Tuesday, 13th August 2013
In Japan Travel News,
Experts suggest top spots for shopping in Tokyo
Browsing Tokyo's eclectic stores is unlike any other shopping experience you'll have had - and it's definitely a must-do if you're spending any time in the Japanese capital.
The Harajuku district is legendary for its quirky outlets, but there are plenty of other places in the city that are perfect if you're in need of a spot of retail therapy. A group of shopping experts recently offered their tips to Travel+Leisure magazine.
Among them was to spend time in the aforementioned Harajuku area, 6% DokiDoki, Dog Harajuku and Cold Coffee were among the stores singled out as top places to splash some cash.
If you're looking for the ultimate souvenir, head to SFT (Souvenir from Tokyo) at the National Art Centre, as this shop stocks a wide array of "fascinating pop culture oddities".
Fans of all things vintage, meanwhile, should check out Grimoire and Bedrock, which each offer an insight into how the Japanese take old fashion items and put their own quirky spin on them.
You can also find a wide range of specialist Japanese craft pieces on sale in the city, such as Edo-Shikki (lacquer wear), Wagaku (Japanese picture frames) and Mokuhanga (woodblock prints).
Written by Mark Smith