Exploring Tokyo never feels complete without experiencing the best shopping in Shinjuku. As me and my girlfriend entered Shinjuku, we were amazed with the number of shopping areas in the place. It is indeed a busy city where both locals and tourists are buzzing about, discovering various shopping places that we stumbled upon as we roamed around. My girlfriend has lived in Japan her whole life and still has not discovered everything it offers.
Places to Shop for Couples in Shinjuku
Just like what most people say after they visit Shinjuku, visiting the place must be explored and enjoyed at the same time. This is what we did in Shinjuku. Yes, we tried finding all the best places to shop but after we learned about all the possible shopping places, we just enjoyed roaming around and stopped worrying about getting lost since going to and fro every nook and cranny allowed us to find new places and get accustomed.
10 Shopping Stores You Shouldn’t Miss in Shinjuku
So, with the top 10 shopping stores, here are the ones we highly recommend or the ones you should not miss exploring in Shinjuku:
1. Odakyu Department Store
This one dominates the west side of the Shinjuku station and has 14 floors with 2 floors underground. The fact that we have to go through 14 floors to explore the entire building was somehow tiring but there were places to eat and get some rest that made strolling around convenient. It has walkways to HALC annex, which has a modern and smart look where school uniforms, sporting and other stuff can be found. Store employees here were extremely helpful and polite.
Address: 1-1-3, Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
2. Lumine 1 & 2
If you are in the Shinjuku area, Lumine is a must-visit! It’s only a minute walk from Shinjuku station south exit. Lumine is a chain of fashion and lifestyle department stores, with the famous Laduree ice cream and dessert parlor found here. This shopping facility has many trendy and fashionable boutiques.
Address: 3-38-2 Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0022
3. Keio Department Store
Another department store we found on Shinjuku’s west side that offers convenient access, since it is also located right next to the limousine bus stop which heads directly to the 2 main airports in Japan, Narita and Haneda. This store offers a full selection of women’s clothing, including accessories, beauty cosmetics, household articles, and much more. Also Keio department is well known for its wide range of ultra comfortable shoes.
Address: 1-1-4 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-8321
4. Isetan Department Store
Considered an elder among all the department stores in Shinjuku, there are a lot of merchandise found in this store and we even found a lot of main international brands that gives it a refined and elegant atmosphere. If you’re hungry from all the walking afterwards visit the foodhall downstairs which is phenomenal.
Address: 3-14-1 Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0022
5. Takashimaya Times Square
A large shopping complex, this is where we found the 14-floor Takashimaya department store that boasts its roomy space and also the Disney store. This Shinjuku branch includes a food department in the basement, restaurants and also houses Kinokuniya book store with a big foreign language section.
Address: 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0051
6. Yodobashi Camera
This is a huge store offering various electronic and electric devices for making everyday life easier. Strolling around the establishment, finding what you need is easy since all sections are pretty organized. Couples can enjoy it here because Yodobashi offers not only electronics, but also stationary, toiletteries and so on. So while I roamed around the endless aisles looking at cameras and phones, my girlfriend looked for souvenirs and spent some time on the toy floor.
Address: 1-11-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0023
7. Shinjuku Flags
A 10-floor building this is where you can find music, fashion, and sports goods. It includes Camper, Gap, Tower records and Oshmans.
Address: 3-37-1 Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0022
8. Metro Promenade
An underground thoroughfare, this is linking west and east Shinjuku and provides an access to the stores along the Shinjuku-dori. The Promenade is an underground mall owned by Tokyo Metro that extends beneath Shinjuku Avenue. Best to visit on a miserable rainy day.
9. Don Quijote
Donki is something you will never miss visiting in Tokyo and Shinjuku also has a branch. We were not really surprised about it and just went through quickly to take a look inside and went straight out as the place was way too crowded when we arrived. If you’re looking for places to shop late at night this location stays open 24 hours.
Address: 1-12-6 Okubo, Shinjuku, Tokyo 169-0072
10. Shinjuku MYLORD
We found this place a bit feminine since many of the items are mostly casual fashions for young women but there are also restaurants that bring out a femme yet exciting vibe. They do have trendy designs and small stores selling cute items.
Address: 1-1-3 Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0023
What Shinjuku lacks in sightseeing it definitely makes up for with shopping. Shinjuku contains everything from fashion, discount electronics, department stores, book stores to souvenirs shops. It also occasionally holds some of Tokyo’s rare flea markets, attend one if you have a chance. Anyone would be tired after all the shopping so unwind, grab a coffee and relax at Shinjuku Gyoen National Park, a peaceful sanctuary in the heart of Shinjuku with beautiful ponds and lovely Bonsai trees.