Best Shopping Malls in Tokyo
Do you know which Tokyo shopping malls you shouldn’t miss? As the country’s shopping district, there are dozens of giant department stores in Tokyo. These tall skyscrapers show a balance between modern - contemporary and traditional Japanese architecture. In this shopping guide, we'll take you on a tour of the best areas to shop in Japan’s major capital.
The city is both a reflection of the past and a glimpse of the future. You will find handcrafted souvenirs, classy-vintage shops, modern luxury boutiques, and depachika or gourmet food halls located in the basement. You will also find street food stalls here and there. So, check out our Top 10 Recommendation on how to shop your way around Tokyo:
Shop on a Man-made Island in Odaiba
Diver City Tokyo
One of the first things you’ll notice here is the oversized Unicorn Gundam model outside Diver City Tokyo Plaza that is worth the travel in itself. The installation is also illuminated at night making the experience more magical.
The plaza offers a lot of “diversity” to its visitors as it has everything one would look for in a Tokyo shopping complex. Diver City has various restaurants serving local and international cuisine; entertainment options such as the Round 1 Stadium which has a bowling alley, arcade games, karaoke and other activities; but wait, there’s more – you’ll find Adidas, Bershka, Coach and other popular brands as well as traditional Japanese shops selling unique souvenirs here. There’s also a Hello Kitty gift shop and café that is frequented by fans of the Kawaii feline icon.
Round 1 Stadium
Aqua City Odaiba is famous for a lot of things, and with good reason. The futuristic shopping center is eye candy for the curious. One of its most popular features is the AI Robot named Chihira Junco, made by global electronics company Toshiba, Junco is designed as a multi-lingual concierge to assist visitors in Japanese, Chinese, and English. There's also the Sony Explora Science experience hall that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
Aqua City Odaiba
More importantly, the complex has a lot of shopping options, from trendy Japanese brands like Shimamura to big global brands such as Lacoste and Coach. Aqua City even has a spacious Daiso and Flying Tiger Copenhagen where you can cop quirky souvenirs and random novelty items.
Pallete Town offers the best way to see Odaiba on a different level. Like, literally. Its main attraction is a soaring Ferris wheel called “Daikanransha” that can give you magnificent views of the Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower, Sky Tree and more.
Other than the theme park, this mega-complex also has a diverse selection of restaurants, shops, and cafés. But what makes Pallete Town stand out, is the Venus Fort – it's very own shopping center. Its main piece of art is a giant fountain being held by Greco-Roman Goddesses that gives you the ultimate Instagram shot. The shopping center is family-friendly with shops and establishments appealing to any age. It houses several global brands’ outlet shops.
Decks Tokyo Beach
Decks Tokyo Beach looks like a parked cruise ship from afar, especially with the stunning Tokyo Bay in its background.
There's Madame Tussauds, LEGOLand Discovery Center, Tokyo Trick Eye Museum and its indoor amusement park, Tokyo Joypolis. Decks is a huge shopping center and it doesn't disappoint in that aspect either. It has numerous luxury and budget-friendly boutiques, where you can get casual wear, trendy apparel and most importantly – swimwear.
They even have SanQ where you can rent a Kimono or Yukata during the summer. The mall is also lined with scenic cafés overlooking the bay, food kiosks, and highly rated restaurants such as Gompachi, which is known for being in the Quentin Tarantino movie, Kill Bill.
Enjoy the Twin Shopping District: Shibuya and Harajuku
Shibuya 109 is the Gyaru-haven of Tokyo. From the historic Shibuya Scramble, you can easily see this tall, cylindrical-shaped building. As you go inside, you’ll notice most of the shops here are focused on young women wanting to dress up. You can find anything that screams Gyaru-fashion here; there’s colorful wigs, chunky shoes, endless accessories, and eccentric outfits left and right.
Takeshita-Dori is Harajuku fashion's heart and soul. It is about 400 meters and is filled with shops and cafés appealing to young locals and tourists. The shops in Takeshita-Dori are mainly offering trendy streetwear, over-the-top outfits, cosplay items, vintage apparel and the like. And if you go on a weekend, you’ll most likely see young men and women dressed up in true Harajuku style!
Cat Street is the hipster strip of Tokyo between the Kawaii Harajuku and the chic Shibuya. Contrary to popular belief, Cat Street is not crawling with Kawaii Nekos, but with cool kids dressed in hipster fashion. The street has stylish cafés, upscale fashion boutiques and a bunch of stores selling trendy streetwear.
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ollect Unique Souvenirs at Shinjuku’s Biggest Shopping Malls
Isetan is one of those big malls that is strategically organized. The shopping center is made up of two buildings, one focused on men’s fashion, while the other is for female shoppers containing several big names in the fashion industry like Gucci, Issey Miyake, and Bottega Veneta. This is also a good place to get traditional Japanese souvenirs as they have a section for fancy Japanese dolls, folding fans, kimonos, and other locally crafted products.
Takashimaya Times Square
Takashimaya Times Square’s Tokyu Hands If you are looking for an extra “touch” on the souvenirs you are taking home, head on over to Tokyu Hands which is a renowned Japanese DIY and hobby shop. Here you can pick up materials to create your DIY projects, choose over different character collections like plushies, ceramic vases, and even cypress wood storage boxes.
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Enjoy a Luxurious Lifestyle in Roppongi
The Tokyo Midtown is one of Tokyo’s busiest mega-complexes. It has a residential area, office floors, high-end shops, fine dining restaurants, an art museum, lush spacious gardens, and a luxury hotel. If you want to go shopping, this is the best place to go as it has a handful of boutiques like Jacob Cohen, BEAMS HOUSE, STRASBURGO and Uniqlo.
Roppongi Hills is every shopaholic's idea of paradise. What with international runway labels like Gucci, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, and many others, anyone would go gaga. Roppongi Hills takes pride in having locally and internationally recognized luxury boutique shops in one big shopping complex. There are also several gourmet dining options and entertainment options like the Maman sculpture and the carefully curated Mori Art Museum.
Go on a Shopping Spree in Ginza, Hibiya, and Nihonbashi
GINZA SIX（G Six）
GINZA SIX（G Six）
GINZA SIX（G Six） is an upscale shopping complex that is sure to satisfy even the heavy shoppers. G Six has more than 200 deluxe brands and flagship stores offering everything from fashion, housewares, accessories, beauty products to modern art. You can easily spend a whole day here without seeing the same store twice, so be sure to bring extra money.
Tokyo Midtown Hibiya
Tokyo Midtown Hibiya has a perfect balance of elegance and serenity. From its luxurious shops who look like they have jumped out of a magazine spread, to its picture-perfect views of the surrounding city from the serene garden.
Tokyo Midtown Hibiya surely has tricks under its sleeves, it has a sprawling Hibiya Food Hall filled with deli shops, trendy cafés and sake bars too, it also has Hibiya Central Market that showcases old school Japanese shopping lifestyles and the Toho Cinemas Hibiya which is its main entertainment establishment.
Coredo Muromachi Terrace
Coredo Muromachi Terrace
The newly opened Coredo Muromachi Terrace has just changed the whole luxury retail shopping experience. Instead of the usual boutique-style layout found in every other shopping center, Coredo Muromachi Terrace arranged the shops to have the look and feel of a gallery exhibit. This aims to give the shoppers a cultural experience of Nihonbashi.
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Shop at Japan's Tallest Tower: Skytree
Solamachi is a commercial center that is impossible to miss as it is located right at the foot of the legendary Tokyo Skytree. Shoppers are in for a treat as they step into the complex as it has endless dining, shopping and entertainment options. There are several character shops like Hello Kitty, Anpanman, Disney, and even STRICT-G with Gundam T-shirts. Among the most visited is The Skytree Shop itself where visitors can take a piece of the iconic landmark home.
Solamachi, Tokyo Skytree Town
Explore Historical Shopping Areas in nearby Tokyo Station
Kitte Marunouchi used to be Tokyo’s central post office, thus the name ‘Kitte‘ meaning ‘postage stamp’. Originally built back in 1931 and renovated to its current state last 2013, Kitte is now a posh shopping center with a rooftop overlooking Tokyo Station. It has a wide array of shops, cafes, and restaurants serving the needs of travelers and visitors alike.
Marunouchi Building is one of the city’s most important landmark. It is a favorite shopping stopover because of its proximity to busy Tokyo Station. It houses some casual high-end brands targeting working adults that either work in or pass by the area. Marunouchi also has good food choices, especially on the 35th and 36th floors where you can dine and chill while taking in the view of Tokyo Station.
Nijubashi Square may not have as many deluxe shops as its neighbors Kitte Marunouchi and the Marunouchi Building but it makes up with several foodie hidden gems. Among the favorites are: Hakata Uosuke Marunouchi serving fresh seafood and tasty sake from Fukuoka, Soba-dokoro Souhachi, an izakaya serving handmade buckwheat noodles at an affordable price, and Made in Pierre Hermé Marunouchi which is a globally renowned patisserie. The Marunouchi branch is a half shop-half cafe concept store.
Go Shopping at Ebisu’s Mega-complex
Yebisu Garden Place
Yebisu Garden Place
Where the Yebisu Beer Brewery was born back in 1890 now rises Shibuya’s commercial facilityYebisu Garden Place. The mega-complex contains museums, cinema, luxury hotel, department store and several dining places, one of which is Michelin 3-starred.
Go Anime Merch Shopping in Nakano
Nakano Sun Mall
Nakano is probably every foreign Otaku’s dream destination. Stepping into Nakano Sun Mall feels like entering a vintage Anime world, with food stalls, various local arcades, and retail shops left and right. At the end of the Shotengai you’ll be at the door of Nakano Broadway, the actual Otaku haven. It is an old school shopping center where you can get Manga, Anime, cosplay, and toys.
Go on a Traditional Japanese Shopping Trip at Kichijoji
Kichijoji’s Sunroad Shotengai
Kichijoji’s Sunroad Shotengai
Kichijoji’s Sunroad Shotengai is a great go-to place for those who are into the Japanese retro vibe. Although not the most accessible, it is worth a trip as it is in a university belt area, so endless trendy shops are lining up the Shotengai. You can also find authentic Japanese snacks, Izakayas, groceries, and cafes here as well as traditional souvenir shops.
Go Thrift shopping at Shimokitazawa
Traveling on a budget? You can still shop here in Shimokitazawa. Unlike main fashion districts like Harajuku and Shibuya, Shimokitazawa is a lot more chill, and a little old school too. This Shotengai is lined with wooden shops and vintage clothing stores. It is also a good place to learn about Japanese Music as there's a lot of lively bars and theaters in the area.
Enjoy Trendy Boutique Shopping at Futako Tamagawa
Futako Tamagawa Rise
Futako Tamagawa Rise is a must-visit place for tech-savvy travelers because of bookstore giant Tsutaya’s concept bookstore with their first-ever electronics shop. You can expect countless technology books and the latest gadget trends here. It is best to drop by for lunch after a stroll at Futako-Tamagawa Park.
We hope this comprehensive guide can help you decide which places you want to visit in Tokyo. They are all worth traveling to, but as you will notice each location caters to a different "taste" so that should help you minimize your list especially when you only have a few days. Safe travels and enjoy your Tokyo trip!
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