When it comes to Japan, there is this rumor going around that everything is extremely expensive – the food, the transport, the clothing, the lodging, and everything else you can think of. However, that is absolutely not true, as you can find both high-end and expensive items, shops, or places to stay, and dirt-cheap ones. The best part? The quality gap between the cheap and the expensive in Japan is not that huge! This is especially true if we’re talking about clothes, as most people won’t be able to tell if that new Uniqlo sweater you have was $20 or $200. Today, we take a look at the top 5 cheap clothing stores in Japan.
Shimamura is a one-stop clothing store. They stock both women’s and men’s apparel, but the men’s section is significantly smaller. Truth be told, Shimamura does have a pretty bad reputation around it, especially with Tokyo fashionistas, who consider it a ‘grandma’ store and wouldn’t be caught dead walking into one. However, that has nothing to do with the quality or style of the items, which are always in line with the latest trends. It’s probably because the store has nothing glamorous about it – it’s huge, there’s a ton of items to browse through, and the prices are incredibly cheap. But isn’t that exactly what you’re looking for?
Address: 1-28-7 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Business hour: Every day, 10:00-20:00
Phone number: +81 3-5291-9073
Official website: https://www.shimamura.gr.jp/
Uniqlo is a step above Shimamura in terms of reputation. Most people go to Uniqlo for wardrobe basics – office attire, jeans, under and outerwear, shoes, and a few very minimalistic accessories. The store is known for its plain colored apparel – you will very rarely find something with a print at Uniqlo (maybe aside from sportswear and PJ’s). Their clothes are great quality, and perfect for a person with a tame, yet refined sense of style.
Address: 6-9-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan
Business hour: Every day, 11:00-21:00
Phone number: +81 3-6252-5181
Official website: http://www.uniqlo.com/jp/
WEGO is a stylish, yet cheap clothing store. Think of it like a Japanese H&M – it’s popular with teens and young adults, their designs follow the latest trends in youth fashion, and it’s really affordable. If you’re looking for something more interesting and with a flair of Japanese street style, WEGO is the perfect store for you. They also sell repurposed and second-hand items at some of their locations, such as the Takeshita Dori one. There’s a WEGO in just about any big shopping district in Japan as well – including Shibuya and Harajuku in Tokyo.
Address:Iberia Building 1F · 2F, 6-5-3 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
Business hour: Every day, 10:00-21:00
Phone number: +81 3-3400-7625
Official website: http://www.wego.jp/
Honeys is a multi-oriented brand – they have several sub-brands that target women in their teens, young adults, and adults. For instance, Colza is Honeys’ response to Japanese street fashion and Harajuku trends, and Glacier is a more refined, lady-like brand that targets women in their 20s and 30s. Honeys clothes rarely break the ¥5000 mark, so it’s really affordable as well.
Address: B1F, 1−2−2, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0021, Japan
Business hour: Every day, 10:00-21:00
Phone number: +81 3-5369-2577
Official website: https://www.honeys.co.jp/
Much like Uniqlo, GU specializes in basics. Jeans in all sorts of cuts and colors, plain tops and outerwear that are easy to mix and match, home wear, and a few simple accessories. Their prices range between ¥2000 and ¥3000, with the occasional coat or jacket going around for ¥5000. They also have a men’s and a kids’ section, which makes GU a good shopping spot for the whole family.
Address: 5-7-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan
Business hour: Every day, 11:00-21:00
Phone number: +81 3-6255-6141
Official website: http://www.gu-japan.com/
As you can see, Japan is not all about high-end brands and expensive designer items. In fact, you can easily find cheap and stylish clothes in Japan – the most important thing is to know where to look for them. The five brands above sell great quality clothes which go for under $50 a piece – it’s hard to find better deals, even in second-hand shops!
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