Japanese handmade crafts are prized for their careful workmanship and intelligent design, and Yamato Mingei-Ten is one-stop shopping for folk art and crafts...more
Tokyu Hands defies description, but it is one of the city's most useful addresses. The ultimate hardware store, it sells everything from timber and flooring to...more
As one of Japan's oldest (and most historic) department stores, Takashimaya offers as much to look at inside as outside. The Nihonbashi location, which first...more
In the über-fashionable Aoyama neighborhood, in the fashion-obsessed city of Tokyo, where architecturally fabulous outposts of all the world's great labels...more
Don't overlook this inconspicuous shop in Teramachi if you have any interest in that most accessible of Japanese art forms, the ukiyo-e, or woodblock print:...more
Mujirushi Ryohin ("no-brand goods"), or Muji, is an essential stop and a ubiquitous source for a superb selection of well-designed, good-value housewares,...more
Don't leave Tokyo without seeing the basement food hall of a local department store, known as a depachika. The depachika at Mitsukoshi's Ginza branch is one of...more
Matsuya department store is worth a visit on its own, but the added attraction is the Design Collection and gallery on the seventh floor. The gallery sells a...more
Marks & Web sells no-nonsense botanical toiletries from Matsuyama, the old Japanese soap company. Although rarely found outside Japan, this brand is well...more
Guidebooks describe Kyuko-do as an "incense and stationery" store—which may confuse shoppers more than lure them in. This is a shame, for Kyuko-do is no...more
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