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Updated: April 2, 2018
Close to the youth fashion meccas of Shibuya and Harajuku, this elegant shopping district is a playground for well-heeled grown-ups. The streets of Omotesando and Aoyama are home to some of the world's most prestigious fashion brands and some very striking architecture. Duck down the side streets and you'll find small, trendy boutiques, experimental art, hip food trucks and cool cafés.
With connections to the Ginza Line, Chiyoda Line and the Hanzomon Line, Omotesando Station is convenient to most of the city. Within the station, shops selling cosmetics, accessories, pastries and prepared meals serve the stylish crowds passing through.
At Omotesando crossing, marked by large stone lanterns, Omotesando-dori leads down the hill. Sometimes compared with Paris' Champs-Élysées, the broad street lined with zelkova trees is ideal for window shopping and people watching. The Apple Store has become a popular meeting spot.
Designed by Tadao Ando in 2005, the minimalist concrete lines of the Omotesando Hills shopping complex carve into the hill, creating a space that is larger than it looks from the outside. You'll find fashionable boutiques and trendy restaurants inside, with comfortable rest spaces.
On the other side of Omotesando crossing, pass the iconic Prada building to the Nezu Museum, designed by Kengo Kuma. The sleek wood and concrete space holds collections of traditional Japanese lacquerware, ceramics, paintings and tea ceremony utensils. Don't miss the gardens with small teahouses, at the back.
With a focus on art and culture, the Spiral building offers a thoughtful retail experience. Follow the gentle spiral path up to Spiral Market, a hip boutique full of homewares and accessories, or relax at one of the cafés. The building has regular events for designers and makers, where you can meet the artists.