My Top Five Tokyo Shopping Areas


Shopping in Japan can be a bit tricky if you don't know where to start. Sure, there are stores everywhere, but where can you find everything in one place, and where is the best place to shop? Luckily, there are many shopping areas in Tokyo to cater to your every need. Here's my top five!
5) Harajuku
Harajuku is famous for its young, trendy fashion popular with teens and young adults. Takeshita Dori is a street lined up with clothing and accessory shops, also being a great place to find gifts and souvenirs, and of course, stuff for yourself. Even if you aren't into the trendy, young fashion scene, there is plenty to be found here. Outside of Takeshita street, you can find shopping mall Laforet, a Nike Shop, an H&M, a Forever 21, and many other western brand stores. Generally, the prices in Harajuku are pretty cheap, considering the fact that it caters to teens, and there are sales very often.  Harajuku is a great place if you're looking for fashion and quirky gifts for reasonable prices!
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(Takeshita Dori, Harajuku)
4) Odaiba
Odaiba is a man-made island just off of Tokyo, originally meant to be a military base, but didn't work out. You can access Odaiba through the Yurikamome Line, which is separate from the metro and JR. Now Odaiba is meant to be an area for entertainment, hosting the Fuji TV building and a Ferris wheel looking down on Tokyo Bay and Odaiba. Odaiba has great areas for shopping as well, like Diver City, Aqua City, and Venus Fort in Palette Town. I personally enjoy shopping in Aqua City, right near the Fuji TV building, which has many brand stores like Coach, Stussy, and Adidas, being very much family-oriented. Odaiba is a great place to come to with children or with friends! You can also catch great views of Tokyo city and Tokyo Bay after shopping.
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(Aqua City Odaiba. Image Source: TravelJapanBlog.com)
3) Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko) in Ueno/Okachimachi
One of my favorite places to just visit and walk around has to be Ameyoko in Ueno/Okachimachi. Ameyoko is a street lined up with local shops, selling discount goods, souvenirs, street food, and much more. You can catch some branded items at discounted products here - I once bought an Adidas backpack originally 4,000 JPY for only 1,000 JPY with a time sale. Ameyoko is a must-see attraction as well, being a very fun walk from Ueno Station to Okachimachi or vice versa. It feels much less commercial than the bustling downtown of Tokyo, being much more local.
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(Ameyoko. Image Source: NaviTimeJapan.com)
2) Ikebukuro
I probably visit Ikebukuro more often than any other location on this list, and that's probably because I feel like Ikebukuro has pretty much everything you can ask for. The main point of Ikebukuro is Sunshine City, a family-oriented shopping mall with an abundance of stores, a stage, an aquarium, a planetarium, a hotel, an observatory, and more. There is a road leading up to Sunshine City called Sunshine Dori, or Sunshine Street, which also a lot of great shopping. You can find UniQlo, game centers, Book Off, and much more here. There is plenty of shopping to do here, and Sunshine City has plenty activities and stores catering to everyone. I find it to be a nice place to relax and find everything I need!
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(Ikebukuro Sunshine City, Sunshine Dori Entrance. Image Source: YokotaTravel.com)
1) Tokyo Skytree Solamachi, Sumida
Everyone knows of Tokyo Skytree, now the second tallest tower in the world, being a great location for city views and a skyline. However, going here is a great opportunity to shop. Next to the Skytree, there is a building, called Tokyo Solamachi (meaning "Skytown"), that you can access directly through the Tokyo Skystree subway station. This is number one on this list because I feel like it is the best place for tourists to shop because of the abundant souvenirs, and just general shopping and food they have. Solamachi is much easier to navigate than any of the other locations on this list, being all in one building. You can find pretty much everything you want here, and they have great food, as well. Regardless of whether you plan to climb up the Skytree of not, I definitely recommend going to Solamachi, as you can catch a close-up view of the Skytree as well as much shopping!
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(Tokyo Solamachi, Next to Tokyo Skytree)
These five places will probably make shopping easier for you if you're visiting Tokyo, so I encourage you to check them out! I wish everyone the best of luck shopping in Tokyo!

Reona Sasaki