1LDK Apartments

Located in Tokyo's Brooklyn-like neighborhood of Daikanyama, 1LDK Apartments is a hipster heaven with minimalist fashion for men and women.


Tokyo's 45rpm boutique was designed to feel like an antique store and it is filled with airy linens in natural, earthy tones and perfectly worn-in denim.
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This tiny sliver of a shop in the upscale shopping neighborhood of Aoyama sells beautiful, delicate pieces such as skirts made from paper-thin, floral-print fabric. There is also a selection of menswear.


Japanese clothing brand Beams has several locations throughout Japan, but its six-floor Shinjuku flagship is the best.

Comme des Garçons

Founded by Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo, Comme des Garçons has many international locations, but its flagship in Tokyo is a must for fans of the brand.
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Daikanyama T-Site

Printed words on paper reign in this unique concept complex spread across three interlinked buildings that are adorned with lattices of interlocking Ts (they stand for the Japanese retail chain Tsutaya). Inventory in this sleek emporium extends to English-language titles, art books, and a global array of glossy magazine including back issues. In-store conveniences include a Starbucks, as well as Anjin, a cocktail lounge upstairs finished in distressed wood floorboards low-slung, leather couches. Elsewhere in the complex are a stationery boutique and shops specialized in cameras and bespoke bicycles. This architectural landmark makes an excellent starting and meeting point for those exploring the trendy boutiques of Daikanyama, including the nearby Okura.

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Dover Street Market Ginza

The multi-brand department store that got its start in London, Dover Street Market, has a location in Tokyo’s Ginza district.
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Tokyo's posh Drawer boutique stocks a selection of polished womenswear, from soft cashmere cardigans to designs from international labels.

Ginza Motoji

Traditional kimonos with a modern twist are found at this series of five stores. Even if you don’t plan to pick up a formal, or just an everyday, kimono, it is a fascinating place to look around, if only to be amazed at the range on offer. It is always a surprise to see that the kimono survives in a city where there is so much emphasis on the new and modern.

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Haibara sells exquisite cards and stationary, as well as traditional Japanese noshi envelopes. Helpful and knowledgeable staff graciously walk shoppers through the process of picking the right item, whether it is a gift for a friend or a personal treat.

Isetan Shinjuku

One of Tokyo’s top department stores, Isetan has several floors of luxury goods and an impressive food court on its lower levels.

Issey Miyake

Japan’s most prolific designer, Issey Miyake has a retail monopoly on the Aoyama neighborhood, with several different stores on the main shopping street.
Interiors at Ito-ya , Tokyo, Japan


Famed for its amazing range of pens, brushes and special papers, this fabulous store is where to pick up distinctive, and affordable, souvenirs. Occupying eight floors, Ito-ya sells everything from utilitarian office supplies to limited-edition wrapping paper and brushes for expert calligraphers. There is also an annex specializing in Japanese washi papers.

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For stylish stationary, in-the-know locals and tourists head to Kakimori. The Japanese are famous for their superb attention to detail, and Kakimori is no exception, as the writing supplies and paper goods on offer are all exquisitely made and displayed. Guests can head next door to InkStand, the sister shop, to have a fountain pen personalized with their choice of ink.

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Knife at Kiya ,Tokyo, Japan


This cutlery store founded in 1792 first made its name among the shoguns of that era for its precision perfect blades and slicing instruments. These days the inventory encompasses a comprehensive selection of Japanese and European modern steel and titanium tools, making this a must-stop for serious and aspiring chefs. Specialty items here include the Fugu knife and the elongated Takohiki “exclusively” for octopus. For those who do not cook, pick up a pair of Kiya’s ultra-precise nail clippers.

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Mina Perhonen

Located in Daikanyama, Mina Perhonen brings together Japanese and Finnish aesthetics in elegant pieces such as light linen dresses and printed dresses.
Exterior View at Mitsukoshi , Tokyo, Japan


Founded as a kimono store in 1673, Mitsukoshi is today one of the most elegant department stores in the country, if not the world. Spanning over 10,000 square feet, the space sells designs ranging from Western fashion by Chanel and Dior to traditional Japanese kimonos and outfits. In the handcrafts section, shoppers can see an artisan hand-painting dishes and bowls. The basement food court is not to be missed—the juice bar and chocolate-covered chestnuts are special treats.


Though her recycled chic has been featured at the Kennedy Center and MoMA, Nuno’s Reiko Sudo is mainly big in Japan, where her original, hand-printed fabrics are instantly recognizable. Within the Axis Building, in Tokyo’s Roppongi district, textile and design fans will find a kaleidoscopic array of original textiles, many with 3D embellishments. Tables hold colorful scarves, designed by Sudo and her colleagues, in cotton, rayon, and silk, as well as origami inspired tote bags while bolts of printed cotton and toile line the shelves. The store will make pillow covers, other household items, and even clothes in any of the materials.

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Connoisseurs of Japanese design have long trekked to the newly hip Daikanyama neighborhood to load up on Okura’s shirts, jackets, sweaters, pants and skirts, all of them indigo-dyed according to ancient Japanese techniques. To enter the charming, stone house you even pass through an indigo-dyed curtain. Upstairs is the women’s clothing including some barefoot-chic beach tunics, and accessories from socks to washcloths. These deep hued items are definitely Japanese yet more wearable than many traditional souvenirs, which makes this a great gift shop.

Omotosando Avenue in Aoyama

At one end of Aoyama’s Omotosando Avenue, Japanese youths doll up daily to parade along Takeshita Street while here at the other end, timeless Japanese style reigns among the minimalist chic boutiques of national design treasures like Issey Miyake (1/F & B1/F Vingt-Sept Building, 3-18-11 Minami-Aoyama), Comme des Garçons (5-2-1 Minami-Aoyama) and Yohji Yamamoto (5-3-6 Minami-Aoyama) as well as less exported names.

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Oriental Bazaar

Tourist friendly (except that it incongruously closes on Thursdays), this three-story emporium offers an ideal one-stop souvenir shop. Dolls, teapots, kimonos, yukata, woodblock prints from the ukiyo-e masters, antiques and books on Japan can be purchased here and even shipped home by the English-speaking sales staff. The basement may be the most interesting, with vintage kimonos, chic tees emblazoned with graphically attractive Japanese kanji alphabet characters and folksy local toys.

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Interior View - Palace Hotel Arcade, Tokyo, Japan

Palace Hotel Arcade

Home to 16 shops and eight restaurants, the arcade of the Palace Hotel is worth a visit for anyone touring in the area. Jikan Style sells beautiful, bright hand towels showcasing chosen, a traditional dying technique. Motota Touen sells modern ceramics by Japanese and international designers. A specialty shop full of Japanese handicrafts, Masters Craft is the place to pick up delicate ceramics, chopstick holders and other mementos to bring home. There is also a hair salon, Hatsuko Endo Styles and nail salon, Miranda, the latter a good place to get a traditional Japanese manicure.

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Prada Aoyama

Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the Prada Aoyama flagship is a six-story building that has a honeycomb-like exterior and a tunnel from which shoppers exit.
 Apparels at Ragtag, Tokyo, Japan


This consignment store began its life on Harajuku’s pedestrian-only Cat Steet, before branching into more conveniently located digs in Shibuya and Ginza. This Japanese resale institution specializes in perennially cutting-edge local designers, like Issey Miyake, Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto but also carries top European labels including Louis Vuitton, Prada, Marni and Lanvin in good-as-new condition. In fact, all designer items are graded from A to D, and this being Japan, even a D will look pretty desirable to resale regulars.

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Interior  View - Roppongi Hills, Tokyo, Japan

Roppongi Hills

This well-known mall cleverly combines consumerism with art. Dotting the compound are stunning sculptures, including the centerpiece, a metal spider by Louise Bourgeois that resembles a creature in a B-grade sci-fi movie. Nestled in its bronze body are shiny white marble eggs. There are twenty sculptures in all, half by Japanese artists, the others by artists from all over the world. In addition, the complex houses the Mori Art Museum, the Grand Hyatt hotel and, of course, scores of big-ticket designer-brand stores and restaurants. It's a great one-stop shop.

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Located in the Aoyama neighborhood, Sacai boutique sells super trendy men’s and women’s clothing in a two-story boutique.
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Sano Miso Kameido

Located in the off-the-beaten path Kameido, Sano Miso sells over 30 varieties of miso, as well as other culinary goodies that make great souvenirs.


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