Tokyo Shopping - Shopping Streets

What makes shopping in Tokyo so fun are the different personalities that emerge from each of the city's main shopping districts. Here's a rundown of Tokyo's top shopping streets along with some highlights of each neighborhood to give you an idea of what you'll find there. Whether you're window shopping or out to drop some serious cash, you're in for a complete range of choices with these picks. Happy hunting!

Ameya-yokocho (Ameyoko)

Ameya-yokocho, Tokyo Shopping Streets, Japan

The Ameya-yokocho Market (short: Ameyoko), is a market street just off Ueno Park, between Ueno and Okachimachi Stations. This used to be a thriving flea market immediately after the end of the WWII, where American goods where sold on the black market. Now it's filled with loads of little shops selling everything from basic foodstuffs to high-class imported goods, all at reasonable prices, and as a result it is always crowded with shoppers.

Nearest Station: JR Ueno Station (Shinobazu Exit)
Telephone: +81 3-3832-5053
Website: http://www.ameyoko.net

Center Gai

Center Gai, Tokyo Shopping Streets, Japan

Center Gai in Shibuya is famous for its music stores, boutiques, shoe stores, and video game arcades. This is a good place to go if you get a feel of the Shibuya atmosphere. The narrow street is approximately 120 ft. long and starts from Starbucks Coffee by Shibuya Station.

Nearest Station: Shibuya Station (Hachiko Exit)

Chuo-dori

Sprawled in every direction off Akihabara's main street Chuo-dori are many smaller streets with even more electronics stores. Note that the further from the main street you get the better the prices - but the more you stray, the less foreigner-friendly the shops are. On Sunday afternoons, the main street is blocked to vehicle traffic and the area becomes a bit of a flea market - you can walk freely along the main avenue and many small vendors set up tables on the side streets.

Nearest Station: JR Akihabara Station

Kappabashi-dori

Kappabashi-dori, Tokyo Shopping Streets, Japan

Kappabashi is an almost one kilometer long street lined by shops catering to restaurant businesses. Items on sale include tableware, kitchen utensils and appliances, sample food made of wax and plastic, furniture, signs, lanterns and uniforms. Kappabashi-dori is located between Asakusa and Ueno.

Nearest Station: Tawaramachi Station, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
Website: http://www.kappabashi.or.jp

Koen-dori

Koen-dori, Tokyo Shopping Streets, Japan

Koen-dori is another popular shopping and walking street in Shibuya. The street starts from the Marui Department Store and ends at Yoyogi Park. Koen-dori, a focal point of Japanese hot trends, is home to many department stores, fashion boutiques and entertainment venues.

Nearest Station: Shibuya Station and Harajuku Station
Telephone: +81 3-3462-5181
Website: http://www.koen-dori.com

Nakamise-dori and Shin-nakamise

Nakamise-dori, Tokyo Shopping Streets, Japan

The Nakamise-dori shopping lane stretches over approximately 300 meters from Kaminarimon Gate to the main grounds of Senso-ji Temple. It is lined by more than 50 shops, which offer local specialties and the usual array of tourist souvenirs. Shin-nakamise is a shopping street that runs perpendicular to the Nakamise-dori. It is a covered shopping arcade lined by various shops and restaurants.

Nearest Station: Asakusa Station
Website: http://www.asakusa-nakamise.jp

Omote-sando

Omote-sando, Tokyo Shopping Streets, Japan

Omote-sando, the broad avenue leading downhill from the southern end of the JR Harajuku Station, is home to outlets of some of the world's chicest brands: Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Chanel, to name a few. Omote-sando is sometimes referred to as "Tokyo's Champs-Élysées". The avenue also features the very up market Omotesando Hills, a super-chic shopping mall that caters to those independent, style-conscious urbanites who couldn't possibly wear anything except the latest fashions.

Nearest Station: JR Harajuku Station

Supeinzaka

Supeinzaka, Tokyo Shopping Streets, Japan

Supeinzaka, also known as the Spain Slope is a narrow pedestrian street with stairs leading up the slope to the Parco department store. Supeinzaka, located in Udagawa-cho of Shibuya, is approximately 100 meters long and is lined by restaurants, cafés and boutiques. The name Spain Slope refers to its resemblance to a Spanish street scene.

Nearest Station: Shibuya Station (Hachiko exit)

Takeshita-dori

Takeshita-dori, Tokyo Shopping Streets, Japan

Takeshita-dori is the center of Harajuku's teenage culture. This bustling narrow street and its side streets are lined by fashion boutiques, trendy shops, used clothes stores, crepe stands, cafés and fast food outlets targeting Tokyo's teenagers. Takeshita Street is roughly 400 meter long and runs from the Takeshita exit of JR Harajuku to Meiji-dori.

Nearest Station: JR Harajuku Station