Japan Shopping

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Japan Shopping

  • Akihabara

    Tokyo Shopping

    Kotobukiya is the leader in Japanese character figures and their huge store in Akihabara is a collector's dream! They have floor after floor of gorgeous figures and character items from Japanese anime like Evangelion to American comics and movies, like Batman and Iron Man! The prices are not discounted but for Americans like me, it's cheaper than...

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  • department stores

    Osaka Shopping

    Not much different from other Takashimaya but i always find interesting deals when I go there. This one is particularly big and has good food on the first floor. One thing special to note is that the building it is in is one of the rare one that survived the bombings of the war alongside the nearby train station.

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  • Discount Shops - Groceries

    Tokyo Shopping

    In the shop, they sell a wide range of products that are classified into different categories that will suit anyone's need. They provide updated information about their products too. What's good on this shop is that, they can process orders even you're a gaikokujin like me. They have an english website too. Souvenirs, Japan Daily Products, Toys,...

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  • Shinsaibashi

    Osaka Shopping

    The area has many shops and restaurants. Some cheap, some expensive, some just downright weird. A good place to go to when the weather is nasty, as everything is covered for blocks. Great place to buy souvenirs if you need to buy something for people at home.

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  • Nakamise - Asakusa

    Tokyo Shopping

    You might expect a street leading to a temple to be pretty dull if you weren't the type to stock up on items of a spiritually uplifting nature. But these small stalls sell all manner of merchandise, ranging from colourful fans, ukiyo-e (woodblock prints), kimono and other robes, Buddhist scrolls, traditional sweets, Godzilla toys, t-shirts, and...

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  • Den Den town

    Osaka Shopping

    Technology, DVD and Anime, that's what Den Den Town is all about. The place is loaded with technology stores and anime shops, and naturally the Pachinko stores are not far away as well. Look properly for some proper bargains but it's not the cheapest place on the planet.

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  • Fashion

    Tokyo Shopping

    Everybody knows that the Hermes' Brand is one of the most expensive Luxe brands in the world and is way more expensive than Louis Vuitton. In fact, about 18% of the company is owned by the LVMH group. The uber luxe fashion shop was founded by Thierry Hermes' in 1837. Hermès has 14 product divisions encompassing leather, scarves, ties, men's wear,...

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  • Department Stores

    Tokyo Shopping

    Seiyu Supermarket is the Walmart of Japan. No really, it's not like Walmart, it is Walmart. Owned by Sam Walton's family in Bentonville, Arkansas. Seiyu has a huge grocery store, certainly the largest I've seen in Tokyo, and it sells almost everything. Fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, rice, beer, ramen, candy, snacks, ice cream, you name it....

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  • Electric - Electronics

    Tokyo Shopping

    The LAOX is the biggest electronic shop in town. The main shop across the street at subwaystation Akihabara offers 7 floors of electronics. Unfortunately not every article is that cheap as you would expect in Japan. On the 7th floor there is an amazing collection of souvenirs. These are good priced and when you spend 10.000 yen, you get it...

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  • Anime, Character Goods, Toys

    Tokyo Shopping

    Going to the Pokemon Center was a pilgrimage of sorts for me. I was a big fan of the original Pokemon animated series when it was just the original 151 and haven't been keeping up with the series or games since then so it was a bit disappointing that most of the items in the store were of the new Pokemon characters. However, they did have some...

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  • Ginza

    Tokyo Shopping

    Ginza is well known around the world as the Luxury Shopping Capital of Japan and as many as 1/4 of the famous brands of europe like hermes, louis vuitton, gucci, christian dior, balenciaga, etc produces like bags, clothes, wallets and others are bought by the japanese and most of these are bought in this luxe Ginza District and at Omotesando. One...

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  • Harajuku - Omotesando

    Tokyo Shopping

    Tokyo is a great big city. And to my surprise it is not full with souvenir shops all over the place. But we found this great store located among the high end shopping in the on Ometesando St. The prices were great and the selection was outstanding. 3 floors of local crafts, such as chop sticks, samuri swords, t-shirts. Not your tacky stuff but some...

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  • Shinjuku

    Tokyo Shopping

    Shinjuku is a shopping and nightlife district in central Tokyo. It's also one of those ultramodern neighborhoods in Tokyo with a huge LCD screen on every building. Definitely a must see at night when the place is lit up with more neon than a dozen Las Vegas'.

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  • Ameya Yokocho - Ameyoko

    Tokyo Shopping

    The Ameyoko Market in Tokyo, located along and under the Yamanote Line tracks, is one of the city's busiest and more traditional markets. Its original name was "Ameya Yokocho," meaning candy store alley, are area's original specialty. This market was also one of the city's black markets following World War II. Today the area is well known for its...

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  • Japanese Style

    Tokyo Shopping

    Oriental Bazaar is as the name suggests a place to buy oriental souvenirs. If you're looking for a kimono or some Japanese trinkets then its worth looking here. The shop is a red and green Japanese style building situated in a shopping street a little way down from Harajuku station, not too far from several designer shops. Here you can buy oriental...

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  • Postcards - Souvenirs

    Tokyo Shopping

    While seeming somewhat out of place in trendy, youth oriented Harajuka, the Oriental is a great one stop shopping place. There are several floors that sell typical tourist items, textiles, dolls and pottery, etc., along with some nicer things like woodblock prints. I didn't thing the prices were any different than in other parts of Tokyo; this was...

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  • Odaiba

    Tokyo Shopping

    It is at the basement of huge ODAKYO Department Store inside the SHINJUKU STATION complex! You don't have to get out of Shinjuku Station building as the department store is right there- just follow the signs. In another of our family misadventures, I got separated from my family and got to Shinjuku on my own (will talk about this separately). I...

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  • Shibuya

    Tokyo Shopping

    Tokyu Hands is a wonderful place to shop! It has many floors, each with different sorts of items. It has reasonable prices and has a wide variety of products. It also has elevators, so it is handicap accessible. At Tokyu Hands, you can buy anything! How much you can expect to spend simply depends on what you are looking for... If you plan to browse...

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  • Arcade & Game Centers

    Tokyo Shopping

    This you have to try your luck. First, insert the 100 yen coin then you can must clip the toys or cartoon you like. You clip the toy with the special tool successfuly, it all yours. Toy, games 100 yen for 1 luck

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  • Shopping Complex

    Tokyo Shopping

    A 2-storey recreation of Hong Kong in the middle of a Japanese shopping mall. It even has large neon lit signs that are so famous in Hong Kong. This place also has a large Namco arcade inclusive of UFO Catchers.

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  • Jewel

    Tokyo Shopping

    I stumbled across this small shop on my way back to Ginza from the fish market. I was drawn in and I couldn't help it - it's so beautiful. It's only like 5 mins walk from all the Ginza glitz and it's a small family-run handmade jewelry business and they make everything in their basement workshop - which you can see from peep-holes in the glass...

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  • Music

    Tokyo Shopping

    There is a whole stretch of shops in Ochanomizu that is definitely musicians' heaven! These shops sell all sorts of musical intruments and related items, scores etc etc. If you are crazy about music, you'll go bonkers in this area. Check out their electric guitars that are hung outside many of the shop fronts. You'll be awed by the variety and the...

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  • Showrooms

    Tokyo Shopping

    As you are already in one of the most expensive cities in the world, why not max out on your credit card at the Toyota Megaweb Showroom. I'm told that the cost of the car is not in itself particularly expensive, such as the two-door beauty that I am pictured with. However, it seems that the running costs (parking space, petrol, maintenance) all do...

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  • Refreshments on the move

    It seems to me that when the Japanese do something, they do it thoroughly and they do it well. Vending machines are a case in point. Most modernised countries have them in certain places but in Japan they are everywhere – according to what someone told us, 5,510,000 of them in total in the country! You can't walk for more than five minutes in any...

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  • "We love Lawson's!"

    To satisfy late night snack cravings or indeed at any time of day, head to Lawson's. We found the one in Senkyoro, almost opposite the Fuji Hakone Guest House, to be the ideal spot to pick up dessert and/or a drink to enjoy while relaxing in the lounge after dinner. They have some things you will recognise from home (a good range of Hagen Dazs ice...

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  • Vending Machines

    Think the best place in Tokyo to shop is the famous Ginza district? Want to stop into a local convenience store for a drink or a pack of cigarettes?Why not just stop at your local vending machine? Japan leads the world in vending machines per capita, with one machine for every 23 people. In Japan, you will see drink machines bout every hundred...

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  • Fukuoka vs. Osaka shopping

    Fukuoka is not as large as Osaka, and doesn't offer as many unique shopping opportunities as Osaka does. That said, the central shopping area of Fukuoka is in and around Nishitetsu Fukuoka Station‎. The more unique shopping opportunities are found West of the station on the smaller streets of Tenjin and Daimyo wards. There is also the large...

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  • Beer Price Index (retail)

    Beer is most commonly sold in 333 and 500ml cans, as well as 500 and 633 bottles.Price for proper beer in the supermarkets (not the low malt stuff) ranges between 190 yen for a 333ml can to around 330 yen for a 633ml bottle.Add around 10% if purchased in a convenience store, and for the premium brands (Yebisu, Suntory Premium etc), add around...

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  • Toy Madness in Tokyo's Kiddy Land

    Got an afternoon to spare in Tokyo? Got a day to spare even? Interested in toys toys toys and more toys? Action figures, cuddly toys, minature plastic food, minature anything, clocks, pens, stickers, dolls, anime figures, king size bears with bloody claws, manga stuff, games, pillow cases, crawly things, creepy things, cute things, funny things,...

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  • ORIGAMI PAPER

    ORIGAMI is the art of paper folding in Japan. It started when the technique of paper-making was brought to Japan from China by way of Korea in the 6th century. At that time, paper was a rare and precious commodity, and a formal kind of paper folding developed for use in both religious and secular life. There is perhaps another reason for the...

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  • Countless floors of books books books

    The Maruzen megabookstore in Marunouchi Tokyo opened just this september (2004). It is I don't remember how many floors (9?) of books and stationary, all you can wish for. For foreigners there is also a huge selection of english books as well as some in other languages. Particularly fun if you want books on Japanese society, culture, cooking...

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  • Japanese lacquerware

    Ok, now this lacquerware "nurimono" in Japanese, is actually not my kind of cup of tea you know. But I know that many people really like it. Nurimono is usually black (but can be red or even colorless), and made up of wood with special lacquer on it. This is put on in many many layers, hence fancy nurimono is really pricey.The classic one is...

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  • Izakaya Ja Nai

    If you are a male then Japan is a great place to shop for a girlfriend or wife. Within a day of arrival you are guaranteed to have had your ego boosted because you have the blue eye or look alike Blad Pitt. Us chicks, on the other hand, are suddenly handed a life of spinsterdom and lonliness on a huge sushi plate. What with the Western Men turning...

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  • A block of shopping place

    A big shopping area with sheds across several streets. The area is a good choice for killing time, looking for exclusive crafts and souvenirs. from a half day to all day long

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  • Get your Manga and Anime fix in Tokyo

    This store is choke full of good stuff. Anything you can think of, manga and anime, you are bound to find them here. Most items are second-hand but being Japanese, they are in mint and pristine condition. Shelves after shelves of manga - shojo, shonen, yaoi, kids' - and doujinshi (fanbooks). Try squeezing and elbowing in between the scores of rabid...

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  • Convinience stores are indispensable in...

    In Japan you can find convinience stores everywhere. You can buy almost of daily items and food. It varies.

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  • mobile phone

    Japans mobile phone system is different from the rest of the world, so you can not use your own foreign phone. There are several possibilities to rent a mobile phone. You can rent one on the internet, or at the airport when you arrive. But this renting business is not very affordable. Most we discovered charged about 50 US$ a week, excluding...

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  • Getting high quility beer in Japan

    This tip is more for any ex-pats out there who are looking for quality beer at reasonable prices...I've never been a big fan of Asian beers in general and in Japan if the domestic cost an arm and a leg. So, if your looking to try some new suds, check out this website. the company is based in Hokkaido, near one of the many soap forests....

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  • Which Beer Is For Me?

    Any Japanese convenience store - Hot Spar, Family Mart, Lawsons.... Kirin Stout - a bitter darkKirin Enjuku - golden brown, sweet beerSapparo Snow - Light beer only available in SapporoNippon Premium - a bitter malt beerStyle Free Asahi - Thin light pale beer

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  • Yamazaki Whisky

    Same as in previous tip, I like to buy and take home local drinks and one of the famous Japanese products are Japanese whisky's and this Yamazaki Whisky Single Malt is one of them. Whisky

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  • Sake

    Like in most of the countries I visit I try to buy some of the special local drinks that worth to take with you back home and here in Japan is it surely Sake. I already used this Sake when making home sushi after our return from Japan :)

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  • Clamshell Handphone Galore

    Japanese handphones are, generally, clamshell type and very rectangular (not interesting) but may be pack with features.Some of the dummy handset, by Softbank, seen from a outdoor display in Sapporo.

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  • Souvenirs and Gifts

    I really had difficulty shopping for souvenirs throughout Japan. Most gift shops only carried children's small toys, school supplies or cell phone accessories. I even found difficulty finding postcards. I purchase most of my souvenirs of saki sets, silk robes, key chains, t-shirts, and food gifts at the Narita Airport. I also found some cool gifts...

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  • Luxury shops

    Ginza is the place where you will find luxuary brands like Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Fendi and many others. For Burberry fans, you will find the unique collection "Burberry Black Label" for men and "Burberry Blue Label" for women Prices (comparing with euro) are very interesting !!

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  • Packing Kabukis

    If you collect Kabukis, make sure to pack them really, really good. The glass frames of each kabuki can be removed. Remove the top of the kabuki frame and all the four sides. Cover these glasses with bubble wrap and make sure to tape them. The doll can be wrapped with newspaper. Packing for shipping is very, very tricky. If you don't pack them...

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