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You forgot again, didn’t you? Didn’t we warn you about this last time? You were having so much fun on your Tokyo adventure that you didn’t remember to buy gifts for the people back home until it was almost too late. Now you only have a few hours and you need to get some nice souvenirs, and fast!

No problem! If you can find the busiest intersection in the world at Shibuya Crossing, you are mere steps away from the solution to your omiyage dilemma. All you have to do is walk a six minutes from the Hachiko exit of the Shibuya JR. All of your souvenir and gift-shopping can be done in one trip to the fabulous Shibuya LOFT!

Shibuya LOFT’s Top Ten Souvenirs and Gift Items

So what treasures does Shibuya LOFT have to offer the discerning traveler? With the vast array of offerings, it was difficult to pick only ten things to recommend. Even if you don’t see anything here that strikes your fancy, make the trip anyway! It’s easy to get to, there are many discounts for tourists, and you’re certain to find a delightful surprise.

10. Character Items. In the souvenir shop on the 6th floor, you can get the Japanese interpretation on characters both foreign and domestic. The usual suspects of the Japanese animated world are there (Doreamon, Dragonball, etc) as well as the Japanese take on foreign characters.

Huchiko Shibuya Loft Tokyo Japan

Do you know who this is? This is Koppu no Fuchico, a cute little office lady that hangs from your coffee mug or tea cup (if you are unfamiliar with Koppu no Fuchico, you can see an explanation here). She and other cup hangers-on are popular with tourists, and they won’t bust your budget at 500-800 yen per figure.

Teapot Shibuya Loft Tokyo Japan

9. Teapots. A simple gift from a country that knows their tea. Options range from the durable simplicity of the iron teapot to beautifully-decorated traditional models.

8. Chair Socks. You know how some people put tennis balls on the four legs of chairs to avoid scratching up the floor? Well, Japan came up with a more elegant solution that won’t send your dog into a frenzy. Chair socks protect your hardwood or tile flooring and gives your friends and neighbors something to shake their heads at. What will those crazy Japanese folks think up next?

7. 3-D Puzzles. 3-D puzzles of iconic Japanese subjects (sword stands, castles, and temples) are popular with tourists. They are packaged flat, making them easy to fit in your suitcase for the trip home.

Knife Shibuya Loft Tokyo Japan

6. Knives. Japan is renowned worldwide for the quality of their cutting instruments. Shibuya LOFT stocks a number of high-quality cutting implements (both steel and ceramic) suitable for home or professional use. Obviously, you may need to ship these home instead of fitting it into your suitcase, so please make arrangements for shipping before purchasing.

5. Postcards. The inexpensive way to brag about your trip! The first floor has a wide array of Japan-specific postcards to choose from. Send a shot of the Skytree, or a sumo tournament, or maybe one of a cat hanging out at a torii gate! Your hotel concierge will be able to assist you in sending a postcards through the post.

Bento Shibuya Loft Tokyo Japan

4. Bento Boxes. You’ve seen them on TV, anime, and even in person—and now you can have one of your very own! Styles range from the cute character boxes for children up to the understated elegance of boxes made for adults.

Sumo Notebook Shibuya Loft Tokyo Japan

3. Stationery and Pens. It’s been stated before that Japan knows how to make beautiful stationery and writing utensils, and the basement of Shibuya LOFT is full of them. Sure, they have the Moleskines and fountain pens, but you can get that at home—this is where you choose from the vast array of notebooks and pens that have that certain Japanese something. Or maybe it just has a sumo wrestler on the cover. Hey, you know your friends and family better than I do.

sake Shibuya Loft Tokyo Japan

2. Souvenir Sake Barrels. Sake barrels can be a work of art all by themselves. These tiny barrels actually have some liquor in them, so be careful about what you declare for customs! These will look great on a shelf and will make a great conversational piece.

3D Statues Shibuya Loft Tokyo Japan

1. 3-D Printed Statues – Of You! Shibuya LOFT has a 3D printing studio on the 6th floor. Here, you can strike a pose in front of 102 mounted cameras and have a photo-realistic statue made of yourself. It can be expensive, but on the other hand, they have a dressing room—and no one is going to stop you from making a 3-D statue of yourself in your ninja suit! Unlike other products at Shibuya LOFT, these statues can be shipped overseas and require approximately three weeks for delivery. Check out our separate article on the statues here!

Problem-Free Shopping

Are you nervous about being a stranger in a strange land? Don’t be! Shibuya LOFT is six floors and a basement full of Japanese souvenir goodness, and their staff is ready and able to assist busy tourists.

First, you get a discount of 5% off your purchases (over 1080 yen) just for shopping there! Just show your passport at the counter to claim your discount. Also, Shibuya LOFT is a registered Japan Tax-Free Shop. After checking out, take your purchases, receipts, and passport to the Tax Refund Counter on the 6th floor to have the tax portion of your purchase refunded. No waiting in line at the airport! Both of these discounts combined will save you a bundle on your trip.

“That’s all well and good,” you might think. “But how am I actually going to get these discounts? I don’t speak Japanese!” Shibuya LOFT has already thought of that, and each floor has at least one English-speaking staff member to assist you with any questions you have and help you with your purchases. Problem solved!

And your bags? If you aren’t pressed for time and you don’t want to carry a bunch of bags through the streets of Tokyo, Shibuya LOFT can help with that, too! With a purchase of 450 yen or more, the store can ship your purchases to your local hotel (postal fees apply). Shipping in the city is fast, taking only a day to get your packages from the store to your hotel. How fast it gets into your suitcase for the flight home is entirely up to you. Unfortunately, Shibuya LOFT currently cannot ship overseas (with the exception of the 3-D statues).

Shibuya Loft Store Information

Website (via Google Translate) | Facebook (Japanese only) | Online Store (Japanese only; only ships domestically)

Nearest Station: 6-minute walk from Shibuya JR station (Hachiko exit). (Click on the map for walking directions via Google Maps)

 

Hours of Operation: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm daily.

“Why Go?”: For your last-minute souvenir-shopping and gift-giving needs!

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March 18, 2016 0 comment
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Goat Cafe, Tokyo Japan, FI

On a certain side street in Shibuya, it is possible to find goats. Well, one goat, anyway. He was in a cage on the patio of the Sakuragaoka Café, and appeared to be the lone yagi present on the day of my visit.

The atmosphere inside of the café was the same as any other comfortable eatery at noon. Businessmen were enjoying lunch at the tables to the tune of light jazz. Oddly enough, there didn’t seem to be much in the way of a “goat theme” beyond the capra aegagrus hircus at the door.

Still, the food was excellent. The menu boasted Italian dishes such as margarita pizza and pasta, along more traditional Japanese fare such as ginger pork and curry. Especially pleasing was the 1000¥ price tag, a desirable quality in the famously expensive world of Tokyo eateries.

Sakuragaoka Café is a pleasant and inexpensive spot in Shibuya for lunch, but the goat population seems to be going down.

Sakuragaoka Goat Cafe, Shibuya, Tokyo

Sakuragaoka Goat Cafe Menu Shibuya Tokyo

Sakuragaoka Goat Cafe Shibuya Tokyo

Sakuragaoka Goat Cafe Food Shibuya Toky

Sakuragaoka Café Contact Information

Sakuragaoka Café (English site)

4 minutes from Shibuya Station (click on the pin for directions via Google Maps)

Hours of Operation:
Morning: 8:30 – 11:30 (last order 11:00) (Weekdays only)
Lunch: 11:30 – 15:00
Dinner: 17:30 – 23:00
Midnight time 23:00 – 28:00 (24:00 on Sundays or last day of a holiday weekend)

Estimated Price: 1000 yen for lunch (Menu)

“Why Go?”: Goat! Also, an inexpensive lunch break during your Shibuya shopping tour.

 

 

February 4, 2016 0 comment
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Keith Haring Clothing, Tokyo Japan

Updated 2/24/2016: If you are in the Tokyo area and are interested in the works of Keith Haring, you can visit the Nakamura – Keith Haring Collection located in Kobuchizawa (2 hours from Shinjuku station).

UPDATE: While further investigating the Keith Haring Kraze in Tokyo, we found that there are still a few stores stocked with his elusive merchandise that you can check out. After trekking around Shibuya and Omotesando to revisit the stores that we previously reported on, we unfortunately found WEGO’s Omotesando branch has completely sold out of Keith Haring goods and is not planing on restocking. While you shouldn’t walk in expecting to find Keith Haring, the store is still worth checking out, so do make sure to make the trip.

Now in order to best track down Keith Haring products, stick around Shibuya and visit the Uniqlo store located close to Shibuya Crossing mentioned in our original post Keith Haring Kraze. Once you enter the store, head straight towards the back and you’ll find three Keith Haring shirts all for around a bargain of ¥900 available in various sizes.

Keith Haring Goods Shibuya Uniqlo, Tokyo, Japan

Uniqlo Keith Haring Clothing, Shibuya Tokyo, Japan

You can also find some Keith Haring products at Shibuya’s branch of Forever 21 on the 2nd Floor, also towards the back. Although they were strict about taking photos of the merchandise, we were able to investigate and find that they currently carry a Haring tank top and workout tights. As Forever 21 is a popular chain store, it may be worth checking out other branches if you’re in the area.

Keith Haring Forever 21, Tokyo, Japan

 

One note that we discovered while hunting for Keith Haring is that Japanese employees may not understand if you ask if they sell Haring, and will therefore inform you that they don’t carry the brand when in fact they do. For example, in our experience, Uniqlo employees seemed puzzled as to what Keith Haring was, but after exploring on our own we found that they did indeed carry the brand. If you can’t find an English-speaking employee, sometimes it’s best to browse the store yourself and see if they have any in stock. It’s also best to hurry and check out these stores before they run out.

Keith Haring, Tokyo, Japan

Keith Haring, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

 

Keith Haring Clothing at Uniqlo Shibuya, Tokyo Japan

June 7, 2015 0 comment
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There are plenty of great places to go for a bite to eat in Shibuya. Of course you can head to the giant central crossing and find a bunch of restaurants and cafes in a one block radius, but maybe you are in the mood for something that is a little bit out of the way, a place where you can lean back, have a nice glass of wine, and soak in the atmosphere of a quiet street as you dine or munch on a little mid day snack. The perfect balance of good food and a great atmosphere, located just outside of the hustle and bustle of Shibuya’s center, can be found at Scotchbank. This little cafe and restaurant combo is the perfect place to find a little peace and quiet while enjoying a good meal after a day of exploring the fashion metropolis of Shibuya.

The fare at Scotchbank airs on the side of French bistro meets Japanese cafe. As far as lighter dishes go, try their variety of sweet or savory pancakes paired with some of their fantastic tea or coffee beverages. However, Scotchbank has great lunch and dinner options as well. Start off with some of their tapas which range from sauteed mushrooms to caprese salad to mixed roasted nuts if you are looking for something smaller to munch on. But if you have a bigger hunger that needs satisfying, then Scotchbank has some great options for you! Scotchbank offers you classic dishes like grilled steak and pasta dishes while offering you a few dishes that are out of the ordinary such as baked sweet potato with honey butter or home made panchetta salad. To accompany your meal, you can always order their coffee beverages all day long or a glass of wine or beer.

If you want a different kind of dining experience without leaving the vicinity of Shibuya, then why not give Scotchbank a try?

Address:Duplex 1F, 3-26-17 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
GPS:35.6596942, 139.70195639999997
Telephone:03 – 6427 – 1175
Email:info@cafe-scotchbank.jp
Web: http://www.cafe-scotchbank.jp/

October 22, 2014 0 comment
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Uobei Sushi

Uobei Sushi

Uobei Sushi has done the seemingly impossible and made conveyor belt sushi seem boring.

Instead of the “classic” conveyor belt method, Uobei Sushi mixes things up in the most futuristic of ways. There are touch screens in front of each seat where you place your sushi order. And once it’s ready, your sushi is delivered to you via a clear plastic shoot. If the Jetson’s created a sushi restaurant, it would look something like Uobei Sushi.

Not only is the style of Uobei Sushi pretty cool, but the prices are too. Each order, which consists of two pieces of sushi, is only 108 yen. The menu is extensive – while you can get traditional options like tamago, salmon, and shrimp, you can also try some of their innovative creations. Dig into some miso crab rolls, tri-colored inari (tofu skin around rice), or wasabi hamburger sushi! Uobei Sushi also has seasonal options that are only around for a few months, so get it while its hot!

Uobei Sushi is also a great place to bring along sushi haters. They can happily much on mini udon & miso soups, french fries or karaage (fried chicken). And nothing goes better with sushi than some beer or sake, which makes everyone happy. If you want something sweet at the end of your meal, order some desserts such as melon slices, almond pudding, or a chocolate parfait.

If you are looking for a fun alternative to the already super fun conveyor belt sushi, head to Uobei Sushi in Shibuya’s Dogenzaka area for some futuristic delivery service!

Address:2-29-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
GPS:35.6595885, 139.698850026
Telephone:03 – 3462 – 0241
Web: http://www.genkisushi.co.jp/uobei

October 22, 2014 0 comment
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Liz Lisa

Liz Lisa

If you are ever at a loss as to where to begin your shopping adventure when in Shibuya, the famous shopping skyscraper Shibuya 109 is a great place to start. With over eight floors of shopping boutiques and cafes, you could easily spend a whole day perusing through the seemingly endless options that there are to explore in Shibuya 109. Another great thing about Shibuya 109 is that no matter what your style is, you will be able to find at least five stores to cater to your fashion needs. If your style is a little bit frilly, kinda delicate, and all around feminine, then Shibuya 109 definitely has a store that is just for you. Liz Lisa has made a name for themselves in the fashion market of girly yet sophisticated and young fashion.

A self proclaimed “retro and girlish” brand, Liz Lisa wants to make it “fun to be fashionable.” All of Liz Lisa’s products are designed to accentuate as well as compliment a woman’s figure all the while keeping the style of their clothing young and cute. Where the Liza Lisa really shines is with their selection and design of their dresses. For the summer season, the trend is going back to the old days of school uniforms with a twist. Sailor uniform inspired one piece dresses and jumpers in a variety of pastel and crisp colors are their newest offering, but their more typical styles are equally as flirty and fun! Liza Lisa is a brand that has mastered the art of gingham and strips and utilize these patterns to make eye catching yet soft designs. Also, they carry a variety of dresses that are mock separates, perfect for the lazy fashionable lady!

Besides dresses, Liz Lisa also designs separates, socks, shoes, and accessories. At Liz Lisa, you will not be want for frilly girly items to stock in your wardrobe. So if you are in the Shibuya area, head to the fifth floor of Shibuya 109 and visit Liz Lisa!

Address:50-0043 東京都渋谷区道玄坂2-29-1
GPS:35.6595885, 139.698739463
Telephone:03 – 3477 – 5155
Web:http://www.lizlisa.com/

Opening Hours

Monday:10:00 – 21:00
Tuesday:10:00 – 21:00
Wednesday:10:00 – 21:00
Thursday:10:00 – 21:00
Friday:10:00 – 21:00
Saturday:10:00 – 21:00
Sunday:10:00 – 21:00
October 21, 2014 0 comment
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Used and vintage clothing is a recent fashion trend in Japan that is quickly gaining a foothold in the fashion community. Shops like Panama Boy on Harajuku’s Takeshita-dori have helped keep the vintage revolution going in Tokyo’s central fashion hub, but going off of the main fashion street and crowded urban areas are where you will really be able to get some vintage finds that have not been picked over during the course of the day. Get off of the JR Yamanote Line at Shibuya station and start walking past Shibuya 109 and all the clamoring fashionistas. A little ways outside of the center of Shibuya you will find a tiny nondescript shop that barely has a sign to signal you of its presence. Spray painted on the brick wall outside the store, Boy has a great selection of vintage and used clothing!

Boy has already gained a great following online which has only bolstered their notoriety for those who know where to go for great vintage options. What Boy specializes in is their vintage band tees. Whether it is the Clash, Kiss, NIN, or any other rock band, you can pick up the perfect band tee for your wardrobe. Boy does not just stock great vintage T-shirts. They also have a great stock of denim, leather, and old school kicks that will make you the envy of sneaker nerds everywhere. Boy also rotates their stock very frequently, so multiple visits are totally warranted and recommended!

If you are in the mood for some vintage finds, head over to Shibuya and see what Boy has in stock!

Address:1-17 Maruyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
GPS:35.6597579, 139.69504870000003
Telephone:03 – 6427 – 8676
Web:http://www.boy-online.com/

Opening Hours

Monday:12:00 – 22:00
Tuesday:12:00 – 22:00
Wednesday:12:00 – 22:00
Thursday:12:00 – 22:00
Friday:12:00 – 22:00
Saturday:12:00 – 22:00
Sunday:12:00 – 22:00
October 21, 2014 0 comment
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Anna Sui is a name in fashion that has grown super popular as well as extensive in the recent years. You will see her name on sunglasses, hand bags, cosmetics, and apparel no matter what country you are in but her biggest fan base remains in Japan even though the Anna Sui flagship store was opened in Soho in New York City. Since her expansion into the Eastern Asian countries, Anna Sui quickly gained a high level of popularity among young girls and matured women alike. While Anna Sui cosmetics, fragrances, and apparel can be found in department stores and make up boutiques all over Japan, you need to go to Omotesando if you want to visit a boutique that is dedicated solely to the Anna Sui brand.

On the infamous and extremely fashionable Cat Street in Omotesando, the Anna Sui boutique is chock full of Anna Sui cosmetics and a selection of her apparel. Because this particular Anna Sui boutique is mostly focused on cosmetics and fragrances, the selection of apparel is few and rotates frequently to keep everything fresh and up to date with the latest season. However, Anna Sui is known for her cosmetics because of the now iconic black and purple victorian inspired decor that decorate the outside of each item. The most popular product, that you may have seen more than a few women using while walking the streets of Tokyo, is her black lacquer pocket mirror so you can check your appearance and make sure you are looking fresh 24/7. Besides beauty accessories like beauty mirrors and make up brushes, Anna Sui also has a wide selection of cosmetics ranging from eyeshadows to lip sticks. Every so often, Anna Sui will put out a limited edition set of eye shadows or eye liners that are only available for a few months so be sure to get them quickly!

Get some of Anna Sui’s cult classic style with her cosmetics at the Omotesando boutique location.

Address:6-1-4 Jingumae, Shibuya
GPS:35.6673573, 139.70641690000002
Telephone:81 – 3 – 3486 – 1177
Web:http://www.annasui.com/en/#/home

Opening Hours

Monday:12:00 – 20:00
Tuesday:12:00 – 20:00
Wednesday:12:00 – 20:00
Thursday:12:00 – 20:00
Friday:12:00 – 20:00
Saturday:12:00 – 20:00
Sunday:12:00 – 20:00
October 21, 2014 0 comment
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Denim will always find its way into the latest fashions. It has become such an integral part of every day style that it is hard to imagine fashion without a good solid pair of jeans. Like all every day pieces of clothing, there will be a fashion label that takes the average to the next level. Despite being such a ubiquitous item, labels like Evisu Denim have brought jeans into a kind of celebrity status when they are receiving shout outs from famous rappers in their songs. Whether a label has a relatively recent history like Evisu which started in the 1990s or a longer history like Levis which started in 1853, jeans have become a part of who we are. A very recent name in jeans, and fashion overall, has made a splash in the fashion world despite their short life span. Started in 2010, the Kuro Denim flag ship store in Omotesando elevates denim, and its colors, to a whole new level. If you want a piece of clothing that is both wearable and high fashion, then head over to Omotesando and check this new store out.

While denim is Kuro’s specialty, it is their color palate (or lack of one in some people’s opinion) that sets them apart from other brands in the high class Omotesando shopping area. Instead of prints and stripes, Kuro Denim utilizes an extremely monotone palate. Using different shades of black, grey, and navy blues they are able to organize their store in an ombre sensibility that makes the interior of the store extremely pleasing to look at. Interspersed in between the jeans, you can find yourself a streamlined yet completely wearable items. If you are looking for button down and polos, you can find them at Kuro Denim in their classic color palate. Other items like light cardigans, caps, and vests are also available. While much of their apparel is geared more towards a casual style sensibility, Kuro Denim is also able to cater to those who want to look a little more business casual. In their consistently fine and breathable fabric, you can get separate blazers and smoking jackets as well as suit pants.

If you are into a minimalistic kind of style, then Kuro Denim is right up your alley. So why not visit their store in Omotesando and see what you can find?

Address:4-26-35 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
GPS:35.6694432, 139.7081806
Telephone:03 – 5413 – 8966
Web:http://www.kurodenim.com/

Opening Hours

Monday:12:00 – 20:00
Tuesday:12:00 – 20:00
Wednesday:12:00 – 20:00
Thursday:12:00 – 20:00
Friday:12:00 – 20:00
Saturday:12:00 – 20:00
Sunday:12:00 – 20:00
October 21, 2014 0 comment
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