Shopping at department stores with distinctive character in Shinjuku
Speaking of the shopping area in Tokyo for foreigners who visit Japan, Shinjuku might be the one comes up to their minds besides Ginza. There are major department stores representing Japan in Shinjuku. We will introduce the features of each of them, and products recommended for foreigners, and also bargain information of February 2018.
Connected to Shinjuku Station! – “Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku”
“Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku” opened at Shinjuku Station west exit in 1962. The current main building was completed in 1967. The store is located within Odakyu Shinjuku Station building and has a great access from hotels around the west exits, as well as the station. The store especially stands out because of its great location. They have a good reputation for their wide range of products including more than 50 brands’ cosmetics, international boutiques, sporting goods and travel supplies.
A particular item highly recommended for foreigners who visit Japan is a sheet mask from “MIKIMOTO Cosmetics.” It contains a pearl-derived moisturizing ingredient. Also if you apply it before going to bed, it plumps next morning and leads to smooth and radiant skin with well-balanced texture.
Also, skincare items from “TAKAMI” are very popular among foreigners. The items including a toner lead your skin clear and beautiful.
Tax exemption procedure is available at Duty-Free counters, located on the second floor of the main building and the first basement floor of the annex, HALC.
From February 15th to 25th, “Welcome to Japan Campaign” for foreigners visiting Japan is held, and 5% discount coupon will be given for foreign visitors with their passports.
●1-1-3, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
●Mondays – Saturdays 10:00-20:30 (from 4th fl. to B2 fl. of the main building, from 2nd fl. to B2 fl. of the annex HALC / open until 20:00 on Sundays and public holidays), 10:00-20:00 (from 11th fl. to 5th fl. of the main building), 10:00-21:00 (10th fl. of the main building) *the floor for art open until 20:00
Enhances services for seniors -- “Keio Department Store Shinjuku”
Keio Department Store Shinjuku opened in 1964. One of the great features of this department store is also a good access such as a direct entrance from west exits of Shinjuku Station, and being located close to limousine bus stops from/to Haneda and Narita airports.
Also, the unique points of the store are that there are facilities and products conscious of elderly people, including slower-speed escalator etc.
On February 15, 2018, a section “Beauty Square (For tourists)” that popular domestic cosmetic brands gathered just opened on the second floor of the main building.
An item highly recommended for foreign tourists visiting Japan is Lupicia’s flavored oolong tea, which is barely found China or Taiwan.
A feeding bottle “Blossom 39” made of a plastic that is impact and heat resistant, made by Japanese glass craftsmen is also highly recommended. Besides this item, Japanese maternity items and baby equipment are very popular.
Tax exemption procedure and foreign currency exchange machines are available at “Foreign Customer Counter” on the 2nd floor. Free Wi-Fi is also available entire building.
“Winter must-go bargain" is held at each floor, and women’s and men’s clothes sale is held on the 7th floor until February 20th.
Furthermore, “2018 Spring Festival Promotion Lottery 5% discount with UnionPay card” for foreign customers visiting Japan has been held until February 25.
●1-1-4, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
●Mondays – Saturdays 10:00-20:30 (from 3rd fl. to B1 fl. of the main building / Sundays and public holidays - open until 20:00), 10:00-20:00 (from 4th fl. to roof of the main building), 11:00-22:00 (Restaurant fl.)
Having a reputation for its stunning selection – “Isetan Shinjuku”
Isetan, founded in 1886 is a department store, which started from a kimono shop, and it is known for its excellent selection of fashion items. Isetan Shinjuku store was opened in 1933, and became a trigger for Shinjuku to be considered as a shopping town.
Isetan Shinjuku store consists of the main building, an annex for men's clothes, and other buildings such as Park City Isetan and Isetan Kaikan. At the pop-up sections on each floor of the main building, the items are replaced from one week to several months, and the interior decoration is different for each floor. Every time you come to the store, you will find new products. It is a true value of Isetan that is said to be high in eyesight.
There are several services for foreigners; “Shopping Assistant” in English or Chinese, “Hotel Delivery” that provides a delivery service for purchased items to a hotel (*contracted hotel only), foreign currency exchange machines that converts 12 different currencies such as US dollar, euro, Chinese yuan etc.., to Japanese yen, and tax exemption procedure and free Wi-Fi available entire building.
Cosmetics, clothes, miscellaneous goods are popular among foreign tourists. The annex, “men's pavilion” that has a wide selection of men's products is popular among male tourists.
In addition, “ReStyle" (the picture above) on the women's clothing floor that buyers select products around the world is especially recommended.
●3-4-1, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
●Closed on January 2nd, irregular holiday
Reputation for the selection of luxury items – “Shinjuku Takashimaya”
Takashimaya originally opened in Kyoto, and its origin is a small store handling used clothes and cotton. Shinjuku store (Takashimaya Times Square) opened in 1996.
Takashimaya has a reputation for luxury goods such as cosmetics, bags, clothing and accessories. And Shinjuku Takashimaya is putting emphasis on services for foreigners visiting Japan such as “Duty-Free Counter (the 11th Floor),” distributing “TAKASHIMAYA SHOPPER'S CARD” that can be used for shopping over 3,000 yen (excluding tax), a tablet interpreting service on each floor, “interpretation service,” “foreign languages (English/Chinese/Korean) floor guides,” and free Wi-Fi and so on.
Recommended items for foreign visitors including sake and tableware are well introduced. Refer to the website for more detail.
●5-24-2, Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
●10:00-20:00 (weekdays and Sundays), 10:00-20:30 (Fridays and Saturdays)
● Irregular holiday
*The information above was last updated Feb. 2, 2018. For more details, please contact the facility directly.
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