Tokyo Map of The BEST Areas to Thrift Shop
In recent years, thrifting and vintage clothes shops in Tokyo has become increasingly popular and there are now whole areas of Tokyo that are famous for their thrift shops! These shops are not like regular vintage clothes shops, they sell the CUTEST used clothing that has usually been edited in some way to make it even CUTER! In this list we’ll show you the best areas in Tokyo for vintage clothes shopping and some recommended shops!
1. Shimokitazawa 下北沢
Shimokitazawa has become increasingly popular in recent years due to more and more young people starting to hang out there! This resulted in the growth of cute thrift shops, cute cafes and cute street art (as can be seen above)! The young people scene in Shimokitazawa is huge, with tons of well dressed young teens hanging out and shopping there!
The thrift shops in Shimokitazawa are honestly some of the best you will find in Tokyo! The clothes in all the shops are super cool and cute and a lot of been revamped. However, the prices are fairly high in fact probably some of the highest for vintage clothes in Tokyo! So if you’re looking to shop on a budget, Shimokitazawa is probably not the place for you! But if you’re wanting to splurge on some super cute pieces, get yourself to Shimokitazawa!
Take the Keio-Inokashira line or the Odakyu Line to Shimokitazawa Station.
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2. Kichijoji 吉祥寺
Kichijoji is a small area in Tokyo located west of Shinjuku. It’s a bit out of the center (around 20 mins by train) but is well worth the trip! If you’re looking to find the best vintage shops in the area, head in the direction of ‘Inokashira Park‘. The street leading to the park is lined with cute vintage shops perfect for thrifting at! There are also some amazing food shops along that street to, especially the crepe shops and tapioca stands!
Kichijoji has been growing in popularity for young people in recent years and it has really driven Kichijoji to develop into the amazing and quirky town that it is today! Definitely worth checking out, especially if you’re a fashion lover!
Take the Chuo Line or Keio-Inokashira Line to Kichijoji Station
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3. Cat Street
Cat street, located in Harajuku, is full of amazing thrift shops selling cool vintage and second-hand clothes! This area also offers an escape from Takeshita street which is just a few minutes walk away! The area is FULL of vintage fashion and second hand clothes shops, we recommend turning down all the small streets off of cat street as you’re sure to find some AMAZING shops that you wouldn’t have found otherwise!
The prices of the stores vary quite a lot with some stores being extremely expensive but some being very cheap, so make sure to have a good look around and see what you can find! You can even get second-hand kimono at some of them for a good price! This is great if you’re wanting to experience wearing a kimono to one of the shrines in Tokyo!
Take the JR Yamanote Line to Harajuku Station.
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Shibuya is full of cool vintage shops, many located down the back streets of Shibuya. The shops sell a lot of cool second-hand clothes with most being branded! The branded items are extremely cheap when considering the brand but if you’re shopping on a budget maybe try out Kichijoji or cat street!
Items that are often found in the Shibuya vintage clothes shops include fleeces, dresses, jackets, sneakers and MUCH MORE! I’m sure many people will be visiting Shibuya anyway if you go to Tokyo, so it’s worth going to check out the vintage shops there if you’re a fan of fashion!
Take the JR Yamanote Line to Shibuya Station.
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Naka-meguro is an area that not many people know about when it comes to vintage clothes but it is EXTREMELY popular for Japanese locals! You have probably heard of the Meguro river, which is famous for cherry blossom viewing. Well, around this area there are tons of super cute vintage stores! We recommend visiting when it isn’t sakura season as it gets very busy around that time!
The stores are usually quite cheap here and you can find some really great fashion finds here! Worth the trip there, and you can see the beautiful river whilst you are there!
Take the Hibiya Line to Naka-Meguro Station.
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