Shopping

Top Choice Mall in Karuizawa

Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza

Outside the south exit of JR Karuizawa Station, this gargantuan outlet shopping mall has most of the big names. There's a high likelihood of finding bargains and hard-to-find or only-in-Japan merchandise. Shopaholic…
Department Store in Nagoya

Komehyō

Enjoy the genius of Komehyō, Japan's largest discounter of secondhand, well…everything. Housed over seven floors in the main building, clothes, jewellery and accessories are of excellent quality and are sold at reas…
Arts & Crafts in Kanazawa

Sakuda Gold Leaf Company

Here you can observe the kinpaku (gold leaf) process and pick up all sorts of gilded souvenirs including pottery, lacquerware and, er...golf balls. It also serves tea containing flecks of gold leaf, reputedly good f…
Market in Takayama

Miya-gawa Asa-ichi

Stalls here are primarily produce-centric with seasonal fruits (autumnal apples are out of this world!), vegetables and traditional snacks. A number of permanent storefronts offer handicrafts and souvenirs.
Arts & Crafts in Gifu

Sakaida Eikichi Honten

This high-end maker of wagasa is a 10-minute walk from JR Gifu Station. Turn left from the south exit, then right at the second stoplight. It's on the next corner.
Market in Takayama

Jinya-mae Asa-ichi

In front of Takayama-jinya, stalls at this market range from farm-fresh produce to local arts and crafts.
Arts & Crafts in Matsumoto

Nakamachi Kura-chic-kan

A pun on 'classic' in English, 'kura' in Japanese and 'chic' in French, Nakamachi Kura-chic-kan showcases locally produced arts and crafts.
Department Store in Nagoya

Loft Department Store

The Nagoya branch of one of Japan's coolest department stores has a definite design bent. You can't miss the yellow and black livery.
Arts & Crafts in Matsumoto

Belle Amie

Temari and dolls are found here. Doll styles include Tanabata and oshie-bina (dressed in fine cloth).
Department Store in Nagoya

Takashimaya

Located atop Nagoya Station, you'll find one of Japan's favourite department stores.