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Souvenir Shopping (Self Guided), Tokyo

It would be a pity to leave Tokyo without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Tokyo, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping
Guide Location: Japan » Tokyo (See other walking tours in Tokyo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
Author: Daniel
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Shibuya 109
  • LOFT (ロフト)
  • Mandarake
  • Kiddy Land
  • Oriental Bazaar
  • Daiso (ダイソー)
  • Tokyu Hands
Shibuya 109

1) Shibuya 109 (must see)

Shibuya 109 is a shopping center located in the Shibuya District of Tokyo operated by the Tokyu Group. It has over a hundred boutiques selling trendy clothes for women.

Shibuya 109 is located in a street that was once called Koibumi Yokocho or Love Letter lane. It was designed by architect, Minoru Takeyama and built in 1979. The name 109 is from the Japanese characters To meaning 10 and Yu meaning 9 and stands for the Tokyu Group. It has a cylindrical shape and shoppers move in a loop on each floor through the elevators with a full view of all the shops. There are ten floors, eight above the ground and two below.

Small designers and manufacturers who sell the latest trends in clothing for young women have outlets at the 109 Building. It is very popular with young women between the ages of 15 and 20. The building is famous for creating a new culture among young Japanese women called the Kogal subculture. Kogals wear platform boots, plenty of makeup, color their hair blond, wear miniskirts, artificial suntans and plenty of fashion accessories. The stores attract customers from all over the country and their popularity among young Japanese women has not faded since 109 Building opened its doors.

Why You Should Visit:
Very cute and trendy Japanese fashion for the younger generation. Most of the clothes are somewhat pricey and small in size but certainly worth having a look.
The accessories are gorgeous and you can stock up on some of the cutest necklaces and hairpins.

Make sure you check out all the levels if you go.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-9pm
LOFT (ロフト)

2) LOFT (ロフト)

What to buy here: Lacquer Obento boxes.

Japan’s small servings and petite style of eating are directly displayed through their Obento boxes. Obento boxes are used for pickled vegetables, rice, beans, curd and other lunch items. Obento boxes are made environmentally friendly or from recycled laquerware. Japanese homemakers spend their time and energy on their children (as the tradition states), making a tasty lunch for their children. The most popular styles vary from panda bear faces to popular Anime characters to scenic views of the Tokyo skyline. Because Obento boxes are so popular, most stores, and even train stations sell these items, but a popular shopping destination is LOFT, open between the hours of 10:00AM and 9:00PM, ranging in prices from $15-30.

3) Mandarake

Mandarake is the largest seller of Manga collectibles in Japan and there are three major stores stocking them in Tokyo. Manga are comics and cartoons created in Japan.

There are three major shopping places where one can find Mandarake products in Tokyo. Products offered by the stores include second hand Doujinshi or comics created by amateurs, manga comics, toys, anime cels, Shitajike or pencil boards, Cds, Lds, posters and art books.

There is a small shopping mall with 12 specialized Mandarake shops in Nakano. Each stocks specific items relating to manga anime or video games. Items available include model cars, idol goods, anime song cds, videogames and costumes for cosplay. There are three used manga stores where comics are sorted by size and publisher. There is also a typically Japanese Maid Café at the mall. The Shibuya district of Tokyo has a single large Mandarake store located two floors below the ground. The store also features a karaoke stage for the performance of popular anime theme songs. Another popular Madarake store is the Ikebukuro Store near Tokyo Hands. All three stores attract many customers looking for used and new games related collectibles, retro US toys from the 1960s and 1970s and action figures related to Japanese anime.

Business hours: 12:00 to 20:00.
Kiddy Land

4) Kiddy Land

What to buy here: Rilakkuma bear.

This cute stuffed animal bear is always in a relaxed mood. The included sleeping bag made out of a soft boa will let you tuck your bear in at night and say good morning when the sun comes up. The Rilakkuma bear simply snuggles with your child to help remedy tranquility with children. The sleeping bag is also reversible with an adorable polka-dot fabric for the inside. Bears such as the Rilakkuma became popular in Japan in around 2008 when Kiddy Land underwent remodeling. Since then, the stores have housed the collection of these bears as an iconic symbol of the typical Japanese child. Kiddy Land, located 6-on 1-9 Jingu-mae in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo houses numerous furry friends, perfect for small children.

Operation hours: Monday-Sunday: 11:00-21:00
Oriental Bazaar

5) Oriental Bazaar

What to buy here: Geta Sandals | Hashi (ivory chopsticks) | Kokeshi Dolls | Traditional fan (uchiwa) | Yunomi tea set.

-Kokeshi dolls are handcrafted wooden folk art dolls made by Kokeshi artists in Japan. Traditional Kokeshi dolls are now made only in the Tohoku area, which is in the northeastern region of Japan. There are many places in the Tohoku area where Kokeshi dolls are made as a special product of the region, and Tsuchiyu is one such place. Dogwood and pear trees (mizuki and nashi in Japanese) are used to create the original design by hand. 
Because of the nature of the wood, the older the Kokeshi doll, the more "mature" and "ripened" its wooden body has a more distinctive, vivid and sophisticated look to it. Very old Kokeshi dolls are considered antiques and some are priced as high as $1,000 or more in Japan. However, in a more traditional sense, Kokeshi dolls may be purchased for $30 or 3,000 to 3,500 Japanese Yen. The Timeline Trading Co. in Sendai-shi, Miyagi, Japan crafts and sells these unique dolls between the hours of 10AM and 7PM.
Daiso (ダイソー)

6) Daiso (ダイソー)

What to buy here: Japanese calligraphy set | Sake set | Tabi socks.

Calligraphy is a type of visual art: the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious and skillful manner. The local name for calligraphy, better known as Shufa, is appreciated throughout the island of Japan. It’s shape, size and brush material determines the overall quality of the calligraphy pen. Although this art has died out in recent generations, the market for calligraphy pens still remains alive.

Calligraphy has influenced ink and wash panting, which is one reason the art remains alive today throughout the homes and temples of both east and west Japan. Today, calligraphy has its roots linked to Buddhism and is taught to elementary school children before pursuing higher education.

Daiso (ダイソー) from 10:00AM to 9:00PM sells calligraphy sets, ranging from brush styles of horse hair to bamboo. More expensive calligraphy sets can be custom ordered and range between $100-300, depending on the manufacturer.
Tokyu Hands

7) Tokyu Hands

What to buy here: Furoshiki | Lacquer Obento boxes.

A furoshiki is a distinctive wrapping cloth used to wrap, transport and decorate gifts. This item has become closely related to a bathing cloth, deriving from the Edo Period. Silk, rayon, cotton and nylon are among the fabrics used to eloquently decorate the cloth. Furoshiki’s are on the more expensive side of Japanese gifts as the many uses of this product dictate the market. Shinagawa Station, located in proximity to Japan houses a collection of originally designed Furoshiki’s. In addition, Tokyu Hands (located outside of almost every train station), houses this gift-wrapping iconic item of Tokyo, marginally priced at $50-100 U.S. dollars. However, custom made furoshiki’s range in a more expensive range from $200-300.

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