Tokyo for the Shopaholics! By Shalini P. Sawkar

Tokyo for Shopaholics
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The land of the rising sun is known for it’s stunning views of Mt. Fuji, Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, rich heritage, imperial gardens and green tea! But did you also know it is a paradise for shopaholics?

From affordable curios on Nakamise Street to upmarket shopping on Ginza Street, Tokyo offers something for everyone. Stationeries, make-up, state-of-the-art kitchenware, latest electronic gadgets, art supply, local Japanese sweets, there isn’t anything under the sun that you can’t find in Tokyo, one of the busiest capital cities in the world. Here are some of the best areas to shop:

Nakamise Street

Located outside the famous Sensō-ji temple in Asakusa district of Japan, this street is always bustling with tourists and locals. It offers a range of traditional Japanese curios, talismans, lucky charms including the Maneki Neko or the waving cat, Asakusa’s symbolic lantern, and sweets such as the Ningyo Yaki, and others made of red bean paste, rice cake crackers, and candies.

Best for: traditional shopping and street food

Itoya stores, Ginza

It is a 100-year-old stationery store found in Ginza district, as well as Shinjuku and Shibuya areas. It’s a one-stop destination for all things stationery. You can also buy art, craft, and other supplies here.

Best for: stationeries and art supply

Ginza

One of the central areas of Tokyo, Ginza is an upmarket shopping district for clothes, shoes, bags, and make-up. You can find some of best fine-dining restaurants and hotels on this street. You can shop from the showrooms of high fashion brands like Chanel, Michael Kors, Fendi, Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, Bvlgari, and Louis Vuitton, or from affordable ones like Zara, H&M, Uniqlo and GAP. You can also check out the local Japanese department stores like Matsuya, Aoki, or GU. It’s all found in one place! Some of them offer tax free shopping as well.

Best for: clothes, shoes, accessories and make-up

Akhihabara

Also known as the Electric Town of Tokyo, this area is thriving with electronic stores of all kinds, from tiny retail shops to gigantic departmental stores. You’ll find vast variety of electronic gadgets, along with anime, magna, and video games.

Best for: electronic gadgets

Kappabashi Street

Also known as Kitchen Town, it is located between Ueno and Asakusa districts. The street is lined with numerous shops, selling only kitchenware appliances and restaurant supplies. More than 170 shops dedicated to the restaurant trade are on this street. You can buy handmade knives, shuro scrubbing brushes, wooden bowls and cutlery.

Best for: kitchenware