Finding Male Fragrances in Tokyo

Renato

Well-known member
Oct 21, 2002
We've been wandering around Tokyo the last few days, and apart from one stall in a market at Ueno, I hadn't come across any fragrances.
So yesterday I made it a point to visit the two largest department stores in Ginza. We looked around, checked the store guides, and couldn't find a fragrances section. I went to Information and asked where the male fragrance section was, and the lady replied that male Fragrances were scattered amongst all the individual sellers' sections.

So that we'd have had to walk all over the cosmetics floor to see what male fragrances we're around. Also, for some strange reason, there didn't seem to be any prices on anything.

Thus, a favourite activity of mine - checking prices in capital cities - wasn't going to happen.

I can only conclude that fragrances aren't that big a deal in Tokyo. Else they'd have a big display section and floor space like they have most everywhere else.
Cheers,
Renato
 

mrmorel

Well-known member
Aug 2, 2018
Depending what you’re into, my favorite place for perfume in Tokyo was the Nose Shop. They have a store on the first floor of the
Department store NeWoMAN (or however it is capitalized) and a stand-alone store in Ginza. More niche than mainstream but some brands you don’t see many places. Otherwise yes, most department stores have like full floors devoted to perfume separated by brand.
 

Darjeeling

Well-known member
Oct 29, 2012
There’s a decent guide here on Basenotes
http://www.basenotes.net/forums/50-Japan
The threads near the top are pretty current.

Male fragrances are usually scattered as mentioned, but Men’s Isetan and Hankyu Men’s have decent collections, although at Isetan you also need to go to the individual brand counters in the women’s building where there’s a decent collection of both men’s and unisex. Basically, nobody but tourists go to Ginza (OK, not strictly true, but Ginza is generally overrated as a destination for sightseeing and general wandering. There’s exquisite stuff there, but it’s more suited to targeted visits, unless you are into window shopping luxury brands).

Isetan Shinjuku is my preferred location for sampling scents as it has the biggest range, spread across the men’s and women’s buildings.

Satori used to be in Shinjuku, but I think it’s moved to somewhere in Roppongi. You’d have to check the website http://parfum-satori.com/en/about/#shopinfo
 

Renato

Well-known member
Oct 21, 2002
You have to go to each brand's area. For example, the Guerlain area, the Dior area, etc.

Thanks, but I knew that, and that's my issue - most department stores do that and have a fragrance section.

Who wants to wander around heaps of cosmetic counters with women testing out lipsticks and make-up?
Cheers,
Renato

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Here's a guide to many fragrance places in Tokyo: http://your-perfume-guide.com/tokyo/

Very comprehensive, thanks.
Cheers,
Renato

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There’s a decent guide here on Basenotes
http://www.basenotes.net/forums/50-Japan
The threads near the top are pretty current.

Male fragrances are usually scattered as mentioned, but Men’s Isetan and Hankyu Men’s have decent collections, although at Isetan you also need to go to the individual brand counters in the women’s building where there’s a decent collection of both men’s and unisex. Basically, nobody but tourists go to Ginza (OK, not strictly true, but Ginza is generally overrated as a destination for sightseeing and general wandering. There’s exquisite stuff there, but it’s more suited to targeted visits, unless you are into window shopping luxury brands).

Isetan Shinjuku is my preferred location for sampling scents as it has the biggest range, spread across the men’s and women’s buildings.

Satori used to be in Shinjuku, but I think it’s moved to somewhere in Roppongi. You’d have to check the website http://parfum-satori.com/en/about/#shopinfo

Unfortunately, I only have a day left here - and it has to be a joint decision where we go to tomorrow.
My wife wasn't too impressed with Ginza, and thought prices too high relative to back home, including in the shops in the subway that lead into the department store.

Not ce to know that some places actually have a fragrance collection in one spot.
Regards,
Renato
 

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