Shopping for skincare and makeup in Tokyo – Harajuku and Shinjuku!

Buying skincare and makeup in Tokyo sometimes is just stumbling to the right places, but it doesn’t have to be! I’d like to simplify shopping and give you two easy walking areas to get all your make-up and skincare needs handled. I actually ended up making a google map that you can save for easy directions and access.

I’ve recommended shops located near two train stations Shinjuku and Harajuku. But just in case you’re parked somewhere else for your visit in Tokyo I’ve added a few points of interest.

I’ve also listed if places are tax free or not from my experience.

 

Google has allowed me to make notes on each map point so you can click through and see points of interest, but below I’m going to explain them all as well.


Skincare and Make-up in Tokyo – Harajuku area

Harajuku is slowly becoming one of the better places to shop for skincare and make-up in tokyo. Tourism has really ramped that up and there are several good places to check out between crepes and style gawking.

 

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Etude House

Takeshita-dori

japanese:エチュードハウス
address: 東京都渋谷区神宮前1-16-5
jp site: etudehouse.jp

Newly built Etude House on Takashita street is one of the wonderful improvements to Takeshita. The pink castle outside and jewelbox inside hold lots of stock and it’s the best place to shop for Etude House in Tokyo. From my experience they seem to offer more novelties (freebies) and if you’re searching for a particular Etude House product you’re most likely to find it here.

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Etude House Japan prices are cheaper than YesStyle and Jolse so stock up!! Since it’s on Takeshita getting there is a pain and it can get packed, but it’s still a lovely store.


 

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Matsumoto Kiyoshis are immediately recognizable for their garish mustard and blue colorways.

Matsumoto Kiyoshi

Tax Free

Takeshita-dori

japanese:マツモトキヨシ(マツキヨ sometimes shortened to)
address:東京都渋谷区神宮前1-16-7
site: here

Matsumoto Kiyoshi is a drugstore chain found most anywhere in Tokyo. It’s a great place to buy drugstore brands (Kate, Visee, Hada Labo, Shiseido, Canmake) of skincare and make-up in Tokyo or the rest of Japan. The two floor Takeshita shop is one of the larger ones, but can also be a bit packed. I also recommend the Ikebukuro location Sunshine-dori. But if your time is cramped maybe this is better saved for going to the one near your hotel?


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Ainz & Tulpe

Omotesando-dori

japanese:アインズ&トルペ
address:150-0001 東京都渋谷区神宮前1-13-14 原宿クエストビル
site: here

One of the hidden gems on Omotensando. Ainz & Tulpe is a two floor megastore of skincare and make-up in Tokyo. If you’re hunting for low or high priced Japanese brands it’s your best shot to find them here. Well lit and not as packed as Matsumoto Kiyoshi. They also have a location in Shinjuku and Shibuya’s Centa-gai but it’s not as well stocked.


 

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Les Merveilleuses by Laduree

La Foret – 1.5 floor

japanese: レ・メルヴェイユーズ ラデュレ
address:150-0001 東京都渋谷区神宮前1-11-6
site: japanese | english

It’s like stepping into Versailles but with make-up. Located inside La Foret the shopping experience is always wonderful. Browse all their collection, I have yet to be told anything is out of stock unless it was seasonal. Recommend picking up a blush of your skin type (cream for dry, powder for normal to oily).

Mitsukoshi Ginza is the other store in Tokyo. Others in Kyoto, Osaka and Nagoya.


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The Shu Uemura pop-up in Shinjuku

Shu Uemura

Tax Free

Omotesando Hills Mall – 1st Floor

japanese:シュウ ウエムラ
address: 東京都渋谷区 神宮前4-12-10 表参道ヒルズ西館1F
site: shuuemura.jp

Located in the ritzy Omotesando Hills mall, this Shu Uemura location is quite chic. But it’s also right on the ground floor and has a street entrance. The store is always packed with lots of staff and you can get in and out. Their oil cleanser is my Holy Grail item even if it’s pricey.

 


 

Skincare and Make-up in Tokyo – Shinjuku Area

 

 

Outside the east exit hip young mall Lumine EST should be your first stop for all types of make-up and then spread out walking to Tokyo’s Korea town, Shin-Okubo.

Etude House

Lumine EST – 2nd Floor

japanese:エチュードハウス
address:160-0022 東京都新宿区新宿3-38-1
jp site: etudehouse.jp

Not as big as the Takeshita location or as well stocked. This shop on the 2nd floor near Starbucks still has lots of options to see.


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Inside a Plaza store. Lots of displays and well lit.

Plaza

Lumine EST – 5th Floor

japanese: never used
address:160-0022 東京都新宿区新宿3-38-1
site: plazastyle

Plaza often has brands I have a hard time finding at other places. Excel drugstore make-up is one of them. Excel brow pencils are a savior if you are blonde or even a redhead and want the right color brow pencil. Lots of quirky gadgets, snacks and bath salts even roomwear and cups as well. The Shibuya 109 basement level two store is better stocked for make-up but this is second. Also the Plaza Ikebukuro Sunshine City store is nice.


 

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Skinfood

Not Tax Free

Lumine EST – 4th Floor

japanese: スキンフード
address:160-0022 東京都新宿区新宿3-38-1
jp site: skinfood.jp

A great place to sample and pick up tiny items, but sadly Skinfood Japan is very overpriced. A face cream may be marked 2x the original amount. Check your on-line prices before making any big purchases.


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@Cosme Store

Tax free over 5,000 yen

Lumine EST – Basement 2

japanese: アットコスメ
address:160-0022 東京都新宿区新宿3-38-1
site: cosmestore.net

Located on basement level one next to the elevators this cosme store is not the best lit and can be a pickle getting to for a first timer. All that aside @cosme store is actually the manifestation of cosme.net a ranking and review site used by thousands of women in Japan. It’s like Make-up Alley with a better interface. They also give out awards every year, kind of like “Allure’s Best of Beauty” winners. Make-up companies happily sticker on their products that they are #1 in the @Cosme rankings. Too bad the location and the lighting drive this down a little, but tons of good make-up brands high and drugstore and rankings clearly shown in front of make-up products.

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Their big ranking system and horrible lighting. See all those stickers on their products, that goes in all stores not just the @cosme store

Loretta hair care line sells inside @cosme Shinjuku and smells amazing and has gotten me addicted thanks to the recs of Nicola, Alanna and Siobhan.

Marui Shibuya 5th floor also has an @cosme store, Ueno Marui and Lumine Ikebukuro are other locations. (Marked on the map)

If you are in Osaka. I 120% recommend going to the @cosme store inside the giant Tsutaya on popular Dotonbori in Shinsaibashi. It’s on the 4th floor and is everything that the @cosme store in Shinjuku isn’t. Well lit, wood paneled, lots of space.  Since it’s inside Tsutaya they even have lots of magazines related to beauty right on the same floor. And there’s bench seating to sit and read. And!!! It’s open until 12:00!! If you love make-up or skincare even a little and you’re in Osaka, do not miss it.

 

…also in Lumine EST a MAC store (b1), BodyShop (b1), Paul & Joe Beauty (b1)


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Jill Stuart Beauty

Shinjuku – Lumine 2 2nd Floor

japanese: ジルスチュアート ビューティ
address: 東京都新宿区新宿3-38-2
site: japanese | english

Jill Stuart gets a lot of love for its packaging, bright girly colors but also for its aesthetic of using gel colors and shimmer. Its sister brands are Paul & Joe Beaute and Les Merveilleuses by Laduree. Nestled next to Lumine EST is Lumine 2 in Shinjuku.


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DHC

Shinjuku East Exit Underground – Subnade 2nd floor

address:160-0021 東京都新宿区歌舞伎町1サブナード1号 新宿サブナード地下街2丁目
site: dhc.co.jp | english site: dhccare

DHC calls itself “direct skincare” selling out of tons of shops inside Japan. Its biggest love overseas is the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil for make-up removal. Inside Japan they’re know for peddling tons of diet pills and protein shakes. Imagine if Slimfast did make-up? Kind of DHC. The easiest one to get to in Shinjuku is inside Subnade an underground shopping complex reached by the JR East Exit or going down many of the staircases in Kabukicho noted with “Subnade”. But there are several located around the Tokyo area (Ikebukuro, Shibuya).

You might want to check if Matsumoto Kiyoshi has the DHC product you’re looking for first instead of going on this hunt. They do stock a small selection.


Muji

Shinjuku West Exit

japanese:無印良品
address: 東京都新宿区新宿3-15-15
site: muji.com

The famed simple shop has launched a line of make-up that’s made with basic ingredients and is praised by some. More sought after by skincare and make-up lovers are the jars and acrylic storage that make hoarding that much easier. A pass if you’re not deep into skincare or makeup or worth checking out. Muji is one of my favorite places to buy gifts for others.


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Takashimaya

Shinjuku New South Exit

japanese: タカシマヤ
address: 151-8580 東京都渋谷区千駄ヶ谷5-24-2
site: takashimaya.co.jp

This big department store can be hassle to get to sometimes, but for that reason maybe it is also quiet. If you’d like to buy high end make-up and get pampered I really recommend this department store. When I was in college this was my horrible day at school escape.

Avoid: Shinjuku Isetan. Crowded with tourists definitely not the pampering experience one should expect with high end cosmetics.

Other department store reccomendations: Shibuya Station Tokyu, Ginza Takashimaya


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Don Quijote (Donki)

Okubo/Shinjuku

japanese: ドン・キホーテ
address:169-0072新宿区大久保1-12-6
site: donki.com

Admittedly this is a walk from Shinjuku station but a pleasant one. However you can also get off at the Shin-Okubo JR Station via the Yamanote Line or the Okubo JR Station via the Chuo Line. This is my favorite Don Quijote inside Tokyo as I’ve said often. Lots of space, lots of things to buy and see.

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Tourist warning: Donki loves to triple wrap their packaging to prevent shop lifters buying cosmetics often requires scissors and the tools from Q and James Bond to open it up.

Other recommended Donkis: Ikebukuro East exit, Nakano Broadway, Ueno, and Roppongi

Donkis to avoid for better Donkis: Shibuya, Shinjuku

Protip: Right next to the Okubo Donki is delicious Hotteok shop or ホットク in Japanese Hotoke  definitely must try!


 

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Skinholic

Okubo/Shinjuku

japanese: スキンホリック
address:169-0072 東京都新宿区大久保1-12-15
site: http://ehiroba.jp/skinholic/index.html

The best Korean skincare and make-up store in Tokyo. ShinOkubo aka Korean town especially since the newest Korean wave has hit has put up so many tiny Korean skincare stores. Or its skincare mixed with Big Bang merch. They’re all fine and good but Skinholic stands out. Well lit, lots of tester bottles, new products. Mask super packs. This is my one stop shop for Korean skincare and make-up. One of my favorite things about Skinholic is they arrange most products by their type. So you can compare BB creams side by side without fluttering to one brand or another.

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Inside Skinholic (source)

I look in other shops in Shin-Okubo but I usually only end up buying from Skinholic. Their selection and displays can’t be beat.


 

The Face Shop

Shin-Okubo/Shinjuku

japanese: ザ・フェイスショップ
address: 169-0072 東京都新宿区大久保1-12-1
site: thefaceshop.jp

Located right near Skinholic, Korean brand The Face Shop launched its own stand-alone store in Shin-Okubo. It’s a classy two storied affair that has tons of stock.

 


 

Whoa Mitsu you listed like 90 places… tl;dr

Sorry I love make-up and skincare and I want to give you ALL THE OPTIONS! If you’re not as skincare and make-up obsessed or just short on time my top catch-all types of cosmetics and skincare recommendations are: @cosme, ainz&tulipe, Matsumoto Kiyoshi or Donki, and skinholic. I can’t lower any more than that, you’re a devil for asking  :catno: .

 


 

Before you leave out the airport! Yojiya

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The girl the mirror is their famous logo. Pictured: blotting papers, Yuzu lip cream and Sakura soap

Extra shout-out before you leave! Yojiya Kyoto skincare and make-up in all Tokyo airports

japanese: よーじや
address: ALL AIRPORT TERMINALS IN TOKYO
site: yojiya

Yojiya, Kyoto’s long term brand famous for their blotting papers is located in all terminals of Narita and Haneda airports. Personal favorites are the yuzu lip cream and their selection of soaps in Japanese flavors like matcha, sakura and yuzu. They make great gifts and in airport they won’t count against your luggage weight! Yojiya is also located in the train station of Shin-Osaka and all throughout Kyoto.

Side notes:

I have left off all goods maker Loft just because their Shinjuku store is a little cumbersome and sometimes their beauty selection isn’t the best. Shibuya Loft is best if you’re in the area.

Although Korean brand Tony Moly once had a shop in Shinjuku it is since gone. Now they have a website (tonymoly.jp) that does on-line orders. Missha (missha.jp) has some stores in odd places around Japan although not many convenient to tourism. Missha’s Ikebukuro store in Lumine on the 7th floor is the best bet (171-0021 東京都豊島区西池袋1-11-1 ルミネ池袋7階). Missha and Tony Moly are both found in Skinholic along with select goods in Plaza stores.

 

…a map and everything. Man I feel like today’s post is the most organized I’ve ever been. Gudetama me is so proud of this. Coming up the companion to this post. Where to go to find individual Japanese brands of make-up by store.

 

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36 Comments

  1. January 21, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    I’m not much of a makeup/beauty/skincare person so I don’t personally shop for the stuff very often (I don’t know enough to buy it with an English label so I’m sure as hell not going to blindly try anything that I can’t read haha :-S) but on my recent trip, my friend did buy something from the Ikebukuro Matsumoto Kiyoshi that you mentioned. The line was CRAZY LONG on the first floor but we ventured up to higher floors since cosmetics was what she was most interested in anyway and was able to make our purchases (I was buying like 20 bars of Black Thunder wtf but she ended up with two lipsticks) from a one person register on the fourth(?) floor which is also a tax free counter. Lol I’m not sure if that’s really considered a helpful hint but I can almost guarantee that it saved us at least 15 minutes.
    Thanks for the detailed post! If I ever visit with someone who is interested in this stuff, I will definitely use this post as a resource for where to shop!

    • Mitsu
      January 22, 2016 / 9:53 am

      That is a good tip! If you’re curious COSDNA does an amazing job of listing all the ingredients of many Asian beauty items in English (or well if… Texamethal Chloride is really english…) and whether or not they are known as irritants or bothersome for acne. Tax Free at Matsumoto Kiyoshi is cray!! I think it is notorious for the famed Chinese tourists doing “explosive buying” there. Thankfully there’s 80 billion locations :D

  2. Miu
    January 21, 2016 / 1:51 pm

    Yessss this will be super helpful! I visited Ainz&Tulpe (and Matsumoto Kiyoshi because you can’t turn around without running into one) a bunch in the past but never really looked for other stores when I would visit (oops) I’m especially excited for Skinholic since I’ve become a kbeauty addict in the last year~

    The Google map is a nice touch! Makes planning really easy, especially if you favorite stores/locations on your own personal Google account for travel … am I the only one who does that? lol

    • Mitsu
      January 22, 2016 / 9:51 am

      Skinholic is amazing! I wish it was more convenient (I mean like right outside of a train station like Shibuya or Shinjuku) but it is so good!! KBeauty heaven :)
      I don’t, but that sounds really interesting! How do you do it?

  3. Suteisi
    January 21, 2016 / 1:54 pm

    Yay!! So glad you wrote this article. Thank you for all the tips and info!!

    I remember Skinholic the last time I was in Tokyo and highly recommended it to one of my friends who recently visited. Like you said, so well light and so well organized! It’s hard to find anywhere else that is as great.

    I’m glad to see there is now an Etude House in Harajuku. I used to always shop at the one in Lumine, but it was so small and cramped!

    • Mitsu
      January 22, 2016 / 9:49 am

      So happy you enjoyed!

      Skinholic is the best! I don’t understand why more cosmetic stores accept that good lighting is half the purchasing battle. I feel so much more confident buying make-up in good true lighting :)

      The Etude House in Harajuku is really a good addition. I went to the Lumine one a few times because I was in the area, but they were un-stocked on so many items!

  4. January 21, 2016 / 2:42 pm

    Great post!!!! I love shopping for makeup and skin care products in Japan!!! Would often spend a little too much, but never regretted a yen as it was just so much fun!!!XD
    I love Ainz & Tulpe as I always remember it from my first time in Japan since I was so surprised to see such a big store with soooo many cosmetics, definitely not a sight I often (if everXD) see in Iceland!!!

    • Mitsu
      January 22, 2016 / 9:28 am

      Thank you!! LOL US we only have like 3 sorts of stores (Sephora, Ulta and Sally’s) but I wish they carried more variety! Ainz & Tulpe rocks! I always go and forget the name. It wasn’t until Alanna and I had 90 talks about the same store I realized what it was LOL

  5. January 22, 2016 / 1:27 am

    Thank you a lot for this post, it will seriously helped me a lot for my trip this year! I know some of them but not everything!
    I would highly recommend you also to add the Don Quijote from Akihabara, this was my first time seeing this shop and I became so crazy about all the cosmetics they have there! I spent like 3 hours in it to what can I spent, and it’s also a great place to waste my time when my boyfriend spend too much time in this geek area that is Akihabara :)

    • Mitsu
      January 22, 2016 / 9:26 am

      Happy to be of help!!

      I didn’t rec the Donki in Akiba because I feel others are better and less trafficked. But if you’re stuck in Akiba again and done with Donki, Shosen Book Tower in Akiba is a haven for nerdy books but also has one of the best magazine selections in Tokyo. If you’re on the hunt for a specific beauty or fashion magazine you will probably find it there. http://www.akibamap.org/shop.php?s=96&shop=Shosen+Book+Tower :)

      • January 25, 2016 / 2:09 pm

        Tkx for letting me now that! I don’t remember if I entered in this tower before, but I will check it during my trip! :)

  6. January 22, 2016 / 8:15 am

    THANK YOU for this awesome guide! Shops with clothes are easy to find because I know all the brand names, but I didn’t know where I should search for make-up stores for my trip to Tokio *o*

    • Mitsu
      January 22, 2016 / 9:27 am

      I wish there was a make-up mall. Like a 109 of make-up XD That’d make this guide so much easier XD

  7. January 25, 2016 / 8:20 am

    Wow this post is so handy! Definitely saving this for when I go to Japan :D

    Lizzie Bee // mysticthorn.com

    • Mitsu
      January 25, 2016 / 10:58 am

      Thank you for liking, girly! :)

  8. inertia
    January 25, 2016 / 2:20 pm

    I like Skinholic because it feels calm and the staff lets you browse in peace. I get tired dealing with the aggressive staff at the other Shin-Okubo stores, so I feel grateful when I can go into Skinholic and look at everything in silence.

    And I love the @cosme store because it makes it so easy to get reliably good stuff! I’ve never been disappointed by buying a “top in category” product. At the risk of sounding like an awful sheep, I gave up on makeup/skin research on my last trip and just streamlined it by doing things like getting “the #1 color of the #1 blush”, and I’m really happy with everything I got that way.

    • Mitsu
      January 26, 2016 / 9:08 am

      Agreed! Or just mildly overly helpful skincare staff. I just sometimes want to see what they have before trying 0 products and sometimes having the most expensive suggested.

      I’ve been wronged by @cosme before but I still love checking the rankings. I’m looking at you Leanani Mascara :(

  9. Evie
    March 11, 2016 / 10:40 am

    Omg thank you for your thorough review!! I’m going to Tokyo in May, and I didn’t know where to start so this was so helpful! <3

    • Mitsu
      March 19, 2016 / 11:34 am

      Good luck on your trip and hope you enjoy :)

  10. March 31, 2016 / 4:56 pm

    Definitely one of the most helpful guides I’ve come across for Japan skincare and makeup shopping! Thank you for putting thia together – showing photos of each place too. Going to Japan soon and am reading up.

    For brands like Three, Addiction, Suqqu – where’s the best place to go?

  11. Charlotte
    April 30, 2016 / 2:41 pm

    Hi !!! Thank you so much for all your advices!!!! I work in make up and i fly in 2 weeks to Tokyo to search for make up brands to be distributed in Europe. Do you know where I can find the Brand Chosungah 22? If you could help me this would be fantastic!!
    Thank you Charlotte

    • Mitsu
      May 12, 2016 / 12:23 pm

      It’s not very popular but I’d just check in Shin Okubo. But it’s not really in the big stores outside of Koreatown.

      • Karen
        May 22, 2016 / 1:46 am

        I’m on th hunt for Chosungah 22 too – guessing Okubo is my best bet. Charlotte, reckon they might have it at Skinholic?

        i don’t have a lot of time so need to be organised in my shopping before I go in July. Your post was really helpful thank you.

      • Karen
        May 22, 2016 / 1:49 am

        I’m on the hunt for Chosungah 22 too – guessing Okubo was going to be my best bet. Charlotte or Mitsu, reckon they might have it at Skinholic?

        i don’t have a lot of time when in Tokyo, so need to be organised in my shopping before I go in July.

        Mitsu, Your post was really helpful thank you.

  12. Emai-chu
    May 11, 2016 / 6:56 am

    Omg😍 you really helped me out with that article. Now I finally know where to go when I am in Tokyo ^^ and It’s also very helpful that you added a photo and the adres!

    I have one question, do you know by any chance, where I can find Tony Moly in Tokyo, especially in Shinjuku ore Harajuku? ^^
    Tank you so much!

    • Mitsu
      May 12, 2016 / 12:25 pm

      Tony Moly used to have a pop-up shop in Shinjuku it is since passed. Tony Moly is in a lot of stores, not the whole range but either Shin-Okubo (which is a 15 min walk from Shinjuku station) or Ainz Tulipe in Harajuku both carry some Tony Moly.

  13. Hannah
    May 30, 2016 / 9:26 am

    Wow, this is SO helpful, really! Thank you very much!! :3
    I’m off to Tokyo next week and didn’t know how much korean brands you can buy in tokyo!

  14. Aeris Svit-kona
    June 13, 2016 / 9:03 am

    Do you have any recommendations on where I can get Laneige products? I’m moving to Japan in August; Okayama prefecture to be exact, but I don’t mind having to travel to get it since makeup lasts a while and I’d stock up if it’s far away.

    Thank you! Loved the article!~

    • Mitsu
      June 21, 2016 / 1:38 pm

      I think on-line Japanese stores would be your best bet. Okayama’s a bit of an odd duck. It gets lots of train traffic but it’s not particularly big enough to have a big chain like cosme. Maybe Donki? If you travel to Osaka which is nearish you’ll have more luck there at their cosme or Koreatown.

  15. August 13, 2016 / 3:48 pm

    Thank you very much for this post and the map! I love shopping for cosmetics and I am planning on going to Japan soon. You have been incredibly helpful. I have printed your map and I am eager to visit all the shops you have mentioned.

  16. August 16, 2016 / 12:45 am

    Very helpfullllllll Mitsu, thank you so much for the listing! I don’t think I will check all of them but it’s good that you mentioned that I can avoid Isetan lol :D

    Thank you for creating this list!! I can’t wait for my Japan trip!

  17. Chesca
    September 3, 2016 / 5:24 pm

    Waaah! Such a helpful post! I’m gonna have to drag my bf through all of these shops! Esp excited visiting the Laduree shop, which I hope is still open 😍
    I’m so happy i found you blog even just by randomly seaching about Japan travel tips 😂❤️❤️

  18. September 19, 2016 / 6:04 pm

    Very much helpful Mitsu, thank you so much for the listing! I can’t wait for my another Japan trip!

  19. Margaret E
    November 26, 2016 / 7:06 am

    I’ll be back in Tokyo for a week in December and my mission (as decided by my friends) is to load up on Whamisa hydro-sheet-masks (because they are glycerin/paraben-free). Any suggestions where to find them in Tokyo? Their company website is very unhelpful re: locations if you’re outside of Korea.

    Great article. I’ve printed it and it’s already in my suitcase waiting to go!!!

  20. Pelontle
    December 5, 2016 / 7:17 pm

    Hello ! Thank you for that insightful blog! However I still did not find what I was looking for- I am an African girl been in Tokyo for 2months I am looking for makeup ! Can you please recommend any particular store tht sells this ?

    Thank you

  21. Margaret E @torontoviewer
    February 20, 2017 / 5:38 am

    Some other ideas/tips.
    1. Avoid the large Matsumoto Kiyoshi in Ginza (near Waco) at all costs. It may look large but it is usually packed to the rafters with busloads of ‘shopping tourists’ (from PRC): not a pleasant experience (we’ve seen shoving matches break out among them over hair dyd, no idea why) plus a huge line-up on every floor. If you’re stuck in the general area there are largish MK and Tomods in nearby Shiodome.
    2. The DONKI in Ginza-INZ (really Shimbashi imho) has the largest selection of false eyelashes and anime-ish contact lenses I’ve ever seen.
    3. If you’re in that area anyway there is a big LABI nearby that has a large cosmetics section. It is aimed at tourists so the prices aren’t the cheapest but they have english (and mandarin) speaking staff.
    4. The LOFT in Yurakucho has a very large cosmetics/beauty section (with the added bonus of being underneath a massive MUJI): I always leave with an armload of face masks.
    5. Unfortunately Whamisa is no longer available in shops in Japan; only by online shopping.

    Thanks for writing this. I will definately try Skin Holic when I’m there in March.

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