Tokyo visit - Any Recommendations in Japan

Discussion in 'Andy's Fashion Forum' started by ASH, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. ASH

    ASH Active Member with Corp. Privileges

    United States
    I'm in Tokyo for the weekend and want to shop for Japanese specific brands - like Loopwheeler. Any shirts/shoes/jeans ....
  2. Flanderian

    Flanderian Connoisseur

    United States
    New Jersey
  3. Dhaller

    Dhaller Super Member

    United States
    Tokyo is probably the world's densest mecca of retail - one weekend? Hmmm.

    Well, one could spend a year just in Ginza and never fully explore it, so that's probably going to be your base. I'd start just by exploring the Matsuya store there, where you'll find most major Japanese brands. Probably every designer and label on Earth is represented in Ginza.

    I haven't been to Tokyo in a few months (I spent all of June in Japan but never quite made it that far east), and things are such a moving target. Harajuku around Omotesando is a crazy fashion scene on Sundays, and I recommend you try to fit in a visit there; there are lots of pop-up shops, focused of course mostly on street wear and kind of youth fashion, but there are many elegant menswear shops around there as well. Sorry to not be so specific, but it's just hard to convey the sheer density of *everything* there: fashion, food, entertainment, people. It's the most sensorily overwhelming city anywhere.

    One thing though: fit. I am 6'1" and hover around 190lbs, more athletic than slim, and I generally don't bother trying to buy off the rack in Japan: things just don't fit. Shoes, likewise - my size 11 (44 European) is on the extreme end in Japan. So you may want to think in terms of bespoke (like Flanderian's fully-anticipated shoe recommendation); obviously "a weekend" isn't long enough to collect, so you'd need to decide how to work fittings and so on if you did that?

    (Of course, if you're closer in size to the Japanese norm, no worries: let's call that 5'8ish, maybe 150ish for men?)

    But things like hats - Toraya in Ginza is famous or Kijima Takayuki in Shibuya (I have an office near there, and it's a great area, again, for eating and shopping) - or other kinds of accessories might be worth hunting for. And while we're in Shibuya, Okura has amazing denim (as in "oh, here I am at the best denim shop in Japan, which itself is the best denim country, so this is the best denim store on Earth)... assuming you like denim (many AAACers do not).

    I know I'm adding locations, but basically Ginza, Shinjuku, Harajuku, Shibuya are all fairly contiguous neighborhoods in Central Tokyo, so with some planning it's doable.

    You must be in *Japan* longer than a weekend - where else will you be? Japan has plenty of other shopping opportunities.

  4. Cat from Red Dwarf

    Cat from Red Dwarf Starting Member

    Isetan men's in Shinjuku is a department store for men and is definitely worth a visit. 8 floors so you should have no problem finding everything you need. They have some great end of season sales too. Legendary Japanese customer service and most places should offer free alterations if required. May be easier if you can speak some Japanese or have a Japanese speaker with you but that's true for most places. It's a one minute walk from Shinjuku Sanchome Station on Tokyo metro Marunouchi line. Take your passport and get tax refunds in store.
  5. The Irishman

    The Irishman Active Member with Corp. Privileges

    I think Isetan or Mitsukoshi in Ginza are good suggestions for 'one stop' locations, particularly if you pair a visit to the shops with a visit to Tsukiji fish market for sushi... Or just a stroll around the depachika (food department) in either store. The Lion Beer hall in Ginza is nice for a chu-joki of refreshing beer.

    Beams is well curated and might be worth a look.

    The problem with Tokyo is one of the choice... There is just too much. I think Ginza, Shinjuku, Harajuku and Shibuya all work well in terms of being relatively accessible to one another but I wouldn't get into a situation where you are trying to go cross-city several times on a short visit, it's not worth it, even though the trains are brilliant.
  6. mitsein

    mitsein New Member

    Great Britain
    I just came back from Japan. Agreed with the above, there is just too much there. You might want to narrow down brand (or at least what you want).

    I suggest Kamakura Shirt (also known as Maker's Shirt), which is often praised here and there. Also, check out Japanese socks makers Tabio (similar to HJ or Corgi).
  7. culverwood

    culverwood Super Member

    I agree about not buying of the rack (unless you try it on) in Japan if you are a larger man, even if not, size for size, I find their sleeves shorter than in Europe.
  8. Cassadine

    Cassadine Senior Member

    United States
  9. ASH

    ASH Active Member with Corp. Privileges

    United States
    Thank you so much, much appreciated and will post my exploits
  10. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast Connoisseur

    United States
    New York
    1. Rob large bank (a small bank will not have enough money)
    2. Use this thread as your guide: "Are the World's Best Men's Shoes Now Being Made in Japan?"
    3. Acquire shoe collection to rival the best in the world
    4. Check news reports about the bank you robbed before returning to the States

    Kidding aside, have a great time - you got some solid advice from the above posts.

    Two novels to read to get you in the mood for your trip (the first is a modern classic):
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