Things to Buy in Tokyo

By | January 14, 2017

Tokyo is a great place to visit as there is so much to do. You can spend a lifetime exploring Tokyo and never run out of new things to do and discover. The highlights include, Akehabara for electronics, Shinjuku for its ultra modern buildings and department stores, Harajuku for cheap shopping, Ueno for its parks and museums, and Shiodome for entertainment.

When it comes to shopping, however, Japan is expensive for most items, although I’ve found that it’s cheaper for Japanese-only items than those imported to the US. So before you decide to buy something expensive like a camera or laptop, it would be a good idea to compare the price with that in your country.

Here is a list of things to buy in Tokyo which may give you some inspirations.

1. Electronics

Akihabara, Tokyo

Akihabara, Tokyo

You can buy electronics almost everywhere in Tokyo, but the best place to shop for cheap electronics is Akihabara. Akihabara has the biggest selection of electronics including products with English and compatible back home. Bring along your passport and most times you can receive a better price duty free. However, you need to make sure that the stuff you buy can work in the your country, if not adapters can be a solution, the only one.

2. Cosmetics

The second thing to buy in Tokyo is cosmetics. Japan has several world famous cosmetics brand like Shiseido, Kanebo and SK-II. Have a look at Top 10 Japanese Cosmetic Brands for more info.

3. Japanese Food

Visit the grocery hall of any major department store and you’ll be amazed. Bring back some rice crackers (sembei) or cookies for your friends. Or even some dried squid or fish makes for good conversation.

4. Typical Souvenirs:

If you plan to buy some gifts in Tokyo for your family and friends, there are plenty of choices: cotton yukata, Japanese dolls, chopsticks, Tatami mats / cushions, hello kitty stuff, Japanese dishes, imitation Samurai swords, etc.

5. Slippers:

Japan sells millions of slippers, even special ones that you’ll find in the bathroom only.

6. CD & DVDs

If you have a love for Japanese music and movies, Tokyo is an ideal place to buy your favorite CD & DVDs.

Something else I recommend to buy in Tokyo are sake sets. They come in a box and they have a sake carafe sort of thing and four little glasses and they look undoubtedly Japanese.

You will find stuff to buy in japan you like. There is shopping everywhere!  Have fun!

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