Character Goods Shops / Bookstores / CD & DVD Stores
Character Goods Shops – Find the best selling popular souvenirs
Character goods are a must-buy when it comes to Japanese souvenirs. Surrounded by your favorite characters, choosing this for yourself, that for a present… it’s like being in a dream world. The tourism goodwill ambassador of Japan, Hello Kitty and all of her toy friends are just waiting for you!
Pokemon Centers (throughout Japan)
The specialty Pokemon shop called the “Pokemon Center” stocks a wonderful assortment of Pokemon related items and hosts incredibly popular Pokemon gaming arenas. Currently there are six centers throughout Japan located in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Yokohama, and Sapporo.
Sanrio Shops (throughout Japan)
Cute Sanrio character goods are a must when purchasing souvenirs in Japan!! The extensive collection of all kinds of Hello Kitty items will especially blow you away. Themes and product selection differ from store to store, so it’s fun to check out more than one.
Kiddy Land (throughout Japan)
Popular character goods and unique toys from Japan and abroad line the shelves, including favorites such as Disney, Sanrio, Sesame Street, Snoopy, and Barbie dolls.
Bookstores & CD / DVD shops – Get original goods from artists and entertainers
The best place to easily come into contact with all genres of Japanese culture from fine art, literature, and history to anime and pop idols is the bookstore. With items such as fashion magazines displaying the most up to date fads and city maps convenient for strolling about town, these stores host a plethora of hints for unleashing an even deeper layer of fun in Japan. And CD / DVD shops are on the top of the check list for people who love music and movies. Be on the lookout for new works from your favorite artists and products difficult to purchase outside of Japan.
Maruzen (Marunouchi Main Shop)
In addition to books and periodicals, this store also offers high quality stationary and other products. With the theme of presenting a “Book Museum” atmosphere, the Marunouchi Main Shop combines gallery and cafe space with the bookstore setting.
Address：1-4 Floors Marunouchi oazo 1-6-4 marunouchi Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
Business hours：9：00 a.m.-9：00 p.m.
Shosen Book Tower
Enjoy a dazzling collection of products true to its Akihabara Electric Town location in the center of “otaku” culture. This store stocks a full line of magazines and books related to computers, games, and anime as well as pop idol photo collections.
Address：1-11-1 Sakuma-cho Kanda Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
Business hours：10:30a.m – 9:00 p.m.
Kinokuniya Bookstore (Shinjuku Main Store)
Kinokuniya Bookstore is a major book chain with numerous stores outside of Japan as well. The Shinjuku Main Store also features CD and DVD sales areas. Shinjuku Takashimaya Times Square is home to the Shinjuku South Store.
Address: 3-17-7 Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku Tokyo
Business hours: 10：00 a.m.- 9：00 p.m.
Book 1st (Shinjuku Store)
This major bookstore resides in an eye catching building designed in the image of a cocoon. The magazine area in the first basement floor of the Shinjuku Store is particularly an amazing sight. The first floor cafe and gallery exhibit bookshelf displays and a wall gallery space.
Address: cocoon Tower Underground 1-2 floors 1-7-3 Nishi-Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku Tokyo
Business hours:10:00 a.m – 10:00 p.m
Umeda (Osaka Station)
Kinokuniya Bookstore (Umeda Main Store)
Next to the Hankyu Umeda Station, access is convenient.
Address: Hankyu Sanbangai 1 floor 1-1-3 Shibata kita-ku Osaka-city Osaka
Business hours: 10：00 a.m -10：00 p.m
CD & DVD Stores
With over 1300 shops in Japan, this store provides one stop shopping for your favorite items, including DVDs, CDs, books, and games.
Tokyo Roppongi Store
The first floor houses a bookstore & cafe boasting one of the most extensive product lineups in the area. With a cup of coffee in one hand, enjoy browsing books from all over the world. An impressive collection of DVDs and CDs covers the second floor. Business hours extending to 4 in the morning are another exciting feature.
This company has 78 stores within Japan. It puts on a variety of sales campaigns.
Shinjuku (inside Flags next to the South East Gate)
Extending from the seventh to the tenth floor of Flags, a hip shopping center complex, this Tower Records has separate floors for each genre, making it easy to find items that you are seeking for.
Boasting one of the world’s largest retail spaces, Shibuya Tower Records is a gigantic music store complex under one roof. It is conveniently located at a three-minute walk from Shibuya Station.
Local government antenna shops
These shops sell products specific to various areas in Japan and advertise for sightseeing. There are “Washita” shops carrying products from Okinawa in “Iwate Ginga Plaza” and “Ginza Kumamoto-kan” on the main street in Ginza. In other areas, there’s “Kyoto-kan” at Tokyo Station, “Shinjuku Miyazaki-kan KONNE” and “Hiroshima Yumeterasu” at the south exit of Shinjuku Station and “Niigata-kan N’Espace” in Omotesando. You can make a little side trip to those shops while shopping at the others. Although not an antenna shop, the “Japan Traditional Craft Center” in Ikebukuro displays fine pottery and porcelain, dyed fabrics and gold works.
Mura-kara Machi-kara Kan (“Hall of goods from villages and cities” — Yurakucho)
This building includes shops that sell products from Hokkaido, Shiga, Nagano, Toyama, Wakayama, and Shizuoka. This is also a prime spot for collecting tourist information.