Ameya Yokocho may just be the most famous shopping spot in Ueno, but there are actually many other unique large-scale shopping places in this area that will stimulate your desire to shop. Here are five recommended major shopping spots in Ueno.
1. Matsuzakaya Ueno Branch
Matsuzakaya Ueno Branch is a well-established department store with a classic feel that was built in 1929. The Hoppe Town on the ground and first basement floors is filled with shops selling popular sweets, veteran confectionery stores and other shops, so it is recommended if you are on the lookout for souvenirs. You will be amazed at its list of famous shops where you can buy bento (lunch box) and dishes. If you present your passport at the Information Desk at the North Entrance and the Service Counter on the sixth floor of the Main Building, you will be given a Special Shopping Coupon that will let you enjoy a discount of 5% on your purchases. Further, there are Chinese interpreters available who can provide customers with interpretation support when they go shopping.
※The South Building is currently under renovation, and it is scheduled to open in the fall of 2017 as a commercial building equipped with movie theaters
2. Okachimachi Yoshiike Main Store Building
Okachimachi Yoshiike Main Store Building is a shopping spot near Okachimachi Station. The area from the first floor to the sixth floor is dominated by the UNIQLO, the so-called fast fashion that best represents Japan, and its sister brand, GU. UNIQLO is loved by a wide range of generations: from babies up to seniors. Meanwhile, GU is known for selling clothes popular among the younger generations at really low prices. Those who love handcrafted stuff must check out Yuzawaya on the seventh floor, a shop dedicated to beads, handicraft supplies, fabric and other dressmaking goods. This shop also has fun items such as umbrella kits. Yoshiike was originally a supermarket. This facility has quite an interesting façade with the grocery and UNIQLO on the ground floor.
3. Ueno Marui
Ueno Marui is the building that you will see as soon as you exit the front gate of JR Ueno Station, with the OIOI on the rooftop serving as its landmark. Filled with various shops that sell fashion apparel, accessories, cosmetics and other products, centering on brands catering to the younger market, this shopping spot is where customers will surely enjoy, regardless of gender. The approximately 10,000 items that are lined up at the @cosme store on the first basement floor have become a hot topic among customers thanks to word-of-mouth. You can test and try almost everything in that store, guaranteeing a truly fun shopping spree. Meanwhile, there are also shops that sell Japan-made furniture such as Nitori and Francfranc, as well as interior décor shops that offer many fashionable and trendy miscellaneous goods.
Located close to Okachimachi Station, Takeya is a general discount shop that sells a variety of items such as consumer electronics, branded goods, food, alcohol and stationery, as well as clothing, sports supplies, pet supplies and furniture. It is divided into several buildings, including A Wing, B Wing, Interior/Decorations Building, Ladies Building and Furniture Annex. If you are carrying packages or luggage, you may deposit them temporarily at the counter in Building 5. The exterior of the buildings in this complex are all painted purple, so you will know right away with just one look. The A Wing is overwhelmingly famous among foreign tourists. Customers find it really easy to shop in this building since the famous products are gathered in adjoining floors, with the third and fourth floors carrying the watches, the fifth floor holding the travel-related goods, and the sixth and higher floors housing the electronics. This shopping complex is so popular that it has become one of the stopovers of tourist buses.
ABAB is one of the representative fashion buildings in Ueno. It is a place where fashionable clothes and apparel can be purchased at reasonable prices, so it has become particularly popular with middle school and high school girls. Here, there are many shops that cater to various tastes, including brands that target teens for clothes ranging from formal wear up to casual fashion. Within this building, the area for women’s shoes has become the most popular in the region owing to its collection of shoes that with come affordable price tags. Further, the seventh floor is home to Sweets Paradise, a much-loved joint where you can avail of all-you-can-eat desserts. ABAB is a place where you can fill your shopping bags, as well as satisfy your cravings.
Ueno is home to shops that cater to all generations and needs. It would be such a waste if you just stay in Ameya Yokocho. Enjoy shopping in Ueno!
*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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