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Tokyo Shopping : Most shops observe a 0900-2000 opening hours schedule.
Shibuya: Shibuya is a major shopping area and a show-window for Japanese fashion. Trendy fashion stores line the region, with a live demonstration of the latest in fashion on free display on the younger Japanese generation.

Shibuya 109 Building : Shibuya 109 Building (Ichimarukyū) is a shopping centre resplendent with trendy clothing boutiques and very popular among young people, especially teens. The Shibuya 109 Building site (in Japanese, but with enough English to navigate) is unique in that it displays pictures of the stores in the shopping complex. Music lovers will find Japanese CDs expensive; imports are usually cheaper! Access is via Shibuya Station, one of Tokyo's busiest railway stations. It is also a popular night life area.

Takeshita-dori : Opposite Harajuku Station, Takeshita Street is a pedestrian-only street lined with fashion boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Though Takeshita Street includes big names such as The Body Shop, McDonald's and 7-Eleven, most of the businesses are small independent shops that carry an array of styles. The shops on this street are often used to test broader fashion trends.

100 Yen Shops : There are over twenty 100 yen shops across Tokyo, in all sizes and shapes. 100 yen shops sell products for 105 yen per item (100 yen plus 5 % consumption tax), roughly one US dollar per item, automatically attracting budget-limited travellers and residents. The largest 100 yen shop in central Tokyo is Daiso Harajuku in Takeshita Dori. The product array is wide and worth rummaging, and you can buy items like battery powered massagers, etc. as the quality is very good.

Omotesando: Omotesando is a broad, tree-lined avenue leading downhill from the southern end of the JR Harajuku station. This is the obverse side to Harajuku Fashion and its challenge to Shibuya and Ginza. Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, Porsche Design, Dunhill, Jimmy Choo and Adore, GAP Clothing, Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton, all have stores here.

Oriental Bazaar: Housed in an instantly recognisable building with a faux-Chinese temple roof and located at 5-9-13 Jingu-mae, the Oriental Bazaar is a Tokyo institution for tourists and expats alike, with four floors of shopping. Condomania, located In a tiny triangular building at the intersection of Omotesando and Meiji-dori, specialises in exactly what you'd think.

LaForet Harajuku: LaForet Harajuku is a fancy shopping complex, seven floors of fashion shops and boutiques, geared towards a young, female audience. You will find outlets of GAP Clothing, Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton, the lattermost occupying 5 floors in this building.

Ginza
How to get there:
The most convenient stations for accessing the Ginza district are:
* Ginza Station on the Hibiya, Marunouchi and Ginza Subway Lines and
* Yurakucho Station on the JR Yamanote Line, JR Keihin-Tohoku Line and Yurakucho Subway Line.
The Ginza is Tokyo's best known up-market shopping district, with a vast number of department stores, boutiques and art galleries. Here you can find virtually every leading brand name in fashion and cosmetics. The Ginza is best visited on a weekend afternoon, when the central Chuo Dori is closed to traffic and becomes a large pedestrian zone from 14:00 to 17:00 on Saturdays and from 12:00 to 17:00 on Sundays (until 18:00 from April through September).

Ginza Wako: 10:30 to 18:00. Closed on Sundays and public holidays.
The clock tower of the Ginza Wako building, built in 1932, is the symbol of the Ginza. Jewellery and other luxury items are the main products sold in this shop.
Sony Building: Showroom & shops open daily 11:00 to 19:00. The newest products of Sony
are displayed to the public in the showrooms in this building.

Matsuya: Daily 10:00 to 20:00.
The Ginza store of the Matsuya department store chain has eleven floors and necessarily offers a wide variety of products. It is not difficult to predict that you will find shops showcasing
fashion, household goods, a pet shop, a travel agency an exhibition hall and what have you.

Matsuzakaya: Daily 10:30 to 19:30 (until 20:00 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays).
The 10-floor Ginza store of the Nagoya-based Matsuzakaya department store chain offers very wide variety of products and services.

Printemps: Daily 11:00 to 20:30 (Sunday and Monday until 19:30).
Opened in 1984, the 10- floor Ginza store of the Paris based Printemps department store chain offers an eye-catching range of the latest in fashion and trends, accessories, wines, foods and restaurants, etc.


 

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