Everyone knows that shopping in Tokyo is great. When going on a shopping spree, just head downtown to the big department stores – but wait! Where do the locals shop on a daily basis? Tokyo has many neighborhoods with traditional shopping streets. This time, we visited three of these retro streets (and one building)!
Azabu-Juban Shopping District ~ Browsing through a food paradise
Azabu Juban is an area with both long-established shops as well as stores and cafes featuring the latest trends. There are many restaurants, confectionery shops, bakeries, and other food-related shops. It’s the perfect place for eating while walking around (“tabe-aruki”)! Don’t forget to check out the back streets, as chances are high you will find a gem there, too.
New Shimbashi Building ~ An Oasis for Tokyo’s office workers
Since there is a high concentration of offices in the Shimbashi area, many office workers gather around JR Shimbashi station. The New Shimbashi Building is located just in front of the station. It’s a retro building offering everything a tired office worker needs to take a break and relax for a while after work and to go for a drink to heal tired diligent office workers. The long corridor in the building is a great walking course and a great shopping street. There is everything you need from a pure coffee with a delicious cup of coffee, a soothing massage shop, a game center for recreation, a health juice stand, and a workforce!
Shirokane Shopping Street ~ A retro “kawaii” shopping street
Shirokane Shopping Street is a vibrant traditional Japanese shopping street. It’s a classic high street with only one straight street (where you won’t get lost). The atmosphere is very relaxed and you will see a lot of locals shopping for groceries. The small supermarkets, kimono shops, grocery stores, stationery shops, and many other shops offer a glimpse of daily life in Japan.
Since there are many privately owned shops in this neighborhood, the owners don’t mind taking the time to chat with their customers.
Browsing around Tokyo’s traditional shopping streets is a lot of fun! Why don’t you visit one of the neighborhoods and experience daily life in Japan?
Azabu Juban Shopping Street
Get off at Azabu-juban Station
1-6-5 Azabu Juban Minato-ku, Tokyo
2-4-9 Azabu Juban Minato-ku, Tokyo
2-5-1 Azabu Juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo
New Shinbashi Building
In front of Shimbashi Station Hibiya Exit
New Shinbashi Building 1F, 2-16-1, Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Ozawa Fruits (juice bar)
New Shinbashi Building 1F, 2-16-1 Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Shirokane Shopping Street
3 minutes walk from Exit 3 or 4 from Shirokane-takanawa Station
3-10-9 Shirokane, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Bäckerei Blauberg (Bakery)
3-9-6 Shirokane, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Men’s Shop Kobayashi
1-6-14 Shirokane, Minato-ku, Tokyo