Tokyo's Top 5 Shopping Districts

Japan’s capital is deservedly known as one of the world’s shopping meccas, offering numerous vibrant and trendsetting districts in which you can find everything from the high-end to the offbeat, from subculture favorites to traditional crafts and vintage wares. Beyond department stores, the city has countless shopping streets—ranging from posh boulevards packed with flagship stores to back alleyways focused on a particular niche such as sport or vintage clothing—as well as some impressive malls. Read on for the low-down on Tokyo’s five most popular shopping neighborhoods.


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Ginza is the ritziest and biggest upscale shopping district in Tokyo, home to the city’s posh boutiques and glamorous department stores, such as the classic Mitsukoshi and avant-garde Dover Street Market Ginza. On a global scale, it’s comparable with Oxford Street in London or Fifth Avenue in New York. In addition to the various flagship stores of international designer brands such MCM, Michael Kors, Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton, there has also been a rise in affordable fashion chains such as Uniqlo, Zara and Abercrombie & Fitch arriving in Ginza over the past years. However, tucked in between some of the impressive facades are traditional craft shops like the fine crafts at Takumi.

The varied shopping options in this Tokyo neighborhood reflect the scope of the city’s consumer culture, which is always a blend of high-fashion luxury and more down-to-earth dedication to traditional crafts and the heritage of the country. Ginza is, therefore, a fascinating area where the latest trends and the oldest traditions meet.


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Shinjuku is probably Tokyo’s most crowded neighborhood, with the busiest train station in the world (serving more than three million people a day). Shopping here can …continue reading