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The 9 Best Shops for Buying Gifts in Tokyo

Photo Credit: shibainu via Visualhunt.com Don Quijote Shop

Photo Credit: shibainu via Visualhunt.com Don Quijote Shop

Ranked below are the best places to buy gifts from Japan. Stars are awarded based on price, product variety, and convenience, meaning the more affordable the price, variety of goods, greater number of shops, longer operating hours, and multiple language support, the more stars it will awarded.

[caption id="attachment_13818" align="aligncenter" width="4032"]Don Quijote Store Shibuya Don Quijote Store in Shibuya[/caption]

 

Don Quijote [ドンキホーテ]   

Rating:

Cost: ★★★★☆

Product Selection: ★★★★★

Convenience: ★★★★☆

Duty Free Service: ★★★★★

 

  • What to Buy

Craft products and artworks (i.e. fans, umbrellas, katanas, Japanese hand towels, incense, etc.), cosmetics, drugs, food and beverages - including sweets, tea, and alcohol - general goods, idea goods/interesting products, Japanese ceramics, stationery, toys/character goods, T-shirts and apparel.  

 

  • Comment: Open until midnight, tax free, and available staff capable of speaking foreign languages is extremely convenient.   The shop has everything you can possibly imagine. Prices are also cheap. It’s the best place to buy gifts.   The only drawback is that there aren't many shops around. drawback.  
[caption id="attachment_13780" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]100 yen shop Seria Photo Credit: thatstrish.wordpress.com 100 yen shop Seria[/caption]

 

100 Yen Shops

Cost: ★★★★★

Product Selection: ★★★★★

Convenience: ★★★★☆

Duty Free Service: ★★★☆☆

 

Comment: A huge selection of products and everything you see is 100 yen. It’s so amusingly cheap. There’s no better place to  buy a bunch of “stuff” to hand out to all your friends and acquaintances as gifts.   Stores are extremely accessible and they are everywhere.

  • What to Buy

General goods, idea goods/interesting products, stationery, Japanese ceramics.

 

  • Main Shops

DaisoSeriaCanDoWatts   

[caption id="attachment_13816" align="aligncenter" width="4032"]Sun Drug Store Tokyo Sun Drug Store in Tokyo[/caption]

 

Drugstores  

Rating:  

Cost: ★★★★★

Product Selection: ★★★☆☆

Convenience: ★★★★★

Duty Free Service: ★★★★★

 

Comment: Products sold tend to lean heavily on one side of the gift shopping spectrum, but products are affordable, stores are everywhere, a large number of stores are open late, and most are tax free shops. They are brilliant.

  • What to Buy
  • Cosmetics, drugs, food and beverage (including sweets), general goods.  
  • Main Shops

  Matsumoto KiyoshiSun Drug [サンドラッグ]Tsuruha Drug [ツルハドラッグ]   

[caption id="attachment_13881" align="aligncenter" width="1920"]Loft Store Shibuya Tokyo Photo Credit: rjch.at.webry.info Loft Store in Shibuya[/caption]

 

Variety Shops  

Rating:

Cost: ★★★☆☆

Product Selection: ★★★★★

Convenience: ★★★☆☆

Duty Free Service: ★★★★★

 

Comment: Tasteful high quality products fill these stores. The only problem is there aren’t many shops around.

  • What to Buy

Craft products and artworks (fans, umbrellas, katanas, Japanese hand towel, incense, etc.), food and beverage - including sweets and tea - general goods, idea goods/interesting products, Japanese ceramics, stationery, T-shirts and apparel.  

  • Main Shops

Tokyu HandsLoftMuji [無印良品]   

 

[caption id="attachment_13832" align="aligncenter" width="3971"]Seven Eleven Convenience Store Shibuya Tokyo Seven Eleven Convenience Store in Shibuya[/caption]

 

Convenience Store  

Rating:

Cost: ★★★☆☆

Product Selection: ★★★★☆

Convenience: ★★★★★

Duty Free Service: ★☆☆☆☆

 

Comment: Stores offer a fair variety of products, open 24 hours, and can be seen everywhere you look. In fact, it’s almost annoying that they are in so many places and so convenient, but prices are a little high.

 

  • What to Buy

  Cosmetics, drugs, food and beverage - including sweets, tea, and alcohol - general goods, stationery.  

  • Main Shops

Seven-ElevenLawsonFamily Mart

 

[caption id="attachment_13882" align="aligncenter" width="4032"] Beer Selection at Supermarket in Tokyo[/caption]

Supermarkets  

Rating:

Cost: ★★★★★

Product Selection: ★★★☆☆

Convenience: ★★☆☆☆

Duty Free Service: ★☆☆☆☆

 

Comment: Supermarkets are rare in central city-town areas, however, the selection of food and beverage and low cost is worth noting.

  • What to Buy

Food and beverage (including sweets, tea, and alcohol).

  • Main Shops

  My Basket [まいばすけっと]Maruetsu/Maruetsu Petit   

[caption id="attachment_13787" align="aligncenter" width="5472"]Isetan Department Store Shinjuku Tokyo Photo Credit: tiptoeingworld.com/ Isetan Department Store in Shinjuku[/caption]

 

Department Stores

Rating:

Cost: ★☆☆☆☆

Product Selection: ★★★★★

Convenience: ★★☆☆☆

Duty Free Service: ★★★★★

 

Comment: Expensive, but no denying the high quality. Shops often close around 20:00.   Wander down to the basement floor where you’ll find treasures of sumptuous food sold.

  • What to Buy

Apparel, craft products and artworks (fans, umbrellas, katanas, Japanese hand towel, incense, etc.), cosmetics, food and beverage (including sweets, tea, and alcohol), Japanese ceramics.  

  • Main Shops

Isetan (Shinjuku Flagship)Seibu (Ikebukuro Flagship)Mitsukoshi (Nihonbashi Flagship) 

[caption id="attachment_13809" align="aligncenter" width="1280"]Photo Credit: Photo Credit: e-kappa.jp Cutting Knife Specialty Shop in Tokyo[/caption]

 

Specialty Shops

Rating:  

Cost: ★★☆☆☆

Product Selection: ★★★★★

Convenience: ★☆☆☆☆

Duty Free Service: ★★★☆☆  

  • What to Buy

Craft products and artworks (fans, umbrellas, katanas, Japanese hand towel, incense, etc.), cosmetics, drugs, food and beverage (including sweets, tea, and alcohol), general goods, idea goods/interesting goods, Japanese ceramics, stationery, toys/character goods, T-shirts and apparel.  

[caption id="attachment_13807" align="aligncenter" width="834"]Japan Duty Free Store Ginza Tokyo Photo Credit: japandutyfree-ginza.jp/ Japan Duty Free Store in Ginza[/caption]

 

Airport Shops   

Rating:  

Cost: ★☆☆☆☆

Product Selection: ★★★☆☆

Convenience: ★★★★★

Duty Free Service: ★★★★★ 

 

  • What to Buy

 Craft products and art works (fans, umbrellas, katanas, Japanese hand towel, incense, etc.), food and beverage - including sweets, tea, and alcohol - T-shirts and apparel.  Without having to carry your luggage around, it may be convenient to buy gifts and things at the airport, but it lacks product variety and is more expensive.  

 

Tax Free Airport Shops

In January 2016, “Japan Duty Free GINZA,” the first “airport duty free style shop” in Japan, opened in Ginza Mitsukoshi Department store.   The roughly 3,300 square meter store is a place exuding “opulent shopping experience” with 40 of the the biggest luxury brands holding shop, including:  

TIFFANY & CO、JIMMY CHOO、 VALENTINO、SALVATORE FERRAGAMO、GUCCI、PIAGET, etc.  

 

Lotte Duty Free Store Ginza, located on the 8〜9th floor of Tokyu Plaza Ginza, opened in March 2016 with 4,400 square meters of space. The 8th floor consists of 5 to 6 fashion brands, and watches; the 9th floor sells beauty products and sunglasses.   Spring of 2017 will welcome another airport like duty free shop in Takashimaya Shinjuku Department store.   Get your hands on luxury brands at lower prices at these “airport style”duty free shops.  

 

Shopping at these duty free stores does not only yield a sales tax break, but also import tax, cigarette tax, and alcohol tax. Basically, any item you purchase is a 20% knock down on the usual retail price.   It’s practically a must visit place for shoppers who travel to Japan with tour groups and have limited time shopping at the airport.   Be mindful, however, that it is necessary for you to have all your shopping done the DAY BEFORE departure (if departing from Haneda airport at midnight or early morning, 2 days before.)   Also, an itinerary or e-ticket with your outbound flight displayed must be presented along with your passport. Before shopping begins some information will be entered.   Note that you cannot physically take the items you purchased with you that day. Instead, the day you depart (from either Narita or Haneda airport) visit the departures area and visit the “Duty Free Pick Up” counter.  

 

Japan Duty Free GINZA (Airport Tax Free Store)

Address: 4-6-16 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo [Mitsukoshi Ginza store 8th F] [東京都中央区銀座4-6-16 三越銀座店 8階]  

Open: 10:30〜20:00

Closed: N/A

Tel: 03-5159-3400

Url: http://japandutyfree-ginza.jp/?lang=en  

 

LOTTE DUTY FREE (Airport Tax Free Store)

Address: 5-2-1 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo [Tokyu Plaza Ginza 8/9F] [東京都中央区銀座5-2-1 東急プラザ銀座8, 9階]  

Open: 11:00~21:00

Closed: N/A

Tel: 03-6264-6860

Url: http://en.lottedfs.com/branchGuide/145/intro  

  • Warning:

When making purchases with your credit card, depending on the shop or restaurant, the shopkeeper might ask, “would you like to pay the amount in your currency or Japanese Yen?”   In such a situation, look that person straight in the eye and say, “Japanese Yen!” without hesitation.   If you allow the purchase to be made in your country’s currency, you will be charged the rate set by the settlement company that store has a contract with. That rate is not great.