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City Views, Restaurants and Shopping at Takashimaya Times Square in Shinjuku

The neon sign for Times Square was one of the first things we saw when we first arrived at and exited Shinjuku station and it ended up being one of the last things we checked out. The name just conjured up the image of a major destination (having known the respective Times Squares in New York and Hong Kong) and we spent our final afternoon there before making our way to the airport.

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The sixteen floored Takashimaya Times Square complex has been around since 1996 and is supposed to be packed on weekends although it seemed pretty quiet judging by Japan shopping standards. It might have something to do with a more spacious layout or that the first few floors contain high-end stores aimed at the affluent elderly.

Ascending the Shopping Floors at Times Square

We checked out the floors going up (our alternative strategy for Tokyo's multi-storey shops is often to get a lift to the top before making our way down) and as we do so, it does get busier. The upper floors appeal more to younger shoppers. There are areas dedicated to gentlemen as well as catering as usual to women. Paul Smith seems popular in Tokyo - I noticed a few outlets for his products - and there was no surprise in seeing PS products included here. I took a quick look to see if there was anything unusual for the Japanese market (no), though usually avoid English brands since I've grown up visiting them in London.

Creative life store Tokyu Hands

There's a branch of the home hobbyist, creative life store Tokyu Hands which like other branches, spans several floors (around eight I think) but having spent hours in the Ikebukuro branch previously, I can only dip in and out.

Superb Roof Balcony Views

The floors seemed to aim at younger and younger target markets as we go up, culminating in a toddlers floor with shops and a childrens photographer specialist. After that, we encountered a few more floors of bustling restaurants but the highlight for us was in stepping out to the part roof / part balcony area which some of the restaurants used as a seating area - next to a mini outside garden.

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We could walk along the perimetre of the building, taking in the sunshine and glorious South-Easterly views over the top of Shinjuku Park and the skyscrapers beyond.

A couple more photos in the Shinjuku Times Square photoset.

If you can read Japanese, you can check out the Takashimaya Times Square website.


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