Where to Buy Souvenir Items in Tokyo, Japan
Here you go, the list of where to buy your souvenirs at the top 3 most popular areas in Tokyo, Japan:
1. Takeshita Dori
Wanna experience the real kawaii culture? Head over to Harajuku’s Takeshita Dori where there’s a huge gathering of everything kawaii. From unique Japan shops such as celebrity shops, 100 yen stores to themed-restaurants, you will surely find somthing that is unique , if not queer.
2. Themed restaurants
Some themed restaurants such as Kawaii Monster Cafe has their own shops selling all items and accesories with their principal mascot, Choppy on them. It ranges from t-shirts to notebooks and bags.
3. Line Friends Store
You can also step into the workd of Brown and his friends at a branch of Line Friends Store located in Meiji Dori in Harajuku. This largest free call and messaging app of Japan offers you their two-story shop where you could either take selfies (yeah, a lot of selfies) with Line’s fave brown bear or choose among their 400 items of cute souvenirs and gifts which vary from plush toys and t-shirts to stationery and even some sweets.
4. 100-yen stores
On your way to Tokyu Plaza, you can spot some 100 yen shops selling affordable items such as kimono, obi fabrics and tenugui or hand towels which are indeed perfect for souvenirs.
5. Tokyu Plaza Omotesando
Aside from its unforgettable mirrored entrance, the Tokyu Plaza can offer you a lot of souvenir items and variety of things to shop. You can find some Anime good shops , as well as specialty stores that you wouldn’t find anywhere else.
6. Shibuya 109
This iconic mall is located just right in the heart of Shibya, which is famous for , you may know it already, the world’s famous intersections or crossings. Gyaru or teenage girls with tanned skin and big blond hair love Shibuya 109, aka Marukyu Gyaru. Why? Simply becuase this fashio mall has all the things that they would need such as mini-skirts, high heels, wigs, nail chips, and everything else that they would buy, at an affordable price.
7. Socks and Legwear shops
Socks and legwear are colorful and stylish in Japan. Shops like this below has range of this type of wear that will make you hard to choose.
8. Kimono shops
Wanna bring home a kimono? There are also some modern looking and practical kimono-inspired dresses that you can use even when you’re not in Japan or on your required costume day.
9. Food sample shops
There are countless food sample shops around Tokyo area. They might be fake, but if you can’t get enough of Japanese food, and want to bring some as souvenir so you can take a look at them for inspiration maybe, then, why not?
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13. Yodobashi Camera
Yodobashi Camera is the go-to electronic chain where you’re guaranteed to find something for practically anything from DVDs to toys. For any gadget needs, you’re surely not disappoint.
14. Tax-free shops
Duty-free shopping? Not just at the airport. If you’re a temporary visitor (e.g. staying for less than six months), not working in Japan, and not a Japanese citizen, you can be exempted from paying the 8% consumption tax when shopping at any tax-free shops around Japan.
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15. Gachapon Kaikan
No matter what anime or games you’re into, you’re pretty sure to stumble across a machine, whether it’s new or not, that you won’t refuse. You can even get a lifetime supply of gachapon at Akihabara Gachapon Kaikan!
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