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A Tokyo Shopping Guide: 4 Must-Visit Neighborhoods

A trip to Tokyo’s shopping districts is more than just a spending spree. It’s an opportunity to explore unique facets of Japanese culture with Conrad Tokyo as a relaxing base. | By Elizabeth Wellington | June 25, 2021
Tokyo’s shopping districts are as diverse as they are plentiful. Some of them are electric with lighted signs and a cacophony of sounds, while others lay off the beaten path on tree-lined streets. They all have one thing in common: shopping in Tokyo is a terrific way to discover Japanese culture on a trip to the country’s capital.
When you set off on your adventure, note that many small businesses in Tokyo’s shopping districts are still cash-centric, and it’s important to bring Japanese yen with you. If you bring your passport with you, too, you can receive discounts because many shops give international visitors tax reductions.
Here are three things to expect when shopping in Tokyo:

Authentic cultural experiences: It’s impossible to separate Japanese culture from its thriving commercial hubs, and in Japan’s shopping districts, you can experience both up close.

Local businesses: By supporting unique businesses steeped in heritage, you can make unexpected discoveries and benefit from a local perspective everywhere you go.

Personal souvenirs: From handcrafted washi paper to designer jeans, you’ll go beyond generic trinkets and find authentic treasures that are ethically made.

Ginza

One of the top things to do in Tokyo is to shop in Ginza. Its glamorous shops and department stores lure people from around the world to this neighborhood near the Imperial Palace. Visit during the afternoon on the weekends, when the Chuo-dori – the district’s most famous street – morphs into a pedestrian zone.

Conrad Tokyo is a five-minute drive or a 20-minute walk to Ginza’s bustling streets. In fact, you may be able to see Ginza’s streets out of the tall glass windows of your hotel room, which also gives you unparalleled views of the city.
Before you head to the neighborhood, have lunch at Kazahana to sample modern interpretations of traditional Japanese fare. From its 28th-floor vista, you overlook the spectacular Hama-rikyū Gardens.

Ginza

Experience high-end shopping and chic restaurants in Tokyo’s first western-style shopping district.
Earlier in your visit to Tokyo, ask the concierge to make a reservation in advance for tea at Higashiya Ginza. Here, you can savor an exquisite cup of tea and traditional Japanese wagashi sweets. Trust us that it’s worth planning ahead.
For fashion-forward designs, head to Dover Street Market (6 Chome-9-5 Ginza) after your meal. This avant-garde destination feels like an art gallery in the shape of a mall, featuring groundbreaking artists from around the world and up-and-coming designers. Nearby, Ginza Six (6 Chome-10-1 Ginza) is another sophisticated mall with more than 200 high-end shops and one of the city’s most breathtaking rooftop gardens.
Although it's known for expensive splurges, Ginza is also home to, arguably, Japan’s best stationery shop. Itoya Ginza, upholds Japanese tradition of fine papers in its slim, 18-floor building. You don’t need to be an artist or a writer to get lost in the sea of pens, art supplies and notebooks here.

Harajuku

This colorful shopping neighborhood is a hub for Japanese pop culture.

Nihonbashi

Soak in the history of this city district that is the perfect blend of modern and traditional style.

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Make Your Next Travel Memory in Tokyo

Shopping in Tokyo is a thrilling way to embrace Japanese culture and explore the capital city whether you’re interested in luxury brands or quirky finds. Either way, Conrad Tokyo is a unique base that gives you access to all the authentic experiences Tokyo has to offer. This Tokyo shopping guide can serve as your treasure map to find one-of-a-kind souvenirs that stand the test of time.
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Located 37 floors above the Tokyo Shiodome area, Conrad Tokyo guests can enjoy panoramic views of picturesque Hamarikyu Gardens, a former feudal lord's residence, and the impressive Tokyo Bay skyline. This Tokyo hotel provides a convenient base for exploring the city located just 5 minutes walk from the famous Ginza Shopping Street.
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