A Tokyo Shopping Guide: 4 Must-Visit Neighborhoods
- 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.
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.
World-renowned Harajuku is the heart of Japanese pop culture and a top destination for desserts. You’ll see vibrant street art and small alleyways lined with quirky shops that lead to Omotesando Avenue, a wide boulevard that’s been compared to Paris’ Champs-Élysées. A haunt for the younger crowd, there’s a colorful energy here that peaks on Sundays, when cosplayers hang out and pose for photos.
Home to two of Japan’s oldest department stores, Nihonbashi is a mecca for traditional goods. Its legacy as a center of commerce has only grown as redevelopment continues to bring people together in a central location, right around the corner from bustling Tokyo Station.
Wake up each morning at Conrad Tokyo in a tranquil room decorated with paintings of Japanese cherry blossoms. A sleek minimalist design and lantern-style lighting draws your eye out to either the skyscrapers of Ginza and Shiodome or Tokyo Bay through panoramic windows. Order a traditional Japanese or American-style breakfast for room service through the hotel’s app, which gives you the opportunity to enjoy the reposeful atmosphere.