I discovered the wonders of second-hand stores in Tokyo purely by accident. I was planning my last-minute hiking trip to Kamikochi (also known as the “Japanese Alps”) and realized I didn’t have any appropriate hiking wear. I was torn between shopping it up vs. going without when I realized I could try looking at second-hand stores in Tokyo!
Op shopping or thrift shopping is not what normally comes to mind when you think of planning a vacation to Tokyo, Japan. Especially for a budget traveler here – you want to save money, instead of finding places to spend it. I can safely say that after visiting Japan 3 times in the last few years, I am so disappointed that I didn’t go thrift shopping here sooner!
If you’re looking for places to go thrift shopping in Tokyo, there are bucket loads of options, especially in Harajuku and Shibuya. You could spend DAYS browsing second-hand stores!
To save you time, I’ve put together a guide to the best second-hand stores in Tokyo, and which ones you should hit up depending on your budget and style!
Bonus: make sure you check out the map below for the locations of each of these thrift shops!
1. My favorite second-hand store in Tokyo: Kinji, Harajuku
Kinji is my absolute favorite – filled with racks and racks of second-hand clothes for both men and women, there is so much to choose from. My favorite part of shopping here is that the merchandise is separated by cost on racks, so you can shop according to your budget. There is also a very large accessories table and sunglasses selection (when I was there, these were new sunglasses, rather than second-hand ones).
Make sure you bring some cash when shopping here – when I visited, they had a 3,000 JPY minimum spend if you wanted to pay with your credit/debit card.
Location: Japan, 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae, 4 Chome−31−10, YMスクエア原宿
2. A second-hand store for designer lovers: R A G T A G, Shibuya
If you’re on a tight budget, you probably will want to give Ragtag a miss. However, if you love designer brands (think Marc Jacobs, Elizabeth and James, Chloe) this is the place to shop. The store has three floors, with the women’s section on the top floor and men’s section on the basement level. While the prices are expensive, if you love designer wear you can save a bucket load here!
Location: Japan, 〒150-0041 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Jinnan, 1 Chome−17−7
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3. A second-hand store for budget shoppers: BINGO Used Clothing, Shibuya
Similar to Kinji, BINGO is definitely for budget shoppers. The Shibuya store has an extensive range of second-hand backpacks, bags and watches, and a large selection of clothing for both men and women. They also sell some designer handbags, however, I didn’t have a chance to check these out and am not sure how they compare with specialty second-hand designer handbag stores in Tokyo.
Location: Japan, 〒150-0042 東京都渋谷区Udagawachō, 32, 宇田川町３２−１３
4. Curated vintage: CHICAGO, Harajuku
CHICAGO is packed with vintage clothing. Most of the clothing is of a higher quality than what you’ll find at Kinji or BINGO, but the costs are higher to make up for this. There’s a great jeans selection and if you’re after a second-hand Kimono or Yukata, this is the place to get one! They even have instruction sheets you can take home outlining how to put one on.
Location: Japan, 〒150-0001 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Jingūmae, 4 Chome−26
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5. Another Curated Vintage option: Flamingo, Harajuku
Flamingo is similar to CHICAGO in that the items are a bit more costly and of a higher quality than Kinji or BINGO. While Flamingo didn’t fall within my budget (I was more of BINGO/ Kinji fan!) it’s worth checking out if you’re in the area.
Location: Japan, 〒150-0001 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Jingūmae, 6 Chome−6−7−10 ネスト原宿Ⅶ
6. G2? Harajuku
G2? Is two floors of thrift shopping fun. If you’re after women’s clothing, you’ll want to check out the 2nd floor. Most of the merchandise is carefully selected, so the prices are higher than what you’ll find at Kinji or BINGO. This does mean however that the clothing is generally of a higher quality. The accessories section isn’t quite as big as some of the other stores, but there is a really cool American Vintage section in the back of the 2nd floor that is worth checking out!
Location: Japan, 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae, 3 Chome−22−7, 神宮前ビル
If you’re short on time and are stuck on which stores to visit, I’ve summarized them according to budgets below:
- If you want a bargain or you’re on a tight budget, definitely visit Kinji or BINGO
- If you’re not on a tight budget but you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars, I’d recommend CHICAGO, Flamingo or G2?
- If you’re after designer clothing, definitely visit R A G T A G!
And if you need help findning the shops, use the map below:
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So there you have it – my guide to the thrift shops of Shibuya and Harajuku! Given the closeness of these areas (they’re right next to each other) you could probably visit all these stores in one day but slip on your comfiest shoes. Be careful though, because you will be required to remove your shoes whenever you try on clothes in the changing room!
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