Tokyo is famously one of the best cities in the world for shopping. Shopping malls in Tokyo, similar to department stores offer shoppers a one-stop shop to purchase many items at once. The multi-story malls in Tokyo are worth checking out if you are looking to shop, but also offer a glimpse into the Tokyo shopping culture. Beware of crowds, especially on weekends when the malls fill up with locals and tourists, but it is all part of the experience. If you are feeling like a shopping spree, check out some of the best shopping malls in Tokyo.
Omotesando Hills Mall
Found in the Shibuya shopping district, Omotesando Hills Mall has over 100 specialty stores ranging from high-end men’s and women’s apparel, jewelry and houseware items. The Tokyo mall goes beyond fashion, with a focus on culture and was designed by the famous architect Tadao Ando. The building structure is quite unusual integrating vertical lines and a mix of ramps and escalators to connect the separate floors. Omotesando Hills Mall also hosts a variety of cultural events, fusing fashion and culture, such as art exhibitions and pop-up sales of local brands and artists. There are also a wide variety of international restaurants found throughout the architecturally-pleasing building, ranging from Italian and French to raw and organic cafes. There is something for everyone at Omotesando Hills shopping mall.
4-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
Mon – Fri 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sat – Sun 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Takashimaya Times Square Mall
This mega-complex is the merger between the Takashimaya Department store and mall which is in close proximity to Shinjuku Station (south exit). Towering high with over 15 floors, this Tokyo mall is filled with shops selling men and women’s clothing and accessories, cosmetics, children’s apparel and toys, housewares, electronics and sporting goods. Additionally, the upper floors of the mall provide shoppers with many restaurants. Be sure to check out the basement floor in Takashimaya shopping mall which is an underground food shop, known as Depachika – the perfect place to stock up on Japanese treats, groceries, and souvenirs.
5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya 151-8580, Tokyo Prefecture
Mon – Fri 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sat – Sun 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM
FutakoTamagawa Rise Mall
Situated along the Tama River, this newer mall structure is designed to offer something for everyone. The building is large and spacious and blends indoor and outdoor spaces maximizing on space. This is ideal to not feel overcrowding when there is a multitude of shoppers inside, the ample building feels expansive. In the mall, you can find local shops and international brands providing an endless amount of choice. The restaurants are gathered in one district of the Tokyo mall similar to a food court and offering a multitude of cuisine ranging in Japanese and international foods. At Futako Tamagawa Rise Mall, there are also often art installations, arts and craft fairs or pop-up shops suitable for families. This shopping center is a nice way to visit the river and spend time exploring the area.
2-21-1 Tamagawa, Setagaya 158-0094, Tokyo Prefecture
7 days a week 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
KITTE is both a shopping and architecture experience. The shopping mall’s building is an example of modern Japanese architecture and a key element of the structure is the rooftop garden overlooking the city where you can also see incoming bullet trains from the closeby Tokyo Station. KITTE not only has a variety of shops and restaurants but it also houses a free museum. If you are looking to shop in Tokyo, or just trying to pass the time while you are waiting for a train, explore KITTE and enjoy the free elements from the rooftop terrace to the museum or even just people-watching as a great way to explore and connect to Tokyo shopping culture.
2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda 100-0005, Tokyo Prefecture
Mon-Sat 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Tokyo Midtown Mall
Offering an extensive array of shops and outlets including many flagship stores, Tokyo Midtown Mall is an inclusive shopping experience. The mall also showcases some of the world’s first concept stores and shops committed to the preservation of Japanese tradition and style seen through design. This mall in Tokyo is a collection of six buildings, each housing a different component of the shopping experience from fashion and accessories to interior design and culinary experiences. Between the building, you will find art exhibits or sometimes events happening in and around the mall. You can also enjoy an outdoor terrace overlooking the garden, a nice break from all the shopping in Tokyo.
9-7-2 Akasaka, Minato 107-6290, Tokyo Prefecture
7 days a week 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM