If you're a character fan, then Tokyo Character Street is a must visit in Japan.
Tokyo Character Street near Tokyo Station is heaven if you enjoy cartoons and all the related collectibles, with more than 20 boutiques representing animated media idols like Hello Kitty, Little Twin Stars, and My Melody, Rilakkuma and so many more.
Where Is This Place Located?
First Avenue Tokyo Station is located in JR Tokyo Station (outside the ticket gates). Exit any Yaesu gate from the shinkansen lines or traditional lines and you're there.
1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Now, I'll guide you around the shops where you can buy goods featuring all of your favorite Japanese characters.
First in the list, Rilakkuma.
Because of its cuteness and unique lifestyle which is immensely relaxing, this beautiful teddy bear is loved and popular with individuals of any age. You name it. Everything's available at the Tokyo Rilakkuma Shop.
Second, the Pokemon Store which sells handpicked items from the official Pokémon shop "Pokémon Center" in Toshima City. There are even some items with a seasonal theme that is so perfect for the season!
Did you know? Japan is the HOME of Pokémon and its biggest store around the world is located in Tokyo!
The “every girl’s favorite” Hello Kitty store.
Why everyone loves Hello Kitty? Her clean lines and over-sized head make her instantly recognizable. However, she has no mouth, and thus no ability to speak and her creators justify this on grounds that she can “speak from the heart”.
Next is the Miffy . A little female rabbit named Miffy appears in a number of picture books created and written by Dutch illustrator Dick Bruna.
"Miffy Style" is a Kiddy Land and Dick Bruna Japan cooperation project.
Bruna-approved, the official shop will take you on a journey through Dick Bruna's world.
Numerous Miffy soft toys, plush toys, tote bags, stationery items, and candies are available in this store.
The Moomin Store. Moomins are the main characters of a number of books and a comic strip written and illustrated by the Finnish-Swedish author and illustrator Tove Jansson, which were first released in Swedish by Schildts in Finland.
They resemble white hippopotamuses!
Japanese people adore Moomin, and Character Street is home to a complete Moomin shop.
Koupen-chan lovers of all things kawaii may need no introduction to Koupen-chan. Rurutea, a Japanese illustrator, developed the charming penguin four years ago. There are numerous Koupen-chan items inside, including stationery, clothing, plushies, and more!
If you like Gachapon, you'll enjoy the Tokyo Gashapon Street store. Interesting fact! Tokyo is home to the World's Largest Gachapon capsule toy store.
There are numerous gacha machines to play from inside the store
Snoopy Town sells a variety of items, and if you're a Snoopy fan, this is a dream come true for you.