Fresh Japanese cakes called nama-gashi are the specialty of Shiono. Intricate decorations atop the cakes makes them exquisite gifts and delectable tidbits. The store also sells a range of traditional Japanese sweets. Visit early as most of the cakes are usually sold out by early afternoon.
- Subway: Akasaka Station, Chiyoda Line
- Address: 2-13-2 Akasaka, Minato-ku
An homage to the warrior history of Japan this shop displays a wide variety of traditional Japanese armour and weapons plus the time-honored katana sword. Conversant staff are able to explain the use, history and creation of each sword in English. All hand-made, the shapely samurai swords and wicked weapons of destruction on show are all available for purchase.
- Subway: Toranomon Station, Ginza Line
- Address: 3-8-1 Toranomon, Minato-ku
3 Tres WG
Looking for a mini blowing alley, or perhaps a desk top putting green? 3 Tres WG is one of those shops that is so much fun to browse, full of interesting curios and souvenirs. The store sells a great range of chic yet quirky accessories, stationary and business goods. While the ideal customer might be a Japanese salary-man the content of this store will interest everyone.
- Subway: Akasaka-mitsuke Station, Ginza and Marunouchi Lines
- Address: Bellevie Akasaka 5F, 3-1-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku
Opened in March 2008 Akasaka Sacas has a large shopping mall located in the Akasaka Bix Tower building. The stores here range in content and purpose from clothing and accessories to salons and skin treatment centres. An interesting experience is a visit to the SMAP shop where swarms of girls head to worship the Japanese pop boy-band.
- Location: Conjoined to Akasaka subway station
- Subway: Akasaka Station, Chiyoda line (exits 1, 3a, 3b, and 7)