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By Chris | April 26 2007
Tokyo is famous for its big department stores that stock the latest collections from both international and Japanese designers.
You can choose to shop in one of the magnificent world class shopping centers or along exclusive streets jampacked with boutiques – or why not do both.
Ginzais the most exclusive and expensive shopping area in Japan where you will find high-end Japanese department stores including Mitsukoshi, Hankyu and Seibu, as well as art galleries and French-style cafes. Ginza is also home to the Sony building and includes a showroom where you can try out the latest products.
Roppongi Hills is much more than just a shopping complex. As well as housing over 200 shops, including Giorgio Armani, La Perla, and Louis Vuitton, there are art galleries, nine cinema screens, an observation deck with incredible views across the city and a wide range of restaurants.
There are close to a hundred shops in this commercial center which boasts many flagship stores for fashion brands, including Dolce & Gabbana and Jimmy Choo. The fashion style, known as Omestando mode, is for refined and discerning individuals who are not constrained by the boundaries of style.
+81 3 5774 7800
10 Corso Como Comme des Garçons,
5-11-5 Minami Aoyama Minato-ku
10 Corso Como was founded in 1990 by gallery owner and publisher Carla Sozzani, and in 2002 the three-floor Tokyo store opened in partnership with Comme des Garçons.
+81 3 3352 1200
3-18-5 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
The luxury department store Barneys New York opened its first shop outside the US in Tokyo in 1990. Brands available are Giorgio Armani, Manolo Blahnik, Fendi, Givenchy, Mark Jacobs and Prada.
+81 3 3575 2233
2-5-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku
Located in the Yurakocho Marion building, this Japanese department store houses several well-known brands including Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors and Yohji Yamamoto.
+81 3 3352 1111
3-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
With over 100 years’ experience as fashion leaders in Tokyo, the Isetan store includes many Japanese and international brands including Burberry, Miu Miu and Issey Miyake. It also offers complimentary interpreting and shopping assistance in several languages including English.
+81 3 5459 0635
Lift Écru, 17-5 Daikanyama-cho, Shibuya-ku
Owner Masahiro Tsunoda has over 15 years’ experience in bringing some of the most exclusive items to Tokyo. Brands to be found across the three stores and showroom include Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Balenciaga.
+81 3 3241 3311
1-4-1 Muromachi, Chuo-ku
+81 3 3562 1111
4-6-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku
This internationally renowned department store is the oldest in Japan and can trace its history back to 1673 when founder Mitsui Takotoshi opened a kimono store. Now with stores across Asia, Europe and North America, the flagship store is still located in Nihonbashi, whilst a second Tokyo store opened in 1930 in Ginza. The luxurious kimono department is not to be missed. Brands available include Celine, Hermes, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton and Valentino.
+81 3 3342 1111
1-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
Odakyu department store in Shinjuku Terrace City includes world-renowned brands such as Chanel and Hugo Boss as well as prestigious Japanese brands such as Shiseido and Samantha Thavasa.
+81 3 5413 3708
4-2-2, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Yayoi Building
At this outstanding fashion boutique you will find brands such as Alexander McQueen, Jimmy Choo and Yves St Laurent.
+81 3 3981 0111
1-28-1 Minami Ikebukuro,Toshima-ku
One of Tokyo’s largest department stores, Seibu Ikebukuro is located at the east exit of Ikebukuro Station and houses many luxury brands including Donna Karen, Salvatore Ferragamo and Ermenegildo Zenga.
+81 3 3462 0111
21-1 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku
The Shibuya store consists of nine floors featuring fashion brands such as Chloe, Emilio Pucci and Marni.
+81 3 3211 4111
2-4-1 Nihombashi, Chuo-ku
This masterpiece of Showa architecture first opened its doors in 1933 and in 2009 became the first department store to be designated an important cultural property. Brands available include Gucci and Moschino.
+81 3 5361 1111
5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku
The 15-story Takashimaya store in Shinjuku opened in 1996 and is where you can find labels such as Armani Collezione, Lanvin and Paul Smith.
+81 3 3981 2111
1-1-25 Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku
+81 3 3477 3111
2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku
Tokyu sells designer fashions for men and women and high-end goods for the home. The gourmet food hall in the basement houses branches of the extremely popular delis Seijo Ishii and Dean & Deluca.