Pokémon, Rilakkuma, Hello Kitty, Ultraman, and Crayon Shin-chan! With about 30 shops featuring popular Japanese character items “Tokyo Character Street” is a shopping paradise for children as well as adults. Moreover, many of the items sold here are limited! This time, our writer Marei visits three of her favorite shops!
“Donguri Republic” is specialized in items from Studio Ghibli, the famous Japanese animation studio, whose works are popular all over the world! The shop has it all: from small items to large items, stuffed animals, picture books, towels, wallets and so much more. Since the shop is located next to Tokyo Station, you can buy items for your trip before hopping on the bullet train. How convenient!
Besides a ton of cute children’s items, the shop also features many easy-to-use articles for adults who want to show off their love for Studio Ghibli.
In addition, “Donguri Republic” features limited products you can only buy at their stores.
Rilakkuma, who welcomes customers at the entrance of the store, is dressed in a limited design that can only be purchased at this Tokyo Station store.
The message of the new design series “Rilakkuma’s Messages” that started recently is lovely. It’s Rilakkuma in a simple line drawing design, saying “I will accept any individuality” and watching over you. Wow! The series was so popular that the stuffed animals were already sold out that day. I definitely need to get my hands on this series when it is back in!
The world of Rilakkuma is evolving day by day. If you are interested in the latest items featuring Rilakkuma and his cute friends, this official store is the place to go!
Shochiku Kabuki-ya Honpo
“Shochiku Kabuki-ya Honpo” sells a variety of Japanese-style miscellaneous items as well as Kabuki-related goods.
Popular among Japanese customers are the famous rice crackers “Kabukiage”, the character goods featuring “Kabukinyantaro”, and the collaboration items with pictures of popular anime characters dressed as Kabuki actors.
Even if you are not familiar with the countless Japanese characters, you will surely find wonderful gifts and souvenirs at this Japanese-style goods corner!
By far the most popular products of “Shochiku Kabuki-ya Honpo” are the lucky charms made by “Takuminokai-HINEMOS”.
It’s fun to choose your favorite combination of handmade original straps and charms, but how about a special lucky charm that comes in the shape of a small mallet filled with tiny lucky charms?!
Besides the three shops above, “Tokyo Character Street” has still a lot more shops with Japanese character items. The underground shopping area is directly connected to Tokyo Station so if the weather isn’t good, you can spend your time without worrying about getting wet in the rain. “Tokyo Character Street” is definitely a place where you can spend hours!
Tokyo Character Street
“Tokyo Station First Avenue” B1F, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/4yNXNGqq6yS6F4aX9
Nearest Stations: Tokyo Station, Otemachi Station