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A trip to Tokyo can sometimes feel like a step into the future, and that extends to shopping. In electronics and toy stores, you will find products that won’t find their way to shelves in America for several more years. At the same time, shopping in Tokyo provides an opportunity to witness timeless Japanese craftsmanship. Writer Erin Bogar selects shopping experiences that are also introductions to the country’s culture, from temple markets to the food halls of department stores.
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9 Chome-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 107-0052, Japan
Hashi Choh showcases traditional artisanal Japanese goods. The shop’s dark wood interior and red accents give it a regal ambience, with a central focus on the wall of hashi (chopsticks). The chopsticks range from moderately priced wares perfect...
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浅草 新仲見世商店街 Asakusa Shin-Nakamise, 1 Chome-26 Asakusa, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0032, Japan
For a sense of old Tokyo, venture to one of Japan’s most venerable markets, Asakusa’s Nakamise Dori. Along this narrow—often crowded—street, Japanese food, clothing, and souvenir shops line the path to Tokyo’s most famous Buddhist temple,...
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3 Chome-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0022, Japan
Often referred to as food theme parks, Japan’s depachikas, located in the basements of most department stores, are stately, appetite inducing locales. Over a century old, the Shinjuku Isetan depachika is one of the largest in Tokyo. This gourmet...
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1−1 Kanda Hanaokachō, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 101-0028, Japan
In the Akihabara neighborhood, giant anime billboards, towering Sega arcades, and electronics shops dominate the streets. The area’s denkiya, or electric appliance stores, boast an unparalleled selection of gadgets for gear geeks. The giant among...
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17-5 Sarugakucho, 渋谷区 Tokyo 150-0033, Japan
A short walk from Daikanyama Station is one of the metropolis's iconic bookstores, Tsutaya at T-Site. Designed by Klein Dytham Architecture, the Tsutaya bookstore is celebrated not only for the beauty of its three buildings but also for the...