The Shinjuku area of Tokyo has a superb range of giant department stores, making it easy to find everything you need under one roof. Our guide gives you all the information you need on the top five shops you should visit and what you can expect to find inside each one.
One of the best things about this department store is its airport delivery service. Once you’ve made all your purchases, you can get them shipped straight to the baggage delivery counter, taking the stress out of packing. The service is available for both Narita and Haneda airports.
Isetan Shinjuku, 3-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022, +81 (0)3 3352 1111
Directly connected to Shinjuku station, Odakyu is a great place to start your department store shopping. From Chanel to Tiffany, you can find all the best luxury brands here. The store’s ninth floor offers all things Sanrio, the brand behind many popular kawaii (cute) characters in Japanese pop culture, so stock up on items featuring your favourite figure. You can also use the store’s free Wi-Fi to upload a selfie with your new purchases as soon as you’ve finished shopping
Odakyu, 1-1-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8001, +81 (0)3 3342 1111
Known throughout Japan, China and Singapore as a name you can trust, Takashimaya carries a vast selection of designer brands from around the world. As well as the usual clothing, homewares, accessories and beauty departments, the Shinjuku stores also offers teeth whitening services, an art gallery and a florist
Takashimaya Shinjuku, 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-8580, +81 (0)3 5361 1111
Whether you are looking to pick up a new pet, treat yourself to a massage or indulge in a glass of sake, Keio is sure to have what you’re looking for. The department store is located above Shinjuku station and its kimono department is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir.
Keio, 1-1-4 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8321, +81 (0)3 3342 2111
Mylord is aimed specifically at younger women so if you’re looking for cosmetics in super-cute packaging or on-trend fashion pieces, this department store is a must-visit. If you’d rather relax and take a break from retail therapy, head to the pancake house, bakery or café on the store’s two-storey Mosaic Street shopping strip.
Mylord, 1-1-3, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023, +81 (0)3 3349 5691