Shopping area that feels down-to-earth and less commercialised and in your face like Shinjuku.
Plenty of interesting shops and smaller departmental stores, as well as plenty of eateries of all kinds , all located north of Kichijoji Stn.
South of the station is Inokashira park. It is here where Ghibli Museum is located.
On weekends, street artists and performers gather here, along with the impromptu flea market offering very unique items that you cannot find in shops.
Definitely a place to pass a Saturday.
Pet stores in Tokyo sell an amazing variety of animals, usually at exorbitant prices.
We occasionally go to the big pet stores a Seiyu ad Joyful Honda, and their animals are pretty standard, mostly dogs, cats, fish, birds, and small mammals like rabbits. Of course, prices are outrageous, with a common short-haired cat selling for a minimum of 100,000 Yen ($1n000 US). A well bred dog in a common pet store can run much higher, sometime 300,000 to 350,000 Yen ($3,000 to $3,500 US).
Seek out some of the small pet stores in the city, often with the word "Zoo" in their store name, and you will find a variety of exotic animals often seen only in zoos in the US. A store in Shin Okubo and another store near Shinjuku Station had squirrel monkeys, capuchin monkeys, meerkats, owls, huge turtles, and much more. A pet store in Yokohama is said to sell even more exotic animals like alligators, penguins, serval cats, and some animals said to be endangered.
Jogai Sijou is the huge "outer market" area of Tsukiji Fish Market. These crowded streets are full of energy, light, smells, and tastes. We stopped for samples, tried whale on a stick, and later had sushi at a local restaurant.
Here you can find a massive variety of Japanese-style seafood like sashimi (raw fish), himono (traditional salted and dried fish), tsukudani (small fish preserved in soy sauce, mirin and sugar), katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes). Tamagoyaki (Japanese style omelet), whale, beef, chicken, and nori (Japanese seaweed) are also popular foods here.
Tokyo Solamachi is a shopping complex built below Sky Tree. Inside there are a lot of specialty shops, particularly food, and many of them offer special Sky Tree breads and other things. There are also many clothing stores, with women's clothing on the 2nd Floor and general clothing stores on the 3rd Floor. There are also a variety of restaurants (in addition to the places selling breads and other foods). Although there is a KFC on the first floor, the food court on the third floor is almost all Japanese food. There's a nice udon restaurant, ramen, takoyaki, soba, yakisoba, etc.
Some other shops; bookstore, Tonca Truck store, Rirakkuma store, PlaRail, Shonen Jump, Ultraman World, Anpanman Kids Collection shop, Hello Kitty, Tokyo Giants, and souvenir shops.
Joyful Honda is a great department store in Japan that is an odd mix of America's Walmart, Home Depot, Pet Smart, Costco, Best Buy, Dollar General and other specialty stores under one roof, albeit a big roof. We have visited the Joyful Honda (which has no corporate ties to the car company) in Mizuho, near Tachikawa a number of times. We have been impressed by their garden center, the pet store, the seafood selection, the beer options, their local crafts, and much more. In fact, we have purchased sushi here twice, along with fish for stews, beers for drinking, and even a Christmas tree that was marked down from 8,000 Yen to 2,000 Yen. We also bought cat toys here, and even looked at 300,000 to 400,000 Yen pets for sale ($3,500 to $4,500 US).
This place sells just about everything except cars, though it does sell gas, which must be cheap considering the lines at the pumps.
Japanese love to eat and drink, so restaurants, vending machines and convenience stores are everywhere in Tokyo.
In Japanese, the convenience store is called a "konbini," a play on the English word convenience. In Tokyo, these small stores with everything seem to be located on almost every block. They are brightly lit, often have plenty of parking, and are always well stocked with soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, pre-made meals, rice snacks, magazines, candy and more. Often the stores will have an ATM and a restroom.
Most stores seem to be Western brands, like 7-Eleven or Circle K, or at least Western-sounding names such as Mini Stop, Lawson, and Family Mart. 7-Eleven is the largest convenience store chain in the country, with about 10,000 stores, while Lawson and Family Mart each have over 6,000 locations. Circle K and Sunkus each has just over 3,000 locations, though they are owned by the same parent company (Sunkus logo looks like "Sun R Us," but is supposed to be pronounced the way Japanese people say the word "thanks"). Mini Stop, owned by Aeon, lags a bit behind with just over 2,000 Japanese stores, but they have even more locations overseas. Daily Yamazaki also has about 2,000 stores, but they also have a huge baking business. Seicomart is dominant in Hokkaido, with almost all of its 1,000+ stores located on Japan's northernmost major island.
Lawson stores were founded in Ohio, but expanded to Japan in the 1970s; eventually the US stores closed and the chain was sold to a Japanese corporation. In 2012, Lawson once again gained a foothold in the US, opening two stores in Honolulu, with plans for more.
Japan has a total of 40,000 convenience stores, which is a drop in the bucket compared to the 127,000 convenience stores in the US.
In the US, a Kit Kat is a Kit Kat. It is simply a confection consisting of a chocolate-covered wafer biscuit bar that comes in sizes of 2 or 4 sticks in a distinctive red package.
In Japan Kit Kits are considered the king of candy, with sales dominating the candy industry. Part of the Kit Kat's draw in Japan is purely coincidence; its name is similar to the Japanese phrase “kitto katsu,” which is a common wish for good luck.
I have read that Japan has enjoyed over 200 varieties of Kit Kats since the year 2000, though many are introduced and sold for only a short time before being replaced with another flavor. You might find 20 different flavors in Japan at any given tme, though some are regional. I recently saw green tea and strawberry Kit Kats, very tame flavors compared to soy sauces, pumpkin, and roasted corn varieties.
Roppongoi Hills is an impressive shopping and housing area with a number of expensive Western stores like Banana Republic, Tiffany's, Armani and Kate Spade, along with Western restaurants such as Outback, Starbucks, Roys, Franziskaner bar, etc... but there are even more Asian stores and restaurants that you've never heard of. The area also boasts office space, movie theaters, a museum, a hotel, a TV studio, an outdoor amphitheater, and parks.
It took the developer 14 years to accumulate and consolidate 400 lots into the massive 27 acre complex. The cost of development was about $14 billion US, and the centerpiece of the area is the 54-story Mori Tower, named after the developer.
lots of luxe shops! well this is like a second tip around the huge terminal 1 of Narita Airport with emphasis on the luxe shop here like Hermes' , Bulgari, Louis Vuitton and others. they accept major credit cards and cash but be ready to have a dent on your wallet since these luxe products are usually more epensive here than in other countries but the thing here is that in asia, especially here in east asia, you would see luxe brands have stores in the airports unlike in other parts of the world so enjoy shopping and splurge!
What to buy: a lot if you are the luxe buyer stop and just a lot of ooohs and aaaaahs if you are the cheapskate type.
What to pay: maxx out your credit card definitely hehehe
Jay led us to a fancy fruit store in the lower level at Tokyo Midtown, where you could buy a mango for $150 and even pretty prosaic bananas were in the $5/per range. Later on, I read a blog which began something like, "If you shop for fruit the way you shop for jewelry..." and had to laugh; truly, although the shop has "museum-quality" fruit, the prices were so astronomical ($12.00 for a single strawberry?!) that it would be hard to imagine actually consuming what you'd purchased. But DEFINITELY go take a look, and a few photographs!
Sun Fruits is open daily from 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM.
As you approach the outlying buildings at Tokyo Midtown, you may be lucky enough to smell something delicious on the air. It means you've reached Asanoya. This famous bakery from Karuizawa includes a dining area and offers about one hundred popular items, according to the building guide. I can't be sure, but I did manage to sample quite a few of their delicacies during my three-week stay. The fresh-baked bread is justifiably famous -- it was far better than any other bread we purchased during my visit. But I also enjoyed various types of pastry, particularly the croissants. My son's favorite was something called a "bacon epi" which reminded me a little of what Americans call a "pig in a blanket" though with better quality ingredients. There were also lovely egg dishes and a full selection of luncheon sandwiches, although I didn't try any of those. It IS expensive.
I did bring home a darling little Asanoya tote, and one day they were giving away little Asanoya logo plates -- exactly the right size on which to put one of the pastries.
Open 7:30 AM - 10:00 PM.
What to buy: My daughter-in-law claims that no one makes a better chocolate croissant.
What to pay: Typical pastries run between Y300-Y650. My tote was Y800.
My sister was determined that she wanted a silk good quality Kimono. What we didn't expect was the outrageous price that a Kimono's can cost !!!!! Now don't get me wrong if you want the cheap kind you can buy one for $50 US about 4500 Yen, but if you want the real deal be ready to pay some big bucks, such as 50,000, or 60,000 yen, about $500 to $600 US dollars for one. It all depends what color, what designs, etc., And there is more expensive ones that can be bought. Buying a Kimono for a lady is like a fine suit for men. One selects the fabric, then the tailor measures you. They cut it to your measurements. They take several fitting's. And the done Kimono is ready to pick up several days later. My sister paid 55,00 Yen about $600 US dollar for one. They teached her how to wear it correctly, and gave her tips on wearing it. Also they were so confident of there products that they said if at any time it was to rip or get damaged they would repair it at no cost. My sister just has to send it and pay the return shipment.
This little store is a hidden gem within the monster stores of Ginza. The best directions I can give is as following. Its one side street over going away from the Chanel and Cartier stores towards DeBeers but staying on the Chanel side of the street. If you get to the store Paul Stuart you went to far, it's closer to De Beers. If your standing in front of DeBeers with the DeBeers doors behind you should be able to see the little sign and some of the Kimono fake models on the little side street. Hope this helped !!!!
Japanese Fashion is obviously a bit different then western fashion, but in the end all dressed about the same and like similar items. Tokyo is a heaven for shopping if you can afford it, but if your are already tall among the Europeans you can imagine how would you be in Japan ;-)
The big second hand shop is Disc union.
There is Shibuya,Shinjuku,Ikebukuro and more.
I'm sorry that web is only in Japanese...
And Recofan is second hand shop too.
There is Shibuya,Ikebukuro and Shimokitazawa.
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