Keio Department Store is one of the major retail complexes at Shinjuku Station. Like Odakyu, it’s owned by a railway conglomerate and located on the west side of Shinjuku Station. Keio Department store sits above the Keio Line railway linking Shinjuku with Hachioji City in western Tokyo.
The main entrance of Keio Department Store is on the street level adjacent to Shinjuku Station’s west exit. It can also be accessed from several underground entrances. It’s 11 stories tall including two basements.
In contrast to the more upscale Odakyu, Takashimaya and Isetan department stores in Shinjuku, Keio serves a more budget-oriented clientele. It features frequent sales that are popular with middle-aged and elderly female shoppers.
Floors two through five stock womenswear and menswear as well as handbags, travel goods and health food. There’s a tax refund counter on the second floor.
The sixth floor has traditional Japanese craft items and tools that can make good souvenirs. They include colorful Daruma dolls made of papier-mache and traditional ink brushes for calligraphy.
Also on the sixth floor is a selection of watches by Japanese and foreign manufacturers, as well as Japanese pearls and other jewelry items.
Floors seven, eight and the roof are given over to toys, children’s wear, healthcare goods and restaurants, which include eateries specializing in sushi, tonkatsu pork cutlet and tofu.
Keio also has a bustling depachika, or food stall basement, set up over one floor plus a mezzanine. There’s everything from bento boxed meals, deli counters, fruits and vegetables to wine, bread and meat-filled steamed buns.
You’ll also find the enormously popular Gateau Festa Harada, which specializes in butter-flavored slices of baguette called Gateau Rusk. The lineup for this treat often goes out the door and around the corner.
Keio Department Store is open every day from 10:00 to 20:00
The restaurants are open from 11:00 to 22:00
Phone: (03) 3342-2111
Article by Tim Hornyak. All rights reserved.