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Shibuya shopping

Discover the Top Shopping Districts in Tokyo!

Tokyo is the capital city of the island nation of Japan, “Land of the Rising Sun”. Tokyo is a bustling metropolis and is considered to be one of the world’s most populous places and when you’re wondering where to shop, wonder no more. Check out some of the top shopping districts when in Tokyo.

Shinjuku shoppingShinjuku

Shinjuku (新宿区 ), literally meaning “New Lodge,”  is a district in Japan’s capital and bustling metropolis, Tokyo. KCP is in Shinjuku, the business, entertainment, and shopping center of Tokyo. One of the busiest train stations in the world with about 3 million people going through it in their daily commute is Shinjuku station.  The station itself has a large shopping complex with two underground malls and several department stores that are all connected to the station.  One of the most popular department stores in Shinjuku is the world-renowned Isetan that’s over a hundred years in business. A must visit in Isetan is their depachika to literally enjoy food haven.


Many of Japan’s renowned and upcoming fashion and entertainment trendsetters get their start at Shibuya. Dozens of major department store chains are also located in the area, making it a shopper’s paradise. Many of the department stores’ target market are young people in their 20’s such as Shibuya 109, a fashion institution since 1979. Shibuya like Shinjuku, is one of the busiest train stations with several shopping complexes connected to the station. One of them being Shibuya Hikarie, a 10-floor shopping complex. There are restaurants with splendid views, various exhibits and a four-floor theater space that features western-style musicals. There’s always something for everyone at Shibuya.

Omotesando shoppingOmotesando

Omotesando  literally means “Shrine Entranceway Road”, stemming from its history as it makes its way to Meiji Shrine. Omotesandō features several avant-garde buildings designed by world renowned architects both local and foreign. Omotesando is the second-largest upscale shopping neighborhoor next to Ginza. With its European ambiance, it is often referred to as Tokyo’s Champs-Élysée. The streets is lines with Zelkova trees that lead to Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi Park. It’s not difficult to get lost in all its vibrant splendour.


Ginza can be compared to New York’s 5th Avenue or Oxford Street in London. This district is another one of Tokyo’s most thriving shopping centers, but it is also home to several other attractions. Ginza is named after a silver-coin mint that operated in the area during the Edo Period in 1612. The place became a symbol of modernization by the Meiji government after the Tsukiji area was hit by a devastating fire in 1872.  Ginza contains a frenzy of upscale department stores, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants. Several prominent western designer shops such as Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel line the streets, as well as Sony’s tech hub and the Apple Store.


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