This store, located in the Ginza district, is truly a heaven for shopaholics. Wako was established in 1881 and was originally a watch and jewelry shop. Now considered the oldest and most prestigious design store in the city, Wako has exclusive watches, jewelry, handbags, porcelain and dishware. The store also has a wide clothing collection for men and women. You can find the store's branches in Hiroo, Minato and Haneda Airport as well. Situated within an old-fashioned building with a clock tower, the store is something else to behold at night, with fancy lights drawing attention to it.
This tree-lined avenue is the venue of Haute Couturiers - big names like Paul Stewart and Hanae Mori work side by side with street vendors selling Mexican silver and hand-painted porcelain. European-style cafes with French names populate the area, and cater to the wealthy clientele. This area is where the rich and beautiful walk their expensive, designer dogs. In short, Omotesando has often drawn comparison with the Parisian street of Champs-Élysées and strolling through this lush avenue, you will find that it is not an exaggeration.
At Prada's flagship store in Aoyama, the discerning Prada customer will be able to see designs unique to Japan, like kimono-style menswear. Apart from the garments, the store itself is popular for its striking architectural design. Housed in a stunning six-story glass building, it is a diamond-shaped monolith that stands out in the heart of the city.
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.
Mihama is a shoe shopping boutique. Opened in 1923, Mihama offers unique products for their customer. All the products sold at Mihama are original designs, and of excellent quality. Being run by the 3rd generation of owners, the place exudes luxury and class. The staff is well trained, efficient and helps customers with what best fits and suits them. Mihama has about 300 wooden shoe molds for various feet sizes out of which only 150 are in use currently. Mihama has a history in the shoe selling business, and are undoubtedly the best at what they do.
Star Jewelry is an exciting men and women's jewelry shop that is located on the third floor directly across from the entrance to Landmark Plaza from the Sky Walk. Star Jewelry's original shop is located in Motomachi, and Star Jewelry has been satisfying customers in Yokohama since 1946. There is a large collection of appealing rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces in a broad range of prices. The Platinum 950 collection offers diamonds set in platinum. Sparkling diamond earrings are priced from 20,000 to 78,000 yen. There are also beautiful colored stones set in 18K gold from 20,000 yen. The staff is friendly, very helpful, and some can speak a little English.
For all you choco lovers, Pierre Hermé's Bar Chocolat is almost like a mini Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. You will be absolutely amazed by the variety of chocolates available here. Located in an old flagship store, this is definitely one of the best places to try out some of the richest chocolate in the Orient. The profiteroles filled with vanilla ice cream and mint leaves drizzled with chocolate will send your taste buds into a trance. The Macaroon Plenitude is rich and coconutty. Some of the best chocolates available here are Makassar, Garance, Mogador, Ouvre toi and Truffes Nature.
This branch of Takashimaya is the largest department store in Japan. Bright and modern, it feels like a huge, classy shopping mall. Inside are three restaurant floors, a Sega amusement center, an Imax theatre and the famous Tokyu Hands hardware store. With an annex building housing the Kinokuniya Bookstore as well as all the Japanese gift products you could ever need, it is not surprising that Takashimaya has become a favorite with foreigners and locals alike.
Well-known and respected luggage manufacturers Yoshida Kaban opened this store in up-scale Marunouchi in 2002. The classy, muted atmosphere of the store encourages peaceful shopping; the hushed dark wood tones and thoughtful displays have an almost reverent feel. One of the main attractions of this particular branch is you can purchase limited editions here.
Named after a quaint French village that makes the finest butter in France, Échiré specializes in delicate eats and baked goods such as croissants, madelines, ice creams and fermented butter products. Located inside the Marunouchi brick building near Tokyo Station, this lovely store is almost always thronged by fans who rush in to buy fresh croissants in the morning.
Royalty, business tycoons and movie stars all come here to splurge on jewelry and timepieces. The late Harry Winston, a native New Yorker, is still known as "The King of Diamonds", and the business empire he founded has an international reputation. High profile celebrities are known to "borrow" designs when they attend the Oscars each year, and even the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Louvre have displayed Winston's exclusively crafted works. The stores, or "salons" as they are called, maintain a high profile, and this one in Tokyo is no exception. You can expect impeccable service, and to be set back by several thousand dollars if you decide to secure one of the exquisite pieces on offer.
Tokyo doesn't just cater for the needs of painfully hip fashionistas - for those with more classic, timeless taste, there is a host of excellent boutiques and Estnation is one of them. The clothing is definitely aimed towards a more mature audience, and it carries a range of well-known and respected labels, both domestic and international.