World Porters is a huge complex housing shops, restaurants, a multiplex movie theater with eight screens and seating for 1,600, conference and meeting rooms, and exhibition halls. There are over 170 shops, many of which are import stores specializing in overseas fashions, and the prices are quite reasonable for Japan. The great variety of cuisine available among the over thirty restaurants gives you plenty to choose from when the shopping tires you out. If you want to catch movie while you are here, the eight-screen multiplex variety puts on road shows, recent Japanese blockbusters, cinema classics and reruns.
On the first and second floor of Yokohama More's is Ships, a stylish clothing shop for men and women. Both the shops are uncluttered and well lit with wooden flooring and plenty of space. Women's wear includes dresses, tunics, shirts, sweaters and some party wear, as well as jewelry, hats, bags and comfortable designer shoes. The men's shop has a suit section, with formal shirts and ties, as well as a more casual range of sweaters, shirts and T-shirts. Men also have a wide selection of accessories to choose from, such as shoes, bags, leather wallets and watches. -AH
Stepping into the shop transports you back into the 50's. But this is no nuclear family, mom's apple pie feel, but rather the bad boy motorcycle gang look. Much of the ambiance of the shop draws on back roads America grit, with old style Hawaiian dolls looming in the background. New and used jeans (all dark), long sleeve plaid shirts, and a variety of T-shirts for the off duty mechanic look are to be had. Accessories such as leather belts and wallets, and sunglasses complete the look.
Queen's Square is another of Yokohama's modern success stories. Opened in 1996, it is almost a city in itself, combining business and commercial zones with cultural facilities. Altogether, it has a total floor space of about 500,000 sq. m. and houses specialty shops, offices, restaurants, a concert hall (the Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall), and the 485-room Pan-Pacific Hotel Yokohama. In the center of this huge complex there is an atrium that starts at B3 and goes up to the 5F. Take a walk along the Queen Mall, a huge shop and restaurant-lined passageway that runs right through Queen's Square linking the Landmark Plaza with the Pacifico Yokohama. If you do not want to do any shopping, stop by for a break in one of the many restaurants or cafes.
Bay Quarter Yokohama is a ship-shaped shopping mall on the waterfront facing Yokohama Port and Minatomirai. There are plenty of cafes and unique restaurants you can enjoy while taking in the view or feeling the ocean breeze on the terrace. The building is directly connected to JR Yokohama Station and is only a three-minute walk away. The building also has a depot for Seabass, a transit line on the sea, and is close to attractions like Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse and Yamashita Park.
This huge shopping mall is conveniently located just inside the west exit of Yokohama Station and it has something for just about everybody. There are four floors above ground and two basement levels and each floor has a theme (or a variation on a theme). There are over 300 outlets in this complex, including boutiques, brand and specialty shops, restaurants, coffee shops, as well as, shops selling local and overseas delicacies. Although most of the stores represent popular brands and are therefore not the cheapest shops in town, there are frequent bargain sales when you can come away feeling pleased with what you have bought.
Hamaya is a fine tobacco shop located in the downtown shopping area of Izezaki-cho. Hamaya has a fine selection of cigars, all kept in a humidor. Hamaya offers some of the world's finest hand-rolled cigars, from Havana and elsewhere. Hamaya carries a fair assortment of pipes, including some expensive hand-carved Meerschaums, as well as more reasonably priced wood and briar pipes. The shop has a limited selection of pipe tobaccos. However, Hamaya stocks a full range of Japan Tobacco cigarette brands. It also carries a lot of paraphernalia for tobacco lovers, including lighters, flints, pipe cleaners, lighter fluid, and cigarette rolling papers.
This is a wonderfully friendly men's wear outlet. Even if your Japanese is minimal, the staff will go out of their way to help you find what you want. There is a limited, but well chosen selection of shirts, ties and accessories including names such as Burberry, Givenchy, Cartier plus some beautiful Japanese designed silk ties. The staff will measure you, advise you and generally make you feel pretty special. The largest size available is a substantial Large, but if you can speak a little Japanese, you may be able to order larger sizes.
Simplicity is the key here. Zone Press has a collection of unfancy, yet still stylish ladies semi-casual suits. The colors are little demur--dusty pinks, browns and greens--and the cuts are plain, but the overall effect is of elegance. The simplicity makes the style so versatile that the clothing will suit women of all ages. A little word of warning, however, the sizes are limited and generally a little on the petite side.
This store has an extensive range of top quality precious stones set in platinum, gold and silver. A word of warning though, this is an exclusive and expensive store! The service is good, but if you are not a serious buyer, expect a slightly frosty welcome. Despite this, the selection is extremely good and stylish. Designs range from very simple to the more elaborate and there are some slightly unusually cut stones. Every piece is immaculately polished and displayed giving an air of expensive elegance about the store. Perhaps a good place to get a gift for a really special occasion.
Near Osanbashi Pier is a small shop with interesting interior décor that sells clothing (with a nautical look) and souvenirs such as mugs, key chains, scarves, bags and jewelry. Quirky clocks and signs adorn the outside of the building. Inside, the small first room has old wooden floors that creak alarmingly. The back room has been decorated like a ship or warehouse with decorative objects such as old diving gear dotted about. Clothing includes T-shirts, sweaters, trousers and jeans. -AH
If you are looking for nautical paraphernalia to compliment your den, head for the big anchor on the Motomachi shopping strip. As you enter Kayama you are greeted by a plethora of hokey carvings of peg-legged sea captains. Completing the theme is a bewildering display of paperweights, ashtrays, letter openers, lanterns, picture frames, key chains, jewelry, and even a ship in a bottle! If you wish to learn the secrets of knot tying or the international flag codes, there are displays aplenty to guide you. Ahoy!