Tokyo shopping

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…
Top Choice Arts & 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 nod…
Top Choice Market in Ueno & Yanesen

Ameya-yokochō

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 (which inc…
Top Choice Mall in Marunouchi & Nihombashi

KITTE

This well-designed shopping mall at the foot of JP Tower incorporates the restored original facade of the Tokyo Central Post Office. It is notable for its atrium, around which is arrayed a quality selection of craft…
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, second-hand comic-book store, Mandarake now has some 25 shops just inside the Naka…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Ginza & Tsukiji

Okuno Building

This 1932 apartment block (cutting edge for its time) is a retro time capsule, its seven floors packed with a fascinating array of some 40 tiny boutiques and gallery spaces. Climbing up and down the Escher-like stai…
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Y. & Sons

Every once in a while in Tokyo, you'll spot a gentleman in a silk-wool kimono and a fedora, looking as if he's stepped out of the 1900s. Bespoke tailor Y. & Sons would like to see this more often. Custom kimono …
Top Choice Mall in Marunouchi & Nihombashi

Coredo Muromachi

Spread over three buildings, this stylish development houses many shops from famous gourmet food purveyors, as well as reliable places to eat and drink. In Coredo Muromachi 3 are elegant fashion and homewares boutiq…
Top Choice Department Store in Marunouchi & Nihombashi

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 fro…
Top Choice Department Store in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Isetan

Isetan is our favourite Tokyo department store for several reasons: the up-and-coming Japanese fashion designers (check the 2nd floor Tokyo Closet, and 3rd floor Re-Style boutiques in the main building and the 2nd f…