Tokyo Shopping Guide

Harajuku

A famous hangout for the more wildly dressed, this mazelike neighborhood is known for eclectic shops tucked along winding streets.

Boutique

With its shiny crimson walls and floor, spidery black lamps, and generous use of cast-silver skulls as decor, this dramatic shop feels like Dracula's rec room. But the clothes set a different tone: striking, quite wearable pieces in rather sedate hues.
3-21-21 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-5771-0044

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Burberry Blue Label

This sporty, youthful Burberry line is exclusive to Japan, so come here for a classic soft tote or silk scarf emblazoned with a take on the brand's signature plaid.
6-18-12 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-3406-8681

Products: Women's Clothing, Bags
Type of Store: Boutique

Beams T

The display at this high-concept T-shirt shop is mesmerizing: A mechanized dry-cleaner-like track, upon which hang tees designed by graphic artists, slowly whirs across the store's ceiling, allowing shoppers to see and contemplate each design.
3-25-15 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-3470-8601

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Chicago

There are plenty of places where one can pay big bucks for a vintage kimono, but if, like us, you're more interested in wearing than collecting, visit secondhand store Chicago. The pickings are bountiful and in good condition, and the prices largely run under $80.
Basement, 6-31-21 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-3409-5017

Products: Women's Clothing, Vintage
Type of Store: Boutique

Dual

The entrance to this risk-taking shop isn't visible from the street, so look for the psychedelic mural out front. European and Brazilian designers get equal representation on the racks; we were especially fond of Rio de Janeiro-based Drosófila's peacock-feather-design skirts and denim knickers by Dual's own Dressing Down line.
5-12-14 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-5468-8635

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Factory

Located on a bustling drag famous for its amazing (and much-photographed) street fashion, basement-level Factory and its contents are just as inspiring as what's going on outside. Shoppers are encouraged to mix pieces that might seem absurd (like a unisex striped top with a chiffon lace-trim skirt), but in the hands of the masterful shop girls, the combinations end up looking splendid.
Basement, 6-8-4 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-5466-7371

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Florent

There are two neighboring branches of this mellow boutique; one sells more upscale lines, some of which are familiar to American eyes, while the other stocks a good percentage of the house label, which favors feminine shapes and simple embellishment.
5-13-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-5774-0292;
5-12-11 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-5774-1201


Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Hanjiro

You'd need hours at this warehouse-size store full of reworked vintage items to take it all in. Sifting through the masses of altered '80s rock tees and halter dresses made from old scarves takes time, and you won't want to overlook any detail of the obsessively clever interior, featuring hubcap-tiled dressing rooms and chipmunks living in cages inset in the walls.
3F, 4-31-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-3796-7303

Products: Denim, Women's Clothing, Vintage
Type of Store: Boutique

Kiddy Land

The Japanese know how to do toys, and this six-floor emporium is a hypnotizing wonderland. We drifted, rapt, from aisle to aisle: a pyramid of plastic blocks that sing children's melodies; a bin of sleepy-eyed orange plush mammoths; grow-your-own canned beans that sprout to reveal printed greetings on the pods. Nothing in the U.S. comes even close to this.
6-1-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-3409-3431

Products: Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Kiwa

The variety of beads here is beyond comprehensive: opalescent cabochons, metallic rosettes, enameled discs, neon cameos, giant sherbet-hued pearls, and literally tens of thousands of other varieties compete for attention.
4-25-36 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-3478-6531

Products: Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique
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