Lonely Planet's top 10 places to shop in Tokyo
Shopping in Shinjuku can be a little overwhelming. From the moment you step out of the train station (ringed by malls and department stores), the lights and noise make the whole place seem like the interior of a bustling casino. But there are some great shops amid all the chaos, and you can find just about anything your heart desires here. Two branches of the Kinokuniya bookstore are here, as is stately Isetan, one of Tokyo's most revered department stores, which caters to the young set. It is also a great place to come to shop for electronics if you are not motivated to trek all the way to Akihabara.
Prices on everyday commodities like eyeglasses may be slightly cheaper in Ikebukuro - come here to buy no-frills stuff, not Prada. Ikebukuro has big department stores, but it is never quite taken off as a shopping destination. What it is good for is bargains on wares you will find in other parts of the city. If you are an anime or manga fan, check out the shops along Otome Rd by the Sunshine City complex.
Odaiba was designed as an entertainment and shopping mecca, so it should come as no surprise that two of its main attractions are malls with views over the water. You will find both big-name designers and small shops here. Venus Fort is worth a peek to take in its timed sunrise and sunset (artificial, of course).