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A Place To Buy Clothes And Appliances?! The Charm of Bicqlo

A Place To Buy Clothes And Appliances?! The Charm of Bicqlo

Tokyo 2017.04.01

Get all your Japanese appliances, cosmetics, medicine and clothing items in one place at Bicqlo, a convenient collaboration between Bic Camera and Uniqlo.

Translated by Lester Somera

Written by Kazuyo

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One of the things people look forward to when they come to Japan is purchasing Japanese-made appliances, medical supplies, cosmetics and clothing. Because there is a limited amount of time for souvenir-buying, you’ll want to be efficient about your shopping. Did you know that there’s a convenient place in Shinjuku where you can get all of those things in one place? We’ll introduce you to Shinjuku Higashiguchi Bicqlo, a collaboration between an appliance store and a fashion outlet that is quite popular with foreign visitors to Japan.

A Combo Appliance Store and Fashion Outlet?!

The big-box appliance retailer Bic Camera partnered with major clothing chain Uniqlo to create a store themed around ”wonderful disarray.” You can buy clothes in the appliance store and appliances in the clothing store, making it superbly convenient for visitors.
*Each company has its own cashiers for processing purchases.

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The mannequin inside is wearing Uniqlo clothes and wielding a camera from Bic Camera. You can actually buy all of these items in the store.

What Can You Find at Bicqlo?

Let’s go through a few of the popular items you can buy at Bicqlo.

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Photo courtesy of Bic Camera

Of course, Japanese rice cookers are quite popular, and you’ll be happy to know that they work with foreign voltages. You can purchase one together with a protective gel pad to prevent slipping or being knocked over (in case of an earthquake or the like) so you can feel at ease.

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Photo courtesy of Bic Camera

Minus ion dryers are also popular, and there is a plentiful array of units which work with foreign voltages. Plenty of foreign customers pick up stick-type vacuum cleaners and robot vacuum cleaners as well.

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Photo courtesy of Bic Camera

While Bic Camera is an appliance retailer, you can also buy medical supplies, cosmetics and food items there. There is a souvenir corner on the B1F level where everything you need is laid out on the shelves. The most popular cosmetic product is the whitening lotion Sekkisei. You can also find insulated Thermoses, Japanese diapers, powdered milk, green tea-flavored sweets and the so-called “12 heavenly medicines” which are very popular with visitors from China.

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Photo courtesy of Uniqlo

It goes without saying that the most popular clothing item is the HEATTECH undershirt. The fibers absorb moisture and generate heat, making the shirts thin yet warm. In the winter they protect against the elements, and in the summer they keep the AC from feeling too cold, so they are popular all year-round.

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Photo courtesy of Uniqlo

If you’re feeling cold, slip on an Ultra Light Down jacket. If Japan is colder than you were expecting, or there is a day with extreme temperature shifts, these are quite convenient. Since you can fold them compactly, you can put them away with a minimum of fuss.

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Photo courtesy of Uniqlo

My Uniqlo is a service for getting your very own quintessentially Japanese, attention-grabbing souvenir by adding an original touch. Use this service for inscribing the name of your travel partner on a T-shirt or hoodie, or write a message in paint. It seems that more and more people are enjoying the opportunity for customization.

Duty-Free Support

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Photo courtesy of Bic Camera, Uniqlo

Bic Camera products should be purchased at a Bic Camera cashier, and Uniqlo products at a Uniqlo cashier. Both stores have duty-free support, so take your items to the duty-free counter and show your passport to receive your consumption tax exemption. Conveniently, Bic Camera can send your purchased goods to Narita or Haneda Airport the following day, or to your hotel if it’s in the vicinity (Shinjuku, Shibuya, Suginami, Nakano).

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Photo courtesy of Uniqlo

The 1st floor on the Bic Camera side has a foreign currency exchange counter and other services to accommodate the international customer. Why not get all your souvenir shopping done at Shinjuku’s convenient Bicqlo location?

*Prices current as of 11/13/2015

Information

Shinjuku East Exit Bicqlo

Address: Tokyo, Shinjuku Ward, Shinjuku 3-29-1
Operating hours: 10:00~22:00
Closed: Open all year
Wi-Fi: Yes, free wi-fi available on the Bic Camera side
Credit cards: Yes
・Bic Camera - View, AEON, JCB, Visa, DC, AMEX, Diners, Ginren, UFJ, MUFG, Tokyu Card, Nicos, Orico, Rakuten, Micard, TS3
・Uniqlo - JCB, Visa, DC, Mastercard, AMEX, Diners, Ginren, TS3, MUFG, Saison, Cedyna, OMC, UFJ, AEON, Nicos
Foreign language support:
・Bic Camera - English, Chinese (also some Thai, Korean and French-speaking staff)
・Uniqlo - English, Chinese
Foreign language pamphlets: Yes
Closest station: Shinjuku, via JR Yamanote, Chuo, Sobu, Saikyo, and Shonan Shinjuku Lines, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Toei Subway Shinjuku Line, Toei Subway Oedo Line, Keio Line, Odakyu Line
Access: 5 minutes on foot from Shinjuku Station east exit
Price: varies by product
Phone:
・Bic Camera 03-3226-1111
・Uniqlo 03-5363-5741
Homepage: Bicqlo - Bic Camera Shinjuku (Japanese) and Bicqlo - Uniqlo Shinjuku (Japanese)

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