• August 27, 2015

    6 Outlet Malls Around Tokyo

    Outlet malls are good alternatives to department stores, as they usually sell items at a bargain—not dirt-cheap, but still cheaper than what you’d get at a department store. (For tourists, it also helps that outlet malls have plenty of tax-free […]

  • July 9, 2015

    Tokyo Summer Sales 2015

    Every year, the closing of the rainy season marks the opening of Tokyo’s famous “end-of-summer” bargain sales—which, despite the name, happen before summer has even reached its peak. The Tokyo summer sales are a clever ploy to lure shoppers out […]

  • November 1, 2014

    Top Tokyo Flea Markets

    A cheapo’s paradise, flea markets in Tokyo are super spots for bargain hunting. And there’s no shortage of them – you’ll find something happening in one of the city’s parks or parking lots just about every Saturday and Sunday, as […]

Shopping in Tokyo

It’s not all Prada and Louis Vuitton, there are plenty of fun and cheap places to be a consumer in Tokyo.

Harajuku is a good place for vintage (ie. used) clothing. You can try out Kinji or Mirror in Harajuku, stroll down the road to Bingo in Shibuya or head to nearby Shimokitazawa.

For a taste of ye olde Tokyo, fill your boots at Ameyokocho Market in Ueno. Don Quijote with stores everywhere is another cheapo shopping experience you shouldn’t miss.

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  • February 20, 2015
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    Where to Buy Cheap English Books in Japan

    Having lived in Japan several times over the past years, I realized there is such a thing as too much Tokyo. Shinjuku simply becomes too loud, Akihabara game centers all start to look alike*, and Shibuya just becomes a crazy mass […]

  • January 6, 2015

    From Shopping to Anime, Ikebukuro’s Got It All

    Some travel guidebooks used to advise tourists to skip Ikebukuro, because what you can see there, you can also find elsewhere. I wonder if they’re still saying the same things now, as Ikebukuro certainly also has its own charm. It […]

  • December 24, 2014

    Top 10 Posts of 2014

    It’s that time again! As 2014 draws to a close, we look back on the year’s most popular Tokyo Cheapo posts. With almost 10 million people visiting Japan in 2014, an impressive 26% increase from last year, it’s not surprising that most of our […]

  • December 23, 2014

    Secondhand Tokyo: Thriftin’ Guide

    Tokyo may seem shiny-shiny and new – and parts of it are. It can feel like everyone has new stuff all the time and you certainly wouldn’t be the first one to look, agape, at what people are putting on […]

  • December 11, 2014

    Tokyo Winter Sales: 2014-2015 Roundup

    December and January are extremely busy months for most Japanese shops, as their winter sales attract lots of people looking to spend their year-end bonuses. The first three days after New Year are especially crazy, with huge crowds trying to […]