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Tokyo's Top 5 Popular Shopping Spots - Plus Why Foreign Tourists Flock to Shibuya, Japan's Fashion Capital!

Tokyo's Top 5 Popular Shopping Spots - Plus Why Foreign Tourists Flock to Shibuya, Japan's Fashion Capital!

Date published: 22 July 2019
Last updated: 14 August 2019

LIVE JAPAN PERFECT GUIDE TOKYO, the largest information services for overseas tourists visiting Japan, has announced the “LIVE JAPAN Awards 2019”. LIVE JAPAN is a one-stop site where you can find information on sightseeing, cuisine, shopping and hotels. By analyzing their user access numbers, a ranking of popular stores by foreign visitors was made.

Here are the TOP 5 stores in the Shopping Category (large shopping facilities). We will also take a closer look at the number 1 spot.

LIVE JAPAN Awards 2019, Shopping Category (Large Shopping Facilities) Top 5

For the awards there are 5 categories of Cuisine, Experience, Shopping (large facilities), Shopping (retail facilities) and Sightseeing. Here are the results for the Shopping Category (Large Facilities)

#5 Tokyu Department Main Store

Tokyo Department Main Store is located adjacent to Tokyu Group’s complex cultural facility BUNKAMURA which is equipped with a theater and a movie theater. They have services aimed at foreign visitors, such as duty free counters and overseas delivery. Also they have the free “City Shuttle,” the circulation bus from Tokyu Department Main Store east exit to Tokyu Department Toyoko Store Shibuya Station east exit Miyamasuzaka platform.

  • Tokyu Department Store Hon-ten
    Coupons
    • Address 2-24-1, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0043
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    • Nearest Station Shibuya Station (JR Shonan Shinjuku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Saikyo Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line / Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line / Tokyu Toyoko Line / Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line / Keio Inokashira Line)
      7 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3477-3111

#4 Shinjuku Takashimaya

Shinjuku Takashimaya is a two-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal and attracts many tourists. On the upper floors they have 36 restaurants with many of them offering great night views. They also have delivery services to Haneda and Narita International Airports.

  • Takashimaya Dept. Shinjuku Store
    • Address 5-24-2, Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 151-8580
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    • Nearest Station Shinjuku Station (JR Shonan Shinjuku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Chuo Main Line / JR Saikyo Line / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line / Toei Shinjuku Line / Toei Oedo Line / Keio Line / Keio New Line / Odakyu Odawara Line)
      2 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-5361-1111

#3 Tokyu Department Tokyo Store

Tokyu Department Toyoko Store is right by the Shibuya Crossing and the most cherished department store by Japanese people in Shibuya. A good place to look for souvenirs is Toyoko Noren-gai, which has many long-established and famous shops. It is open until 9:00 p.m. and a great place to stop by after sightseeing.

  • TOKYU DEPARTMENT STORE
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    • Address 2-24-1, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-8319
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    • Nearest Station Shibuya Station (JR Shonan Shinjuku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Saikyo Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line / Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line / Tokyu Toyoko Line / Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line / Keio Inokashira Line)
      1 minute on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3477-3111

#2 Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro

Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro is directly connected to Ikebukuro Station. Their main attraction is Tokyo’s largest dining area that spans the 11th to the 15th floors. The 46 restaurants offer Japanese cuisine such as sushi, sukiyaki and ramen, and also various international cuisines. The food section in the basements has many Japanese sweets that are perfect for gifts.

#1 Seibu Shibuya! The Secret Behind its Popularity

#1 Seibu Shibuya! The Secret Behind its Popularity

Coming in at the top spot is Seibu Shibuya. It is located in a prime area of Shibuya, a popular destination for overseas visitors. Go across the Shibuya Crossing and head towards Koen Dori and Annex A is to your left.
Here are some of the reasons why it is so popular!

Reason #1: It Offers the Latest Japanese Fashion Trends

Reason #1: It Offers the Latest Japanese Fashion Trends

“KEY TO STYLE” on the 3rd floor is a designer’s brand select shop that Seibu Shibuya focuses on. The products are replaced every week which allows for a fresh shopping experience each time you visit.

In Japan, Seibu Department store is known as a “fashion general trading company.” The Shibuya Store is especially famous for being the source of the latest fashion.

They were the first in Japan to introduce Hermes and Yves Saint Laurent, and also hold designer brands that represent Japan such as Comme des Gracons (Rie Kawakubo), Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto and Takeo Kikuchi. Also they were the first to hold Muji products, before anyone else. To this day they have many fashion items by young designers.

Reason #2: Many Popular Stores such as Idol Shops and Sushi Restaurants

Reason #2: Many Popular Stores such as Idol Shops and Sushi Restaurants

The Dining Plaza on the 8th floor has many popular restaurants. They have many types of restaurants that represent Japanese cuisine such as yakiniku and tempura. There is also Sushi Katsumidori a popular sushi shop that always has a line. The Dining Plaza is open until 11:00 p.m. and a great place to stop by after sightseeing.

Johnny’s ISLAND STORE, which opened on May 30, 2019, is currently a hot topic. Johnny’s is a Japanese talent agency and here you can purchase Johnny’s Jr idol merchandise. It requires a reservation to enter, but it is also a popular photo spot where anyone can take pictures.

Reason #3: Many Services Catering To Foreign Visitors

Another reason why Seibu Shibuya is popular is the various services provided to create a convenient shopping experience for foreign visitors. The building has free Wi-Fi, which is great for looking things up while shopping.

There is a duty-free counter on the 7th floor of Annex A. People who completed the tax-free procedures receive a free drink. They also have machines for foreign exchange and a machine for filling out duty-free documents, so Japanese isn’t required.

At the Information booth on the 1st floor of Annex A they have 5% discount coupons for foreign visitors. By presenting your passport you can receive the coupon.

At the Information booth on the 1st floor of Annex B they have recently started the ecbo-cloak services where you can leave your luggage, which is a great way to enhance your shopping experience.

Seibu Shibuya is well-received by foreign visitors due to its great location and a good selection of items representing Shibuya, where the latest fashions originate. Please stop by Seibu Shibuya, a store where you can fully experience current Japanese trends and hospitality.

  • seibu shibuya
    Events
    • Address 21-1, Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-8330
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    • Nearest Station Shibuya Station (JR Shonan Shinjuku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Saikyo Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line / Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line / Tokyu Toyoko Line / Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line / Keio Inokashira Line)
    • Phone Number 03-3462-0111
*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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