With no itinerary for the rest of the day, we made our way to my wife niece’s house in Tokyo. We took the bus instead of being picked-up to experience riding one in Tokyo. It’s a straight forward matter of getting on the right numbered bus and getting off at the right bus stop. The Shibuya bus stand is right in-front of Shibuya JR train station exit. Pre-paid Icoca card were used for ticket payment.
We have heard that in Japan, pre-loved items are of good quality, reasonably priced, are original and no fakes. With that in mind, wife’s niece drove us to Book Off Super Bazaar located at Kawasaki, a 45 minutes drive away. Kawasaki is mid way between Tokyo & Yokohama. While I have toys and gadgets in mind, wife is itching for an LV.
Book Off is Japan’s largest chain store for pre-loved items primarily dealing in books, CDs, DVDs, video games and game consoles. In their larger stores called ‘Super Bazaar’, they also sell mobile phones, consumer electronics, musical instruments, toys, fashion, shoes, brand name items and precious metals to name a few. Super Bazaar typically occupies a whole floor of a mall carrying a wider range of product categories. You could easily spend hours browsing one section to the other in their Super Bazaar. Other than Book Off, this chain group also has Hard Off, Off House, Hobby Off, Garage Off, Mode Off as well as Liquor Off, each specialising in different range of products.
All branded items such as handbags, purses, wallets, watches and other high priced items are displayed in locked showcases. Louis Vuitton has quiet a large selection but other brands such as Coach, Hermes, Gucci, Prada & Furla are also on sale albeit in smaller numbers. Quite a large selection of watches are also available. And did we mention for tourist, you’ll shop duty free. There are lots of pre-loved stores around Shinjuku, Shibuya, Akihabara, various 2nd street as well as chain store Don Quijote. It all boils down to your convenience, preference and budget where you’ll end up going to.
Rows and rows of infant & toddler needs
Wife ended up with an LV handbag, comes complete with dust bag and myself a bagful of TOMY train accessories. Having spent more than two hours at Book Off, we had dinner at Yakiniku Panga, which serves Halal Wagyu located close to our hotel at Akihabara. After that hearty dinner, thanks to wife’s niece, husband and their children, we were dropped off in-front of our hotel. It was a sad moment to leave them as we will be flying home the next day.