On 8 June 2020, IKEA opened their first Tokyo store in Harajuku’s “WITH HARAJUKU” shopping complex. They even have an IKEA Shibuya scheduled to open near the famous Shibuya Scramble Crossing in winter.
For too long Tokyo’s residents have wished for an IKEA that didn’t require an hour’s trip into the suburbs, and now their wishes have been answered with this compact Tokyo version! So let’s take a look at what’s in store, and how they are tackling shopping in the age of coronavirus.
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IKEA Harajuku: Easy Shopping and Limited-Edition Items!
IKEA Harajuku, which opened on Monday, June 8th, is an urban store located within the WITH HARAJUKU multi-purpose shopping facility, which also includes the UNIQLO Harajuku store. The total IKEA area is about 2500 square meters spanning two floors and showcasing about 1000 pieces of furniture. You can either request delivery for your shopping, or around 900 of the items can also be taken home there and then.
The main feature of the sales floor is centered around the idea of catering to the four “Living Necessities”: “Sleep”, “Arrangement”, “Relaxation/Sense of Home” and “Cooking”. Seeing as Tokyo is well-known for its lack of space, the room layouts have been developed especially with space-saving in mind.
Another feature of this Tokyo store is that the room layouts reflect the common lifestyles of Tokyoites, with rooms for single people and the budget-conscious.
A World First! IKEA’s New “Swedish Convenience Store”
In IKEA’s new Harajuku store, they are trying out something fun – a Swedish Convenience Store! They have a variety of vegan and eco-friendly items, such as their eco bags, their ISTAD freezer bags made of plant-based materials, and even plant-based ramen. Along with that, they’re also setting up a coffee stand in the convenience store, where you can take out coffee, cinnamon rolls, plant-based soft ice cream and sundaes!
Another First! IKEA's Traditional Swedish Flatbread
The "TUNNBROD" sold at the "Swedish Cafe" on the 2nd floor is a new dish to IKEA, with fun fillings added to the traditional Swedish flatbread. Harajuku is known for its Japanese folded crepes, so this looks like somewhat of a fusion of Harajuku and Swedish culture!
Coronavirus: IKEA’s Measures to Prevent Infection and Spread
With the opening of the new IKEA Harajuku, IKEA has been preparing with anti-coronavirus measures. In order to alleviate congestion in the store, customers will be issued with a numbered admission ticket, and entry will be restricted depending on the situation and number of customers inside the store.
See-through vinyl curtains are installed at areas such as cash registers that are customer-facing. Employees wear masks and face shields as needed to serve customers.
In addition, there are spray bottles for hand sanitizers at multiple locations in the store, and there is plenty of seating in the eating and drinking area.
We encourage visitors to refrain from “lining up in front of the store before opening” and “long stays”. It is also encouraged to avoid peak hours, to wear a mask, and to maintain a distance of about 2 meters from other customers.
- Address 1-14-30 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, (within WITH HARAJUKU)
1 minute walk from JR Harajuku Station, 1 minute walk from Meiji Jingumae -Harajuku- Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
Number of cafe seats: 152 seats
*Seats are spaced out for safety and congestion measures, 40 seats
Hours: All day from 10:00 to 21:00 (short-time business from 11:00 to 20:00)
*According to the open days of “WITH HARAJUKU”, the whole building is closed once a year. Please check with “WITH HARAJUKU” directly.
IKEA Shibuya: Scheduled to Open On the Site of Old “Forever 21”
A clothing chain, Forever 21, withdrew its sales from Japan last year, so IKEA is due to take its place in the winter of 2020. The planned area is just a few minutes’ walk from the famous Shibuya Scramble Crossing, opposite Seibu Shibuya and Shibuya Loft. IKEA Shibuya will span from the first floor to the seventh floor of the Takagi Building, with a total area of about 4,800 square meters – almost twice the size of IKEA Harajuku.
In February 2020, IKEA Japan also opened its first planning space for business owners, IKEA for Business, in Shibuya. IKEA Harajuku, which opened on June 8th, and the future IKEA Shibuya will offer solutions that meet the needs of urban living through innovative designs.
Translated by: Cassandra Lord
- Address 1F-7F Takagi Building 24-1, Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
5 minutes walk from JR Shibuya station, 11 minutes walk from Shinsen station on Keio Inokashira line
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.
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