5 Recommended Shopping Centers in Shinjuku
Shinjuku is home to a wide array of shops, and its shopping centers are especially convenient for offering a variety of stores in one single place. How about giving these unique and original shopping centers a tour? All shopping centers featured in this article offer duty free shopping.
1. ISETAN Shinjuku
This department store is housed in an impressive art deco Western-style building, and it can be accessed directly through an underground passage connected to subway Shinjuku 3-chome Station. It offers a plentiful variety of products for all generations, including high-end brands and cosmetics. "THE Stage," located on the 1st floor, is a space dedicated to various fashion-related events and pop-up shops where you will be able to get a feeling of what Tokyo's latest trends are. The display of the products is highly elaborate as well, so we recommend this department store to those who would like to enjoy some window shopping too. The main building is targeted at women mainly, and its "Men's Annex," which is located right next to the main building, is the area's largest building specializing in men's fashion.
Business Hours: 10:30 am - 8:00 pm
2. Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku
This department store is directly connected to the west exit of Shinjuku Station. It offers all kinds of products, ranging from clothing and daily products to interior decoration, and it houses many restaurants too, but the highlight here is the food sales floor on the 2nd basement floor. Here you will find an outstanding lineup of not only fresh foodstuffs, but also ready-to-eat lunch boxes and side dishes, as well sa Japanese and Western-style desserts that would make for the perfect gift. If you are looking to relax and have a meal in your hotel room instead of going to eat out at a restaurant, we recommend purchasing a lunch box here to enjoy a different kind of dinner.
B2F-4F to 4th floor on the Main Building 10:00 am - 8:30 pm 8:00 pm on Sundays and national holidays)
5F-11F on the Main Building 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10F floor on the Main Building 10:00 am - 9:00 pm (The art gallery and art salon are open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm)
Restaurants on 12F of the Main Building 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Restaurants on 13-14F of the Main Building 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
2. Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku
3. Shinjuku Takashimaya Times Square
This is a shopping center located on the southern side of Shinjuku Station that results from the combination of long-established department store Takashimaya and other large department stores. You will find it immediately after you leave JR Shinjuku Station through the south exit. Shinjuku Takashimaya is characterized by a spacious sales floor and by the fact that, since it offers a wide variety of products for people of all ages, it is the perfect place to enjoy as a family. As for the specialized stores, here you will find UNIQLO, a casual wear store, TOKYU HANDS, a DIY shop that deals with daily products and stationery too, Yuzawaya, an arts and crafts specialty store, and the book shop Kinokuniya, among others. This is quite a large facility, so we recommend it to those who have plenty of time to spare. Enjoy this department store as you would do in an amusement park!
Business hours: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm (8:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays)
*Specialty stores may have different business hours.
4. LUMINE Shinjuku
LUMINE is directly connected to JR Shinjuku Station, and you will find it right after you exit the south gates. When you leave through the gates, LUMINE 1 will be at your right, and LUMINE 2 will be at your left. This department store houses an array of fashion stores targeted at trend-sensitive young women, and it's open until late at night, which makes it very convenient. LUMINE 1 features a restaurant floor with plenty of dining options, whereas in LUMINE 2 you will find shops selling miscellaneous goods such as PLAZA, and MUJI. Even if you are not staying in Shinjuku, it may be a good idea to stop by to do some shopping or to have lunch if you are passing through this station. This is the perfect place to get a feeling of the "present" of the youth in Tokyo.
Stores: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm / Restaurants 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Located near the subway Shinjuku 3-chome Station, this is an unconventional shopping center resulting from a collab between BIC CAMERA, an electronics retail store, and casual wear brand UNIQLO. BIC CAMERA deals not only with electronics such as cameras and computers, but also with cosmetics, medicinal supplies, and alcoholic beverages. At UNIQLO, we especially recommend their functional underwear "AIRism" (starting at 990 JPY (excl. tax)), which feels really fresh on the skin and is highly breathable, along with their T-shirts made from collaborations with a variety of companies and mascots. If you are looking for a Japan-like souvenir, this is the place to go.
Business hours: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
There are many different shopping centers, and all of them are unique. Try and find the perfect one for you depending on what you are looking for... or just go ahead and visit them all!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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