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Shopping Tips in Tokyo, Japan

  • Alan Riva
  • 20 Oct
Shopping Tips in Tokyo, Japan

The areas where Tokyo department stores are concentrated are Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Ginza. The main streets of Ginza and Shinjuku are closed to vehicles every Sunday, making them a paradise for pedestrians. The streets are full of street artists who perform and sell various handmade products.

There are also Akihabara, famous for selling electrical appliances; Jimbocho, famous for old book fairs; Tsukiji Central Wholesale Market, famous for seafood wholesale; And Ueno Toyokocho, famous for cheap goods.


I. Featured Products

From daily necessities to industrial products, made in Japan has become a world-famous brand. Tourists can buy these products in many stores, such as specialty stores and department stores. Popular Nissan gifts include precision equipment such as cameras, video cameras, walkmans, and watches, as well as traditional crafts such as kimonos, pearls, pottery, bamboo crafts, prints, and antiques.

Shibuya, Daimiyayama, and Aoyama are the three main characteristic street fashion stores in Tokyo, and they are shopping paradise for young people composed of some more popular stores. Shoes, cosmetics, accessories, and small appliances are the four hot spots for shopping in Tokyo. Visitors can choose a pair of beautiful and comfortable boots in a big shopping mall in Tokyo. Adjacent to Ueno Station, there is a commercial street with a sign of "good prices and low prices" called Ameyoko. There are more than 500 shops of various types on the street, selling goods including seafood, north and south goods, shoes, cosmetics, clothes, and so on. There is a commercial street at the exit of JR Nakano Station in Tokyo, Japan. There are various shops in this commercial street. Clothing, makeup, electrical appliances, computers, gold and silver jewelry, second-hand brand names, etc. are all available here.

In Japan, ordinary shoppers do not have the habit of bargaining when shopping. In special places such as antique markets, or large-scale purchases in electrical appliances stores, sometimes customers can bargain.

1. Recommended products

Planer: The price is about 105 yen per piece including tax. A gift to the elders, it can be used to peel fruit peels, potatoes, cucumbers, and other fruits and vegetables.

Nail clippers: good quality and very easy to use. The price is generally 388-630 yen per piece.

Exquisite dim sum: Japanese dim sum souvenir style is very beautiful. The various glutinous rice dumplings are very cute and come in various shapes, such as bento, eggs, and Mount Fuji. The price is 500-1050 yen.

Meiji (MEIJI) Chocolate or MARY'S Chocolate: The taste of Japanese chocolate is not very sweet, but the taste is very delicate. Meiji chocolate is about 210 yen, and Mary chocolate is about 1,050 yen.

Socks: Japanese stockings are known for not falling off their silk. Knee socks are also very "Kawai". Silk stockings are slightly more expensive than knee socks, ranging from 525 yen to 2000 yen. The price of knee socks is about 350-550 yen, which is worth buying.


II. Shopping places

1. Ginza

Ginza near the Japanese Imperial Palace in central Tokyo is the busiest downtown area in the city. This is a block composed of the main street and several horizontal streets, and its center is a street about 1 kilometer from east to west. It connects the area from 1chome to 8chome, the so-called "Ginza Hatcho". There are many specialty stores, department stores, nightclubs, and other places in Ginza. At night, the colorful neon lights change a lot. Ginza Avenue is lined with department stores, the most famous ones are Mitsukoshi, Matsuya, Matsuzakaya, and Takashimaya. There are also famous pearl shops such as Mikimoto's pearl shop, Tianshangdo's jewelry shop, and Shiseido's cosmetics.

2. Akihabara

Akihabara is an electrical street in Tokyo, Japan, located in Shitamachi in the east district of Tokyo. Tourists can reach it by taking the Yamanote Line of the National Railways and the Hibiya Subway Line. You can buy everything from stereos to computers, from the latest radio cassette recorders to the most luxurious TVs, refrigerators, kitchen electrical appliances, and various electrical appliances, and the prices are also relatively cheap. There are more than 500 electrical appliance stores in Akihabara Street, and almost all of them sell various home appliances produced by Japanese electrical companies. Every day the whole street is full of melodious music and loud voices.

3. Harajuku

Harajuku Street is a very old street in Tokyo, the capital of Japan, and it is also very famous. The most obvious feature is that there are many young men and women gathered here every day, they are all wearing the most fashionable clothes as if they are holding a colorful fashion exhibition. Harajuku is a "hybrid" of shopping, parks, and night entertainment. The Yoyogi Sports Center, known as the Tokyo Sports City, is near Harajuku Station.

4. Sun City

Located in the Ikebukuro district in the northwest of Tokyo, Sunshine City is a large commercial complex known as the "small city in the big city". Sunshine City integrates food, accommodation, travel, shopping, and entertainment. It has an international conference venue, an international business information center, as well as aquariums, museums, art galleries, theaters, exhibition halls, stadiums, swimming pools, restaurants, and more than 220 shops.

5. Yaesu Underground Mall

Now, there are more than 60 underground streets in Japan. Among the many underground streets, the most famous is the Yaesu Underground Shopping Street. It is located next to Tokyo Station and is accessible by 4 subways. There are as many as 450,000 people passing through here every day.

6. Kanda Bookstore Street

Currently, there are about 130 bookstores on Kanda Bookstore Street, of which about 100 are used bookstores. It gathers about two-thirds of the old books in Japan, and its capacity and sales are comparable to those of Paris’s famous old bookstore street along the Seine.


III. Duty-Free Shop

A passport ID is required when purchasing duty-free goods. Generally, duty-free goods can be purchased at international airports in Japan. There are also regular duty-free shops in the business districts of the city, and there is an English-speaking clerk to serve customers. If time permits, visitors can first go to a discount store or a cheap mall to compare the prices of the goods before making a decision. In addition, large department stores where tourists can also enjoy tax-free services will indicate "Tax-Free" at the entrance. Most small shops cannot accept tax exemption. Famous duty-free shops are the International Arcade in Tokyo and the handicraft center in Kyoto. For some types of goods, purchases of more than 10,001 yen can be exempted from paying the 5% consumption tax. It should be noted that even in large department stores, food products are not tax-exempt.


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