First opened in 1935, the historic Tsukiji fish market created an outer market region, thanks to its massive popularity. Known as the Tsukiji Outer Market, this vibrant landmark sells a variety of items like fresh produce, fish, utensils as well as ready to eat food. The market came into existence as a need to cater to non-wholesale customers, who were initially barred from entering the area for it was solely commercial. Even though the historic inner market has shut shop, you can still enjoy the unique shopping culture at the Outer Market.
For a day long shopping spree in Chiba, the impressive AEON Mall Makuhari is one of the best places. With over 350 shops, the mall is known for being one of the earliest shopping centers of the city. There are four different malls in the complex- Grand Mall, Pet Mall, Family Mall, and Active Mall. The Grand Mall, the biggest among all four, comprises of top fashion brands from H&M to Claire's, and more. The pet mall takes care of all the pet needs from grooming to specialized clothes and accessories sold in stores. The family mall has everything from pink Barbie shops, Babies R Us to a rooftop children's park. The active mall is for those with an adventurous streak and want to go rock climbing indoors or play a game of basketball. Perfect for a fun day out, the mall's festive vibe and decorations during Christmas are not to be missed.
MARK IS is a mall in Yokohama that has stores for one and all. Shopping here includes categories such as footwear, clothing, household items, pet accessories and adventure sports equipment. The mall is centrally located and has hotels, restaurants, art museum and a dock area at close vicinity. The mall is quite spacious and a good way to spend time. During festivals the mall is decorated and looks very beautiful. People come over to look how well the mall is decked up for the season. Not only is it a great place to hangout with friends and families, but it is also a great place to shop.
The motto of Patisserie Hidemi Sugino states that "You won't find our pastries anywhere else;" a brave promise in light of the hundreds of high-class, highly inventive patisseries scattered around Tokyo. It is, however, a statement the store lives up to, for it has garnered such a reputation that there is a queue before the store even opens. The patisserie specializes in mousse cakes, in a variety of flavors that are usually seasonal and the deceptively simple appearance of the pastries melt away to reveal layers of flavor within. This is a must-stop for any dessert lover; just be prepared to wait for your turn to try the unique confections.
This street market was formed after World War 2. At that time, people were short of food, and food and clothes were under a ration system, so people had to have a ration ticket to buy items. However, some people started selling food at this street. They sold items like sugar, jackets and trousers. This street started as black market and eventually became legitimate. Now, many tourist visit Ameya-yokocho from all over the world. You can buy various kinds of things, not only clothes and food, but also uncommon foods and cosmetics here, making it a must visit destination in Tokyo.
This small candy shop, conveniently close to Kiddyland on Cat Street, sells handmade candies and showcases the production process. A counter along one wall with a glass partition has space for the three or four people who knead and roll the sweet, colorful, sticky confections. When the candies are shaped and set, they are sold in small bags or glass bottles in the shop.
In the place famous for anime, the Tokyo Anime Center exhibits rare materials of current Japanese anime. In these exhibitions, you can see original illustrations, production materials, and promotional movies. The center also organizes events where voice actors and illustrators are invited for interviews. There is also a shop, where you can get exclusive items, such as T-shirts, posters, and more. If you are interested in current Japanese anime, this place is worth visiting. Please note that exhibitions are changed regularly.
Undefeated Tokyo is a quaint little store but their collection is exactly the opposite of that. This sport brand houses some of the best in class sneakers from renowned brands across the world. Apart from that, they also have their own collection of sneakers, which are designed in house. You will find brands like Nike, Reebok, Adidas, converse, Puma among others. Also, the store has a very distinct punk rock vibe which is fascinating.