Indagare’s Rose Allen shares some of her favorite shops from her trip through Japan. “It was impossible not to come back with a suitcase full of beautiful, handcrafted clothing, home goods, paper goods, and of course, beauty products.”
A unique concept complex spread across three interconnected buildings bursts with global books, magazines, CDs and movies. Have a tea, coffee or cocktail at sleek Anjin Lounge pre- or post-browse. 17-5 Sarugakucho.
Ito-Ya, Ginza Occupying eight floors, this phenomenal paper goods store sells everything from office supplies to exquisite origami paper. 2-7-15 Ginza.
Kaikado, Shimogyo-ku A combined workshop and store, the beautiful handmade tin, brass and copper tealeaf caddies sold here are like little works of art. 84-1 Umeminato-cho.
The Jinbōchō neighborhood A must-visit for book lovers, the Jinbōchō neighborhood is teeming with rare-book shops. Each store has a different theme and while most carry books written in Japanese, some also have antique maps and paintings.
This boutique sells beautifully made clothing and accessories, all in natural hues. My favorite are the unique statement jackets. 459 Hinokuchicho Kiyamachi.
Ippodo Tea Co., Nakagyo-ku The centuries-old Ippodo sells Japan’s best green tea. There are lots of varieties on offer and many come in artful tins.
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