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Tokyo Shopping

Tokyo’s shopping scene is among the most exciting in the world. You’ll find plenty of great gifts to bring back from your trip.

Shopping Centers
The most amazing of Centers for Tokyo shopping is Odaiba. This 19th century Fortress houses several complexes each one more unique than the other. Here’s what’s included:

Decks of Tokyo Beach is an area with a large selection of stores, which has a mini Hong-Kong recreation in its center.

Venus Mall is a Venice themed complex, and is another example of Japanese creativity. The ceiling boasts a unique sky-like painting together with sunsets and all. You can experience a sunset every thirty minutes.

Daikanransha is also quite amazing. Spend the day shopping and enjoy the largest Ferris wheel. You’ll get great views of Odaiba and Tokyo Bay.

A must for adventure seekers is Suidobashi-LaQuor. This newest addition to Tokyo shopping is a lot of fun. It boasts a fast roller-coaster that goes straight through the center of the mall.

And last but not least among these complexes is Aqua City. It’s home to hundreds of boutiques and electronics shops. It sits in front of Tokyo Bay and Rainbow Bridge. The scenery alone makes it worth the visit.

Shibuya 109 is a trendy and cool shopping center in another part of town. It’s said to be the site of the Kogal subculture (mini-skirts, platform shoes, lots of make-up and colored hair).

But if you’re looking for the latest trends in fashion, Takeshita-Dori beats any Paris or Milan venue. You’ll find designer labels and cafes set for people-watching. It’s the place to see and be seen while Tokyo shopping.

For any type of music in the world HMV & Tower Records is a must. It’s as big as a shopping center and considered one of the largest.

And for the most incredible display of Tokyo shopping, don’t miss Omote Sando. It’s the ideal place for finding every international brand known to mankind as well as great souvenir shops. If offers a selection of venues to buy Japanese kimonos.

Department Stores
Tokyo shopping is also fun at the large department stores spread throughout the city.

The most famous of all is Mikimoto. It resembles a Western style Department store while offering unique Japanese style clothing and international names.

Mitsukoshi is the choice for those seeking elegance and luxury. Two ornate lions sit at the entrance and a large statue of the Goddess of Sincerity adorns the interior. A pipe organ dating back to the 1930s entertains visitors while they buy fine designer fashion.

For other mid to high price Tokyo shopping experiences, Seibu, Tokyu, Isetan and Keio top the list. You can find cosmetics, jewelry, clothing and accessories for all budgets.

Specialty Stores
You can’t leave this amazing city without souvenirs. The 100 Yen Shops have everything you would want in gifts. They carry big selections of chop sticks, tableware, fans, kites, origami paper and more.

Visit the neighborhoods that are dotted with small boutiques. They’re venues of fun flea markets and more fabulous Tokyo shopping.

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