With so many mega shopping outlets just a stone's throw from Shinjuku Station, retail opportunities are endless
There's no question that Tokyo is an ultimate shopper's paradise, and Shinjuku is one of its most revered hubs. Populated by towering department stores selling everything from the latest electronic appliances to luxury goods to traditional local sweets, no matter what you're looking for, you'll find it here.
Situated just a few minutes east of Shinjuku Station is where you'll find the Isetan flagship store. Built in 1933, the historic building is home to one of the city's oldest and biggest shopping meccas. Here you'll find a wide selection of contemporary local and international designer clothing, luxury goods, food and traditional Japanese gifts, all under one roof. With so much to see, it's worth putting aside at least two hours to explore everything this popular outlet has to offer.
Running alongside Shinjuku Dori, less than five minutes from Shinjuku Station by foot is a cluster of large-scale electronic appliance outlets selling a variety of consumer goods. Some of the biggest names you'll find here include LABI and Bic Camera. To help you find exactly what you're looking for, each building is divided up into product floors, all manned by staff members with specialist knowledge.
Times Square Takashimaya
Takashimaya Times Square towers over the Shinjuku Station's south exit. This modern department store houses a family of major Japanese outlets including clothing icon Uniqlo, bookstore giant Kinokuniya, and the lifestyle store Tokyu Hands, filled with weird and wonderful Japanese and international items. If you're looking for affordable luxury goods, the store also offers tax-free shopping for international guests, so be sure to pack your passport before you visit.
Shinjuku Southern Terrace
Once you're done exploring Takashimaya Times Square, make your way along the east deck that connects the shopping center with Shinjuku Southern Terrace and continue on to the west exit. Just beyond the west exit is where you'll find another cluster of electronic outlets including Yodobashi Camera, boasting the largest Yodabashi floor area in all of Japan. If for some reason you couldn't find exactly what you were looking for along Shinjuku Dori, chances are you'll find it here.
Odakyu and Keio Hyakkaten
If you're heading back to Shinjuku Station and have a little extra time, it's also worth popping into Odakyu department store, which is located right next to the west exit of Shinjuku Station. Another place close by is Keio Hyakkaten, positioned in the northwest corner of the station. The buses that travel to and from Narita airport also stop in front of Keio Hyakkaten, making it convenient for a last-minute shopping trip.