Japan is the ecstasy for shopping. The choicest shopping ranges from high-tech electronic gadgets to underground markets. The sidewalks are crowded with faux designer to boutiques. .This paradise offers large department stores, fashion boutiques, cameras, traditional crafts and wood block prints.
You can shop at duty-free shops only in the airports. If you want a tax-fee shopping, that will be available in the urban areas. Tokyo is the best place to shop in Japan. Shopping in this place follows similar molds in cities while the villages and towns sell mainly authentic vases, crafts and jewelry.
The commencing of Roppongi Hill complex saw 10 million visitors in two months. It consists of hotels, movie theaters, and four level shops. The place is known as the Rodeo drive. This is a shopping place for the upper-class people. Though it is a well-known place to shop, it is very expensive and considered as a place to sell out your gold card. You can see weekly Japanese block party, vendors selling puppets, numerous art galleries at Ginza. In addition to that, Tsukiji market is famous for the morning market seafood. The market sells wide varieties of seafood.
Department stores open on all holidays. Each store closes one weekday each week. Shopping hours in Japan are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. A 5% tax is charged as consumption tax in Japan. It is also fun to visit sales stores which are held in January, July, August, and December.
Kokeshi Dolls: These are popular dolls in north Japan. They are made of wood turners and have a tradition of 200 years. Dogwood or Maple woods are used to make these dolls. They are made of cylinders to which round head is attached and painted with non toxic vegetable dyes.
Some of the interesting shopping spots that you can enjoy shopping are Ginza area, Shinjuku area, Harajuku or Ayonama area, Shibuya area, Tokyo midtown, and Vinusports, Aqua City Odabia, and Decks Tokyo beach.