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.
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.
Boasting the largest selection of technology related products in Japan, Yodobashi Akiba is an impressive complex of 9 enormous floors. Whether you're looking for an exclusive gadget from Japan, or just need to do some high-tech shopping, you'll be able to find it here. Don't worry if you find yourself feeling lost in this mini-metropolis; English-speaking staff members can help you find what you need. On floors 7-9, specialty places like Tower Records, a Golf Shop, and several restaurants round off this one-stop shopping experience. Additionally, there is direct access to and from Akihabara Station. Now that's service!
Isetan is not only one of the oldest and largest, but also perhaps the most foreigner-friendly department store in Tokyo. Its unique (and free) I club offers non-Japanese shoppers five percent discount on many selected items, plus a monthly newsletter containing the latest promotional information. Isetan also stocks a special range of women's clothing (Clover Shop) and men's wear (Supermale) in slightly larger sizes for those not quite petite enough for the standard Japanese range.
Nestled along the main business street in Akihabara is the Anime and Manga haven known as Animate. Several locations of this successful establishment reside in Japan, however, the Akihabara store boasts a 8 floors of specialty products. Everything from Japanese comics to Japanese animation, and related items such as Anime soundtracks and character goods, await your arrival. Expect to spend a few hours sifting through all of the eye-catching artwork if you're a hardcore fan, otherwise, it's still an interesting place to browse through and pick up something a little more unique than chopsticks. Overall, whether or not you're into cosplaying and anime, you'll definitely appreciate the zest for it in this superstore.
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.
Mujirushi Ryohin is better known abroad as Muji, an extremely popular Japanese store that sells simply designed clothes, accessories, and furniture. This flagship store occupies a massive three stories and here, you can see the extent of the Muji brand in all its glory - check out the Muji Home, a model home that exemplifies the Muji principle. Or if you're hungry, you can pop in the Meal Muji Deli for a quick, delicious meal. This pioneering brand has a lot to offer in its Tokyo flagship store so be sure to give yourself enough time to check it out.
This store caters to all of your Mac and iPod needs. Stop in to check out the latest games, software, and accessories. If you're traveling, the staff can direct you towards all the adapters you need for your electronics. Many locations also offer workshops on how to use their various products. See their website for more information and a calendar of events.
Lanvin is nothing but creativity put to a good use! All Lanvin creations possess a soothing quality that is evident from its fabrics used. The best thing is bespoke tailoring at Lanvin promises a perfect fit for any build, any type. So, you can always get your favorite trendy piece stitched to your constitution. The brand also makes good perfumes—Arpège, a floral affair, sure stands as an apt choice for many women. There's so much at Lanvin to keep you fascinated.
Founded on the concept that emphasizes fashion and quality at the best prices, H&M has unsurprisingly been well-received by its grateful legions of followers in Tokyo. In Japan, where retail clothing is a huge market, many people pay extremely marked up prices in order to attract attention, but this retailer promises to make people look as fashionable as ever at much more reasonable rates. The store in Ginza only caters to Men's and Women's apparel, while other stores with different focuses are planned for the future in Harajuku and Shibuya. Could discount fashion stores be the future in Tokyo? Grab your charge cards and find out! - Erin Sanchez
Laox Duty Free sparkles with electronic goodies, all of which are designed to function abroad. Seven floors of everything from digital cameras and watches to TV games and beauty products. The fifth floor souvenir department has a variety of "folk goods," but Sony's ukiyo-e (woodblock print) credit-card sized radio, which conveniently slips into your shirt pocket, is a perfect gift to take home. Remember to take your passport along to prove you are a tourist, otherwise you will not get the duty-free privilege.