Tokyo Shopping Guide

Harajuku

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

Matsumoto Kiyoshi

The Japanese equivalent of Walgreens, but stocked with super specific products—like scented floss to string through your earring holes to clean them—this mega-drugstore is supremely entertaining.
1-16-7 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-3423-5115

Products: Beauty, Books/Stationery, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Department Store

No. 11

Though it's owned by the same fashion group behind 0044 Boutique, No. 11 could not be more different. Soft music plays, candles light the store at night, and literally everything, from the romantic clothing to the shabby-chic decor of the space itself, only comes in shades of white.
3-22-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-5413-5511

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

Side by Side

LaForet is Harajuku's biggest and best-known fashion mall (avoid on Saturdays when it's mobbed), and Side-by-Side is one of its most stylish tenants. A striking Japanese-born, London-based stylist heads things up, and her superlative blend of little-known European brands always veers toward the adventuresome.
In LaForet, 2.5F, 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-5775-1975

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

Sleeping Forest

Slices of tree trunks pave the floor, giant stumps serve as display tables, and lush fake elms tower over shoppers as they consider items with a handcrafted feel. We were especially fond of the calico blouses and the china bowls printed with photorealistic images of peacefully slumbering women.
5-17-24 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-5766-3015

Products: Women's Clothing, Tabletop, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Team of Beaten

A half-sweet, half-wicked influence has infiltrated nearly every garment by this popular line, which favors Goth motifs and fantastical doodly prints.
In LaForet, 5F, 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-3402-3470

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

United Arrows

Similar to Beams (see the Shibuya section), this large boutique chain features a varying selection from store to store. For the greatest variety of merchandise, stick to its Harajuku flagship, an airy stainless steel and glass wonder filled with a plenitude of understated lines.
2-31-12 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-3479-8176

Products: Denim, Lingerie/Loungewear, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

Four Can't-Fail Souvenir Spots

Here's where to pick up traditional goods for the folks back home.

It's unabashedly touristy, but elephantine ORIENTAL BAZAAR (5-9-13 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-3400-3933) covers all the essentials, from cotton yukata (kimono-like robes) to glazed sake sets.

In operation since 1663, ultra traditional KYUKYODO (5-7-4 Ginza, Chuo-ku, 03-3571-4429) doesn't mess around when it comes to papers, pens, brushes, and inks.

Claustrophobic and cluttered beyond belief—yet somehow entirely charming—MARUARA-WATANABE (16-8 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, 03-3461-0064) offers great silk pouches and geta (wood sandals).

And wild card MANNENYA (5-3-18 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, 03-3373-1111) is a hipster-favored resource for blue-collar uniforms and accessories (its slouchy construction-worker pants have a minimalist appeal).
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