SHIBUYA

Shibuya 109 Building
Many trendy clothing boutiques
Very popular among young people, especially teens
http://www.shibuya109.jp/shops/index_l.htm

Center Gai
Many Japanese fashion trends

Koen Dori
A popular shopping street leading from the Marui department store to Yoyogi Park

Allodi-R
The Japanese have a healthy appreciation for all things French, and this sleek clothing and music shop covers the bases: Its garments come from emerging Parisian designers, while the CD selection is overseen by top French DJs. 1-6-1 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, 03-3462-2081

Anateliér
Understated clothing with clever details, like a basic cardigan with purposely misaligned buttons, is Anateliér’s forte, and this mix of the classic and unexpected makes for pieces that rise above the trends. 1-6-12 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, 03-3770-4315

Baby Jane Cacharel
A number of internationally known labels have lower-priced spin-off lines available only in Japan. Baby Jane is Cacharel’s contribution, and its designs are generally punchy, bold, and well-tailored. 6-17-11 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-5467-2153

Beams
Mixed-label boutiques are referred to as “select shops” in Japan, and Beams is the best known of the bunch. Its Shibuya flagship scatters multiple departments among a cluster of buildings: Beams Time sells accessories, Ray Beams purveys clothing from emerging lines, and Uniform Circus Beams offers up stylish active wear. 1-15-1 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, 03-3780-5501

Desperado
Things here have a surreal, intentionally rule-breaking feel, from the inventive clothing—jackets meant to be worn upside down; jersey knickers so full that they could be mistaken for a skirt—to the interior, where antlers serve as display hooks and a walk-in shower doubles as a dressing room. 4-23 Sakuragaoka-cho, 03-5459-5505

Heathen
Shopping here is a trippy experience: Dolls with illuminated eyes watch from the window; the only way to traverse the store is along a winding gangplank (avant-garde garments from European lines like Ashish and Mélodie Wolf hang from racks that follow its path); and everything is bathed in rainbow-colored light. 1-5-15 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, 03-3463-6589

Journal Standard
Neutral tones, modern takes on traditional Japanese shapes, and soft natural fibers predominate among the carefully selected clothing from small designers. While you’re in the area, check out the upscale Journal Standard Luxe next door. 1-5-6 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, 03-5457-0700; Journal Standard Luxe: 2F, 1-5-7 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, 03-5457-0844

Laundry
Vibrant tees with offbeat graphics rule here, and the way they’re displayed—between counters made of hundreds of colorful, decorative stacked shirts—only adds to their candy-like appeal. Basement, Parco 3, 14-5 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, 03-3477-889

Midwest
Of all the select shops in Shibuya, this is the most well-rounded. There’s an admirable mix of the familiar (Paul & Joe, Eley Kishimoto) and the lesser known, like Yasuhiro Mihara, a popular Japanese designer who collaborated with Puma to create molded neoprene sneakers. Midwest’s top-floor café is the ideal place to enjoy a reviving cup of matcha (a particularly potent green tea). 1-6-1 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, 03-5428-3171

Nano Universe
The current vogue among girls in Tokyo is to dress a bit androgynously; slouchy pants and oversize sweatshirts are especially popular. Nano Universe is the premier spot for chic clothing with boyish touches, like sharp vests and blousy tops. 2F, 1-19-14 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, 03-5456-8172

Picnic on Picnic
Come here for journals, calendars, pens, organizers, and notebooks of every shape, size, page count, and color—at prices largely running way under $25. 12-17 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, 03-3770-6594

Rosy-Baroque
Six flights up in an office building lies this secret trove of vintage clothing, jewelry, and bags. The shoe selection is especially noteworthy, but keep in mind that it’s hard to find footwear above size eight in Japan. 6F, 1-12-14 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, 03-3463-7809

Swimmer
An inordinate amount of hair baubles, umbrellas, pillowcases, pajamas, dishware, and suitcases, all emblazoned with cartoony images (dancing gumdrops, winking clouds), is crammed into this impossibly tiny space. In Parco 3, 4F, 14-5 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, 03-5784-0215

Three Minutes Happiness
With such low price tags on everything, it’s easy to go a bit crazy at this two-story discount shop. Highlights include loads of affordable clothing, a towering bin of cute $2-per-pair underwear, and a bounty of bright hand towels (there are no towels in public restrooms, so everyone carries a reusable one). 3-5 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, 03-5459-1851

Tokyu Hands
One of the best-known stores in Tokyo, this seven-level behemoth sells a little of everything, from wrapping paper to kitchen utensils. The craft-supply floor and beauty section are especially tempting. 12-18 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, 03-5489-5111

Vacancy Club
At this subterranean spot, the merchandise is mixed together in a pleasantly motley style: vintage lockets hang from the neck of an old anatomical torso, while a slinky new jersey dress is worn by a mannequin with a lampshade for a head. Basement level, 1-20-1 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, 03-3780-2555

World Wide Love!
The silhouettes of this store’s eponymous clothing line are pretty straightforward, but the punky details, like an inset of skull-embroidered lace on a simple camisole, make the pieces stand out in a quiet—but very cool—way. In Parco 3, 3F, 14-5 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, 03-3477-8851

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SHINJUKU

A famous hangout for the more wildly dressed, this mazelike neighborhood is known for eclectic shops tucked along winding streets.

Boutique
With its shiny crimson walls and floor, spidery black lamps, and generous use of cast-silver skulls as decor, this dramatic shop feels like Dracula’s rec room. But the clothes set a different tone: striking, quite wearable pieces in rather sedate hues. 3-21-21 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-5771-0044

 

Burberry Blue Label
This sporty, youthful Burberry line is exclusive to Japan, so come here for a classic soft tote or silk scarf emblazoned with a take on the brand’s signature plaid. 6-18-12 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-3406-8681

 

Beams T
The display at this high-concept T-shirt shop is mesmerizing: A mechanized dry-cleaner-like track, upon which hang tees designed by graphic artists, slowly whirs across the store’s ceiling, allowing shoppers to see and contemplate each design. 3-25-15 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-3470-8601

 

 

 

 

 

Chicago
There are plenty of places where one can pay big bucks for a vintage kimono, but if, like us, you’re more interested in wearing than collecting, visit secondhand store Chicago. The pickings are bountiful and in good condition, and the prices largely run under $80. Basement, 6-31-21 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-3409-5017

 

 

 

 

Dual

The entrance to this risk-taking shop isn’t visible from the street, so look for the psychedelic mural out front. European and Brazilian designers get equal representation on the racks; we were especially fond of Rio de Janeiro-based Drosófila’s peacock-feather-design skirts and denim knickers by Dual’s own Dressing Down line. 5-12-14 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-5468-8635

 

Factory
Located on a bustling drag famous for its amazing (and much-photographed) street fashion, basement-level Factory and its contents are just as inspiring as what’s going on outside. Shoppers are encouraged to mix pieces that might seem absurd (like a unisex striped top with a chiffon lace-trim skirt), but in the hands of the masterful shop girls, the combinations end up looking splendid. Basement, 6-8-4 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-5466-7371

 

Florent
There are two neighboring branches of this mellow boutique; one sells more upscale lines, some of which are familiar to American eyes, while the other stocks a good percentage of the house label, which favors feminine shapes and simple embellishment. 5-13-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-5774-0292; 5-12-11 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-5774-1201

 

Hanjiro

You’d need hours at this warehouse-size store full of reworked vintage items to take it all in. Sifting through the masses of altered ’80s rock tees and halter dresses made from old scarves takes time, and you won’t want to overlook any detail of the obsessively clever interior, featuring hubcap-tiled dressing rooms and chipmunks living in cages inset in the walls. 3F, 4-31-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-3796-7303

 

 

 

 

Kiddy Land
The Japanese know how to do toys, and this six-floor emporium is a hypnotizing wonderland. We drifted, rapt, from aisle to aisle: a pyramid of plastic blocks that sing children’s melodies; a bin of sleepy-eyed orange plush mammoths; grow-your-own canned beans that sprout to reveal printed greetings on the pods. Nothing in the U.S. comes even close to this. 6-1-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-3409-3431

 

 

Kiwa

The variety of beads here is beyond comprehensive: opalescent cabochons, metallic rosettes, enameled discs, neon cameos, giant sherbet-hued pearls, and literally tens of thousands of other varieties compete for attention. 4-25-36 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-3478-6531

 

Matsumoto Kiyoshi

The Japanese equivalent of Walgreens, but stocked with super specific products—like scented floss to string through your earring holes to clean them—this mega-drugstore is supremely entertaining. 1-16-7 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-3423-5115

 

 

 

No. 11
Though it’s owned by the same fashion group behind 0044 Boutique, No. 11 could not be more different. Soft music plays, candles light the store at night, and literally everything, from the romantic clothing to the shabby-chic decor of the space itself, only comes in shades of white. 3-22-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-5413-5511

 

 

Side by Side

LaForet is Harajuku’s biggest and best-known fashion mall (avoid on Saturdays when it’s mobbed), and Side-by-Side is one of its most stylish tenants. A striking Japanese-born, London-based stylist heads things up, and her superlative blend of little-known European brands always veers toward the adventuresome. In LaForet, 2.5F, 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-5775-1975

 

 

Sleeping Forest

Slices of tree trunks pave the floor, giant stumps serve as display tables, and lush fake elms tower over shoppers as they consider items with a handcrafted feel. We were especially fond of the calico blouses and the china bowls printed with photorealistic images of peacefully slumbering women. 5-17-24 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-5766-3015

 

 

Team of Beaten

A half-sweet, half-wicked influence has infiltrated nearly every garment by this popular line, which favors Goth motifs and fantastical doodly prints. In LaForet, 5F, 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-3402-3470

 

 

United Arrows
Similar to Beams (see the Shibuya section), this large boutique chain features a varying selection from store to store. For the greatest variety of merchandise, stick to its Harajuku flagship, an airy stainless steel and glass wonder filled with a plenitude of understated lines. 2-31-12 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-3479-8176

 

 

 

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DAIKANYAMA

 

 

Aquvii

 

Many of the tchotchkes at this cozy shop have some sort of twist that makes them extra special: A pair of cute sunglasses turns out to be a vintage collectible; a simple coin purse unzips to reveal a wild lining. 2-16-11 Ebisu-Nishi, Shibuya-ku, 03-3462-5377

Balcony

 

The way the feminine clothing—floral tunics, crochet dresses, chiffon tops—is informally draped over armoires and strung along stairway banisters mirrors the casual mood at this homey, bungalow-like spot. 3-18 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, 03-5456-5005

Colour by Numbers

 

Within a futuristic, fluorescent-lit space, beautifully tailored pieces from Indie Japanese lines hang from racks made of heart-shaped chain links. The decor details are purposely incongruous: White marble floors mix with tricked-out ’80s boom boxes, but somehow it all works. 20-23 Daikanyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, 03-3770-1991

Elpee Factory

 

Part gallery, part retail enterprise, this casual, showroom like store is filled with inventive pieces, including angular fabric purses and soft wrap jackets. 2-7-8 Ebisu-nishi, Shibuya-ku, 03-5728-7181

Ikuko

 

Delicate underpinnings with a retro innocence, like Empire-waist gingham nightgowns, rose-print cotton robes, and sheer undies with lacing up the back, are Ikuko’s specialty. 11-13 Daikanyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, 03-3463-1098

Kutsushitaya Friends

 

Socks are a big deal in Japan, from the ultra traditional tabio (split- toe) version, right down to modern styles with imaginative details like heel cutouts and ankle bands. This shop is part of a huge socks-only chain, and its selection is quite extensive. 24-2 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, kutsushitaya.jp

Limi Feu

 

Rising star Limi Yamamoto—the daughter of designer Yohji Yamamoto—is fast building a reputation for her superb twists on everyday classics. Her biggest space is in Daikanyama and has a gorgeously rustic vibe. 7-4 Daikanyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, 03-3463-6324

Nojess

Girliness is the key at Nojess, where it always feels like springtime: lacy dresses, velvety bed jackets, and bow-accented bags are evergreens. 20-11 Daikanyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, 03-5728-2751

 

Okura

Here, organic takes on classic Japanese garments are rendered in indigo-dyed fabrics, and the results are stunning in their simplicity. Even cooler: The shop itself is decorated with planks of driftwood salvaged from Tokyo Bay. 20-11 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, 03-3461-8511

 

 

 

 

 

Q

Soaring, open, and filled with a glorious blend of lines from Europe (London’s Hoxton Boutique, Madrid’s Dorotea) and Asia (Hong Kong’s Johanna Ho, Tokyo’s Shinichiro Arakawa), this boutique is as aesthetically pleasing as it is fun to browse. 1-30-10 Ebisu-nishi, Shibuya-ku, 03-5456-9117

Tsumori Chisato

 

Chisato’s playful designs, which often incorporate scalloped hems, color-blocking, and jumbled-up stripes, are nearly impossible to find in the U.S.—as a result, her retail stores have become popular destinations for European and American shoppers alike. In La Fuente, 11-1 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, 03-5728-3225

Via Bus Stop

 

An upscale multi-designer emporium that takes risks but never alienates, Via Bus Stop stocks garments that have an unassuming elegance. 28-14 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, 03-5459-1567

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NAKAMEGURO

A.P.C. Surplus

 

This popular French label, famed for its infinitely chic modern basics, has set up a permanent outlet to sell past-season merchandise at more than half off retail. 1-25-1 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, 03-3719-2921

Bonanzagram

 

Though one of the smallest vintage spots in the area, Bonanzagram is also probably the best: Its rich selection of everyday—glam pieces and the dramatic, den like mirrored interior-inspired by the Fellini classic La Dolce Vita—more than make up for the lack of square footage. 1-25-2 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, 03-3791-0225

 

 

 

Carlife

Potted cacti of all shapes and sizes greet shoppers at the door of this glass-walled, greenhouse like boutique. Garments from a rotating cast of a dozen or so labels hang from appealingly primitive clotheslines; two standouts include Out of Action (known for its roughed-up dressy skirts and tops) and Naked Bunch (check out its sweatshirt-fabric tux-style jackets). 1-17-1 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, 03-5784-0932

Cow Books

 

Specializing in volumes on Japanese and American art and culture, this inviting, well-stocked bookshop, decorated with Eames walnut stools and a Jenny Holzer-esque LED ticker, makes for a stimulating rest stop. 1-14-11 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, 03-5459-1747

Expedition Mode

 

It’s easy to be inspired by the spectacularly dressed shop girls at this vintage resource. That’s because they’re always turned out in unconventional yet wearable past-decade pieces plucked straight from the racks: a dashiki dress with cone-heel boots one day; a landscape-print top with palazzo pants the next. 2F, 1-6-5 Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku, 03-3760-3746

Family

 

A smaller, more experimental offshoot of the popular boutique WR (see the Aoyama section), Family excels at offering accessible picks from cerebral lines including Martin Margiela, Rick Owens, Ann Demeulemeester, and London-based Gardem. 1-16-4 Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku, 03-5725-2570

Frapbois

 

A library like quietness and spare interior evoke a head-clearing sense of calm at our favorite outpost of this avant-garde Tokyo label. The lack of distractions only helps focus your attention on Frapbois’ fascinatingly creative pieces, which are known for their voluminous (and quite flattering) cuts. 1-20-4 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, 03-6415-4688

Lobby

 

It isn’t big, but Lobby ambitiously pursues forward-thinking lines from nearly every continent; scads of unusual leg wear and underpinnings provide further enticement. 2F, 1-6-8 Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku, 03-5720-7852

Philip

 

You’ll have to stumble down a few alleys to find this one, but don’t let the fear of getting lost keep you from missing out. Stylists know the secret of what makes its secondhand stock worth seeking out: Every few weeks the entire store is replenished according to owner Yoshinori Nakajima’s whims, and his sublime picks are always in pristine condition. 1-7-5 Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku, 03-3464-9387

Red Clover

 

There’s a movement gaining momentum in Japan right now called lohas, which is basically an appreciation for all things homespun and slow-paced. Red Clover is just the sort of place a stylish back-to-basics aficionado would love to shop: Its cement floors and simple iron racks provide an understated backdrop for the rustically fashionable clothing. 1-16-10 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, 03-5458-5075

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AOYAMA
Luxury is the operative word in this chic district, but the shops have a daring, experimental edge.

Bapy

 

The flagship for this retro-French line from skater brand A Bathing Ape is decorated like a giant bathroom: White tiles cover all available surfaces and bathtubs serve as decor. For spring, look for sailor-striped pea coats and pastel baby-wale cords. 3-8-5 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, 03-5766-9177

Cocotier

 

European designer clothing from the mid 20th century is the focus here, and the Dior capelets and Liberty dresses are so well-preserved that they justify their splurge-level prices. 5-46-12 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-5466-9055

Deuxième Classe

 

As one of Tokyo’s more refined multi-label shops, Deuxième Classe offers pieces that don’t rock the boat. But many do have some sort of subversive tweak: a linen dress with a ragged hem, or a cardigan fastened with a giant kilt pin. 5-3-25 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, 03-5469-8868

Edit for Lulu

 

A sweet, boarding-school-girl innocence seems to be the influence here—picture an outfit consisting of a popcorn-knit cardigan, tweed shorts, and ladylike pumps. 4-2-14 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-5772-3266

Flair

 

This duo of stores—the other is in Daikanyama—can be counted on to deliver graceful, trend-immune designs, like bias-cut dresses and menswear-influenced pants. 3-14-4 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, 03-3400-5708

Gramme’s

 

The Japanese term wabi-sabi means to find beauty in subtle imperfections. This uncluttered boutique seems to practice this aesthetic: Basic cotton jackets hang just a bit askew from old-school coat racks on the wall; odd lots of greeting cards are casually tossed on simple wood shelves. 3-13-1 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, 03-5778-3441

Loveless

 

This raved-about trilevel shop is a sight to behold: Its airy upper floors carry more accessible items, like Goyard bags and Cacharel dresses, but downstairs things have a baroque-industrial vibe, from the purposely rust-stained walls and black-crystal chandeliers to the Goth- and biker-influenced clothing. 3-17-11 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, 03-3401-2301

 

 

 

Prada

Utterly jaw-dropping, this may just be the most visually arresting store in all of Tokyo. The facade looks quilted (it’s encircled with bubbly panes of glass), and inside awaits Prada’s full line in an entirely white, spaceship like environment. 5-2-6 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, 03-6418-0400

Tsumori Chisato Etc.

 

Japanese designer Chisato’s affinity for color-blocking and minuscule prints translates beautifully to her accessories line, the full array of which is housed here. 3-13-12 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, 03-5766-7494

WR

 

From the lotus-blossom-filled basins to the cedar-planked exterior, this shop has a quiet elegance that extends to the many impeccably tailored, uncommonly detailed classics, including blazers, shift dresses, and A-line skirts. 3-12-16 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, 03-5468-2466

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ZAKKA MANIA
Marchand de Legumes (In Parco 3, basement, 15-1 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, 03-5728-7151) offers punchy, graphic little items for the home office, like folders with citrus-bright maps printed on them. Owned by a former model, Hug o’ War (2-14-19 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, 03-5729-7045) is a new, buzzed-about organic-earthy zakka full of wood utensils and straw ornaments. Holiday Apartment (In Parco 3, basement, 14-5 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, 03-3477-8724) favors romantic, floral-print accessories and handcrafted trinkets. And the thoroughly amusing Bunkaya Zakkaten (3-28-9 Jingumae, Shibuaya-ku, 03-3423-8980) specializes in intentionally tongue-in-cheek items—fur hoop earrings, ashtrays with retro images of cameras, and embroidered thumbs-up patches.
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Fantasy Theme Park 
 
Hello Kitty
Sanrio Puroland 
 
Disneyland 
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Markets
 
Sunday market at Hanazono shrine in Shinjuku
Fantastic selection of relatively inexpensive kimonos and obis U$4
 
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Four Can’t-Fail Souvenir Spots
Traditional goods for the folks back home.
It’s unabashedly touristy, but elephantine ORIENTAL BAZAAR (5-9-13 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-3400-3933) covers all the essentials, from cotton yukata (kimono-like robes) to glazed sake sets. In operation since 1663, ultra traditional KYUKYODO (5-7-4 Ginza, Chuo-ku, 03-3571-4429) doesn’t mess around when it comes to papers, pens, brushes, and inks. Claustrophobic and cluttered beyond belief—yet somehow entirely charming—MARUARA-WATANABE (16-8 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, 03-3461-0064) offers great silk pouches and geta (wood sandals). And wild card MANNENYA (5-3-18 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, 03-3373-1111) is a hipster-favored resource for blue-collar uniforms and accessories (its slouchy construction-worker pants have a minimalist appeal).

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BUDGET

Daiso (Harajuku branch)

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  2. Hi!!
    I just found your Blog yesterday and I ‘ve found that so interesting for me since I plan to travel to Tokyo in March 2008 . My trip will not aim to travel so many places but I just want to look around Tokyo and shopping for my beloved Japanese Cosmetics.
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  3. We like reviewing Shibuya street fashion photos. We do it almost daily. The street photos give us an idea on what people are putting on in their everyday life, and everybody knows Shibuya styles are followed by many people in Asia and around the world. There are gaps between street and runway fashion, and between Asian and Western tastes. Those street fashion photos are making our reference when we are stocking for our clothes inventory.

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