Tokyu Hands

Top choice department store

in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

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 face masks and cartoon-character-shaped rice-ball moulds, for example. Most stuff is inexpensive, making it perfect for souvenir and gift hunting. Warning: you could lose hours in here.

There's another branch in Shinjuku that is usually less crowded and easier to navigate (but is less iconic than the Shibuya store).