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.
Akihabara refers to the eastern side of the Chiyoda section of Tokyo. A vibrant and trendy hub, it is sometimes referred to as the "Electric City" because of the high concentration of stores selling all things electronic. Find the latest video games, gadgets, iPods, and cameras at Yodobashi Akiba, a nine-story flagship store, or peruse the Tokyo Animation Center where you can watch showings and demonstrations on gaming and animation. Almost every shop here deals with electronics, so the possibilities are endless for technology lovers!
Photography is hugely popular in Japan and a majority of Japanese people both enjoy it as a hobby and appreciate it as an art form. The Photo Gallery International is a popular gallery and bookshop dedicated to the photographic arts. It organizes exhibitions and several other events surrounding the theme of photography and welcomes patrons of all ages. Renowned photographers like Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Harry Callahan etc. have featured their works in the gallery.
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.
The playful and trendy Harajuku district attracts many young locals and tourists searching for modern Japanese pop culture. As such, Takeshita Street emulates a large expression of that teenage culture with a wide variety of nestled shops located on the crowded street. Clothing establishments make up the most of the stores, where visitors are bombarded by colorful and stylish designs such as gothic/maid costumes. Accessory and specialty shops also have a great presence here and help add those final touches for a comprehensive shopping experience. Make sure to try out some delicious crepes while taking a break -there are plenty to choose from!
Yokohama Kimono Station is a Kimono rental center and store, and also sells and rents Hakama and Fulisodes are also available. Over 50 varieties are available to rent. The Kimono is a long wrap around jacket, Hakama is worn over a kimono, like an over-skirt, Fulisodes are silk textured materials, which is a formal and traditional dress for women. In order to rent a garment, reservations need to be made with details of the person renting outfits. The rent is reasonable and is available at all times, all days for men, women and children.
This one-of-a-kind specialty shop can be found at Mandarin Oriental, it offers one the choicest and freshest baked breads and cakes. You also get the most delicious chocolates here, a bit pricey but definitely worth the standard of quality. Enter here and let the smell of freshly baked goodies assault your senses.
For washi enthusiasts, Yamagataya is top of many discerning origami lovers' lists. There is a staggering range of paper available here, in every conceivable color and pattern. Whatever kind of paper you're looking for and for whatever craft, whether it is origami or calligraphy, this is the place to come to; even the Emperor of Japan orders paper from here!
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.