TOKYO | Takashimaya, like Mitsukoshi, is a Japanese department store chain steeped in history. It was founded in Kyoto in 1831 and was a small shop that specialised in gofuku (formal kimono). By the late 1800s Takashimaya had opened stores in Tokyo and Osaka, and was exporting its wares to Europe and the United States. By the 1930s, Takashimaya more resembled the full service department store it is today.
The Shinjuku store is located in a building called “Takashimaya Times Square” and takes up the majority of the 16 storey building. It’s an upmarket store, and features all the major global clothing brands like Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany, and Chanel, as well as many high end Japanese brands. The first floor features cosmetics and accessories, while the second and third floors are home to handbags and shoes. Menswear and womenswear can be found across floors four through eight, and you can also access Tokyu Hands, a store that sells all kinds of homewares and nick knacks, on these floors.
Homewares are on the eighth floor, toys on the ninth, and Japanese gifts on the 11th.
Basement one contains one of our favourite reasons to visit Takashimaya – its depachika, or department store basement devoted to food counters. There are all kinds of sweet and savoury, fresh and packaged Japanese and Western food items here. Across its 2,700 square feet you’ll find sushi, curry, a grocery store, a Kit Kat store selling all kinds of weird and wonderful flavours, and many other international food brands. Upstairs, are more restaurants, including a great wine bar.
Takashimaya is pretty easy to get around, but if you do need more assistance, there’s a concierge on the second floor who can help with translations, and anything else you might need.
Telephone: 03 5361 1111
Sun – Thu: 10:00am to 8:00pm
Fri – Sat: 10:00am to 8:30pm