza. But what makes Omotesando appealing is the eye-popping contemporary buildings designed by prominent architects, many of them are winners of the prestigious Pritzker Prize! Head over to the kaleidoscope-like escalator entrance at Tokyu Plaza or Prada’s bubble glass building, and you’ll know what we mean!

Omotesando Tokyo Shopping District

Tokyu Plaza / Photo by Chris Barbalis on Unsplash

What we loved most about Omotesando is shopping for household goods. Awesome Store, Flying Tiger Copenhagen, and Sostrene Grenes are filled with cute lifestyle good items and knickknacks that will give your room some personality!

Omotesando Tokyo Shopping District

specialty shops in Omotesando

Best for: luxury fashion and home accessories

How to get there: take the subway to Omotesando station on the Ginza, Chiyoda, and Hanzomon lines.

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4| Harajuku

Tokyo’s Harajuku district is always on the forefront of the next big trend in fashion. If you’re interested in Japanese street fashion, or anything fashionably kawaii, Harajuku is the place to be!

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Takeshita-Dori, aka Takeshita Street, is Harajuku’s main retail artery and the busiest shopping street in Tokyo. This popular street in Harajuku is overloaded with clothing stores, boutiques, and shopping malls – all catering to fashion-conscious teens and quirky subcultures.

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Take a tour inside the Laforet Harajuku department store, the capital of youth fashion, and you will quickly get a sense of the trend of the current generation.

Harajuku Tokyo Shopping District

Photo Credit: Tokyo Tourism

Vintage and secondhand shops are tucked away in the small alleyways – perfect for budget shoppers! Look for Cat Street in Tokyo, a hipster paradise connecting Harajuku to Shibuya. Not only are there vintage shops, you can also find local designer boutiques and outdoor clothing stores in this trendy area. Even if you don’t find anything that suits your needs, it is a pleasant place for strolling and window shopping in Harajuku.

Best for: Tokyo teen fashion and vintage clothing stores

How to get there: take the subway to Meji-jingumae station, served by the Chiyoda and Fukutoshin lines. Or to Harajuku station on the JR Yamanote line.

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5| Shibuya

Oh, Shibuya – it is my absolute favorite!

First Time in Tokyo Japan Shopping in Shinjuku

Shibuya shopping district is a fashion paradise for young adults, with a wealth of shops targeted towards men and women in the 20s and 30s.

Yes, it can get a bit overwhelmed with that hectic vibe and crazy crowds. But there are so many fun things to do in Shibuya. It is always so lively and full of energy. I mean, where else can you find stores that open 24 hours a day?!

Start your visit at Shibuya Crossing – the iconic intersection in Shibuya, Tokyo. This all-way pedestrian crossing has appeared in countless movies and is a must see in Tokyo! From there, you will come across many Shibuya shopping malls, including Shibuya Mark City, Shibuya Hikarie, Shibuya Marui, and Shibuya 109.

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Besides fashion, Shibuya has a variety of shops that will make you empty your wallet. We recommend:

  • Tokyu Hand Shibuya: a lifestyle goods store spanning 8 floors, selling everything from stationery, crafts, to home decor.
  • Matsumoto Kiyoshi: worth visiting if you’re interested in cosmetics, beauty products, and medicine. It has 2 buildings (Part 1 and Part 2) located across the street from one another.
  • Mega Don Quijote (aka Donki): a discount store that opens 24 hours. You can find almost everything you can possibly think of, from household items to beauty products. They even groceries and alcohol!!!
  • LOFT: a lifestyle department store spreading over 7 floors. Great for those looking to buy stationery, homewares, and variety goods.
  • Bic Camera: a popular electronic store where you can find cameras, PC, TV, and household appliances. The best part is that they have English-speaking staff!
  • Tower Records: a 9-storey music retail store, carrying books, records, and CDs of Japanese and world music. A must-visit for music enthusiasts!

Best for: Japanese fashion, souvenirs, and household goods

How to get there: take the subway to Shibuya station, served by Hanzomon, Ginza, Fukutoshin and JR Yamanote lines.

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6| Akihabara

Let your obsession run wild in Akihabara, anime and manga fanatics! This is your little piece of heaven to shop for anything that is animation and videogame-related, and a gateway to all sorts of weird things in Tokyo.

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  1. This is fantastic! I bet it can get super overwhelming when shopping in Tokyo, so I’ll have to save this list when i visit. I love all the Kawaii culture, the stuff is so cute! I don’t know if I’m brave enough to wear those dresses out in public though, haha!

  2. I figured there was good shopping in Tokyo but didn’t realize it was like the shopping mecca! Odaiba looks really cool for not only resort-style shopping but visuals too! I would have to visit Omotesando for the architecture. And yes, Harajuku! I’ve always wanted to see that!! I can see why Shinjuku was so confusing, goodness….but it’s beautiful-I want that photo! I love that each district is known for something different and each has its own style. Fabulous reason among many to visit Tokyo!

  3. Not gonna lie, my first thought was, “Did Kevin enjoy the shopping too?” But it seems like he did, as evidenced by your smiles in the Harajuku photo. 🙂 And a 3-level outlet mall that mimics a medieval European town? What?!? Haha. We did a little bit of shopping when we were in Tokyo, but it was more along the lines of Uniqlo instead of luxury stores (but we did hit Harajuku and Akihabara). Props for the directions re: Shinjuku station… I remember it being confusing when we first got there, too!

  4. This guide is so thorough it is almost overwhelming! I loved this introduction to the Tokyo districts as I didn’t really know much prior, apart from Shibuya. Jiyugaoko and Odaibo both sound up my alley. Now I have to ask, which district is your favorite to actually stay in?

  5. This is a cool post! I love the idea of the Odaiba shopping vibe, with different themes, thats really cool. I would have a blast there, I’m a sucker for themes. I am not sure about the Harajuku, that just seems like to much work for me aha. I think my fav would be Nakamegurfo, I am good for coffee shops, boutiques and a chilled out vibe. Very cool.

  6. Whoa I love these images Cat. Yet to see Japan or Tokyo but after my wife loved her year spent in Hiroshima teaching English I need to visit.

  7. I’m not a big shopper but I want to go to Japan so bad it hurts! I keep putting it off as I want to do it “right” but maybe I need to just pull the trigger. I love those adorable little stationary items too!

  8. I love Japan and have been lucky enough to visit Tokyo many times. I personally would rather eat than shopping but there are so many amazing things to shop for in Tokyo that it is definitely an adventure! I love the stationary shops – I could spend hours in them!

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