Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse: a great shopping-area
These old red brick-houses were a part of the old portarea and had been restored and rebuilt as a great shopping-centre including cafes and restaurants. When walking through the building you will still see some of the old iron-gates and other construction-details of the former warehouse at some places (see my 2nd, 3rd and 5th photo!).
What to buy: They have souvenirshops as well as the latest fashion, jewelry and many others.
What to pay: Prices are quite the same as in the rest of Yokohama.
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Usually located in parks, stadiums, open-spaces. You can find anything when there is flea markets. From watches, electronics, CDs, DVDs, lighters, clothing, shoes, etc. Prices are really really low and you can get further discount when bargaining with the price.
To find the schedule and location of the next flea market, one has to check the internet.
What to buy: everything
What to pay: ranges from Y100 ~ Y20,000 depending on the item
Yokohama Bay Side Marina
Lots of factory-like outlets selling mostly branded stuff at pretty reasonable prices... But if you feel like you don't have a lot to spend, you can still go there to enjoy looking at the buildings which were designed to look like those buildings found in english marina towns..... or dine at those fancy restaurants facing the marina, watching the boats and yachts docked at the pier.
What to buy: Lots ... - Nike, Levi's (hey, you can get the special Japanese designs only in Japan, why not get it here at discounted prices), Timberland etc etc... The outlets here would probably appeal most to the young and the young-at-hearts ;-)
What to pay: Depends on the outlet, but usually less than the actual price.
World Porters Shopping Centre.: Browse on the waterfront.
World Porters is a large shopping centre in the Minato Mirai 21 waterfront district of Yokohama. There is a food hall and many clothing shops. There's also a cinema complex. The centre doesn't open till quite late on Sundays.
What to buy: Clothes, Japanese kitsch 'toys', some finer products like chinaware, linen, stationery.
SOGO: Shop Till You Drop!
This is SOGO department store. It's huge, I think 6 or 7 floors. Yuri took me here after we ate dinner at Agio. I considered it a pleasure to do my part as a tourist and help the Japanese economy a little!
What to buy: Gifts, of course!
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You are in Chinatown - you can buy lots of things Chinese. Step into some of gift shops along the streets. You can find not only tea and snacks to take home, but also China dress, lucky charms, ceramic wares etc.
The photo is inside the Landmark from there you can go straight and procced to the other building for shopping also. Minato Mirai Area has lots of shopping stores...be careful..you might spend all your money:-)
What to buy: You can buy everything..check the mall infront of the ferris wheel,I really forgot the name of this place, I guess it's in 3rd or 4th floor they have amazing paintings..I bought one in there..The painting is all about the Athens..
What to pay: The painting cost me around $400 to $550.
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LandMark Mall, Takashimaya, Sogo, Lumini: Shop until you drop:)
Malls in Japan are very expensive and that the price is not the final one since you have to add another 5% for the tax! I wouldn't recommend you to have your shopping in here but everything you can find in Malls are not imitations unlike any other places.
What to buy: Buy some antiques of Japanese styles it surely be a decorations in your home.
What to pay: A Japanese sword I bought during our last visit worth a 200 dollars or 25,000 yen.
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BIC Camera: Electronics!!! You are in Japan!!
One of the most popular chains in Japan is BIC-Camera. Lots of electronics. Amazing an small things! It´s cheaper than other countries.
Don´t stay too long!!! Its famous publicity song can kill you: bic-bic-bic-biccc- cameraaa... lalala... It will remain on your head for ages!! ;))
What to buy: Computer devices, Digital cameras, Analogic cameras, CDs, DVDs...
TAKASHIMAYA: Expensive department store in Yokohama Station
One of the expensive store in West Exit in Yokohama Station.
They have famous brand name products from all over the world.
I just look around and I bought myself a souvenier FiFa World Cup t-shirt.
Ground level at service desk they have English speaking staffs but I am not sure maybe they only cater to tourist for the World Cup Game.
YOKOHAMA MEMORIES: Souveniers
Medium size store, if you are looking for souviniers of Yokohama they got everything. I remember every item or product they sold there is the name of Yokohama.
Staffs are friendly but do not speak English.
Narita Airport Shops: Shop At Narita Airport
If you have some time before your flight at Narita, there are lots of gift shops and restaurants on the second floor. You can find all sorts of unique gifts here.
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