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A Tokyo staple for souvenirs
Oriental Bazaar has been around for forever! It first opened in 1916, in a different location, as an antique shop. It moved to its current location in Omotesando after World War II. It has lasted through the ages due to its well deserved reputation for being one of the best places to buy quality Japanese souvenirs. It is possibly the best known souvenir shop in Tokyo.
Apart from offering a myriad of traditional and novelty gifts, the building itself is really beautiful on the outside. The inside is bright airy and spacious. Products vary greatly from the affordable casual souvenirs such as Japanese fans and chopsticks to expensive speciality pieces such as Kabuto and Kimono. They even smell some furniture. If you don't have time to shop in a number of different shops, Oriental Bazaar can work as a one-stop shop to pick up some items to take home as souvenirs or as keepsakes of your time in Japan.
The store is on the main Omote-sando - Harajuku thoroughfare. Access from Harajuku station on the JR Yamanote line or from Omote-sando and Meiji Jingu Mae stations on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line.
A perfect one stop shop for souvenirs
When family or friends visit us here in Japan and want to do a spot of souvenir shopping, Oriental Bazaar is the number one spot I direct them towards. Located in the trendy Omotesando area of Tokyo, the building is easy to spot as you're walking along and passing designer stores as you go.
Once inside, you're greeted with several levels of different Japanese souvenirs. From beautiful antique looking tea sets, to all manner of kokeshi dolls, kimono and jinbei, t-shirts, postcards, fridge magnets - basically if you're looking for something Japanese to take home with you this is the spot.
I also find that the prices are very reasonable - the first time there I was expecting to be shocked by the price given the location. Nothing really made my jaw drop, except for some of the beautiful kimono (some fetching around the $450 US amount - not the kind of budget I have to spend!)
All in all it's a fun spot to stop and it's great for visitors if you have them.