Translated by Nancy Velasquez
Get Anything Your Heart Desires At Ueno's Top 5 Shopping Malls
Written by Koshizuka Misato
So you're in Ueno, you've seen the sights and now you want to do some shopping? Here are our top 5 picks for places to shop in Ueno!
Matsuzakaya: Mature Shopping, Right on the Ginza Line
Matsuzakaya carries a variety of products for senior citizens in Japan. You can find merchandise made for elder ladies in the Madame Selection departments, as well as comfortable walking shoes in the ladies footwear shops. The building has 10 levels, ranging from B1 to 8F (the 2nd floor is split into two levels). Each level is packed with shops, making for a very ample selection of goods.
The building itself is also directly accessible from the Ginza Line, so it's a good place to go when the weather's overcast or rainy.
Marui: Fun Shopping for Everyone
What makes Marui special is that anyone, no matter the gender, can enjoy shopping here. Most shopping malls consist of shops that directly target females consumers, but Marui is a whole different story. In fact, floors 6, 7, and 8 are all dedicated to men's wear, accessories, and a slew of other shops that cater exclusively to men. Businessmen can come here to get the suits and formal wear they need for work; sports fanatics can stock up on athletic wear; and the average guy can come get anything else he might want.
But it doesn't stop at clothes, you can also find MUJI, franc franc, and other only-in-Japan miscellaneous goods shops at Marui, providing for lots of options to meet your shopping needs.
Takeya: All Your Shopping Needs in One Area
Takeya is truly a one-stop shopping destination with nearly 200,000 different items to choose from. It is a collection of eight different buildings, all connected and all carrying everything you can dream of. There's a building for furniture, another for novelties, another for clothing, and food, and much, much more! They're all labeled and clearly outlined to make it easy to find what you're looking for. With such services as a Duty-Free counters and free Wi-Fi, this is truly a traveler's dream come true.
So there you have it: the top shopping malls in Ueno. Take your pick and find what you need, want, or love. These malls won't let you down!