Stores - Basic Information
in Tokyo, visiting a department store does not necessarily mean going
shopping. It might be to see an art exhibition, to amuse the children,
or just to relax and finish off knitting a sweater. Some stores used to
boast that they sell everything except coffins, but since there are now
stores that will reserve you a place in the city cemetery, this catch
phrase is as good as dead. Every store has its galleries, museums and
spaces for events and recreation so people go for a variety of reasons.
Where else can you find daily essentials, art from ancient Egypt, European
painting, American modern art and handicraft from villages deep in the
Japanese countryside, all under the same roof?
It's no exaggeration to say that department stores have a role in the
growth and popularization of Japanese culture. Over recent years, stores
have been expanding their services to customers to include courses of
study, rental goods and travel information and booking. They are doing
their utmost to cater to everyone, no matter how individual their needs,
so it makes sense to take advantage of what they offer.
The information Desk is always by the entrance on the first floor.
A store guide in English is available.
Stores - Various Services
- The store will deliver any purchase for you. Delivery within Tokyo,
and sometimes to neighboring prefectures, is free of charge and takes
three or four days at the most. Deliveries can also be made on an appointed
*Cloakroom - Stores will keep your bags for you while you shop, though
there is no cloakroom as such.
*Baby care - There is a room available for changing diapers and feeding.
Some stores have a minder who will look after your baby while you shop.
Baby carriages are also available.
*Size alteration - If a desired item of clothing does not quite fit,
it can be altered. The charge is usually around 1,000 ~ 3,000 yen per
*Bargains - Most stores have a section where cut price articles can
always be found. Also, on each floor, there is a cart filled with goods
at reduced prices. The food department marks down certain perishable
foods just before the store closes. Clothing for a particular season
is displayed the season before at regular prices, but when that season
arrives the prices are cut. Sales of furniture are also often held.
There are two big annual sales in the summer and winter. The red figures
on the price tag show the sale price.
*Other discounts - As a rule, stores sell goods at the manufacturer's
suggested retail price, though they issue their own respective member's
cards which give the holder discount privileges.
*Gift tokens - Gift-giving is an important custom in Japan. When it
is hard to decide on an ideal gift, coupons exchangeable for goods of
a certain value are presented instead. It is not customary to give cash
as a present except on certain occasions. There may be a small tax charged
when you buy certain coupons.
*Returning goods - If you are sent something you do not like, you can
exchange it at the store where it was bought. It must be in its original
wrapping. Bear in mind that this does not apply to foodstuffs or to
gifts received from a business company as the method of purchase is
*Hours of business, holidays - All stores close for one day sometime
during the week, but are always open on Sundays. Hours of business are
generally from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m., but some stores stay open until later
in the evening
JR Yurakucho Station
Japanese branch of "Printemps" in Paris, France. The western
tableware section has a fine selection and the "lucky bags",
only sold at New Year, are well-known. Angerina, a cafe on the 1st floor,
is popular for its "mont blanc", a French cake, which are
exactly the same as those sold in Paris.
JR Shinjuku Station
the south entrance of the station, Shinjuku Takashimaya Times Square
is a huge department store and shopping mall that is one of the newest,
opened in 1996. Not only does it consist of a department store, which
in itself has a great selection of items, but also includes specialized
shops such as Kinokuniya Book Store, Tokyu Hands, HMV, Sega's Joypolis,
the Tokyo IMax Theatre where you can watch 3D movies and amusement squares
such as Kinokuniya Sazan Theatre.
with male customers. Interesting selection of furniture and crafts.
the trend for a new era with new lines in original and imported goods.
Interesting layout that combines the shopping area and gallery space.
the same building as Seibu, each floor leading directly to its rival's.
Emphasis on fashion.
for being the longest-established store. Has a fine array of goods:
from Tiffany's and Harrod's to Japanese furniture and, of course, traditional
Japanese quality products such as kimonos.
Main Store (Honten)
JR Shibuya station
Has a huge parking lot. Comfortable, homely atmosphere.
Subway: Shinjuku 3-chome
for the young. Of particular interest are the oriental tableware and
crafts sections. The new department has goods for men.
JR Shinjuku station
store with an orthodox layout and large floor space. From the fourth
floor up there is a separate department called Halc which specializes
in furniture and home interior items.
JR Shinjuku station
Odakyu over the west entrance to Shinjuku station. Has a smaller floor
area but it is easier to find what you want. Popular for its restaurant
which serves Kyoto cuisine.
JR Shinjuku station
out specializing in credit and now it has everything for the young shopper.
JR Ikebukuro Station
spacious and bright-atmosphered store is subdivided into "streets"
and "blocks", so that the section you are looking for can
be easily found. Here, the art gallery is also well-known for its exhibitions.
numbers for other department stores
NEW MELSA 3573-5511
HANKYU Sukiyabashi 3575-2231
SHIBUYA 109-2 3477-8111
TOKYU HANDS 5489-5111
TOKYU Toyoko 3477-3111
TOKYU Honten 3477-3111
TOKYU HANDS 5361-3111
BARNEY'S New York 3352-1200
TOKYU HANDS 3980-6111
Department Store 3251-2161
ABAB UENO 3833-3111
LON LON 0422-21-3351
SUN KAMATA 3737-5111 Kamata
SEIBU 3846-0111 Kinshicho
SOGO 0423-39-2111 Tama
TAKASHIMAYA 3709-3111 Futakotamagawa
TOKYU HANDS 3708-1211 Futakotamagawa
TOKYU HANDS 0427-28-2511 Machida
TOKYU PLAZA 3733-3281 Kamata
PARCO 0424-89-5111 Chofu
PARCO 0424-25-5000 Hibarigaoka
MATSUYA 3842-1111 Asakusa
MARUI 3458-0101 Oimachi
MARUI 3635-0101 Kinshicho
MARUI 3723-0101 Jiyugaoka
MARUI 3382-0101 Nakano
MITSUKOSHI 5423-1111 Ebisu
METRO M 5800-2200 Kourakuen
LUMINE 3888-7552 Kitasenju
LUMINE 0425-27-1411 Tachikawa
Complexes and Others
not having quite as large a selection of goods as the department stores,
these places are innovative and entertaining for their assortment of specialty
(Individual shops may close on different days.) Also
called 'Living Design Concept', this center has stores specializing in
furniture, lighting fixtures and miscellaneous goods to name just a few.
The gallery, French restaurant and Japanese restaurant each has its own
JR Shibuya Station
Closed 2nd & 3rd Mon.
you are a DIY enthusiast or just feeling creative you can find all you
need here. Tools and materials for carpentry and handicraft, things
for the home and office, party goods, bicycle parts, you name it. Wood
and metal cut to order. Classes in handicraft are also available. Branches
in Machida, Ikebukuro and Shinjuku.
JR Shibuya station
Open every day
three parts: Parts One and Two cater almost exclusively to young people
house mostly boutiques. Part Three features home interior goods, space
holding events and displays.
JR Shibuya Station
concerts and events as well as unisex clothes at the Quattro by PARCO.
JR Harajuku station
wealth of boutiques for young people. The Yamashita bookshop on the
top floor has a good selection of books on art and design, including
Open every day
of boutiques for adults and clothing material shops with many patterns.
Complementary classes in dressmaking. On the eighth floor there are
classes in yoga, aerobics, modern dancing and tap dancing. Ticket holders
are free to choose any class.
JR Shibuya Station
Closed 1st & 3rd Wed.
of the Seibu chain, this is a new concept in store design. The Art Vivant
bookstore, recording studios, computer graphics and a movie theater
for special screenings. Video rental service.
JR Ebisu Station
commercial complex built on the original site of Sapporo Beer's Ebisu
factory. Mitsukoshi department store, Tokyo Photography Gallery, Garden
Cinema, Garden Hall, Taillevent Robuchon which is an incorporation of
2 famous French restaurants in Paris, surround these beautiful spacious
At the far end, Westin Tokyo, one of the very few hotels in Japan with
a heliport , soars above. In the basement of Taillevent Robuchon, there
is the popular wine shop "Party", which has a wide variety
of goods, from daily to high class.
Yurikamome Odaiba Kaihin Kouen Station
on the waterfront, this is one big entertainment complex, housing everything
from Sega's Joypolis, restaurants, shops, a "boardwalk", even
a brewery! Another popular date spot for couples.
Seaside Line Torihama Station
largest marina in the country. Not only has shops but is an entertainment
dstrict in itself. Shops include factory and outlet stores from Guess,
Coach, J-Crew, Reebok, Levis, Timberland, Eddie Baur and more.
Site World Marketplace
Odakyu Line Sagami Ohno Station
nearby, this place features a total of 33 outlet shops including Pier
1 Imports, Guess, Nike and other stores.
Tobu-Tojo Line Fujimino Station
nearby in Saitama. Stores include Guess, DKNY, Eddie Baur, Benetton,
Coach and more.
from all over Japan
Tokyu Plaza 4F.
Specialty Shops -- Old Japanese handmade articles/Woodblock
Japanese handmade articles
Lacquered bamboo trunks
on the weather, open-air antique fairs are held on the grounds of Tokyo's
shrines. Get there early in the morning if you want to make a real find.
1st Sunday Togo Shrine (Harajuku)
(Araiyakushi-mae, Seibu Shinjuku line)
2nd Sunday Nogi Shrine (near Roppongi)
3rd Sat. & Sun. Sunshine City Alpa (Ikebukuro)
3rd Sunday Hanazono Shrine (Shinjuku)
4th Sunday Yushima Tenjin Shrine (Yushima)
4th Thurs. & Fri. On the steps of Roppongi Roi Bldg.
Inquiries about the markets can be made at Kotto Ichi.
|Aoyama Book Center
|Yaesu Book Center
||In front of Tokyo Station
||In Aoyama Twin Tower
||Shinjuku ( French)
||Takadanobaba (Education. Paperbacks)
||JInboucho (Taiwanese. Hong Kong)
||Shibuya-ku Yoyogi (Chinese)
||Ikejiriohashi (Asian, African)
||Roppongi, WAVE 4F
also in hotels: Okura, New Otani, Imperial
needs a little music in their lives. No matter what genre you listen to,
you're sure to find what you're looking for. Try some of these stores
|Tower Records (Shinjuku)
||Located on the 7th floor of FLAGS
||The largest Tower Records store in the world.
|Virgin Megastore (Shinjuku)
|Disc Union (Shimokitazawa)
||Sells new and used CD's
||7 floors of CD'S!
(Does not disclose numbers of each store)
|Stores in Shibuya, Shinjuku, Kichijoji, Ikebukuro and other places.
New and used CD's
are numerous other stores that sell new and used CD's and vinyl records.
You can find a lot of these in place like Shibuya, Shinjuku and Kichijoji
among other places. If you take a little walk and stroll down one of the
side streets you might find what you've been looking for.
to the latest in fashion trends, there are countless stores where people
can buy the latest designs. Some towns you're sure to be able to find
and buy the latest fashions include Harajuku, Shinjuku, Aoyama, Daikanyama
and it just starts there. There are clothes stores everywhere, again,
just take a little stroll and see what you find!
clothes in the middle of the night?
all around town. Stores open 24 hours a day include Shibuya, Ikebukuro,
Kichijoji and more.