Vintage Tokyo Shopping Secrets | 10 Spots You Need to Shop
Tokyo has some of the best shopping in the world, and the most exciting fashion in the world, with plenty of vintage shopping.
Where Do You Go Vintage Shopping in Tokyo?
Tokyo is ripe with many interesting neighborhoods, each with a different personality. But, where do you go vintage shopping in Tokyo?
There are three major neighborhoods to vintage shop
1. Harajuku 2. Daikanyama 3. Shimokita
Harajuku is my favorite neighborhood in Tokyo for vintage shopping, and one of my favorite places in Tokyo. It has the energy of Tokyo Disney but nestled in between the neighborhoods, Shibuya and Omotesando / Aoyama.
If you go on a weekend, the streets will be pretty dense. The main strip Takeshita-dori is the hub of the Lolita fashion scene in Tokyo. But, hidden inside this fashion scene, you will find an abundance of thrift shops with different personalities.
POTENTIAL MONEY MAKING TIP: Consider taking some of your items here for a chance at a higher percentage resale and extra travel cash. There are lots of stores around Shimokita and Harajuku with potential buyers who like American-styled clothing.
Where to Vintage Shop in Harajuku?
Dog, a favorite shop for celebs such as Lady Gaga and Rihanna, it’s a basement boutique with some ridiculous finds. 3-23-3 Jingumae B1F, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo, Japan | 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Pictured in the image above with all the Flamingos out front, this is one of the best vintage shops in Tokyo. You can also find a sister shop in Shimokitazawa. It carries both women’s and men’s clothes and jewelry. 4-26-28 Jingumae | Junkyard, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo, Japan | M – F 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM, weekends 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Kinji is one of the larger vintage stores in Tokyo and Harajuku that carries both men’s and women’s fashion and an array of styles. 4-31-10 Jingumae | Inside Tokyo YM Square Bldg. B1F, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo, Japan | 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
4. BOUTIQUE TAKENOKO
Takenoko is where you go for your theatrical looks with plenty of 70s styles. It’s tightly packed with flamboyant styles that are “only in Tokyo” kind of finds. 1-6-15 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo, Japan | 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Solakzade is where you go for interesting eyewear. You can find pieces as far back as the 1800s! I’ve never seen a place in the world quite like it. 4-29-4 Jingumae | Goro’s Bldg. B1F, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo, Japan | 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Wednesday Reservation Only
Ragtag specializes in more high-fashion labels. The store is pretty spacious and well-light which is unique for most thrift shops in general. 6-14-2 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo, Japan | 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Chicago is another excellent store that also carries a vast selection of Levi’s. It’s good for both men and women’s fashion. 6-31 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan | 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Where to Vintage Shop in Daikanyama?
Daikanyama isn’t so much famous for its vintage shopping scene, but it does have some gems. Daikanyama is hipster-central in a city where hipsters are a dime a dozen. So for that reason, you will find some vintage shops in Daikanyama, but these are a bit more on the pricier side.
This is a favorite among fashion lovers who also love art. Here, you’ll find a cute store carrying vintage high-end fashion pieces such as Chanel and Hermès, as well as vintage art. 2-1 Avenue Side Daikanyama 1B, Sarugakucho, Shibuya 150-0033, Tokyo, Japan | 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where to Vintage Shop in Shimokitazawa Tokyo?
Shimokita, for short, is the boho district of Tokyo. It’s the level of hipster scene that’s unrivaled in Tokyo. And for this reason, you will find a massive hub of thrift shops here, more than I can possibly count. The best way to vintage shop in Shimokita is to set a couple of hours aside and then explore with a relentless heart.
New York Joe is one of the most popular shops in Shimokita. It’s affordable, yet carries a range of priced items. Also, this store has a FIRST SUNDAY SALE. Check the first Sunday of every month to find everything is 50% OFF! Consult their website for more information. 3-26-4 Kitazawa, Setagaya 155-0031, Tokyo, Japan | 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
An apropos name for a thrift shop, Haight & Ashbury carries a range of men and women’s fashion curated from across the decades and the 70s. 2-37-2 Kitazawa 2F, Setagaya 155-0031, Tokyo, Japan | 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM, weekends 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Like its other store in Harajuku, you can find a large selection of men and women’s clothing, denim, Levi’s, and fun kimono and yukata. 5 -32-5 Daizawa, Setagaya 155-0032, Tokyo, Japan | 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
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