10 Cool Stores to Check Out the Next Time You’re in Tokyo
Aside from your favorite branch of Uniqlo.
(SPOT.ph) It’s easy to fall in love with the city of Tokyo—what with its beautifully pink cherry blossom trees, extensive train lines, mouthwatering food, and of course, its wide array of stores. Whether you’ve come to enjoy the sights, drown yourself in sushi, or immerse yourself in the rich culture that Japan has to offer, one thing’s for sure: You’ll find yourself bringing home more paper bags of goodies than you probably anticipated. But when you once again find yourself in the midst of Tokyo’s busy streets and crossings, head over to these stores that might just have what you’re looking for.
They weren’t kidding when they called this place Kiddyland. It looks like what all children’s dreams are made of. This store has a lot of branches around Tokyo and every floor is filled with stuffed animals, stationery, action figures, and what-have-you—all designed after your favorite characters from every franchise you can think of like Star Wars, Pokemon, Marvel, Sanrio, Studio Ghibli, Harry Potter, and more!
See a list of Kiddyland branches.
Your wardrobe is probably already filled to the brim with everything Uniqlo—and we don’t blame you! But it’s time to make some space for the brand's hipper sibling, which has more printed pieces and more casual-friendly picks for your everyday outfits. Their offerings are just as timeless as Uniqlo’s, but they’ve got a more fun, laid-back vibe that you’re also sure to love.
See a list of GU branches.
There are a lot of trinket and home accessory stores around Japan, but 3Coins makes it a little bit easier for your last-minute shopping with their accessible stores located in multiple train stations. You’re supposed to be buying your ticket for the next train—but it’s hard not to resist their cute interiors and you’ll soon find yourself filling up your basket with pasalubong for your friends back home. They’ve got cute jewelry, hair accessories, and even basic wardrobe pieces for your convenience! Y’know, just in case you need to buy ankle socks or an undershirt before going home.
See a list of 3Coins branches.
If you’re looking for affordable luxury, look no further than this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it store hidden in Shibuya’s shopping district. They’ve got bags, wallets, and accessories from designer brands like Prada, Furla, and Longchamp, as well as clothes from Chiara Ferragni and Gucci—at a discount! (Not to mention they’re tax-free, too!) Head over to the upper levels and you’ll find lots of choices for your athleisure aesthetic from brands like Ralph Lauren, Champion, and Fila. They even have a section dedicated to bigger sizes for clothes and shoes, so you’re sure to find something that fits you.
Sakazen Shibuya is at 29-4, Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. See a list of Sakazen branches.
Trust us when we say it’s easy to get lost in this lifestyle heaven. They’ve got everything from colorful stationery to fun toys, delicious snacks, to stylish shoes, clothes, accessories, and everything in between! It would honestly be a miracle if you came out of this store with only one shopping bag in hand.
See a list of Loft branches.
Kaldi Coffee Farm
If you’ve had a friend come from Tokyo before, chances are you’ve already received one or two pieces of Matcha KitKat as a souvenir. (You’ve probably even been the one giving it out.) But you’ll be glad to find more options at Kaldi Coffee Farm stores—from spring blend coffee beans that smell like cherry blossoms (we know, right?!) to chocolates with a surprise sake filling. Think of it as your local delicatessen with a Japanese twist.
See a list of Kaldi Coffee Farm branches.
So you’ve already hoarded all kinds of stationery and home accessories from Muji back here in the Philippines. But Muji Yurakucho isn’t just any branch of Muji—it’s the biggest branch of Muji there is, meaning it’s definitely a must-visit. Not only do you have all the wonderfully minimalist items you’ve come to love, but they have Muji everything, too! Muji beds? Check. Muji appliances? Check. Muji plants?! Yup! They even have Muji groceries and veggies, too!
Muji Yurakucho is at 100-0005 Infos Yurakucho, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku.
With over a hundred years under its belt, Itoya is the must-go-to stop if you’re serious about your stationery—the Ginza branch has 12 (yes, 12!) floors that each have their own themes. There’s a level dedicated for greeting cards, another one for letter-writing, one for fountain pens, one for specialty paper, one for crafting, and more! And if you’re tired from all the stationery-shopping, head over to the top floor, where you can find Café Stylo and have your fill of coffee and other meals.
Itoya Ginza is at 3 Chome-7-1 Ginza, Chuo. See a list of Itoya branches.
If you’re looking for anything and everything related to tech and gadgets, then no place is better than Yodobashi Camera. They offer endless choices for cameras as the name implies, but you can also find the best deals for other gadgets and accessories here.
See a list of Yodobashi Camera branches.
This store is perfect for the shopper who wants everything in one go. No more going to different places just to pick out one thing! You don’t have to worry about buying all the different souvenirs your friends asked from you (as well as the items on your own shopping list) when this one convenient place has all kinds of trinkets, food, and accessories.
See a list of Tokyu Hands branches.