Situated in the heart of Shibuya city, Daikanyama T-Site is an elegant and beautiful shopping complex for those with refined taste. Spend an afternoon here browsing through books, records, and stationary, or simply enjoying a cup of coffee.
Combining Nature With Design
Daikanyama T-Site, according to its official website, is based on the concept of “a library in the woods.” A 55-meter-long alleyway initially greets visitors. The six-story luxury Tsutaya bookstore then branches out on either side. Each floor offers shoppers a variety of exclusive products. These include many different categories of books, films, and albums. There is something for people of all ages here.
The interior of Tsutaya bookstore’s Daikanyama T-Site branch
Daikanyama T-Site’s Tsutaya branch is the only Japanese bookstore referenced in Flavorwire’s 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World article. This means that, even if you don’t want to shop till you drop, you can still just browse and enjoy the stores’ beautiful designs.
Books and Music
As mentioned, there is a large variety of media to choose from at Tsutaya. You can find books in categories such as Cuisine, Travel, Cars and Motorcycles, Architecture and Design, Art, and Humanities and Literature. These categories include large selections of both new and vintage books. The latest local and international magazines are also available.
At the Anjin lounge, you can find a large selection of vintage magazines. This is also a great place to enjoy a beverage while combing through a book you picked up from the library.
You can also find an astonishing range of DVDs at Tsutaya, including some hard-to-find titles. If you are having trouble choosing, you can easily ask the cinema concierge to recommend something for you. They can then burn DVDs on the spot for purchase.
Tsutaya is also a music lover’s dream, with thousands upon thousands of albums. You can sit down at a station and sample an album, all while enjoying a cup of coffee. Here, as in the other sections of the stores, concierges specializing in genres such as rock, classical, and jazz are standing by with advice and recommendations. Daikanyama T-Site Tsutaya is perfect for those looking for a large selection of English titles. Tax refunds are also offered exclusively for tourists. This can mean a great afternoon of shopping on your next trip to Tokyo.
The entrance to Tsutaya bookstore’s Daikanyama T-Site branch
Coffee… and More
What would books be without coffee? Other than the aforementioned Anjin lounge, there is also a Starbucks branch where you can relax and enjoy a cup. For the hungry, there is Ivy Place restaurant, which is also pet friendly. This makes it the perfect place to take your pooch after a visit to nearby Green Dog Daikanyama. Here you can find boarding, grooming, and veterinary services as well as premium pet food.
Daikanyama T-Site is a 5-minute walk from Daikanyama Station on the Toyoko line. It is also approximately 15 minutes on foot from Shibuya Station.