Tokyo Shopping District 1 – Ginza
Ginza is eight blocks of high-end shopping, with some of the most expensive real estate in the world. Along the main avenue of Chuo-dori you’ll find the first Japanese department stores, such as Matsuya and Matsuzakaya, side-by-side with international brands like Chanel, Lanvin, and the Apple Store.
Ginza is home to Uniqlo’s flagship store, with four floors devoted to menswear. There’s also Gap, H&M, Zara and Abercrombie & Fitch, each with an interesting Japanese twist to their selections. Shoppers can find Japanese jewellers from Tenshodo to Mikimoto, as well as De Beers and Van Cleef & Arpels. Every major Swiss watch brand also has a boutique, from Rolex to Breitling to Patek Philippe.
Matsuya Department Store has brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Lanvin Sport, Paul Smith, Issey Miyake, Paul Stuart and Yohji Yamamoto. Or perhaps the concept store Dover Street Market by Rei Kawakubo is more your style, with select brands including Comme des Garçons, Alexander McQueen, Thom Brown, Supreme and many more.
Tokyo Shopping District 2 – Yuurakucho
Yuurakucho is walking distance from Ginza. Yuurakucho boasts the largest Muji store in Japan – from chic coffee pots to stylish bicycles, and comfortable weekend polo shirts to 90 degree angled ergonomic socks, they’ve got it all.
For the gentleman who’s pressed for time, there’s the Hankyu Men’s Department Store, a one stop shop dedicated entirely to menswear. Here you’ll find Viktor & Rolf, Goyard, Costume National, Paul and Joe, Dsquared2 and more. Or head to over to Garage inside Hankyu for some Alexander Wang, Rick Owens, Maison Kitsune, Wooyoungmi, and rag & bone. There you can also get a taste of Japanese brands like junhashimoto, Neighborhood, and nonnative.
Local Tip: Adjacent to Hankyu is Lumine 2. Head to Tomorrowland, which occupies the 3rd level, a mini sartorial heaven of finely curated styles from brands ranging from Acne to Dries Van Noten. You will also find Urban Research here, on the 4th level.
Tokyo Shopping District 3 – Roppongi/Azabu-juuban
The Roppongi and Azabu-juuban area is one of the most international regions of Tokyo, with foreign embassies, multinational companies and a high concentration of ex-pats. The two main shopping areas here are Tokyo Midtown and Roppongi Hills. Although Roppongi has gained notoriety for its nightlife, it’s an equally pleasant place to bring the family during the daytime.
Tokyo Midtown, connected to the Oedo line train station, provides luxury shopping. Expect to find famous international brands from Brooks Brothers to Harry Winston. The Suntory Museum, housed inside Tokyo Midtown, is also worth visiting, if only for the cool interiors. Delightful lifestyle stores showcase both Japanese and foreign object design. After a long afternoon of shopping, the restaurant floor in Tokyo Midtown is also well worth a visit.