Enjoy Japan through your wallet. Japan probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think shopping, but you’ll be amazed at the things you can buy here. For those on a budget, a good start would be a visit to the 100 Yen store, where you can find a staggering variety of things to bring back home for a dollar each. From there, the sky’s the limit from skin care products to anime figures, all waiting to drain your wallet faster than you can say super potato.

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🤩 2019’s Best New Japanese Products That Will Leave You Wanting More! 🤩

With our ever evolving and advancing technology and trends, they best way to stay up to date and in the know🤔 is by getting the newest gadgets and inventions! Japan has always been known to come up with the craziest and cutest inventions that can either shock you😳, or leave you squealing with excitement🤗. I have compiled a list of what I think this year’s most practical and interesting products down below. Let’s check them out!👀

Sight in Tokyo

Tokyo Dome

Tokyo Dome located in Bunkyo, Tokyo is a famous stadium that hosts sports games as well as concerts, and other events. It is often called "The Big Egg" because of its sphere-like appearance. Their upcoming events can be found on their website. Near the stadium is a large amusement park as well as a 43 story tall hotel. The surrounding area boasts a plethora of shops, boutiques, and restaurants. Images from their website

Sight in Tokyo

G.C. Press GINZA

G.C. Press is a popular brand of high-end stationary found in many department stores across Japan. Their collections mainly reflect seasons and include envelopes and letter paper of all shapes and sizes. Their seals(stickers) are high quality and are usually 250 yen for 10 pieces. This shop is the brand's main branch and has a wider collection than the limited collection from department stores.

Sight in Tokyo

Oriental Bazaar

Located in the hip district of Omotesando, the Oriental Bazaar offers three floors of all things Japanese souvenirs. 😍

Sight in Okinawa

Kouri Ocean Tower

This spot is a beautiful 82 feet tall observation tower located on the "love island" of Okinawa There are 4 singular experiences that this venue provides for their visitors. The first one is their tower, which has a viewing deck that you can travel up to via a cute dainty little cart.

Sight in Okinawa

Ryukyu Glass Village

This "village" is the largest glass and crafts making factory in all of Okinawa, and there is so much to explore here. Their main workshop that they offer is making ryukyu glass products, which is an Okinawan specialty that you won't find anywhere else.

Sight in Tokyo

Village Vanguard Shibuya

The quirkest chain store selling character goods, sweets, clothing and more. A definite must place to check out for pop culture fans.

Sight in Hyogo

Hello Kitty Smile Awaji Island

Heading to Hyogo prefecture? Well make sure to make a pit stop at Hello Kitty Smile, a complex featuring fine dining restaurants to art galleries and more, all Hello Kitty themed 😻

Sight in Tokyo

Chicago Harajuku Omotesando

Accenting the store front is a giant CHICAGO neon sign that is very hard to miss. It is a part of many branches but this one is said to be the largest and the best. They carry many unique things such as wedding dresses to even rare kimonos!

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This shop sells mainly women's apparel ranging from lacy intimates to accented accessories. The interior of the shop is very stylized and romantic and the same can be said for their collection. While their clothes are on the more expensive side, the quality is top notch and truly antiques. Come by just to take a look or to add something new to your collection.

Sight in Tokyo

Kinji Used Clothing

This thrift shop is located in Harajuku, one of the fashion spotlights in Tokyo. You will see all types of people there with various styles, from goth to lolita. Kinji is the place where those clothes go to to find a new home. Thats makes this store have one of the widest range of clothings for a thrift shop. Instagram: @kinji_harajuku Photos taken from their website.

Sight in Tokyo

BINGO Shibuya Center St.

Bingo is located in the BookOff building which is the largest bookstore that sells secondhand books for a very cheap price. Bingo sells around 20,000 pieces of preowned apparel including accessories and bags,ect. This venue is very big, so I suggest having an idea of what you want to by before your visit. You can find the clothing section on the basement floor under the 3 floors of books, CDs, and DVDs. For information on how to sell your items please visit the website. Photos from BookOff

Sight in Tokyo

Nude Trump

Nude Trump is about at crazy as the name sounds! The apparel, while not the best quality, are very colorful and unique. They sell trinkets, toys, and accessories, that are probably studded, or covered in feathers. Same applies to their clothing, as you will see neon, loud, and sparkly colors on most of their things! This place is not just a shopping destination but just a nice way to spend an afternoon. The crazy fashionista Hayao Matsumura started this shop in the late 80s and it has been a go to destination for those dedicated customers who prefer the extreme side of fashion! Twitter: @NUDETRUMP_TOKYO Images from their Twitter.

Sight in Tokyo


BOY in Shibuya City is a hidden gem that sells old school Japanese fashion brands. Upon entering the store you will hear alternative and grunge music playing, with a lot of their clothing having some kind of connection to music. The decor in the space is very stylized and interesting, kind of like someone’s personal closet. Their tops start at around 2000 yen(~$20), so it won’t drain your wallet too much. In addition to secondhand clothes, they also sell CDs! Twitter handle:@boyfandm Photos found on their Twitter page.

Sight in Tokyo

New York Joe Exchange

New York Joe Exchange is an amazing thrift store because you can actually bring your used clothing and they will buy it from you for cash for 30% of their resell price.

Sight in Tokyo

Stick Out

Stick Out is is a fashion favorite as you know exactly what to expect before you go there. Everything is 700 yen (~$7)! They carry a wide variety of clothes of all different styles. The selection is so huge that it could take a whole afternoon just to find something, but the gratification of finding that one piece you love makes the search worthwhile. Check out their selection beforehand on their insta! (@stickout700store) Photos taken from their website and Instagram Page

Sight in Tokyo

2nd Street

2nd Street is located in Koenji, where some of the best thrift stores live. While there are other locations, I recommend this shop simply because there are so many other thrift stores next to it to explore in case you don’t find anything. This area has a whole street lined with secondhand clothing stores. 2nd Street is the large 2 floored building among them, you won’t miss it. If you dig deep you will find brands like Converse, Supreme, and Champion. Be warned that the men’s shoe section is very expensive compared to what you can find oversees, but still cheaper than a retailers of course. Check out their instagram(@2ndstreet_official) to get a better idea of what styles they carry. Photos found on their website.

Sight in Tokyo

Ink Stand by Kakimori

Create your one of a kind ink to take home as a souvenir at Ink Stand located close to Asakusa. The color combinations are endless.

Sight in Tokyo


Seal brand makes handbags that are originally from scrapped tires and inner tubes. This makes the bags waterproof and durable with unique patterns and designs. They ship bags internationally and have a few location across Tokyo. Check out this shop’s top-quality handmade bags and interesting designs! Photos found on their website.

Sight in Tokyo

Mottainai Festa

Mottainai Festa is a 2 day festival that offers something for everyone. They are a pair of flea markets next to each other, one operated by adults and the other but children, with goods ranging from anime treats to secondhand furniture. Be sure to check it out! Photos from JapanTravel

Sight in Tokyo

Ginza LoFT

Japan's #1 lifestyle goods store opens its new store in Ginza. Just a few steps away from MUJI Ginza!

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A New Tiffany & Co. Concept Store Opens in Harajuku: Home to 1 of 2 Tiffany Cafes in the World!

Tiffany & Co. and Harajuku have teamed up on a new concept store called Tiffany @ Cat Street!

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Why the Newest Muji Ginza and Hotel is a Must See Spot in Tokyo Part 3

Part 3 of our last series covering everything on MUJI Ginza! Sharing why MUJI Diner is a must try along with why it's worthwhile to stay at MUJI Hotel Ginza.

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We head to LUSH Harajuku's LUSH LABS — the first concept store of its kind

2 floors dedicated to those fizzy and colorful bath bombs. A bath bomb lovers dream come true! 🛁

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Why the Newest Muji Ginza and Hotel is a Must See Spot in Tokyo - Part 2

MUJI in Ginza has outdone itself! Check out our favorite additions in Part 2 of our MUJI journey!

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Why the Newest MUJI Ginza and Hotel is a Must See Spot in Tokyo Part 1

Sharing with you part one of our in depth feature of MUJI Ginza the flagship store taking over central Tokyo!

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Discovering Tokyo's Beautiful Bookstores

If you're like me, you enjoy a good book.  Not just reading it, but every little detail from the smell of the paper, the texture of the ink on the pages, and th

Sight in Osaka


Nipponbashi is a lively shopping district in the center of Osaka.

Sight in Osaka

Temma Market

Temma Market is a large produce market located in Temma, Osaka. Opening hours vary according to each store.

Sight in Fukuoka

Eel Antiques & Repair

Eel is an antiques and furniture shop west of Yakuin station.

Sight in Oita

Yunotsubo Kaido Road

Yunotsubo Kaido Road, located at the foot of Mount Yufu, is a shopping street with little stores selling souvenirs and local products.

Sight in Kochi

Hirome Ichiba Market

This market is in downtown Kochi and is made up of over 60 shops. The market was opened to spread the knowledge of Kochi's food, friendliness and artistic cultu

Sight in Nagano

Karuizawa Ginza

This main street of Karuizawa, Nagano, is generally called Kyu-karu Ginza or Karuizawa Ginza.

Sight in Oita

Bungo Takada Showa no Machi

Showa no Machi is a shopping street with retro shops reminiscent of the Showa period.

Sight in Tokyo

Bshop (Futakotamagawa)

Bshop is a clothing store located in the Setagaya area of Tokyo.

Sight in Tokyo

SML by Surmometer Inc.

SML is a ceramics and glass home/tableware store located in Nakameguro.

Sight in Osaka

Hankyu Higashi-dori Shopping Street

Hankyu Higashi-dori is a gathering of shopping streets around Doyama-cho in Osaka.