Neon-lit Shibuya is one of Tokyo’s unabashed temples of consumerism. To shop like a local, head straight to Don Quijote (“Donki” for insiders). The flagship Shibuya branch is a heaving mass of round-the-clock loud music, packed shelves, and surreal glaring neon. (There’s also an outlet less than 10 minutes on foot from the Conrad Tokyo.) A short walk away is another cult Shibuya retail wonderland: Tokyu Hands, a multi-floor store packed with only high-quality, MADE IN JAPAN merchandise of every type (from neon knitting wool to kitschy stationery to Japanese knives and power tools). Still have some time? The more upmarket Hikarie building offers high-quality beauty, fashion, and design products. We suggest you make a beeline for the eighth floor, home to D47 Design Shop, an exhibition space and restaurant run by cult design studio D&Department.
Shibuya station puts you in the middle of the action, surrounded by packed streets and neon signs; it’s the quintessential Japanese shopping experience. Follow Inokashira Dori for Tokyu Hands - look for the vast green and silver sign on the corner of the building.
DON QUIJOTE IN SHIBUYA: 2-25-8 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku; +81-(0)3-5428-0211; donki.com/en
DON QUIJOTE IN GINZA: 3-8-10 Ginza, Chuo-ku; +81-(0)3-6215-9688; donki.com/en
TOKYU HANDS: 12-18 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku; +81-(0)3-5489-5111; shibuya.tokyu-hands.co.jp/en/
HIKARIE: 2-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku; +81-(0)3-5468-5892; hikarie.jp/en