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Japan Shopping


Akihabara, also known as "Electric Town", houses hundreds of shops not far from Tokyo Central Station. It is the major discount district for electrical and electronic goods in Tokyo.

Kyoto Handicraft Center
This duty free shop located to the north of the Heian Shrine has kimono, folk handicrafts, souvenirs for sale.

Tanimachi Rokuchome Sta.
This store sells Matsuyamachi-suji (Japanese dolls). Tanimachi Rokuchome Sta. located on Tanimachi Subway Line or Nagahoribashi Sta. on the Sakaisuji Subway Line.

This departmental store is located at Motomachi Sta. on JR or Hanshin Railways in Kobe.


Ginza is probably the most well known shopping street in Japan. Ginza, literally "silver-seat", dates its name from the shogun government's mint which once stood in the area. Today the name is equally fitting for Ginza during the 1980's was famed as the most expensive real-estate in Tokyo and perhaps the world. The street is lined with the grand names of shopping found in Japan. The area also is easily reached by the numerous subway lines which pass through the Ginza, and nearby Yurakucho stations.

This street is the Champs d'Elysse, the Fifth Avenue, the Via Condotti of Japan where you are bound to see the height of fashion. The window displays are the expression of high consumer art, and well worth a peek. On Sundays and National Holidays the street (Marked on the map with red lines) is closed off to traffic and becomes a thoroughfare of weekend strollers, looking at the shops. Most of these shoppers though are more likely to be window shoppers than spenders.


A Meiji period department store with a landmark clock tower and well sited cafe from where you can watch the bustle in the street in Ginza.

A department store that can be found in Ginza. The so called "King of departments".

A stationary store which stocks the hard to find washi paper famous in Japan, as well as bi-lingual cards, high quality stationary, and designer business stationary. This store too can also be found in Ginza.


Sony Building
Nearby to the Ito-ya store, there is the Sony Building. If you have ever wanted to get hands on experience with the newest Sony equipment, the show room here is something not to be missed, there is even complementary internet access.


This is the seat of the grand Kabuki performances and can be found only a few short steps to the east of Ginza.


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