Top 15 places to shop for souvenirs in Tokyo

  • Traveling to Japan is an amazing opportunity. However, bringing back omiyage (gifts) for friends and for yourself to help remember the amazing experiences is always a challenge. Having a list of the most convenient and interesting shopping places may facilitate it for you. Here are the top 15 places for souvenir shopping in Tokyo.

    1. Nakamise Street

    The pathway leading up to Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa has multiple street vendors selling not only food items but great souvenirs at a decent price. I have found an umbrella here that when it gets wet shows cherry blossoms for under $15.
    How to get there:
    Nakamise Street
    Address: Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
    Phone: 03-3844-3350 (Nakamise Hall)
    Directions: 3 minutes on foot from Asakusa Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or the Toei Subway Asakusa Line or the Tobu Line (Skytree Line), or 10 minutes on foot from Asakusa Station on the Tsukuba Express Line

    Ameyoko Market Website

    2. Ameyoko Market


    Ameyoko Street is located in Ueno near Ueno Park, this is a place for bargain shoppers. It is literally a maze of shopping opportunities. There is even a 100 yen store inside along with a shrine. One can find everything here ranging from clothing, leather goods to locally produced teas and food products. There is also a wet market underground.
    How to get there:
    Ameyoko Street
    Address: 4 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo
    Directions: Right near Ueno and Okachimachi stations of East Japan Railway Co. and Ueno Station of Keisei Electric Railway Co.

    Ameyoko Market Website*Japanese Only

    3. Oriental Bazaar

    The Oriental Bazaar has the most authentic Japanese goods all in one place. It has everything quintessentially Japanese. From sake and tea sets to Kimonos, samurai swords and even furniture, there is literally something for every price point and for everyone on your list. Note that it is closed on Thursdays. The main shop is in Harajuku Omotesando.
    How to get there:
    Oriental Bazaar
    Address: 5-chome 9-13 Jingumae Shibuya-ku Tokyo
    JR Yamanote Line Harajuku Station – approx. 5-min. walk from the Omotesando Exit
    Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Omotesando Station – approx. 4-min. walk from Exit B4
    Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Meiji-jingumae Station – approx. 3-min. walk from Exit 4

    Oriental Bazaar

    4. Seria (or any 100 yen store)

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    This is a must-go for anyone looking to buy souvenirs for multiple friends at reasonable prices. Their branches have ample selection ranging from fans, chopsticks, and holders to cute ceramic pottery.

    How to get there:
    Seria (multiple locations – Shinjuku below)
    3 Chome-1-26 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0022

    Seria*Japanese Only

    5. Kapabashi Street

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    Kapabashi Street is located between Akasaka and Ueno, this unlikely tourist destination is the perfect place to pick up anything kitchen related. From Japanese forged steel knives (that are engraved on site for free) to anything Japanese pitching related, this is the place to go. One can get lost in the myriad of options. I have been able to get a nabe pot and a traditional grill pan all in the same area. There are also the plastic displays that can be found in all restaurants!
    How to get there:
    Kapabashi Street
    The closest station is Tawaramachi Station on the Subway Ginza Line, a short walk away.

    Kapabashi Street

    6. Matsumoto Kiyoshi

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    You might not think that a drugstore would be a very exciting place to do any shopping. However, drugstores in Japan (and especially Tokyo) are on a different level. Matsumoto Kiyoshi has an extensive selection of makeup, skin care and other great quality beauty products at very affordable prices. Any friend of yours hoping to try some Japanese cosmetics would be glad of a gift from this place!

    How to get there:
    Matsumoto Kiyoshi is a drugstore chain that can be easily found in most Tokyo neighborhoods. However a very popular branch is located in Shibuya, just a few minutes walk from the Hachiko exit.

    Matsumoto Kiyoshi *Japanese only

    7. Kiddy Land

    Kiddy Land is an adorable store filled with all sorts of goods baring famous characters’ faces. They have everything from stationary to giant plushies. Rilakkuma and Hello Kitty goods are of course favorites for many customers!

    How to get there:
    KIDDY LAND – Harajuku
    6-1-9 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001

    Kiddy Land

    8. Yodobashi Camera

    A paradise of an electronics store, Yodobashi’s impressive selection is located in the many buildings of its Shinjuku and Akihabara stores. There is an endless list of goods to buy from computers, tablets and smartphones to electric razors, hair dryers washing machines and of course, cameras. The list really does go on, though, as you’ll see if you stop by!

    How to get there (Shinjuku):
    Yodobashi Camera
    1 Chome 11-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, 160-0023 Tokyo
    Just a few minutes’ walk from the West exit of Shinjuku station.

    Yodobashi Camera *Japanese only

    9. Don Quijote

    Don Quijote is the store of everything. If you come upon the giant stores in Shibuya, Shinjuku or Ikebukuro, you will see floors upon floors of miscellaneous goods. There are grocery items, makeup, costumes, clothing, gadgets, accessories and so on. This is a great place to buy a multitude of souvenirs at great prices. A bonus is that many of the larger stores are open 24-hours!

    How to get there:
    Don Quijote can be found all over Tokyo, depending on where you might be visiting.

    Don Quijote

    10. Tokyu Hands

    Tokyu Hands is well-known for its extensive stationary and household goods. The store also carries a lot of seasonal goods and decorations like Halloween costumes or Christmas trees! If you are not going there during the holidays, the magnets, stickers, notebooks and pens should be enough to keep you shopping for hours!

    How to get there (Shinjuku address below):
    Times Square Building 2-8F, 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
    2 minutes on foot from New South Exit of JR Shinjuku Station

    Tokyu Hands

    11. Shibuya Loft

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    Loft, like Tokyu Hands, is also a great place to find unique stationary. The Shibuya store has an entire floor dedicated to stationary and there is plenty to choose from! However, there are 5 more floors of that location, each with their own type of goods such as gifts, cosmetics, and interior goods.

    How to get there:
    21-1 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0042
    5 minute walk from the JR station Hachiko exit, or a 3 minute walk from exit #3.

    Website *Japanese only

    12. Sanrio Shop

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    Hello Kitty and her adorable companions are in shops all over the place. However, there are shops dedicated only to her and other Sanrio characters only. You can buy the adorable souvenirs in a cute atmosphere. There are several stores in Tokyo.

    How to get there:
    Check their website to find one of the many stores. Some of them are tax free!

    13. Glico-ya Kitchen

    Snack company Glico has their own store dedicated to their delicious food in Tokyo Station. You can get your hands on Pocky of all sorts (including giant and rainbow varieties), as well as other delicious Glico snacks. There are several items only available in Tokyo Station as well!

    How to get there:
    1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-0005
    Located inside of Tokyo Station.


    14. Antique Mall Ginza

    The Antique Mall offers several Asian antiques and collectible items. You can find household items as well as clothing and accessories. The antiques here are truly beautiful, though they might be more expensive than the other souvenirs on the list!

    How to get there:
    1-13-1 Ginza Chuo-ku Tokyo 104-0061
    Check their about us page for details from each line or station.


    15. Bicqlo

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    This store is a combination of two of Japan’s great shopping spots – Bic Camera for electronics and Uniqlo for clothing. Bicqlo is located in Shinjuku and has several floors, including Uniqlo’s sister store, GU, on the 7th story.

    How to get there:
    3-29-1, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022


    Be Sure to Enjoy It

    These 15 locations should be plenty for all of your souvenir shopping needs! With all of the different locations and merchandise, you will not only find a gift for everyone, you’ll also enjoy your trip along the way! Good luck and happy shopping!