Tokyo Character Street is a collection of official shops of Japanese and foreign characters – Perhaps you remember Part 1 Cute Items and Part 2 Kabuki Shop.Finally this is Part 3, the last post of All About Tokyo Character Street in Tokyo Station series.
Let’s see COOL heroes, heroines and machines. How many of them do you know?
1: Jump Shop
Many of popular mangas are on Weekly Shonen Jump, a manga magazine. (Sorry if it’s common sense for you!)
Jump Shop is the official shop of Jump mangas such as One Piece, Naruto, Breach, etc. You might have seen some of these heroes. (Sorry if it’s common sense for you!!)
|One Piece, Naruto, Breach… they are Jump Heroes!|
They sell manga books, official items of those mangas, and Jump magazines. Personally, it’ll be a good memory to get a copy of Weekly Shonen Jump.
Here are 2 Travel Tips from me.
Tip 1: Sometimes we can see some signatures of Jump manga artists. I can’t tell when – Just take a chance!
Tip 2: If your favorite manga hero is not a Jump hero, browse the shops of TV stations in Tokyo Character Street. For example, you’ll meet Detective Konan in Nittere-ya (Nihon TV Shop.)
|Goku from Dragon Ball and Devil Fruits from One Piece|
My personal recommendation is Luffy’s straw hat. Luffy’s hat in the manga has three damages and mending (Sorry if it’s common sense for you!!!), and at Jump Shop, you can get a straw hat that completely catches them!
2: Click Brick Lego Shop
Fans are all over the world. It’s Lego’s official shop.
|Click Brick Lego in Tokyo Character Street|
There are limited items available. You can see a ninja, too!
3: Tomica Shop
Tomicas are miniature cars. They are not just toys, but each’s details are breathtaking. Toyota, Porsche, London Bus, ambulances, racing cars… They are all based on the real, specific car models. So there are many enthusiastic collectors. The official, professional shop has more models than normal toy shops!
|If you have a car yourself, you possibly find your model|
|Tomica Shop in Tokyo Character Street|
Even if you felt that it is not a shop for you, you’ll change your mind when you see this.
Miffy cars, Rilakkuma cars, Snoopy cars, Pikachu cars! Kawaii cars next to serious cars!! Tomica is positive to collaborate with other characters, TV show and movies. There are Hello Kitty, Mario, Star Wars, etc.
4: PLARAIL Shop
|Miniature trains are going around!|
The importance of TRAINS depends on the country. I suppose that in some countries they are just practical and boring transportation and people use cars and ferries in their daily lives and trips.
But in Japan, trains are definitely the main transportation, so they are very cool for many of machine fans.
Then, some people make miniature trains, some become collectors, and finally a shop opens.
|PLARAIL Shop next to Tomica Shop – People are staring at the real diorama.|
You can get any trains and rails in the diorama in the first photo. If you find a favorite CAR in it, go to the neighboring shop.
5: Others – In case you love them
I’m not sure if you know the following heroes and heroines, and I don’t know them very well myself, but photos won’t be in vain to explore Tokyo Character Street on a blog…
Ultraman is a Japanese super hero. TV shows of super heroes like Ultraman use SFX and it attracts some movie freaks… I can talk about arts.
|Ultraman World M78 in Tokyo Character Street|
I personally didn’t like battling heroine animes such as Sailer Moon in my childhood because they were too frightening to me… so please don’t ask me about Precure.
|Precure Pretty Store|
I personally didn’t have a dream to become a popular singer in my childhood, but this time, I understand that there must be girls who get absorbed in that kind of stories!
But it is not very easy to explain things I don’t know well anyway…
There are some more character shops in Tokyo Character Street – I suppose they are too local for my blog. A list of all the shops in Tokyo Character Street is here.
Bonus: Gundam Cafe
(Attention: Gundam Cafe CLOSES on 31 August, 2016.) This is not inside Tokyo Character Street, but very close.
|Gundam Cafe in Tokyo Station|
This post is Part 3 of All About Tokyo Character Street in Tokyo Station.
In conclusion, I’d like to say that anyone will find something that attracts him or her in the 26 shops in Tokyo Character Street in Tokyo Station.
Tokyo is a big city with many different aspects – Some travelers visit there to experience traditional Japanese culture, some head to pop culture like mangas and animes, and others chose Japan as a new destination.
Whichever you are, you can enjoy something when you drop in at Tokyo Station.
Thank you for reading a long post and All About Tokyo Character Street in Tokyo Station is completed now.
Have a wonderful trip in Tokyo!
All About Tokyo Character Street in Tokyo Station
- Part 1: Kawaii (Cute) Items – Pokemon, Tamagotchi, My Neighbor Totoro & other Ghibli characters, Hello Kitty, Rilakkuma & Kapibara-san. Also, a list of all the 26 shops and practical guides to Tokyo Character Street for those who are really visiting there.
- Part 2: The Best Japanese Souvenirs at Kabuki Shop – About kabuki (traditional Japanese drama) official shop & my recommendation
Descriptions of Tokyo Character Street
Location: Yaesu North Exit underground floor in Tokyo Station, inside First Avenue Tokyo Station (also called, Tokyo Eki Ichibangai in Japanese)
The Easiest JR Train Map & Subway Maps of Tokyo City – Have simplified train and subway maps for your comfortable trip to visit Tokyo Station!
How to get to Tokyo Character Street: Go out of Yaesu North Exit of Tokyo Station and go down stairs to B1 floor. Or, Go out of Yaesu Central Exit, go left and go down to B1 floor.
Opening Hours of the Shops
10:00 – 20:30 every day
(Shop info is based on that in May, 2015.)
Links for Visitors
- Tokyo Station Official Maps in English by Japan Railway
- First Avenue Tokyo Station Official Floor Guide in English (PDF)
- First Avenue Tokyo Station Official Floor Guide in Chinese (PDF)
- First Avenue Tokyo Station Official Floor Guide in Korean (PDF)
- Hotels near Tokyo Station – Imperial Palace is near Tokyo Station Marunouchi Exits. There are 5-star luxury hotels including Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo, Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi, and retro & modern The Tokyo Station Hotel.