Shinjuku Nishiguchi

Mecca for shopping

 By Takane Shoji   Jun 23, 2013

Forgot to pack your cell phone charger or need to buy some souvenirs? Whatever you are looking for, you will most likely find it if you head to Shinjuku Nishiguchi Station. Surrounded by conspicuously glowing neon lights at night, Shinjuku Nishiguchi (west exit) is home to the Yodobashi Camera flagship store, one of Japan’s largest electronic stores.

Needless to say, there are electronic stores all over the world, so you may think that a mere place that sells computers and cameras may not be such a worthy destination. But have you been to a store whose every inch of the 6-floor building is filled with the latest technology from a wide selection of computers to household washing machines? As if that weren't enough, there are different buildings dedicated for gaming, computers, cell phones, and don’t think that electronics are the only things that Yodobashi Camera sells. If you have children, who are impatiently expecting some special Japanese toys, there is a toy section at Yodobashi, and if you have to get a Louis Vuitton purse for an anniversary, head to the boutique section. Beside Yodobashi Camera, right outside Shinjuku Station, there is an equally expansive electronic store (or “everything store") known as Bic Camera. Wouldn’t you be a little curious to wander around more than six floors worth of just about everything you can think of? As crazy as it sounds, some Yodobashi Camera stores even sell bottles of wine and champagne!

If Yodobashi or Bic Camera is not of your interest, don't worry for right outside of Shinjuku Nishiguchi, you will have access to traditional department stores – not just one but two – Odakyu Department Store and Keio Department Store. Inside these department stores, you will find big name brands from Chanel to Fendi, but also local, contemporary Japanese fashion boutiques popular among the youths of Japan. If you would like to bring Japanese sweets back home, Keio Department Store would also be a perfect place, because on the underground floors you will have access to an array of sweets ready to be wrapped in gift-friendly packages.

Even if you just want to wander around, you will surely find an item of interest in one of the department or electronic stores; it will be even better if you are looking for a souvenir or have some specific item in mind. So head to Shinjuku Nishiguchi exit and immerse yourself in shopping heaven.

Written by Takane Shoji
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