Tokyo is hailed as the fashion capital of the world, showcasing unique styles not found elsewhere. It’s not just about Japanese fashion; international brands also grace its streets. For fashion enthusiasts seeking quality second-hand clothing on a budget and steering clear of fast fashion, hitting up thrift shops in Tokyo is a must-do activity!

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Upon my arrival in Japan, wandering Shibuya left me aghast as I realised the clothing prices were way beyond my budget. As someone who adores signature pieces in my wardrobe and avoids supporting fast fashion, finding affordable clothes for different seasons proved to be a challenge. I had to reconsider my shopping destinations.

Fortunately, Tokyo boasts thrift shops scattered across the city and in many major districts, offering a variety of second-hand clothing styles. These shops provide fantastic alternatives to pricey options and purchases from big companies.

Throughout my time in Japan, I’ve discovered four favourite thrift shops that cater to all my needs, offering everything I could ever want at unbelievably low prices.

4 Must-Visit Clothing Thrift Shops in Tokyo

1. Closet Child (Multiple Locations)

Thrift shops in Tokyo: Closet Child

One of my favourite places to go thrift shopping for second-hand clothing in Japan would definitely have to be Closet Child. You have to drop by this store if you’re looking at going second hand Shopping in Japan.

Closet Child boasts three prime locations across Tokyo – Harajuku, Shinjuku, and Ikebukuro. It’s a haven for both kawaii and gothic fashion enthusiasts, offering a diverse range of styles including lolita, punk, grunge, and more.

You’ll find an array of top fashion brands at Closet Child, including Angelic Pretty, Baby the Star Shines Bright, and Alice and the Pirates. What’s more, you can score quality goods here at prices several thousand yen lower than in-store.

In addition to their already discounted prices, Closet Child regularly holds sales on their second-hand clothing throughout the year. From massive summer sales with items slashed by up to 70% to weekly deals on specific brands, there are plenty of opportunities to bag a bargain.

I’ve personally snagged many treasures here, like a nearly new Baby the Stars Shine Bright cardigan for just 2000 yen – a steal compared to its original price.

One thing I can’t stress enough is to visit Closet Child in light clothing for your comfort while trying on tops, blouses, and other items. The staff will also provide face covers to prevent makeup transfer onto the clothes in the dressing room.

For those seeking specific items or living abroad, Closet Child offers an online shop with convenient shipping options. Items are neatly categorised by brand and clothing style – whether it’s Lolita, Casual, Gothic, or more – making it easy to find exactly what you’re after. Be prepared to scroll through numerous options before finding your perfect pick, or you might end up splurging on a variety of different pieces!

2. DonDonDown on Wednesday (Multiple Locations)

Credit: DonDonDown Koenji

Situated in the heart of Shibuya, just a five-minute stroll from Shibuya 109, DonDonDown is a gem for thrift shopping enthusiasts aiming to be budget-savvy.

Though compact, this thrift shop boasts a diverse selection of second-hand clothing. Navigating prices is a breeze as each item sports a tag featuring a different fruit or vegetable icon, indicating its price range.

Upon arrival, you’ll receive a handy guide listing the day’s price icons. Typically, prices range from 200 yen to around 8000 yen, but Wednesdays bring a special treat – everything is half-off!

The ground floor is a haven for women’s wear, while the upper levels house men’s clothing and designer finds. Much like Closet Child, DonDonDown stocks items from renowned brands alongside lesser-known labels, neatly categorised by clothing type.

What sets this thrift store apart is its abundance of second-hand American brands like Polo by Ralph Lauren and Levi’s. I’ve scored some fantastic finds here, including pieces for less than 500 yen. Plus, I’ve discovered some chic business casual attire – think black slacks and a lavender business suit dress – making it a go-to spot for young professionals!

While there’s also a branch in Koenji, the deals aren’t quite as enticing as those in Shibuya. Don’t forget to add the store on the Line app for additional discounts as you embark on your thrift shopping adventure!

3. Mode Off (Multiple Locations)

As part of the discount store chain “Off” Stores, Mode Off stands out as a fantastic destination for clothing suitable for all ages and sizes. While many thrift shops cater exclusively to adults, Mode Off also offers a selection of kids’ clothes, making it a one-stop shop for the whole family.

The store typically comprises two sections: the main floor, showcasing designer clothing alongside deeply discounted items priced at 100 or 300 yen, and additional floors dedicated to women’s, men’s, and sale items. What sets Mode Off apart is its meticulous organisation – not only are clothes sorted by type (think long-sleeve blouses, sweaters, jeans, etc.), but they’re also arranged by colour and size, simplifying the hunt for your perfect find.

Mode off thrift shop Japan
Credit: Second hand clothing

Each clothing item is tagged with a price, except for those in the sales section, where everything is offered at a fixed rate. Plus, Mode Off makes it easy to give back – they gladly accept clothing donations, no appointment necessary.

For those looking to declutter their wardrobe, Mode Off offers instant cash for your clothes. Their Akihabara location is particularly appealing, boasting a vast array of cosplay items like costumes, wigs, and character goods – a paradise for budget-conscious Otakus! And remember to bring your own bag when thrift shopping to save on the extra 5 yen charge for plastic bags!

4. Kinji Used Clothing

Credit: Kinji Used Clothing

One of my top picks for thrift shopping in Japan has to be Kinji. They’re renowned for offering vintage clothes at reasonable prices, and despite having multiple locations, the best spot is undoubtedly near Harajuku, tucked away in the basement of a building by the Meiji Jingumae “Harajuku” Station.

As you step inside, you’re greeted by large tables adorned with vintage t-shirts featuring beloved characters from comics, television, and movies – think Snoopy, Simpsons, Batman, and more. To the left, you’ll find the women’s section, while the men’s section awaits on the right, offering a range from high-end designer pieces to casual brands.

Thrift shop second hand shopping in Tokyo
Credit: Kinji Harajuku

Venture to the back of the women’s section, and you’ll discover a treasure trove of unique finds, including upcycled wear featuring DIY projects. These items often boast a combination of multiple used pieces or are adorned with appliques like buttons and patches. While these pieces may lean towards the pricier side, they’re the closest thing to wearable art, and I highly recommend snagging one!

Kinji also tends to stock a good selection of souvenir jackets, making them the perfect spot to pick up a unique tourist gift – if you manage to find one in your size, consider yourself lucky!

Exploring More Thrift Shopping Spots in Tokyo

For those eager to delve into the world of second-hand shopping in Tokyo, there’s a plethora of other options awaiting exploration, including Flamingo, Chicago, and 2nd Street Use Clothing. Many of these thrift stores are part of chains and are conveniently clustered in key areas like Harajuku, Shimokitazawa and Koenji. If you’re planning to visit multiple locations in a single day, these districts are your go-to destinations!

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