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A Preview Girl's Guide to Shopping in Shibuya

Know where to shop the best finds in Tokyo!
A Preview Girl's Guide to Shopping in Shibuya
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Know where to shop the best finds in Tokyo!

Shibuya is a shopping haven for anyone who's into the latest fashion and beauty trends born in Japan. It is home to more than a dozen department stores and shops where you can find almost anything under the sun. However, navigating the place can be quite a daunting task if you don't know where exactly to look. Below, we created a shopping guide map for first time visitors and for shopaholics alike. You may want to save the infographic below or bookmark this page for your next trip to Tokyo!

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1. Hachiko and Shibuya crossing

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Upon alighting the JR line Shibuya station, you'll be greeted by Japan's two famous landmarks: Hachiko's statue and the Shibuya crossing. You won't need to look far because Hachiko's statue is just a few steps to the left from the station. Just be courteous and wait in line for your turn if you want a photo-op.

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A few steps forward, you'll see the multiple pedestrian lanes that hundreds of people cross every day. It's easy to get swayed and be lost in a sea of locals and tourists so you have to pay attention to which side of Shibuya you're crossing.

2. Tokyu Hikarie

Tokyu Hikarie is a skyscraper known to many primarily due to its proximity to the Shibuya station (see map above). It houses a large department store, which they call ShinQs. This ShinQs have five floors with over 200 fashion shops including international brands like See By Chloe and Marc Jacobs.

3. Mark City East & West

Another nearby shopping center with respect to the Shibuya station is the Mark City Mall. It's a building complex directly connected to the said station and it includes various business offices and a hotel. Boutiques found here are mostly targeted towards women. You can find women's clothing on the first floor, cosmetics and accessories on the second, and most restaurants and cafés are on the third and fourth floors.

4. Dogenzaka-dori Avenue

Following this avenue, you can find stand-alone shops like Lush, Under Armour, and Adidas. But should you dedicate a day crawling this street, we suggest you hit the following pit stops:

Matsumoto Kiyoshi - This place is home to many health and beauty products. Hoard 32-day Lululun masks and Heroinemake mascaras or perhaps stock up on your Shiseido Elixir sleep gel masks, and pay even less for your items when you present your tourist passport! But, you won't be able to use your goodies yet as items bought tax-free are sealed.

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BIC Camera - It's a must-see destination for techie gals. You can buy any gadget here, tax-free! There's also a branch along Meiji-dori Avenue.

Uniqlo - Shop at Shibuya's biggest Uniqlo store! It has three floors that constantly hold sales. Remember to show your passport for more discounts!

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Shibuya 109 - Shibuya 109 is one of the city's landmarks and home to over a hundred fashion retail stores spread across 10 floors. Trust me, if you're into Japanese streetwear, you can just spend a whole day here!

5. Bunkamura-dori Avenue

Coming from Shibuya 109, you can take the Bunkamura-dori avenue to find three more shopping havens in Shibuya.

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Don Quijote - Find affordable pasalubong at Don Quijote. Be it the staple Kitkat packs or any other knick knacks, you can easily find everything here at "Donki." It's a one-stop-shop for all your quirky needs and with friendly price point, too. Watch out for their sales and promos if you want to stretch your bucks.

H&M - If you're on the hunt for the best H&M deals around Japan, then head on over to its Shibuya flagship store!

Tokyu Department Store - This is home to many luxury and designer brands. They are also known for popular cafés like Seijo Ishii and Dean & Deluca!

6. Central Gai Street

Make a turn to Central Gai Street to find shops like Guess, Attagirl, Miniso, and Its'Demo.

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Attagirl is a shoe manufacturer in Japan that has a wide variety of shoe styles sold at very reasonable deals and prices. Meanwhile, Its'Demo is a convenience store that's filled with fashion knick knacks and cute cosmetic products packaged in Sailormoon, Disney, and Hello Kitty designs! There's another branch located at the Spain-zaka slope where you can also find a Claire's shop.

7. Jingu-mae dori

This street is a five-minute walk from the JR Shibuya station (just go straight ahead). If you see 109 Men's, then you're on the right track. Here, you can find the following shopping destinations:

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109 Men's - It's a shopping building dedicated to provide clothes and accessories just for men. Diavlo, Buffalo Bobs, Jack Rose, Ryedeal, and Vanquish are worth visiting!

Seibu Department Store -It's a 10-floor fashion department store divided into two buildings adjacent to each other. Wing A is for the ladies while Wing B is for men and children.

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Zara - Zara has two locations within Shibuya. One here at Jingu-mae and another at Udagawacho Street. Mind you, when they mark down prices, they really mark those yen down.

7. Koen-dori Avenue

From Jingu-mae, make a turn at Koen-dori Avenue to find Onitsuka Tiger, a Disney-themed store, Muji, Apple Store, and ACME furniture shop!

8. Udagawacho Street

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From Seibu, you can continue walking the Udagawacho street to find a huge Forever 21 store, along with Zara, Skechers, The Body Shop, Swatch, and Bershka. If you keep following the said street, you'll find a Daiso and another 100-Yen store right beside it!

Have fun!

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