Top Choice Market in Ueno & Yanesen


Step into this partially open-air market paralleling and beneath the JR line tracks, and ritzy, glitzy Tokyo feels like a distant memory. It got its start as a black market, post-WWII, when American goods were sold …
Top Choice Homewares in Downtown Kyoto


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 bef…
Top Choice Fashion & 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 to …
Top Choice Homewares 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 might …
Top Choice Anime 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 25 shops just inside the Nakan…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Downtown Kyoto


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 pilgr…
Top Choice Department Store in Marunouchi & Nihombashi


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 fro…
Top Choice Mall in Marunouchi & Nihombashi

Coredo Muromachi

Spread over three buildings, this stylish development houses many shops from famous gourmet food purveyors. There are also elegant fashion and homewares boutiques here, as well as reliable places to eat.
Top Choice Food in Ginza & Tsukiji


Rice is at the core of Japanese cuisine and drink. This stylish store sells not only many types of the grain but also products made from it (such as sake), a vast range of quality cooking ingredients and a choice co…
Top Choice Arts & 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, cut g…