• December 24, 2015

    Tokyo Winter Sales: 2015-2016 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 […]

  • December 4, 2015
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    Cheapo Christmas Markets in Tokyo

    There seems to be a fascination in Japan with winter markets, and in particular German-style Christmas markets. If you too like your holiday season with a bit of European flair, are searching for that special handmade ornament, or just want to […]

  • November 25, 2015
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    GU: Modern Tokyo Fashion on a Budget

    Let’s begin with all cards on the table. For me, when it comes to cheapo fashion and bargain hunting, vintage shops and flea markets are just out of the question. I cannot get past the thought of another person’s debris […]

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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  • 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, this is because they often have plenty of tax-free shopping options!) […]

  • 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 […]

  • June 25, 2015
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    Cheapo Weekend for June 27-28: Markets and Manga

    Wondering what’s good this weekend in Tokyo? Read on and wonder no more. Interested in eating, drinking, dancing and shopping? All in one spot? Head to the events square at Yoyogi Park for The World Gourmet and Music Festival where […]

  • 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 […]