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Top Choice Variety in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Tokyu Hands

This DIY and zakka (miscellaneous goods) store has eight fascinating floors of everything you didn’t know you needed. Like reflexology slippers, bee-venom face masks and cartoon-character-shaped rice-ball moulds. Mo…
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Harajuku & Aoyama

Laforet

Laforet has been a beacon of cutting-edge Harajuku style for decades and lots of quirky, cult favourite brands still cut their teeth here (you'll find some examples at the ground floor boutique Wall). A range of loo…
Top Choice Speciality Shop in Harajuku & Aoyama

Musubi

Furoshiki are versatile squares of cloth that can be folded and knotted to make shopping bags and gift wrap. This shop sells pretty ones in both traditional and contemporary patterns. There is usually an English-spe…
Top Choice Fashion in Harajuku & Aoyama

Dog

Club kids and stylists love the showpiece items at legendary Ura-Hara boutique Dog. The store itself, which is decorated to look like a derelict carnival funhouse, is much of the appeal: it looks like an art install…
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Harajuku & Aoyama

Sou-Sou

Kyoto brand Sou-Sou gives traditional Japanese clothing items – such as split-toed tabi socks and haori (coats with kimono-like sleeves) – a contemporary spin. It is best known for producing the steel-toed, rubber-s…
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Ebisu, Meguro & Around

Okura

Almost everything in this enchanting shop is dyed a deep indigo blue – from contemporary tees and sweatshirts to classic work shirts. There are some beautiful, original items (though unfortunately most aren’t cheap)…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Roppongi & 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, including lacquerwork boxes, woodwork, cut glass, paper, textil…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Ginza & Tsukiji

Itōya

Nine floors (plus several more in the nearby annexe) of stationery-shop love await visual-art professionals and seekers of office accessories with both everyday items and luxury such as fountain pens and Italian lea…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Ginza & Tsukiji

Takumi

You're unlikely to find a more elegant selection of traditional folk crafts, including toys, textiles and ceramics from around Japan. Ever thoughtful, this shop also encloses information detailing the origin and bac…
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Ginza & Tsukiji

Dover Street Market Ginza

A department store as envisioned by Kawakubo Rei (of Comme des Garçons), DSM has seven floors of avant-garde brands, including several Japanese labels and everything in the Comme des Garçons line-up. The quirky art …