Navigate Tokyo's center of youth culture and shop Shibuya like a local
Shopping in Shibuya is definitely an experience. If Shinjuku is home to the city's slickest department stores, Shibuya is the unofficial capital of the city's more eclectic outlets. From niche fashion shops to musical havens, to bizarre Japanese inventions, shopping in Shibuya has it all.
If there's one store that embodies the youthful energy of contemporary Japanese fashion it's Shibuya109 and Shibuya109 Mens. Sitting adjacent to Shibuya Crossing , these towers of fashion are home to an almost countless selection of individual retail outlets catering to a variety of unique subcultures and niche fashion markets. From Lolita style dresses to edgy gothic staples, no matter how offbeat your style, you'll find something here.
A little more mature than its neighbor Shibuya109, Shibuya Hikarie is an elegant outlet that features a broad selection of consumer goods, from clothing to homeware, to food. If you need to rest your legs during a shopping marathon, the department store also has a number of on-site restaurants serving up a selection of local and international cuisine.
Although in many other nations the CD is an almost forgotten relic of ancient pop culture history, this is curiously not the case in Japan. Take a trip to Tower Records to see how the shiny, plastic disc is still very much in demand. This multi-level music and entertainment complex, less than 10 minutes from Shibuya crossing by foot, stocks a broad selection of CDs, DVDs, vinyl records and electronic goods. Music genres are separated by floors making it a little easier to find what you're after.
Shibuya Mark City
If convenience is your main priority, head to Shibuya Mark City — a department store practically woven into the framework of Shibuya Station. With major international names like Birkenstock, Flying Tiger Copenhagen and Laura Ashley taking up real estate in here, alongside much loved local brands, you'll find plenty to fill your shopping bags with at Mark City.
For something a little quirky and unique, Tokyu Hands is a mega lifestyle store just 10 minutes from Shibuya Station. This popular local outlet stocks everything from daily necessities and traditional style gifts to fascinatingly bizarre Japanese inventions. Even if you're not in the mood for shopping it's worth a visit, as it's a living museum dedicated to the nation's love of the weird and wonderful.
Spilling out onto the busy walkway less than five minutes from Shibuya crossing , it's almost impossible to miss Don Quijote, one of Japan's most ubiquitous lifestyle outlets. This multi-level megastore stocks everything imaginable, from luxury goods to groceries. A labyrinth of overstocked shelves, loud music and bustling bodies, it's not for the faint of heart, but it is nonetheless a one-of-a-kind Japanese shopping experience.