1) Sembikiya fruit emporium
Sembikiya fruit emporium has been run by the same Samurai-descendant family since 1834, but this is no regular family owned grocery store. Here common food items have been elevated in status and a single apple could set you back around $21! Who would pay so much for fruit you may ask ? Well,in Japan it is customary to gift high end fruit at formal events like weddings and business transactions. Around 90 percent of the fruit sold here is purchased as a present.
2) Alice on Wednesday.
Alice on Wednesday is a concept store based on Lewis Carrols book Alice in wonderland. After ducking to enter through a tiny door you are greeted with beautiful jewellery and amazing artwork. Tables and chairs hang from the ceiling and melting clocks drip from the walls. With stores in Tokyo, Fukuoka, Osaka and Nagoya you will hopefully be able to work this whimsical wonderland into your next trip.
3) Pokémon centre
No trip to Japan would be complete without some Pokémon spotting. Pokémon centers are full of Pokémon goodies. Even if you are not a fan Pokémon centres are still a sight to behold. There are 11 Pokémon centers so there will probably be one nearby that you can explore. Pokémon centre Mega Tokyo is the largest and features life size Pokémon statues in store.
4) Super Potato Namba
While you would think this was another food place from the name this is actually a gaming store. What makes Super Potato stand out (apart from its name) is that it sells lots of retro gaming gear. It is surreal seeing old Nintendo consoles being sold in mint condition. If you are interested in gaming history or just a sucker for nostalgia you should definitely check this shop out.
5) Sample Village Iwasaki
Everything in this shop may look delicious but you better not eat it! Sample Village Iwasaki was the first food replica workshop to open in Japan in 1932 and they claim to create around half of Japan’s food models. There is a large array of colorful fake food to choose from and you can even have a go at making your own model to take home during one of the stores many workshops. Be sure to grab a unique souvenir from here to remember all the tasty food you had in Japan , just try not to visit this shop on an empty stomach !