With a history stretching some 130 years, Isetan is a favorite among foreigners visiting and living in Tokyo. Part of the Isetan-Mitsukoshi conglomerate, it has a good line of conservative work clothes, as well as contemporary and fashionable styles, including designer goods (Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons, Marc Jacobs, Junya Watanabe, and Tsumori Chisato), as well as a great kimono section along with all the traditional accessories (obi, shoes, purses). The tax-free counter is on the 6th floor. On the seventh floor are branches of well-known restaurants offering grilled eel, tonkatsu, sushi, and Western food, including Ten-ichi, specializing in tempura. Its basement food hall is legendary, the dessert and massive chocolate sections an especially illuminating commentary on Japan’s obsession with food. In its efforts to woo male shoppers, a nine-floor annex behind the main building caters entirely to men (it even has a golf school on the roof).
3–14–1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
Our Rating Neighborhood Shinjuku Hours Open daily 10:30am to 8pm Transportation Station: Shinjuku Sanchome (1 min.) or Shinjuku (east exit, 6 min.). On Shinjuku Dori, east of Shinjuku Station. Phone 03/3352-1111 Web site Isetan
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