|Overview of the shop, and crowds :D|
|It was around Halloween when I was last there|
I've written about the Rilakkuma Store in Tokyo station before, back in 2010! But since then the store has moved so I thought it's only appropriate to update my information. This branch of the Rilakkuma Store is located in a section of Tokyo Station's underground shopping called Character Street, so you can see lots of other cute characters while you're there. And I think the move was a great thing because now it's actually on Character Street and not down the hall around a corner haha. But that does not mean it's any less crowded!
The shape of the store is a bit more meandering now, but still contains a vast selection of all things Rilakkuma. Including special items that are exclusive to this location. I've read this store carries over 3,000 items and I can see that! You can find everything from stationary, plush toys, slippers, dishware, gadgets, phone accessories and more. If you have a friend who loves Rilakkuma and seems to have it all, this is the perfect place to get them a gift.
|Bandages, pill and contact cases, mirrors etc|
|These are the cutest chopsticks rest ever!|
I'm a big fan of Rilakkuma, he's one of my top favorite characters easily so I enjoyed this store a lot. But as I mentioned, it is very crowded. Don't expect to browse casually, you have to be a bit assertive (maybe limber? haha) to get to every item. But that's part of the experience I guess, and it's an easy stop for those wanting to see cute things without going too far. If I go back to Japan I'm certainly stopping again and stocking up! :D
The Rilakkuma Store is located in Character Street in the basement shopping arcade in Tokyo Station known as 1st Avenue. Check Tokyo Station's website for floor Maps. And San-x website.
Hours are: 10:00 until 20:30
B1, First Avenue Tokyo Station, 1-9-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo