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Shopping in Shinjuku

Sprawling Shinjuku, with its colossal train station and towering skyscrapers, is a shopping mecca filled with every department store Tokyo has to offer. Tokyo’s most popular stores have flagship locations in Shinjuku, and are double or triple the size of their other stores. Whether shoppers are picking up gourmet food or grabbing a forgotten travel item, Shinjuku is easily the most diverse place to find an assortment of goods.

  • Isetan Depachika

    Isetan Depachika

    Isetan Depachika

    Isetan is Tokyo’s poshest department store. The clothes are designer and the restaurants are sophisticated. The basement floor depachika, a combination of the Japanese words for “department store” and “basement,” is a swanky food emporium serving the highest quality groceries, deli items, and prepared foods. The depachika is divided into two halves, one side a grocery store and the other filled with mini businesses selling baked goods, lunchboxes, and other foods to take home. The quality of the food is first rate, with prices to match. The depachika is perfect for food window shopping, and hungry browsers might be able to pick up a sample or two.

    Isetan Depachika

    Isetan Depachika

  • Books Kinokuniya

    Books Kinokuniya

    Books Kinokuniya

    Books Kinokuniya is a staple in Tokyo’s literary scene. There are two Shinjuku locations, with the East bookstore specializing in Japanese literature and the South bookstore offering a large selection of books in foreign languages, mainly in English. Kinokuniya is constantly updating their selection with the newest books and editions. They also offer a “Japan” section featuring Japanese books translated into English as well as travel books and Japanese language learning materials. The East bookstore also houses a cafe, Kinochaya, where bookworms can relax with their new book and a warm cup of tea.

  • Muji

    Muji

    Muji

    Muji, with its internationally popular minimalist aesthetic, has one of its flagship stores in Shinjuku. The design centered store sells everything from home goods, clothing, packaged food, and essential oils to stationery. Each of their items oozes the Muji aesthetic of mild tones and conservative design while still being trendy. Muji is the perfect place for travelers to grab anything they left at home, as the travel section is not only fashionable, it is also very affordable. This Muji location also has a Muji Cafe, where their famous curries and desserts can be eaten fresh rather than out of a packet.

  • Sekaido

    Sekaido

    Sekaido

    In need of some Japanese stationery? Sekaido is a five floor art supply shop offering discounted goods. Sekaido sells everything an artist needs, from canvases to frames to paints, in addition to a large stationery and pen floor. The Shinjuku location is the flagship store and is the largest place to find any art related goods. The stationery store sells every variety of Japanese mechanical pencil, erasable pens and postcards, perfect for gifts for friends back home.

  • Takashimaya Times Square

    Takashimaya Times Square

    Takashimaya Times Square

    Shinjuku’s Takashimaya Times Square is huge, more akin to a mall than a department store. The building takes up most of Shinjuku’s south side and among the boutiques and restaurants also houses a Nitori, Japan’s answer to IKEA, the foreign language Books Kinokuniya, a Tokyu Hands, and a movie theater. Shoppers can find stores in a wide range of pricing, from the standard Uniqlo to designer stores such as Louis Vuitton. The top floor of Takashimaya hosts an assortment of restaurants with wide price range as well.

  • Tokyu Hands

    Tokyu Hands

    Tokyu Hands

    Attached to Takashimaya Times Square is Tokyu Hands, a department store offering every home good any human could ever need. This “one stop shop” sells mostly Japan-made products at reasonable prices. The seven floors sell items perfect for travelers picking up a quick souvenir and for the Tokyoite choosing equipment for a home improvement project. Tokyu Hands encourages a creative life and offers the tools to make it happen. The travel section is perfect for the forgetful traveler. Pick up a domestically produced organizer or a suitcase that is both practical and a good souvenir.

    Tokyu Hands

    Tokyu Hands

    Shinjuku
    Address
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Nishishinjuku 1 chome
    Phone
    ISETAN KAIKAN
    Address
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Shinjuku 3-15-17
    Phone
    0333528711
    Books Kinokuniya Shinjuku Main Store
    Address
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Shinjuku 3-17-7
    Phone
    0333540131
  • Higashi Kyu Hands shinjuku
    Address
    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Sendagaya 5-24-2 Times Square Building 2-8F
    Phone
    0353613111
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