Name a brand and chances are you'll find it in Tokyo. From luxury items to the 100-yen stores dotted across every neighbourhood in the city, this sprawling metropolis is one of the shopping capitals of the world. Whether it's electronics in Akihabara, high-end couture in Omotesando or the high street brands found everywhere along the Ginza, Tokyo is the sort of city in which an extra suitcase comes in decidedly handy.
Shop 'til you drop in Shinjuku, hit the fashion hotspots of Shibuya or simply hang out with the hipsters of Harajuku. From major department stores like Mitsukoshi, Seibu and Isetan, to popular brand names like UNIQLO and COMME des GARÇONS, there's no reason to leave empty-handed in this one-stop shopping paradise.
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1-3-15 Aomi, Koto, 135-0064
Don't let the drab exterior fool you; Venus Fort is one of Tokyo's premier shopping destinations. Why? The stunning European-inspired interior certainly helps. So too does the artificial setting sun, which rises and falls every half hour. But it's the staggering variety of outlets on offer that attracts bargain-hunters and boutique shoppers alike to this veritable citadel of Odaiba commerce.
Takashimaya Times Square
5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya, 151-8580
Looking for a retail space that has it all? Look no further than Takashimaya Times Square. If you've ever set foot in Shinjuku, you'll know all about this multi-storey behemoth, which looms high above neighbouring Shinjuku Station. Boasting high-quality restaurants, a well-appointed food hall and countless big-name brands, this spectacular shopping emporium is a favourite for tourists and locals alike.
Shop Like A Local
When it comes to shopping like a Tokyoite, you can't get more authentic than a trip to the Tsukiji Fish Market. The largest wholesale fish market in the world, Tsukiji is a veritable smorgasbord of all things seafood and a great place to enjoy the freshest sushi you can possibly find.
If Tsukiji sounds all too fishy, why not try your hand at some vinyl record shopping? Tokyo is the place to find rare and out of print records, with the city boasting hundreds of dedicated record stores catering to even the most discerning of music fans.