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Department Stores



There are several department store chains in Japan. The largest shopping zones in Tokyo are Shinjuku, Ginza, and Shibuya, where several department stores can be found there side by side.

The service in a Japanese department store is excellent. Personnel stands ready everywhere in order to greet the customers. Many elevators are operated by elevator ladies who announce the floors and open and close doors. The goods are presented very beautifully, and much care is given to the nice wrapping of purchased merchandises.

Every department store chain closes its stores on one day during the week. On weekends and most national holidays, all the department stores are usually open since Saturdays, Sundays and holidays are the most popular shopping days.

Some of the largest department store chains are:
  • Mitsukoshi
  • Takashimaya
  • Seibu
  • Daimaru, Matsuzakaya, Tobu, Odakyu, Tokyu, etc.
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