Possibly the most famous of souvenir shops, Oriental Bazaar is also the most imaginatively laid out. There are four floors ... More
Possibly the most famous of souvenir shops, Oriental Bazaar is also the most imaginatively laid out. There are four floors and the higher you go, the more expensive the items get. The basement stocks bright, cheap and cheerful, touristy items, while the top floor offers antiques and traditional Japanese kimono and crafts. It is notably one of the best places to buy affordable and beautiful, second-hand original kimonos. Yukata (bathrobes), ceramics, towels and papercraft are some of the more popular items.
Here is where the local expat wives shop for gifts for family and friends... The shop does change inventory every now and then, so if you see it, buy it because it might not be there next month. They also have a small shop at the airport... Don't forget CLOSED on Thursdays.
This place was really close to the church that my family attended while we lived in Tokyo, so we would stop by pretty often! They have some of the most beautiful kimonos, ceramics, furniture, and gifts to fit every budget (even kids!) I bought several sets of these really gorgeous metallic/stone swirled glasses (that also doubled as vases) and gave them as hostess gifts to every family I visited over the holidays while I was in college. This place is a must-go!
The Oriental Bazaar is the easiest place to find good quality souvenirs of all kinds in one location. I grew up in Japan and my parents always went there to buy their gifts to bring back to the United States. They have reasonably priced small silk screens as well as lavish larger ones. There is all manner of Japanese chinaware, jewelry, shoes, kimonos and small trinkets to take back to your homeland as gifts. Definitely worth going to this store!
This place is fantastic,,,something for everyone,,,I found this place with directions from my daughter,,,I loved it so much I spent my first visit there just planning what to buy,,,I bought a few gifts there and decided to go back one day before leaving Tokyo to return home to newfoundland ,Canada,,that's what I did,,,I was leaving on friday ,,so my return visit ,was on Thursday,,,I was heart broken,,Thursday is the one day in the week that the Bazzar is closed,,so if you plan a trip there ,make sure that it is any day but Thursday,,I will go back there on my next visit to TOKYO,,,,it's a must for all tourists..Marian Barnable
The staff is very friendly and helpful. Many of them also speak English. I would recommend going here first and last. First, so you can see what they've got before you go buy it somewhere else. Last, so you can get it all before you go.
Four floors of kimono, dishes, chopsticks, dolls, prints, t-shirts, fabric, ties, you name it. Remember to pay for purchases on each floor though. As with most places in Japan, you cannot take things from one floor to the next.
My husband and I just visited Japan for the first time in September '07. We visited a lot of cities in our few weeks there and found that the Oriental Bazaar had both the best variety in its wares and the best value. The multi-story building contains an amazing assortment of souvenirs including small handicrafts, artwork, ceramics and even vintage kimonos (which I personally collect and found the prices very reasonable). Granted, you may very well be able to find more/better goods elsewhere if you are looking for something specific...but for one stop shopping, I highly recommend the Oriental Bazaar!!! :)
I never go to Tokyo without making a pilgrimage that ends at Oriental Bazaar! Great merchandise, great selection. For about $10-$25 each I come home with great gifts for everyone...this time of year (end of the year) I especially love their scroll calendars on the 1st floor (street level). You can spend less there, and certainly more, if you are so inclined.
Here's my recommended route...take the Yamanote line (JR) to Harajuku. Turn right then right again and visit beautiful Yoyogi Park and the Meiji Shrine. Pay the extra yen to visit the Empress' iris gardens, even if it's not iris time. It's lovely.
Leave the park the way you came in and stroll down Omatesando. Walk about 1/2 mile? maybe less? ...go 2 or 3 doors PAST Oriental Bazaar (on the right) for great and surprisingly reasonable sushi. Then back to Oriental Bazaar for some real shopping fun.
I bought a kimono there this passed summer -- silk and nicely made, for a decent price. I wish I'd brought another. Has lovely music boxes, mirrors, and many other beautiful things. Highly recommended, wish there was one in America [or at least a website]
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