The department store is a mainstay of Tokyo's shopping culture, and a few in Ginza district have been open for centuries. These usually anchor massive shopping malls where shoppers can find everything under one roof. Positioned as they are at the center of the world's largest metropolitan area, it's no wonder some of these complexes span 10 floors.
Aside for the usual collection of modern merchandise, these outlets deal in traditional goods like cotton kimonos, iron teapots, ceramics, samurai swords and lacquerware. Manga is unbelievably popular, with shops in Shibuya and Akihabara.
This department store opened in the 1600s and specializes in clothing. Most of the shoppers here are older Japanese. There are a few onsite attractions including a beer garden (open in summer only) and a play area for children.
Chuo/1-4-1 Nihombashi Muromachi/Mitsukoshi
Another of Japan's centuries-old shops, this department store has set many firsts throughout the years. The building itself is striking, and the boutiques inside deal primarily in international brands. Mitsukoshi staked its reputation on kimonos in the 1600s, and it's still known for these today.
Toshima /1-28-1 Minami Ikebukuro/Seibu
Seibu is a massive department store with nearly 50 entrances and a small army of employees. Its stores (which collectively offer everything imaginable) are spread across 12 floors, and the daily number of shoppers regularly exceeds 160,000.