Comfort Hotel Toyokawa
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This building was created for kids. Well, and their parents, too; they are the ones who are supposedly doing the shopping, though the kids may be doing most of the choosing. The first floor comprises a selection of shops offering children's clothing, toys, picture books, and other items in theme. The second floor is an open romping ground for kids. There are a number of large, plastic, rideable animals which rock to and fro, though kids will not find these as interesting as the plastic ball swimming pool!
This small bookstore specializes in imported, mostly English-language, books. Favorably located in an area that contains many of the city's colleges and universities, it is a good place for the serious student of English and American literature and linguistics. You can also find a good selection of large format books on fine and commercial art that cannot be found anywhere else in town. And if magazines are your choice of reading material, you will be happy to know that there is also a fairly extensive selection of all the major English-language magazines available.
There are actually several branches of Tsutaya, a nationwide media chain, around town. All have a sufficiently stocked CD section and numerous listening booths. In the literature section you will find almost as many magazines as books. And finally, there is a section devoted to video and DVD rental, which requires membership, though at reasonable fees.
Perhaps we will be lucky enough to see all bookstores look like this in the future. Besides two floors of books, magazines and other types of literature spanning all genres you can imagine, there is also a small cafe with drinks and pastries, and an internet lounge in Rakuda Shoten Honten. The store also hosts regular events and demonstrations, like ikebana, in which customers can participate. A great advantage is that there is plenty of free parking.
This is definitely a building where music lovers can spend some time and money. The first through fifth floors of Groove stock CDs, videos, DVDs and game softwares. Each floor hosts a different genre of music or type of item. The sixth floor is an open space that hosts various music-related events. No events? Create your own on the seventh through ninth floors where there are karaoke rooms in abundance. Note, too, that there is an izakaya (inexpensive drinking place with food) in the basement.
While it is easy to think of this store as a general sports clothing store, it actually tries to cater to surfers, snowboarders and skateboarders. Indeed, most of the clothing is well suited for such activities, being baggy and comfortable. But with over 350 stores nationwide, there are certainly a number of people who shop here for simple and colorful casual wear. And why not? The prices are reasonable, and the brands are well known.
This store caters to all of your Mac and iPod needs. Stop in to check out the latest games, software, and accessories. If you're traveling, the staff can direct you towards all the adapters you need for your electronics. Many locations also offer workshops on how to use their various products. See their website for more information and a calendar of events.
One of the newest large bookstores in Nagoya and part of the major nationwide chain, Kinokuniya Loft Nagoya is one of the few places to find a selection of English-language books and periodicals in the city. Occupying a complete floor of one wing of the Nadya Park building, it also offers a good selection of almost every other type of book, magazines and other reading material in print. A small open-plan coffee shop can be found in one corner.
This is the location where twice a month an antique flea market takes place from dawn until dusk. The market is right in front of the gate to the Osu Kannon Temple.
Every major city in Japan and even some minor ones have a Mitsukoshi department store. Some have several, including Nagoya, and this is the main branch here. For that reason, there is a big selection of styles and sizes available and many up-market fashion outlets are located here. Such high-profile brand-name fashion companies as Gucci and Prada are present, while lesser-known and more affordable shops provide shopping opportunities for customers on more restricted budgets.
Part of a nationwide chain, the Nagoya Watchman is conveniently located in the middle of the Sakae shopping district. The store specializes in more than just the watches that its name implies. It also offers great prices on household appliances, electronic goods, cameras, as well as various imported goods. Recently moved to a new site, it now offers a greater selection of goods than ever before.
Tokyu Hands is the mother of all miscellaneous goods stores in Japan. There are numerous branches throughout the country, and this one is amongst the largest. It comprises five floors of the Annex Building in central Nagoya. The store is also a great place to shop in if you are looking for toys and games, but it of course has much more than that, with everyday household goods and handy items in great abundance as well. You are even likely to find some items so unusual that there is no label to correctly characterize them.