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Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan

This ace arcade under the JR tracks (its name refers to the distance from Tokyo Station) offers an eclectic range of stores selling Japanese-made goods – everything from pottery and leatherwork to cute aliens, a...

Top ChoiceFashion & Accessories in West Tokyo

Same to Esa

Same (pronounced sah-mé; 'shark') is the super secret flagship store (with limited edition merch) for cult Japanese streetwear brand Lonely. So secret, in fact, they won't reveal their address, instead dropping...

Top ChoiceHomewares in Downtown Kyoto

Aritsugu

While you’re in Nishiki Market, have a look at this store – it has some of the best kitchen knives in the world. Choose your knife – all-rounder, sushi, vegetable – and the staff will show you how to care for it...

Top ChoiceHomewares in Shimabara

Inohara Kanamono-ten

Dating from the 1850s and a registered cultural property, this busy, rustic blade shop is filled with incredible knives, hatchets, swords and even ninja shuriken (throwing stars), plus just about anything you...

Top ChoiceDepartment Store in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Tokyu Hands

This DIY and zakka (miscellaneous things) store is a Tokyo landmark, loved by locals and tourists alike. It has eight fascinating floors of everything you didn’t know you needed – reflexology slippers, bee-venom...

Top ChoiceMall in Marunouchi & Nihombashi

Coredo Muromachi

More like a purpose-built town than a mall, Coredo Muromachi is spread over three buildings and a terrace complex. It's stylish and upscale, focused more on homewares and food than clothes: there are branches of...

Top ChoiceDepartment Store in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Shibuya Parco

Shibuya Parco has been a trendsetter for decades and now, after a renovation finished in 2019, it is back in top form. There are global brands, but also Japanese ones, both internationally known (Comme des...

Top ChoiceFashion & Accessories in Asakusa & Sumida River

Babaghuri

German fashion designer Jurgen Lehl (1944–2014) lived in Japan for decades while building the fashion house Babaghuri, known for its use of natural material and dyes and artsy meets earthy aesthetic. This...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Downtown Kyoto

Zōhiko

Zōhiko is the best place in Kyoto to buy one of Japan's most beguiling art-and-craft forms: lacquerware. If you aren't familiar with just how beautiful these products can be, you owe it to yourself to make the...

Top ChoiceDepartment Store in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Isetan

Isetan is Tokyo's most fashion-forward department store. Head to the 2nd-floor Tokyo Closet and 3rd-floor Re-Style boutiques in the main building, and the 2nd floor of the men's building to discover new Japanese...

Top ChoiceDepartment Store in Marunouchi & Nihombashi

Mitsukoshi

Mitsukoshi

Mitsukoshi's venerable Nihombashi branch was Japan’s first department store. It's a grand affair with an entrance guarded by bronze lions and a magnificent statue of Magokoro, the goddess of sincerity, rising up...

Top ChoiceFashion & Accessories in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Y. & Sons

Bespoke tailor Y. & Sons creates contemporary kimono that are 100% iki (chic and urbane), tied low on the hips (a style typically worn by men) and designed to look good over a t-shirt and paired with leather...

Top ChoiceFashion & Accessories in Ebisu, Meguro & Around

Kapital

Cult brand Kapital is hard to pin down, but perhaps a deconstructed mash-up of the American West and the centuries-old Japanese aesthetic of boro (tatty-chic) comes close. Almost no two items are alike, and the...

Top ChoiceArt in Ueno & Yanesen

Art Sanctuary Allan West

Long-time Yanaka resident Allan West, a graduate of Japan's prestigious Tokyo University of the Arts, paints gorgeous screens and scrolls in the classical Japanese styles, making his paints from scratch, just as...

Top ChoiceHomewares in Asakusa & Sumida River

Kama-asa

A Japanese knife is not only a highly practical and prized piece of kitchenware, it can also be extremely beautiful in its design. Admire an excellent range at this upmarket store that has been in business since...

Top ChoiceAnime in West Tokyo

Mandarake Complex

This is the original Mandarake, the go-to store for all things manga (Japanese comics) and anime (Japanese animation). Once a small, secondhand comic-book store, Mandarake now has some 30 shops just inside the...

Top ChoiceFashion & Accessories in Southern Higashiyama

Ichizawa Shinzaburo Hanpu

This company has been making its canvas bags for over 110 years and the store is often crammed with those in the know picking up a skillfully crafted Kyoto product. Originally designed as ‘tool’ bags for workers...

Top ChoiceFood in Ginza & Tsukiji

Akomeya

Rice ('kome') is at the heart of Japanese cuisine. This stylish store sells not only many types of the grain but also products made from it (such as sake), plus all the classic Japanese pantry items (from artisan...

Top ChoiceAlcohol in Ginza & Tsukiji

Imadeya

Imadeya is a respected sake specialty store, but they carry more than that, including small batch shōchū (distilled alcohol usually made from sweet potatoes or barley), other made-in-Japan spirits (gin and...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

Japan Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square

Supported by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, this is as much a showroom as a shop, exhibiting a broad range of traditional crafts from around Japan, including lacquerwork boxes, woodwork,...