They say that Tokyo is one of the most fashionable cities in the world. Indeed, you will hardly see anyone walking around Shibuya or Shinjuku who is not worthy of a fashion magazine cover. Many of these people buy their clothes in one of the multiple stores in Shinjuku. As a tourist, and especially since one who loves shopping, here are the best 20 destinations you should consider for shopping in Shinjuku.
Traditional department stores in Shinjuku
This store boldly labels itself a “fashion museum”. If you’re a young fashionista looking for the latest trends, check out Isetan as one of your destinations for shopping in Shinjuku. This department store has seven floors full of shops oriented towards young women. Here, you can find Japanese and Western brands of accessories, clothes, cosmetics and much more.
3 Chome-14-1 Shinjuku, Tokyo
Takashimaya is one of the most famous department stores in Japan. It is one of those places that provide tax-free shopping for tourists. Takashiyama has many branches around Japan, but the one in Shinjuku is considered the biggest and the most foreigner-friendly one.
5 Chome-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo
Odakyu department store is another of our recommendations for shopping in Shinjuku. Here, you can find a variety of products starting from Japanese souvenirs to high-end fashion brands. Odakyu is located right next to the West exit of JR Shinjuku Station.
Address: 1 Chome-1-3 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
4. Keio Hyakkaten
Keio is another big-name Japanese department store. The buses to and from Narita airport stop in front of this store – which makes it an easy and convenient destination for shopping in Shinjuku, especially for tourists.
1 Chome-1-4 Nishishinjuku Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Stores with brands for young generations in Shinjuku
5. LUMINE1, LUMINE2 AND LUMINE EST
The LUMINE buildings host a large number of Japanese clothing brands that are popular among young Japanese people. If you’re looking for affordable prices and decent quality, but not necessarily big-name brands, LUMINE is a good place for shopping in Shinjuku. Also, it is perfect for a rainy day shopping as all the branches are connected directly from JR Shinjuku Station.
1 Chome-1-5 Nishishinjuku Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
3 Chome-38-2 Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
3 Chome-38-1 Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
6. Shinjuku Mylord
If you’re into Japanese street fashion and subcultures, Shinjuku Mylord is the store for you. Here, you can find a bunch of Lolitas, Gyaru or kawaii-themed brands that are generally non-existent outside Japan.
1 Chome-1-3 Nishishinjuku Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
7. Shinjuku Marui Honkan
This department store is within a few minutes walk from the East Exist of the Shinjuku Station. It’s mostly oriented towards young women in their 20’s and 30’s, having a wide range of clothing, cosmetics, shoes, bags and lingerie brands.Address:
3 Chome-30-13 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
8. Shinjuku Marui Annex
Much like Marui Honkan, the Shinjuku Marui Annex is targeting young women. However, the brands here are quirky and mostly underground, inclining more towards Gothic and Lolita fashion. Worth giving a try if you’re into such things and happen to be shopping in Shinjuku!
3 Chome-1-26 Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
More of a shopping mall than a traditional Japanese department store, Flags is oriented towards young people in general. The brands you will find here have a Western flare to them – perfect if you’re into the street style chic kind of look.Address:
3 Chome-37-1 Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
As the name suggests, this store is oriented towards modern, mature women who are looking for fine items. NEWoManis considered the best shopping in Shinjuku spot for high-end brands.
4-1-6 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Men’s clothing shopping in Shinjuku
11. Shinjuku Marui Men
The Shinjuku Marui store has a separate building for men’s clothes and accessories. Definitely worth a look if you’re into affordable, yet stylish fashion.
5 Chome-16-4 Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
12. Isetan Men’s
A more refined experience, Isetan Men’s features a lot more shirt-and-tie stores, as well as international brands. A whole floor is dedicated to business clothing and another one to shoes and bags.
3 Chome-14-1 Shinjuku, Tokyo
Electronics stores in Shinjuku
13. Yodobashi Camera Shinjuku Nishiguchi Honten
Imagine a department store – but all electronics-related. This is what Yodobashi Camera Shinjuku Nishiguchi Honten basically is. Reviews have it that you can pretty much find any conceivable type of electronic product here. So if you’re an electronics enthusiast shopping in Shinjuku, give this place a try!
1-11-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
14. BIC CAMERA Shinjuku West Exit
As the name of this store suggests, it deals mostly with camera equipment and all sorts of photography accessories. However, it also hosts smartphone, PC, TV, audio system and household appliance brands.
1-5-1, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Shinjuku Nishiguchi HALC 2F-7F
Anime and Manga related goods
15. Animate Shinjuku
Animate is one of the biggest shop that sells anime and manga related goods in Japan. There are many branches all over Japan and Shinjuku is no exception. You will be able to find attractive products from latest anime and animes that have been popular for a long time. Animate sometimes holds events and fairs, so check out their latest website for more information.
3-chome-17-17 Shinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo
16. Toranoana Shinjuku A
Toranoana is another huge anime and manga related shop that has branches all over Japan. The good thing about this Shinjuku branch is that it's connected to station and only one minute away from Shinjuku Station. They offer various comic books, Dojinshi, CDs, DVDs, etc. Explore Toranoana to find your treasure!
1-chome-18-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo
Other goods and souvenir stores in Shinjuku
17. Tokyu Hands
This kind of miscellaneous shop is hugely popular in Japan. Imagine an IKEA combined with a drugstore, a stationery shop, a cosmetics section and a traditional souvenir shop. This is what Tokyu Hands is like. If you don’t have much time to spend on shopping, but you want to check out a lot of different items, this is the right spot in Shinjuku.
5 Chome-24-2 Sendagaya Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Inside Takashimaya Department Store
18. MUJI Shinjuku
Much like Tokyu Hands, MUJI is a store that sells a bit of everything. MUJI has become a well-known world wide for its simple design in everything. This store in Shinjuku is one of the biggest stores in Tokyo.
3-15-15 Shinjuku, Tokyo
19. BICQLO Shinjuku
BICQLO is a joint concept. It’s a 6-floor store combining UNIQLO and BIC CAMERA which means fashion and electronics. It sells virtually everything – from electronic equipment to healthcare products.
3 Chome-29-1 Shinjuku, Tokyo
FrancFranc specializes in furniture and home décor items. It might not seem like the best idea for shopping in Shinjuku, as you’re probably not going to bring a couch as a souvenir back home. However, you might want to give it a try – as the accessories and toys are really worth it.
2-2-1, Yoyogi, Shibuya, Tokyo
21. Don Quijote
If you’re a shopping enthusiast, and you plan on going to Japan, you’ve probably heard of Don Quijote or Donki. The store in Shinjuku is one of the biggest and most diverse ones in the whole of Tokyo.
1-12-6 Okubo, Shinjuku, Tokyo
22. Sanrio Gift Gate
This is a bit of a historical place. It’s the first Sanrio Gift Gate ever opened, and the biggest Hello Kitty statue is guarding its entrance. This is the best store for shopping kawaii items and character merchandise in Shinjuku.
3-15-11 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
1st Floor, Korakuenadhoc Building
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* Information in this article is as of September 2016. Refer to the official websites for the latest information.