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This branch of Takashimaya is the largest department store in Japan. Much brighter and more modern than the Nihonbashi branch, it feels more like a huge, classy shopping mall. Inside are three restaurant floors, a Sega amusement center, an Imax theater and the famous Tokyu Hands hardware store. With an annex building housing the Kinokuniya Bookstore as well as all the Japanese gift items you could ever need, it is not surprising that Takashimaya has become a favorite with foreigners and locals alike.
Located in Daiba and fronted by a life-sized model of a Gundam, the seven-floor Diver City Tokyo Plaza has all the leading fashion brands, such as Old Navy, Uniqlo, Lacoste, Adidas and Diesel. On the ground floor, there is a food court, and the sixth floor has more formal restaurants serving a variety of world foods. First-time visitors to Japan can take a peek in the maid café for a unique experience, or make reservations to explore Gundam Front Tokyo, a shop/exhibit dedicated to the Japanese animated TV series. More run-of-the-mill entertainment options include tennis and bowling. There is an exchange bureau, and duty free shopping is available at some stores. The restaurants stay open later than the boutiques.
Venus Fort shopping center offers a one of its kind mix of shops where the floors are transformed as per the logo color to give each floor a unique theme and access. On the first floor are popular categories like electronic goods, kid’s apparel, home decor items and similar shops. The second floor is filled with trendy shops selling the latest cosmetic, accessories and jewelry. If you are a fashion buff, you will want to visit the third floor which is full of outlets of well-known brands of fashion apparel. All in all, this mall has something for every taste and every occasion.
In Shibuya, Marui has three neighboring buildings, each flaunting enormous, unmissable, bright red storefront signs. The abstract "O" (circle = maru) and "1" (one = ichi) makes you curious and once inside, Marui is overwhelming. O1 Young has eight floors of youth fashion and sportswear, O1 City caters for the working twenties and up, while O1 One is more general and casual. To visit all three would exhaust not only your bank balance, but also more than an entire day!
Credited as being the origin of the kogal subculture, Shibuya 109 is a massive, cylindrical shopping center in the heart of Tokyo's Shibuya shopping district. Ten stories tall, Shibuya 109 provides anything you could be looking for. From high fashion to trendy, urban designs, accessories, restaurants, salons and even groceries, you can spend days here and still not see everything.