Nippon TV Shop (日テレSHOP)
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Fun store for only-in-Japan gifts
I pass by the Nippon TV Shop quite a bit. It's quite small but it's a fun place to pop into every now and then and see what stuff they have in stock. I wonder how much of it means anything to other people though, maybe you have to be familiar with TV programs and TV culture in Japan to get the most out of it. That said, there is always some entertaining and quite bonkers bits and bobs in here.
Nippon TV Shop and other places like it are a good source for novelty stationary. For me, this kind of thing has been a life-saver when I've had no other idea as to what I might send to people at home as gifts from Japan. (This is after having exhausted the chop sticks and fans pattern of Japan gift giving).
The area outside of Nippon TV Shop has some of the maddest public seating you're ever likely to see. I can't describe them as I'd probably get in trouble for being lewd. Anyway, they are sure to put a smirk on your face.
If you're already in the area, the Nippon TV Shop is worth a look.
Gifts and trinkets from Nippon TV
A pretty good resource for novelty gifts. Obviously the stock here changes depending on what TV programs the channel is trying to promote. Still, you'll surely find something here to amuse. It could be good for stuff to send to friends back home, although there is the risk that no one will have a clue what the characters are.
Of course, the goods here are of the usual type; lots of hand/face towels, files, key holders, themed stationary. Expect to pay anywhere between 1,000 - 2,000 yen for a towel. I saw some cool stickers for 450 yen. There are lots of cookies/snacks aimed as gifts here. Expect to pay around 600 yen for a box of 10-15.
The Nippon TV shop also houses a small bank of toy vending machines, always a source for cool little gift. The machines in the shop at the time of visiting were 300 yen a go.
The store is pretty small, but it manages to pack a lot in. It also seems pretty photo friendly (perhaps unsurprising given the numbers of tourists that come here). There are also cool displays to have a look at, and often some kind of life-size replica of an actor or actress in costume which people like to have their photo taken with.
Just outside the store you'll find a Taco Bell, a coffee shop and a seating area outside. There's also a Tower Records nearby.
The store, whilst not really worth going out of your way for itself, is on the ground floor of the Nippon TV Tower which has other attractions open to the public.
1 Chome-6-1 Higashishinbashi, Minato, Tokyo 105-7444, Japan