Tokyo’s Coolest Eyewear Shops

By Alisa Kerr
April 10, 2015
Fashion

Tokyo has to be one of the best places in the world to shop for quality eyewear, when you consider the ultimate combination of high quality Japanese optic lenses, and the huge variety of both Japanese and European designed frames on offer. You can easily find the perfect pair of glasses to suit your personal style, even if you are looking for something that no one else will have. There are a myriad of cool eyewear stores around Tokyo, but it’s no surprise that some of the most interesting ones are concentrated around the fashion focused locales of Aoyama and Daikanyama. Here are the highlights:

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Lunettes du Jura Grand

Address: 2-12-1 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Tel: 03-3401-4446

Open: Thu–Tue, 10:30 a.m.–8 p.m.

Conveniently located near Gaienmae station, Lunettes du Jura Grand is a three-level boutique of fashion eyewear. Boasting over 4,000 styles in-store, Lunettes du Jura Grand truly has something to suit everyone. The quality European designs range from fashion forward, flamboyant designs that look straight off the catwalk or the latest music video, to highly sophisticated, minimalist Danish frames. If you are looking for children’s glasses, there is a selection of cool kids’ frames on the third floor. Make sure you check out the sunglasses on the ground floor if you are looking to update before summer.

Lunettes du Jura also has stores in Omotesando Hills and Roppongi.

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Masunaga 1905

Address: 2-12-34 Kita Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Tel: 03-3403-1905

Open: Daily, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.

If you are looking for sophisticated, Japanese designed eyewear, Masunaga 1905 in Kita Aoyama is the place to find it. The interesting exterior of the store makes it easy to find, and inside is showcased a large range frames ranging in price from a reasonable ¥2,280 up to the somewhat more expensive, bespoke gold frames. Masunaga 1905 caters to both men and women, and there is interesting selection of Dita sunglasses.

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Optical Tailor Cradle

Address: 5-11-5 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Tel: 03-6418-0577

Open: Daily, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.

If you are after a particular designer or a very trendy pair of frames, then Optical Tailor on Koto Dori is definitely the place to spend some time. The store stocks the latest designs from Thom Browne, Tom Ford, Victor and Rolf, Balenciaga and many more big-name brands. There is a huge selection of eyewear frames, but also a sizable selection of sunglasses. The staff at this Optical Tailor Cradle store are relaxed and friendly, happy to let you try on as many pairs of glasses as you want, and then ready to help when you need them.

There is also another Optical Tailor Cradle in Shinjuku.

Iwaki Optic

Address: Roppongi Hills, 4F West Walk, 6-10-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Tel: 03-5786-7790

Open: Daily, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.

Nestled on the fourth floor of Roppongi Hills’ West Walk (near the Lego store), Iwaki Optic houses a carefully curated range of sophisticated frames from the likes of Tom Ford, Miu Miu and Cartier, and also specialist eyewear designers Lindbergh, Alan Mikli, Rafon, Rayban and Chrome Hearts. A small but good selection of sunglasses is also available in this store.

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Oliver Peoples

Address: 16-2 Daikanyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Tel: 03-6427-8930

Open: Daily, 12–10 p.m.

The Oliver Peoples store in Daikanyama is a one-stop shop for understated, cool frames. Each of the Californian brand’s styles is effortlessly chic, with an emphasis on high quality craftsmanship without screaming about the brand itself. Classic designs sit alongside more contemporary collaborations with top designers like Isabel Marant.

Estnation

Address: Hillside Keyakizaka Complex, Roppongi Hills, 6-10-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Tel: 03-5159-7800

Open: Daily, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.

Showcasing the who’s who of seriously cool eyewear, Estination in Roppongi Hills has a sizeable and interesting selection of eyeglasses and sunglasses. With ranges from cult brands such as Selima Optique, Linda Farrow, Cutler and Gross, Christian Roth, Anne et Valentin and Illestiva, any of these frames would be a worthy addition to any serious fashion lover’s signature look.