Whatever you need, there are many stores in Tokyo where you can shop to your heart’s content. Whether you want to find unique furniture, tasteful pottery, cute antiques or the latest fashion, we pick the 10 more inspirational design stores and boutiques in the Japanese capital.
Minã Perhonen’s Tokyo Shop is owned and operated by the Japanese designer Akira Minagawa. His fashion brand, Minä Perhonen, was created to produce clothes which do not lose their allure with the passage of time. His design labels are well-known for their bold yet whimsical prints, an aesthetic that is evident in the store’s décor.
Building Fundamental Furniture is, as the name suggests, a furniture store. But do not mistake them for your everyday ‘run of the mill’ furniture store. Building Fundamental Furniture offers classic mid-century designs as well as Yosuke Kimura’s personal line of unique designs; amazing creations you will not find anywhere else in the world.
Classico is a charming little antique store located in Yanaka. Here you will find simple and elegant clothing, household items, artisan-made ceramics, tasteful pottery, driftwood-carved sculptures, collections of books, brooms and even toothbrushes.
Sfera Shop is a store that designs and markets beautiful tableware, furniture, and interior design accessories that have an international scope and a global appeal. The company aims to create interior accessories that capture the spirit of today but at the same time are timeless in their appeal. The Japanese origin can be seen in the quality, aesthetics and functionality of the pieces.
Candy is a boutique store in Shibuya that showcases a colorful Japanese street-style which is very common among young people in Tokyo. The shop sells a tasteful selection of vintage second-hand clothes; think 1980s sweaters and zebra strip jackets. The store also sells new labels that blend well with the vintage garments.
Harcoza has a lofty aim; to create a world where no boundaries exist between art and ordinary life. The first thing you will notice when you enter the store is the floor-to-ceiling bouncy-ball dispenser, a ceramic purple poodle guarding the stairs, and a carpet patterned like Lego blocks. The clothes are equally extraordinary, with many pieces one-offs.
Along the narrow pedestrian street of Takeshita-Dori, filled with fashion boutiques, one store stands out from the rest, and that is Faline. Faline is one of Tokyo’s most popular boutique stores and sells original items along with select pieces of clothing from designers in Japan and other countries.
Aquvii is a souvenir shop that is devoted to connecting Japan to the rest of the world. Here you’ll find cute little trinkets to serve as a reminder of your trip to Tokyo. However, Aquvii doesn’t sell the typical kind of souvenirs. Expect to see ear-shaped earrings, fork and spoon necklaces and colorful stackable skull rings.
Located on the second floor of a building on Meiji Dori Avenue, Keshiki sells vintage and second-hand fashion items for both men and women. Keshiki stocks clothing and accessories for a dressed-down look, a sophisticated appearance, or a mixed approach that combines designer labels with street style.
It is not always easy to find a vintage store that specializes in quality clothing for men, but that is exactly what you get at The Sun Goes Down. Located in Shibuya’s Fire Street, The Sun Goes Down sells a variety of vintage menswear imported from the UK, France and the USA. Expect to find items like Harley Davidson leather jackets, Nordic patterned sweaters and handmade accessories from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.