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Shopping in Tokyo

Hip designer labels sell out in Minami-Aoyama and Ginza. Brave shoppers head for bustling Shibuya for trendy clothes, gadgets and technology at Tokyu Hands. Tsukiji Fish Market is a shrine to fish, with fresh-off-the-boat tuna and mackerel. Antique-hunters look for kimonos and pottery at Oriental Bazaar on Omotesando, or up the hill at the Togo Shrine Market in Harajuku (first Sunday of the month). Most shops open from 10am to 8pm daily.

Mitsukoshi Department Store, Tokyo. Photo by Colin Sinclair, © JNTO
Mitsukoshi Department Store, Tokyo. Photo by Colin Sinclair, © JNTO
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Mitsukoshi Department Store

Tokyo's flagship store

Legendary Mitsukoshi is the oldest department store in Japan. It started life in 1673 as a kimono shop, known as Echigoya. The flagship store in Nihonbashi houses restaurants, a food store where tastings take place and plenty of Japanese goods.



Opening Hours

Daily 10am-7pm

Address

1-4-1 Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-8001

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 3241 3311

Transport

Mitsukoshi-mae and Nihonbashi metro

Website

Mitsukoshi Website

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Tokyu Hands

Gadgets and gifts galore

A prime spot for picking up unusual gifts, Tokyu Hands in Shibuya-ku is ostensibly a homewares store. In reality, though, it sells everything from traditional pottery to quirky gadgets. Designs range from understated and stylish, to cutesy and oddball.



Opening Hours

Daily 10am-8.30pm

Address

12-18, Utagawa-machi, Tokyo 150-0042

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 5489 5111

Transport

Shibuya JR and metro

Website

Tokyu Hands Website

Loveless, Tokyo. Photo by Tamsin Bradshaw
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Loveless

Hip goodies in Minami-aoyama

Loveless sells funky coffee table books, cool handbags, jewellery, and rare records. In its cavern-like underground location on Minami-aoyama's high street, this hip store stocks labels like Viktor & Rolf and Alexander Wang.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-8pm

Address

3-17-11 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 3401 2301

Transport

Omotesando metro

Marronnier Gate, Tokyo. Photo by Tamsin Bradshaw
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Marronnier Gate

Ginza shopping experience

Glass-fronted shopping centre Marronnier Gate lies in Ginza. It houses a range of shops, including Hysteric Glamour and Tokyu Hands - five floors of high-end gadgets and gifts. Tired shoppers stop for Thai dishes at Jim Thompson's Table.



Opening Hours

Daily 11am-11pm

Address

2-2-14 Ginza, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 104-0061

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 5524 8830

Transport

Ginza metro or Yurakucho JR

Website

Marronnier Gate Website

Opaque, Tokyo. Photo by Tamsin Bradshaw
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Opaque

Quirky clothes and accessories

Opaque is a small department store selling trendy clothing, cosmetics and funky accessories for women. The Ginza store stocks up-and-coming Japanese and foreign labels such as aquagirl and MINIMUM MINIMUM in its chic, chandelier-hung space.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 11am-9pm; Sun 11am-8pm

Address

3-5-8 Ginza, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 104-0061

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 5250 1184

Transport

Ginza metro or Yurakucho JR

Website

Opaque Website

Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo. © JNTO
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Tsukiji Fish Market

Frenzied fish auctions

Tsukiji Fish Market in Tsukiji is Tokyo's wholesale fish larder. Visitors arrive early to see 3,000 tons of 450 types of seafood being sold. Dodge the giant tuna and dive into a local sushi bar before things slow down at 10am.



Opening Hours

Tuna auction 5am-6.15am; visitors recommended to arrive after 9am

Address

5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0055

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 3542 1111

Transport

Tsukiji metro

Website

Tsukiji Fish Market Website

Togo Shrine Markets, Tokyo. Courtesy of Bodo Hornberger
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Togo Shrine Markets

Shrine-side souvenir shopping

The lively Togo Shrine Markets occur once a month in Jingumae. From dawn onwards, locals browse through old plates, folk arts, traditional dolls, and junk, with the shrine as a backdrop. There are great bargains amongst the second-hand kimono racks.



Opening Hours

1st Sun of the month 5am-3pm

Address

1-5-3, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 3425 7965

Transport

Harajuku JR or Meiji-jingumae metro

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Oriental Bazaar

Japanese treasure trove

Oriental Bazaar on Omotesando Dori is a mine of art and antiques, stretching across four floors. Kimonos, Japanese furniture, Mokuhanga (woodblock prints) and Buddhist sculpture have been sold here since 1954. Its grand red-and-green exterior is a Tokyo landmark.



Opening Hours

Mon-Wed & Fri-Sun 10am-7pm

Address

5-9-13, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 3400 3933

Transport

Omotesando and Meijingumae metro, or Harajuku JR

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BIC Camera

Eight floors of technology

This eight-storey store in Yurakucho offers a huge range of electronics. Cameras are on offer in all manner of varieties. Technology-lovers also browse computers, MP3 players, watches and toys. Before buying, check that the item is suitable for export.



Opening Hours

Daily 10am-10pm

Address

1-11-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0006

Telephone

+81 (0) 3 5221 1111

Transport

Yurakucho JR or Hibiya and Ginza metro

Website

BIC Camera Website

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