Top 5 Things to Buy in Tokyo


Tokyo is not only the capital of Japan, but also the political and economic center of Japan. In addition, Tokyo is a good place for shopping. In Tokyo, whether you want to buy electronics, cosmetics, animation products, household appliances or tourist souvenirs, you can buy them there.


What to buy in Tokyo?

►1、Best things to buy in Tokyo - Electronic products

  • Where to buy in Tokyo:Yodobashi Camera Shinjuku Nishiguchi

canon camera

Whether you want to buy a new charger or the latest portable equipment, Tokyo has a wide selection of products to choose from. Mobile phones, cameras, laptops and other electronic products are all available in Tokyo.


►2、Best things to buy in Tokyo -  Cosmetics

  • Where to buy in Tokyo:Matsumoto Kiyoshi

Matsumoto Kiyoshi Store

Japanese cosmetics are famous all over the world. Many drugstores in Tokyo can be said to be the best place to buy Japanese cosmetics. There is no shortage of international brands, but also local brand cosmetics that can only be bought in Japan. For example, SK-II facial treatment essence, ALBION skin conditioner, KOSE sekkisei, Sante Beautéye, Ryukakusan, etc. are popular cosmetics or drugs recommended to buy. Matsumoto Kiyoshi Store is the largest super popular drug store in Japan.


►3、Best things to buy in Tokyo -  Animation products

  • Where to buy in Tokyo:Akihabara、Animate

Animate flagship store

Akihabara is a famous Japanese animation-culture center. Under the neon lights, a variety of animation products are sold along the street, which is dazzling. On the other side of downtown Tokyo is the Ikebukuro neighborhood, which is also full of animation culture. Some people often come here to take pictures of anime performances. Animate flagship store is located here and is said to be the world's largest anime store. Pokémon fans can go to Ikebukuro to visit Tokyo's largest Pokémon Center.


►4、Best things to buy in Tokyo -  World's major brand goods or tourist souvenirs

  • Where to buy in Tokyo:Ameyoko Shopping Street、Shin Nakamise Shopping Street、Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari

Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari

If you want to learn about the traditional culture of Tokyo, you can visit the famous street market in Tokyo, where food, accessories, clothes and souvenirs are more affordable. There are also many flea markets here. It is good choose to go to flea markets if you want to buy affordable products.

If you want to buy a branded item without a price tag, you can search for a favorite and cheap branded product in Tokyo. There are more than 200 stores in Gotemba Outlets at the foot of Mount Fuji. Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari, Japan's largest outlet mall, sells discounted items from major brands around the world.


►5、Best things to buy in Tokyo -  Kitchenware

  • Where to buy in Tokyo:Kitchen Town (Kappabashi)

Kitchen Town (Kappabashi)

There are so many shopping places in Tokyo that you can buy almost anything, which means that there are many specialty stores in Tokyo. There is no doubt that Tokyo has anime and comics districts, but there are also shopping districts selling kitchen utensils or cooking utensils. Where can you buy kitchen utensils or cooking utensils in Tokyo? You can visit Kitchen Town(Kappabashi), The shops here sell kitchenware for a variety of restaurants.


Tips for shopping in Tokyo

  • 1、You don’t need to get up early. Why?

Most stores do not open until 10 or 11 in the morning. However, many stores, especially large shopping malls and shops in famous shopping districts, are closed late.

  • 2、Listen carefully to a song named " long-lasting friendship". Why?

If you forget the time when shopping, but suddenly you hear a song named " long-lasting friendship" in the store, it means that it is time to close. This song is played in many shops and restaurants in Japan, in order to let customers know that they are going to close the door.

  • 3、Carry cash. Why?

While shopping malls and larger retail stores allow card payments. But the more payment methods used in Japan are still cash.

  • 4、Bring your passport. Why?

In some retail stores, if foreign tourists who are not working in Japan purchase more than 5,000 yen for consumables (food, cosmetics, cigarettes, drinks, etc.) or purchase non-consumables for more than 10,000 yen, they can enjoy tax-free treatment. But you must present your passport in order to be exempt from tax.

  • 5、Don't expect too much for bargaining. Why?

Don't expect too much from bargaining. Except in the market, Japanese stores generally do not allow bargaining. Even if you can make a counteroffer, the incentives are not great.

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