Looking for a unique Japanese shopping experience? Located within the Tokyo Station First Avenue mall, Tokyo Character Street (TCS) offers just that. Opening in 2008, TCS began as a relocation of the various character shops scattered throughout the mall. Now this Kawaii (Cute) section of the mall features 15+ character stores where customers can find anything from character based pastries, to small figurines, to collectible plush toys.
TCS’s Hello Kitty shop houses a plethora of stuffed toys and collectibles which are normally only obtainable by scouring the streets of Tokyo. The Ultraman World M78 store features all things Ultraman for fans of the series, young and old. And for Studio Ghibli fans, TCS even has a store dedicated to characters coming from the studio’s animated gems such as My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, or Spirited Away to name a few. Characters ranging from the likes of Doraemon to Snoopy can be found within the shops comprising TCS making it a must see destination for any fans of Japanese pop culture.
Whether you are in the area waiting for a shinkansen(bullet train), are an avid collector, or just want to catch a glimpse of just one of the many facets of Japanese culture, TCS offers something for the inner child in all of us.
Photo credit: Tokyo Character Street by DozoDomo
- Address:Tokyo Station, Chiyoda, Tokyo
- GPS:35.681382, 139.76608399999998
- Monday:10:00 – 20:30
- Tuesday:10:00 – 20:30
- Wednesday:10:00 – 20:30
- Thursday:10:00 – 20:30
- Friday:10:00 – 20:30
- Saturday:10:00 – 20:30
- Sunday:10:00 – 20:30