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Harajuku / Omotesando

Harajuku is the center of young culture which attracts the youth from all over with its many fashionable clothes and trendy items available. Right next door is Omotesando, a sophisticated area with all the big-name fashion shops and fashionable building complexes lining the streets. Go and see the heart of Tokyo young style.

Model Walking Route
Model Walking Route

(1)Takeshita Street→(2)Laforet Harajuku→(3)Meiji Street / Cat Street→(4)Omotesando Hills

Harajuku / Omotesando Map

 

Sightseeing & Shopping

Takeshita Street

The entrance to Takeshita Street is directly across from the Takeshita Exit of Harajuku Station. Apparel shops, accessories stores, crepes, other sweets shops, and restaurants abound on the street. If you are looking for reasonably priced and cute items, this is the place. On weekends, the street is packed with young people in all the latest styles.

Takeshita Street

(map:A) Paris Kid's
Pierced earrings, necklaces and most other goods are all only 315 yen each!

(map:B) Joli & D
Items in season are available at a discount of less than half the market price.

(map:C) Marion Crepe
Over 80 kinds of crepes are listed on the menu. This is a symbol of Harajuku and has been popular for many years.

Meiji Street

Standard fashion shops and recycled clothes stores line the street. This is a major street and easier first-time visitors to make their way through the crowds.

Meiji Street

(map:D) H&M
H&M, a Swedish brand clothing shop, was launched in Japan at the beginning of 2008 and is still overwhelmingly popular in the Japanese market.

(map:E) FOREVER21
FOREVER21 has the latest fashions at reasonable prices.

(map:F) Hanjiro
Hanjiro is the representative "secondhand clothes store in Harajuku." The interior is uniquely decorated and is a must-see.

(map:G) UT STORE HARAJUKU
UT STORE HARAJUKU specializes in T-shirts from UNIQLO.

Laforet Harajuku

Laforet Harajuku

This is the landmark Harajuku fashion complex that continuously promotes the ultramodern fashion culture. There are not only shops but also a museum where various events such as fashion shows are held. 

Cat Street

Cat Street

This is a main street of the "Ura-Harajuku" (Harajuku back streets). Stores along the gently curving and narrow street are unique and sell carefully chosen goods not available elsewhere. You can stroll around in the calm, relaxed air and escape the bustle of the main thoroughfares.

Meiji Jingu Shrine

Meiji Jingu Shrine

This shrine enshrines Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. It is accessible directly from the Omotesando Exit of Harajuku Station. After passing through the torii, the Shinto-style gate to the shrine, in the quiet surrounded by the huge trees and greenery, it's easy to forget you’re in the middle of Tokyo. During the first three days of the year, over three million people come to pray for the New Year.

Omotesando Hills

Omotesando Hills

This cultural and commercial facility opened in 2006 and houses around 100 stores and restaurants offering ultra-trendy fashions and lifestyles. The world famous architect Tadao Ando designed the building featuring a "spiral slope," a corridor connecting the three stories below ground with the three stories above, that provides easy strolling throughout the complex.

GYRE

GYRE

The building represents the image of whirlpool home to interior decoration and fashion stores and restaurants. Bulgari and Chanel are on the 1st and 2nd floors and, on the 3rd floor is the MoMA Design Shop from the Museum of Modern Art New York. This is the first MoMA retail store outside of the United States.

Oriental Bazzar

Oriental Bazzar

This is the place to get Japanese souvenirs. Reasonable priced yukatas, kimonos, Japanese design handkerchiefs and furoshikis, tiered lacquerware boxes, folding fans, and chinaware are just a few of the many items available.

Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum

Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum

The house where artist Taro Okamoto lived and had his atelier until he died at age 84 is open to the public and has been kept just as it was when he lived there.

Nezu Museum

Nezu Museum

Nezu Museum opened in the private residence of businessman Kaichiro Nezu in 1941. Over seven thousand works of a wide variety of art, mainly Japanese and old Eastern including paintings, sculptures, gold items, ceramics, dyed textiles, weavings, armor and others are housed in the museum. The museum was renovated by architect Kengo Kuma and re-opened in October 2009.

Ao

Ao

Ao, an eye-catching building with impressive glass walls on Aoyama Street, was completed in 2009. About 40 stores including Kinokuniya International, big-name fashions, interior design shops and others are in the building. Don’t miss the great view from restaurants on the upper floors.

Gourmet Guide

(map:a) Restaurant Seven Seas

Restaurant Seven Seas

The buffet lunch Western style smorgasbord of healthy, mainly vegetable dishes is very popular among women. The dinner menu is Chinese cuisine from Toh-Ka-Lin of the Hotel Okura.

(map:b) MIYASHITA

MIYASHITA

MIYASHITA is the branch restaurant of Kurayamizaka Miyashita in Azabu-Juban, famous for Japanese cuisine. MIYASHITA serves familiar dishes and new ones available only in Omotesando, Tokyo, that are a fusion of Western and Japanese sense. Their sponge cake, "raw castella", is thick and sticky inside, and is a great way to top off your meal. The lacquered interior creates a relaxing space for adults.

(map:c) Sakuratei

Sakuratei

This okonomiyaki restaurant, where meat and vegetable pancakes are cooked at your table, is connected to the art gallery "Design Festa." The lunchtime special "all-you-can-eat okonomiyaki and monjayaki for 1,060 yen" is very popular. If you don’t know how to cook the okonomiyaki, the restaurant staff will gladly help you.

*Tips: The most popular character goods shop in Harajuku is "Kiddyland", a must-see for all ages. It is now at a temporary location on Cat Street because it is under renovation until the summer in 2012. (The temporary shop is at 6-14-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku.)

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