This entry is the second entry of a series of articles on shopping in Japan for lolita items. Please note that all information in this article is correct at the time of publishing and may be subject to change in time.
Getting to Closet Child Shinjuku can be a real pain, especially if you don’t know the area around Shinjuku station well. Shinjuku is a sprawling city center with railway tracks and confusing roads, so if you aren’t familiar with it, you’ll have to depend on several landmarks to get you to Closet Child.
I do however, recommend this particular CC highly. Three floors are dedicated to CC- One for sweet/otome/classical loli, another floor for gothic/punk and the third for Vivienne Westwood second hand and past season items. I have always had good luck finding lolita items here at excellent prices; and my friends in particular visit this branch every time they are in town (sometimes multiple times) because their “closet child karma” is best here. We seem to have excellent luck in particular with the gothic floors, where very rare or very new pieces are often on sale – they have an entire rack dedicated to Moitie, so if you happen to be a fan of Moitie, this CC is a must-visit.
From Toei Oedo Shinjuku Nishiguchi station
As you can see from the map above, CC Shinjuku is actually closer to the Shinjuku Nishiguchi station than the actual Shinjuku station. If you’re taking the Toei Oedo line (denoted on Tokyo subway maps as bright pink/magenta), you need get off at the Shinjuku Nishiguchi station and head for exit D5.
Emerging from exit D5 takes you to an exit that is immediately opposite CC Shinjuku. You just need to cross a little road to get to the Closet Child building.
From JR Shinjuku station
If however, you are not on the Oedo line and will be arriving from Shinjuku station instead, you will be looking for exit B16, the closest exit to CC Shinjuku from the Shinjuku station. Once you have emerged from B16, orientate yourself by looking for a McDonald’s, and walk towards McDonald’s and head straight, crossing a large intersection.
Once you are past the intersection, continue walking down and keep your eye out for the Closet Child signs on the top of the buildings. You’ll be crossing a block of small shops and eateries, so don’t get alarmed if it seems like you’ve been walking forever. As long as you kept in a straight line from B16, you’ll be alright.
From OIOI One
If you are coming by way of OIOI One, another lolita shopping hotspot in Shinjuku, my suggestion is heading towards Shinjuku station and then renavigating from there to B16. But it’s really only about a 10-minute, largely straight walk if you know where you’re going.
From the exit of OIOI One, follow the large main road, walking past Isetan Department store on the other side of the road on your right, and walking past Mitsukoshi department store on the same side of the road on your left.
Head down under it and look out for the Tokyo Tomin Bank across the intersection. You’re looking out for a green sign with kanji characters on it- use the picture as a reference. Head towards it. The bank is at the head of the road where Closet Child is on. Once again, keep a look out for the signs of CC.
All photos taken by Alanna unless otherwise stated.
Hope the guide was useful for you heading towards Closet Child Shinjuku! I’ve always had trouble getting there, so I took pains to work out the nearest station exits this time.
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