Translated by Ellyn Barnes
LOFT - Tokyo's Secret Souvenir Store In Shibuya
LOFT, a chain store specialized in stationery and everyday commodities, is the best place to look for souvenirs from Japan. They offer a wide range of products, from reasonably priced ones to rare items and seasonal gifts. We introduce their Shibuya store
Written by yuri.sugiyama
Shibuya LOFT - The Best Place to Look for Stylish Japanese Gifts
LOFT is a Japanese chain store specialized in stationery goods, fashionable household items, and everyday commodities. Their products are immensely popular with both locals and international visitors who look for souvenirs or gifts.
The main reason for the popularity of LOFT items is the fact that they are stylish and high-quality while being reasonably priced. This made LOFT the go-to store for many quality-conscious customers.
In this article, we take you to LOFT Shibuya, the largest LOFT store in Tokyo. We will take a look at the various types of items and Japanese souvenirs that they offer.
Please note that the item lineup changes periodically, therefore the items available and their prices may vary. The information in this article is accurate as of September 2015.
B1F The Stationery Floor - Japanese Knickknacks
The basement floor of Shibuya LOFT is focused mainly on stationery.
The LOFT postcards are one of the most popular items on sale. For example, take these postcards with humorous sumo wrestler designs. These are from a series called Ohagiyama which also comes with stamps and stickers.
This is a book cover with a Japanese-style design, made from washi, or Japanese traditional handmade paper.
The moment you step on this floor you'll notice right away that the stationery sold at LOFT is very different from what you can find at regular stores. They are very selective regarding the design of their products. You'll be able to find here the latest designs for stationery.
A wide range of art and design materials are also available. If you're a lover of all things art, why not pick up some supplies here and draw your own souvenirs?
1F Gift Floor: Special Japanese Items Corner
On the first floor of Shibuya LOFT, you can find a diverse selection of gift items. Most of the products on display change with the seasons - in the colder months, you can find winter-themed items, while during the rainy season in June, a wonderful collection of umbrellas, wind chimes, and other seasonal items are available.
The picture above shows their selection of traditional Japanese fans, which are ideal for cooling down during the summer heat. Their folding design makes them convenient to carry around.
On the same floor, you can also find an area dedicated to Japanese souvenirs.
Here we found a cute cover for tissue packs. This one has a fun Mount Fuji design - you get to pull your tissues from Mt. Fuji's peak.
2F Beauty Floor: Japanese Cosmetics
The second floor of Shibuya LOFT is home to a collection of beauty and health products.
Here you can find cosmetics, organic soaps, and even massage chairs! If you're searching for Japanese-brand cosmetics, look no further.
For example, you can transform into your favorite animal with these unique face masks.
3F Houseware Floor: Japanese Kitchenware
The third floor of Shibuya LOFT is dedicated to household items, such as kitchen utensils and cooking equipment.
If you want a taste of Japanese gastronomic culture, why not purchase a pair of Japanese chopsticks? At LOFT, you'll be spoiled for choice.
Above you can see Mount Fuji-themed cups called guinomi - meaning "to drink in one gulp". These cups are used for serving Japanese sake.
Why not buy some along with your favorite sake?
5F Variety Goods Floor: Anime Merchandise
The fourth floor is the furniture floor. Because products like these are hard to pack in a suitcase, we will skip past this floor and head straight upstairs.
On the fifth floor, you can find bags and a variety of other goods.
There is a great selection of anime merchandise and plush toys of various popular characters here. They make ideal presents for children!
Next to the suitcases, you can also find a small selection of travel accessories. If you're looking for any essential travel item such as a new passport holder, for example, this is the section for you.
6F Art Floor: With Duty Free Service!
We finally reached the sixth and final floor. This is the floor with art items, offering a wide range of paintings, sculptures, and posters.
Finally, if you're in Japan on a trip, don't forget to make the most of the tax refund counter, which is also located on this floor. All you need to do is present your receipt and passport at this counter before you leave, and you'll get a refund of the tax from all your purchases.
Please be aware that although LOFT doesn't close until 21:00, the tax refund counter closes one hour before, at 20:00.
How to Get to Shibuya LOFT
Impatient to get out and explore LOFT for yourself? Simply follow our pictured guide below, and you'll get there in no time.
We'll start from JR Shibuya Station. First, leave the station via the Hachiko Exit, and head across the famous Shibuya Scramble Crossing.
There are many different directions you can take at this crossroads, so make sure you're going the right way. Follow the arrow as shown above towards the building marked Starbucks and Tsutaya.
This is what you'll see - Starbucks will be on your left. Go on straight along this street.
You'll soon come to a crossing. Here, turn left. If you look up, you'll see the buildings either side of the road are connected by a passageway - head underneath this.
LOFT is on the right-hand side on this street, so keep an eye out as you continue walking.
On the right, you'll see a black building and a crossing. This building is Shibuya LOFT. Watch out for cars as you cross the road!
You made it! Happy souvenir shopping at Shibuya LOFT!