Best/Must See Stores in Tokyo and the rest of Japan

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  1. jkester

    jkester Active Member

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    Hey, first time poster -- great site. I'm heading to Japan again in august and want some recommendations. I didn't know whether to put this in clothing or streetwear, but I'm looking for anything great -- everything from jeans to suits to accessories. Thanks!

    -John
     
  2. Alter

    Alter Senior member

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    Welcome to SF. There are a few members that reside in Japan, like myself.
    It would help if you could narrow it down a bit. What kind of price ranges and brands are you interested in? There are so many good shopping places that it is hard to list them all.
     
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    Slim posted pics of some amazing looking crap-piled-everywhere store....let me try to find it..... edit: got it
    The greatest store in the entire world Don Quijote is in Shinjuku. [​IMG] Six floors of utter chaos piled up to the ceiling. Unbelievable.
     
  4. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    There are a lot of rather amusing hidden stores in Tokyo. I suggest the Herzog & de Meuron Prada. Really, a lot of the big European brands have huge and interesting flagships in Tokyo. For example the Ralph Lauren is decidely incroguous.
     
  5. jkester

    jkester Active Member

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    For formal stuff I love armani, zegna, and brioni clothes.

    Otherwise I'm pretty interested in getting a pair or two of some nice japanese denim jeans.

    I also need a couple new belts.

    I'm probably staying in ginza so i know some stores to go to there. basically i'd like to hear some stores that offer really cool unique items i won't be able to get stateside.

    I heard a store called "lift" was good.
     
  6. Dragon

    Dragon Senior member

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    Go to the ISETAN department store in Shinjuku. They have a whole Mens Building with everything...I mean everything...including your Brioni, Zegna, Armani. If you can`t find your stuff there, you probably won`t find it anywhere.

    Interested in high end RTW shoes? (they even have order made)

    Campanile
    CHURCH'S
    CROCKETT&JONES
    HESCHUNG
    SANTONI
    STEFANO BI
    YANKO
    EDWARD GREEN
    ENZO BONAFE
    MIRO BONORA
    PAOLO LATTANZI
    ROBERTO UGOLINI
    FATTO A MANO DA VASS
    SILVANO LATTANZI
    Stefano Bemer

    And much more.....

    How about some nice dress shirts?

    Finamore
    GUY ROVER
    LUIGI BORRELLI
    ORIAN
    PEGASO
    TURNBULL&ASSER

    and of course a whole lot more....

    And ties to go with the shirts?

    BASSI&BASSI
    Eļ½„MARINELLA (not a bad selection either)
    NICKY
    SEAWARD&STEARN
    STEFANO BIGI
    TIE YOUR TIE
    TURNBULL&ASSER

    or Perhaps you prefer Bespoke:

    CIFONELLI
    GENTRY FY
    HUNTSMAN
    LONDONHOUSE (Rubinacci)

    In the same area, you will find your Brioni and Zegna stores. If you like Brioni, you might also be interested in the Kiton store which is right next door! All in between you`ll find Borrelli, Cucinelli, Incotex and all that stuff too. On another floor,there have all your designer stores like Gucci, Prada, CD, Dolce, Armani, etc. etc.

    You`ll have no problem finding a belt...In addition to all these individual brand stores, they have a bunch of stuff on the first floor like belts, wallets, hats, men`s jewerly, smoke accessories, etc. etc...basically this is the mecca for men`s shopping in Japan.

    Otherwise, you could go to Ginza and visit each individual flagship store (which is nice if you like walking for a day)...but with the same selection all under one roof, I strongly recommend the Isetan Men`s Building...basically the Mecca of Men`s shopping in Japan.

    Check out this Floor Map...just click on the floors and each section within the floors and you`ll see how much more they have to offer.

    http://www.isetan.co.jp/icm2/jsp/sto...ns/map_b1f.jsp

    Now I should go claim my $$ for selling the store so much [​IMG]
     
  7. jkester

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    Thanks so much. I may have walked by that store on my last trip. I'm a college student (studying english, history, and japanese) and i only recently got bitten by the fashion bug. at least knowing japanese oughta make it easier to get around than last time. Thanks for the suggestions and keep 'em coming [​IMG]
     
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    Are you a 'foodie' - leaving tomorrow after a week & I can point you in the right direction?.


    Store sales started today (1st - 17th).

    Seibu is also worth a look and there is a great luggage (and accessory) purveyor called 'Porter', (by Yoshida) that has re-invented itself. Store in Maranouchi.

    If in Ginza, check out 'The Mitsui Garden Hotel'. Great rooms, great views and a happening bar.

    Spend a couple of hours walking the streets in Ginza and you will not be disappointed. All of the Flagship stores are there. Likwise Aoyama and Omotosando Hills.

    Enjoy.
     
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    What are the typical prices in these stores? Are they about what they are priced in the USA?
     
  10. Dragon

    Dragon Senior member

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    The prices are the same or higher in Japan...compared to the U.S...I`m referring to high end stuff.

    The upside, is that there is a much better selection of items in Japan in comparison to the U.S. In addition to Kiton, Brioni, Borrelli (which seem to be very popular in the U.S.) you can find Attolini, Isaia, Rubinacci and many other fine brands with ease in Japan.

    I have also seen rare items like Anna Matuozzo and Merolla RTW shirts in Japan, which I dont`t think are offered in the U.S.
     
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    chobochobo Rubber Chicken Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    Shopping in Japan is expensive, Tokyo is ludicrously expensive even for local labels. Buy only stuff you can't get back home, I've never bought clothing nor fountain pens (my other 'vice') in Japan during my half a dozen trips there - I usually buy the premier green teas and eat as much sushi as I can :p
     
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    priceless [​IMG]
     
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