Are you on an extended layover in Haneda? Waiting for the bullet train to bullet out of town? Want to do some shopping and maybe get a light meal, but you don’t want the hassle of navigating unfamiliar Tokyo streets? Shinjuku Station Shopping could be right for you!
Shinjuku Station is not just a train station, it’s also a gigantic shopping center. As such, it is an easy shopping and dining option for those who don’t have a lot of time or are reluctant to brave the Tokyo streets. But where are the best places to go? Shinjuku Station is gigantic, and you may not have the time to wander around forever in search of the perfect gift or that can’t-do-without item. Here are EnAbleJapan.com’s top places in Shinjuku Station shopping, so you can explore (instead of sitting around on your smartphone like everyone else).
Isetan is a Japanese department store that is so large, it has its own station exit. It is also a great last-minute souvenir place, with Japanese alcohol and dessert packages designed with the traveler-on-the-go in mind. The second floor also features many clothing brands, like Dolly Girl by Anna Sui and Next B. by Agnes B. These fashion brands have a kawaii touch, so depending on who you’re shopping for, this could be a good place to go. It also has its own underground food court.
BIC Camera is a go-to spot for newbies in Japan. Shinjuku Station’s BIC Camera is located outside of exit B16. The two-floor store offers prepaid SIM cards for different phones, for different months, and for different amounts of data. They also sell power adapters, if your devices’ plugs won’t fit in Japan’s two-pronged outlets. If you are just arriving in Japan, we recommend stopping in BIC Camera to set up everything for your trip.
Sekaido Shinjuku, located at Exit C1, is a store that specializes in art materials and stationery. They have a wide selection of postcards and Japanese-style stickers, which could be great souvenirs to bring back home. There are plenty of choices, and the prices at Sekaido won’t break the bank.
Uniqlo is a popular brand all over the world, and has a huge store right in Shinjuku Station. They are known for their basic clothing pieces and low prices, and have something for the whole family. The 2nd floor of Uniqlo also offers embroidery design, so you can put small pictures or your name in kanji on clothes you buy (500 yen per word/ picture).
Kinokuniya Bookstore is located by exits B7 and B8. The chain’s 7th floor English bookstore sells a vast array of new books, bestsellers, genre books, and anything else you could find in a big-box bookstore. Of special interest are the section of books by Japanese authors that are translated to English, so you may find a treasure here that may be hard to get (or even browse for) anywhere else. There is also a travel section, where you will find Japanese maps, guidebooks, must-buy item guides, restaurant passports, and English manga. A great place to pick up airplane reading material! Outside the exit one can find a number of reasonably-priced restaurants with few crowds and many choices (such as curry, pasta, udon, yakisoba, sushi, etc.).
13th Floor Roof Garden
If you’re searching for something a little more relaxing, check out the 13th floor roof garden on top of the station. To get there, take exit E8 Takashimaya, and take the elevator all the way up. From there, you will have a perfect view of the Shinjuku area. There are plenty of seats, and many restaurants and cafés, too.
Tokyu Hands Shinjuku Station
Tokyu Hands is a store within Takashimaya department store. It’s one of those places that has everything–clothes, jewelry, bags, shoes, and other luxury goods. Brands include Chanel, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Bvlgari, and Gucci. Many products from these brands are exclusive to Japan, so if you’re looking for something unique and in-style, Tokyu Hands is your place.
NEWoMan is located right by the South Exit. It is eight stories of clothing and shoe stores, sweets shops, and even an outdoor area available for dining. On the first floor is Akomeya Tokyo, a rice specialty shop. They sell rice cookers, utensils, and sake cups for the discerning rice (and rice-product) enthusiast.
Shinjuku Station Shopping Location Information
Route to Shinjuku Station (plan your route at the link)