• 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 […]

  • November 4, 2015
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    Where to Buy Inexpensive Makeup in Tokyo

    Japanese cosmetics are reputed to be of good quality, such that tourists love to take them home from their shopping trips. You might think that they’re expensive, but they’re actually not! You don’t have to go to high-end department stores […]

  • 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 […]

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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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]