Shopping Mall Japan: Shop Until You Drop!

Shopping Mall Japan
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Japan is a shopping paradise, with sophisticated shopping malls of all shapes and sizes beckoning starstruck consumers with attractive displays and value-for-money deals. Indeed, shopping here is a pleasure as you can be assured of high-quality products infused with a touch of artisanal Japanese crafts. Buying things here, be it to commemorate your trip or give presents to your family and friends, will make you feel good as you are acquiring one-of-a-kind products that are rarely found elsewhere in the world! Here are some shopping malls you should definitely check out in Tokyo:

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Kitte Marunouchi

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Weary of the throngs of crowds jostling around you as you shop? In that case, you will be happy to know that Kitte Marunouchi – home to parts of the original Tokyo Central Post Office building built in 1933 – offers you some presence of mind as it’s located a distance away from the maddening crowd. Boasting seven floors of great shopping, it brings together many homegrown brands that will take your breath (and cash!) away with their quirky products imbued with a uniquely Japanese sense of aesthetics.

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Be impressed by novel shopping concepts: the Marunouchi Reading Style is a book shop, cafe and shop all rolled up into one. Nothing like admiring glossy photos of chic products in tabletop books and then finding these trendy items on the shelf itself! The best thing is, after an intense bout of shopping, you can take the lift up to the 6th floor where you will be greeted by the radiant Kitte Garden. Look across you and take a breather by taking in the beautiful red brick facade of Tokyo Station!

-English Name: Kitte Marunouchi
-Japanese Name: KITTE(キッテ)
-Open Hours/Closed Day: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Mon – Sat), 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Sunday)
-Address: 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
-Budget: Up to individual
-Lat/Long: (35.679841, 139.765092)
-Phone number: +81 3-3216-2811

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Shibuya Hikarie

Shibuya Hikarie
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Located a stone’s throw away from Shibuya Station, this iconic shopping mall is not to be missed. Housing multiple well-established brands under one roof, it helps you buy all the famous souvenirs within the shortest time possible!

桂新堂 百福庵, Foursquare.comMake a beeline for one (or two. or three) irresistible signature box(es) of “Shibuya Shrimp Crackers” from Keishindo, a shrimp cracker shop stepped in an astounding 150 years of history before popping over to Zen Kashoin to grab hold of its famous castella cake that is made from top-quality Kyoto eggs.
d47食堂, Foursquare.comOr how about patronizing d47 which showcases stylish and sturdy products from all 47 prefectures? Have fun agonising if you should buy a Kaikado canister from Kyoto or a Marunao porcelain bowl from Gifu.

Yojiya cafe
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To round out your trip, appease your gnawing stomach with delectable confectionery at the world-famous Yojiya cafe!

-English Name: Shibuya Hikarie
-Japanese Name: 渋谷ヒカリエ
-Open Hours/Closed Day: 10 a.m. to 11.30 p.m. (Mon – Sat), 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Sun)
-Address: 2 Chome-21-1 Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0073, Japan
-Budget: Up to individual
-Lat/Long: (35.675032, 139.663903)
-Phone number: +81-(3)-5468-5892(10 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

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Tokyu Hands Ikebukuro Store

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Is visiting a cat cafe one of the things you want to achieve during your Tokyo trip? Well, time is of the essence while travelling, so why not visit Tokyu Hands Ikebukuro Store where you can shop and spend a relaxing time with new feline friends at the same time? Talk about killing two birds with one stone! Upon reaching this store, take the lift up to the 8th floor, where you will be greeted by the sight of Nekobukuro Cat’s House.

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Enter inside, and be thrilled to bits by the soothing blue of the Catrain which houses a cat bedroom in each of its carriages. Derive some positive energy from the adorable cats snoozing inside, after which you can shop hard for innovative products and fascinating lesser-known gems on each of the seven floors. Aimed to be the solution to all your home improvement and lifestyle needs, Tokyu Hands will unravel your buying impulse and inspire you to get on with your hobbies, so immerse yourself in the wide range of do-it-yourself kits, household kits and novelty gifts!

-English Name: Tokyu Hands Ikebukuro Store
-Japanese Name: 東急ハンズ 池袋店
-Open Hours/Closed Day: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
-Address: 1-28-10 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
-Budget: Up to individual
-Lat/Long: (35.737797, 139.70745)
-Phone number: (+81)03-3980-6111

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Nakano Broadway

Nakano Broadway
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A die-hard fan of anime and manga? The Nakano area in Tokyo has just the subculture mecca for you. Step out of JR Nakano Station and transport yourself to your favorite fantasy world as you enter the grand Nakano Broadway shopping mall, a treasure hove of priceless stuff ranging from vintage collectibles to limited-edition posters to realistic figurines and toys.

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Be sure to patronize Mandarake, a shop that spans from the first to the fourth floors and categorizes its items systematically according to genre. You can just spend a lovely afternoon here browsing through all the classic items and groundbreaking inventions and connect with fellow-minded otaku who will happily swop their tips on must-buy products with you!

-English Name: Nakano Broadway
-Japanese Name: 中野ブロードウェイ
-Open Hours/Closed Day: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
-Address: 5-52-15 Nakano, Nakano-ku, Tokyo
-Budget: Up to individual
-Lat/Long: (35.708137, 139.666285)
-Phone number: +81-3-3388-7004 (Japanese only) (Nakano Broadway Promotion Association Office)

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Tokyo, being the leading gourmet, fashion and lifestyle capital that it is, will definitely have a shopping mall that caters to your shopping needs, be it purchasing souvenirs for your loved ones back home or buying products that will fuel your passion. Just plan your itinerary carefully so that you don’t waste valuable time going to and fro the myriad malls in Tokyo. And oh, remember to arm yourself with water, credit cards…and a healthy dose of enthusiasm!

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Kai Le likes nothing better than exploring a foreign city and meeting fellow travelers along the way. He hopes to write about cross-cultural commonalities and differences.