Translated by Dan
An Omotesandō Landmark: The Oriental Bazaar
The Oriental Bazaar in Omotesandō is a gorgeous Japanese-style building that has an incredible selection of Japanese souvenirs on offer. You're sure to find something great here!
Written by Yusuke Yamamura
What is the Oriental Bazaar?
Omotesandō is the gathering place of luxury brands and ultra-trendy restaurants, but at the core of this modern shopping district a vivid reminder of where you are stands out: the Oriental Bazaar. This gorgeous vermilion, white and greened-bronze shop opened in 1934 and has sold souvenirs from all across Japan ever since.
Where to Start First
This shop is deceptively large, so you might find yourself getting a bit overwhelmed by all the items at first. The store is divided into three floors, with clothing and related items in the basement, household goods and interior decorating items on the first, and furniture and handicrafts on the second. I recommend taking a look at all three floors first, before deciding what to purchase.
There are English-speaking staff on each floor, so you can easily ask questions about the items for sale here.
These are some of their popular items: the chirimen fabric teddy bear, sake cups and other tableware items.
Classic souvenirs, such as the kanji T-shirt, come in a wide variety too, with Western-friendly sizes available. You can even find kimono here for as low as 3000 yen.
You can also find accessories, hand towels, and cards with Japanese designs on them.
There are Japanese swords and suits of armor, as well as interior decorating pieces too. There are simply too many items to mention at the Oriental Bazaar.
Souvenir Shopping Your Way
With so many traditional and unique items to choose from, it's no wonder that the Oriental Bazaar has been the place to find Japanese souvenirs since 1934. And they offer a few extra services to their customers that no where else has: in this shop you can use Japanese yen, most credit cards, US dollars and Euros, making it a barrier-free shop for visitors from around the world. Not only that, but you can also ship your souvenirs directly overseas from the shop itself.
If you want to find the best in Japanese souvenirs and enjoy these unusual services, make the Oriental Bazaar your first stop in Omotesandō.
Address: Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae 9-13-5
Nearest Station: Meiji-Jingūmae Station (明治神宮前駅) or Omotesandō Station (表参道駅) Tokyo Metro Ginza/Chiyoda/Hanzomon lines
Access: 5 minute walk from exit 4/5 of Meiji-Jingūmae Station, 7 minute walk from JR Omotesandō Station
Phone Number: 03-3400-3933
Website: Oriental Bazaar