Where to Buy Souvenir Items in Tokyo, Japan

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Here you go, the list of where to buy your souvenirs at the top 3 most popular areas in Tokyo, Japan:

Harajuku

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Shibuya

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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?

Related article: 48 Foods and Drinks to Try in Japan

 

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10. Disney

 

Are you a disney kid? At this Disney store, you’ll surely find all the Disney items that you are collecting all these years.

 

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11. Loft

 

This is a known Japanese chain store that sells everyday commodities. It is not just a stationery shop, you can also find a variety of souvenir and seasonal gifts.

 

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Akihabara

 

 

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12. Gamers

 

Where else to buy all your Japanese games that you wanna take home all this time but to the mecca of otaku and the world’s leading electric district that is Akihabara?

 

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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.

 

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 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.

Related article: How I got my Japanese Visa

 

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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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3 comments

  • Any recommend budget friendly Hotel or airbnb in Toky. Will be there from Dec 29 to Jan 5. 3 adults 1 kid. Thanks in advance.

  • the dates fall during peak season , so expect accommodation prices to be a little bit high. nevertheless, I found here some guest houses and apartments with good reviews that you may consider.

    https://bit.ly/2DROZIU

    Just to let you know, Tokyo Guest house is somehow far from Shibuya and Shinkjuku, though train is just 5 mins walk, if you’re going to do lots of sightseeing in central Tokyo,this means that you have to spend more for mrt or transport rides. You may want also to think about this cost.

    You can also try this apartment which is located conveniently in Shinjuku.Its the cheapest one i found online with good location and reviews based on the covered dates indicated:

    https://bit.ly/2DS3CvL

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