JAPANESE STORES TO WANDER AROUND IN

if you know somewhere else I haven't been please ➕! I've only been in Tokyo for a month or so I have not completely penetrated the shopping scene (need to hit some department stores still!)
  1. loft
    I discovered Loft my first day in Tokyo, when I was hella lonely + culture shocked and it was a very calming experience. it has everything Japanese at a mid-range quality. if you're not really sure what you need, go to Loft. best for: stationery (incl cards) that you want to look like you spent a lot on, pillows, travel accessories, stickers (insane selection)
  2. muji
    Muji is insanely popular in Japan and somewhat internationally. it's the most aesthetically pleasing shopping experience, and like Loft has a wide variety of products. from simple clothing (bras I ❤️) as well as makeup, home goods, and a cafe. and it's not very expensive! if I were to live in Japan for longer I'd get most of my home stuff at Muji. best for: higher quality home goods, good basic clothing, higher end speciality foods
  3. tokyu hands
    what to say about Tokyu Hands...it's another everything store? their motto is "creative life store" which seems right.I'll need to edit this after I've explored the whole as last time I went I almost passed out in the makeup section of the 2nd floor, so I left. not like figurative passing out, but literal. elevated heart rate, tunnel vision, lightheadedness, etc. very chic experience! anyway, TH has more raw materials for creativity-think woodworking section and a emergency preparedness floor
  4. Daiso
    the first time I went to Daiso I was pretty sure I'd ascended into heaven and was sitting at the right hand of the father. the one I frequent (Funabashi) has 6 glorious floors where EVERYTHING IS ¥100 (~80¢). it's called the life coordinates store which I get because it has all the small things you buy over time? if that makes sense. some products I have from Daiso: extra earring backs, mini perfume atomizer, lingerie washing net, notebook, pens, makeup sponges, Q-tips, trashcans, face wash net
  5. donki/don quixote
    if you're really into a shopping experience that is also an assault on your senses, I recommend DQ (called both Donki and Don Quixote I don't know why). anyway, DQ is a lot of discount products shoved into a small space, with no windows and a strong saccharine-sweet vanilla scent. oh, and the DQ theme song plays, which is like a J-pop band singing "Don Quixote! Don Quixote!" on loop. best for: cheap imported alcohol, cheap makeup, electronics a step above ¥100 stores, kitschy gifts
  6. any drug store
    I love Japanese drug stores. there's so many amazing Japanese beauty products I've taken a liking to. most drug stores are stuffed wall to wall with products, and multi-story ones all stuffed with products are great for browsing. best for: Biore products, LuLuLun face masks, Shiseido products, laundry anything, Heroine lash curl mascara (❤️)