Explore Tokyo: Harajuku and Omotesando Shopping Areas

Harajuku is colourful and crazy.  It’s Takeshita-dori and its side streets is the epitome of Japanese teenage culture and lined with trendy shops and restaurants just waiting to be discovered.  Omotesando caters for more adult clientele with luxury brand shops sitting along the broad tree-lined street.  I did a (shopping) walk from Harajuku to Omotesando to Shibuya and this was one of my favourite excursions in Tokyo.  There are so many side streets and small boutique shops to discover.

I started off the morning early visiting the Meiji Shrine just behind Harajuku station.  Harajuku and Omotesando is sandwiched between Shinjuku and Shibuya stations and can easily be explored on foot or you can move around using the Tokyo Metro.

Harajuku

My recommendation is to stroll down Takeshita-dori, crepe in hand and spend all your money at one of the biggest 100 Yen stores in Tokyo, Daiso.  Afterwards you can have a drink at the Kawaii Monster Café or continue shopping at the LaForet Harajuku department store.

Anime/manga bliiboards in the streets.  I love it!
Anime/manga billboards in the streets. I love it!
Harajuku Crepe Stand
Harajuku Crepe Stand
More Crepes!
More Crepes!
Street snacks
Street snacks
Kawaii Monster Cafe - Melty-go-round
Kawaii Monster Cafe – Melty-go-round

Omotesando

If luxury brands are your thing, you’ll enjoy this street and the Omotesando Hills complex immensely.  I discovered Shu Uemura Cosmetics while in Japan and a visit to the flagship store in Omotesando is a must.  You’re also allowed to be a kid again and go crazy in the massive toy store, Kiddy Land and Snoopy Town.  The smaller pedestrian streets behind Kiddy Land boasts with small restaurants and artisan shops which is my personal preference.  I had amazing crispy gyoza at the famous Gyoza Lou before I headed off to Cat Street.

Kiddy Land
Kiddy Land
Snoopy Town
Snoopy Town
Outside Gyoza Lou
Outside Gyoza Lou
Crispy Gyoza
Crispy Gyoza

Cat Street is another shopping street lined with trendy clothing stores, much of them selling second-hand luxury brands, like the Ragtag store.  I absolutely loved the indie vibe of the area.  I stopped by an artisan roastery for a quick breather.  When you follow Cat Street you’ll eventually find yourself in Shibuya.  Just look for the Tower Records tower and usher yourself in that general way.

Cat Street
Cat Street
Second Hand Stores
Second Hand Stores
Taking a coffe break
Taking a coffee break
The end.
The end.

The area is full of dining options and I really enjoyed my gyoza meal at Gyoza Lou where I got to chat to some local Japanese students.  I also liked Commune 264 and Maisen, though.

Commune 264
Commune 264

Commune 264 – It’s a space filled with trendy food stalls and food trucks selling deliciousness.  It’s close to Omotesando Metro station.

Maisen – Selling soft juicy tonkatsu made from black pork.  I had a bit of trouble finding the place but eventually stumbled upon it between Shibuya and Omotesando.

Transport to Harajuku and Omotesando:  Harajuku station is on the JR Yamamote Line or Meiji-Jingumae metro station on the Chiyoda line.  Omotesando is served by the Ginza metro line, Chiyoda metro line and Hanzomon metro line.

If you liked my quick Guide to Harajuku and Omotesando you can save it to read later offline with the GPSMyCity App.  You can also upgrade the article with an interactive map of the places I talk about in my guide HERE (or click on the ‘Take my articles’ banner in the side menu).

See also: My Asakusa Guide

My Shibuya Guide

Visiting the Meiji Shrine

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7 thoughts on “Explore Tokyo: Harajuku and Omotesando Shopping Areas

  1. I love that photo – it captures all the mayhem SO well! I absolutely loved this part of Tokyo, I spent quite a bit of time there… it just had such a great vibe! Well captured by you!

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  2. Oh my gosh, I loved reading this post so much because we did so much of this exact list when we went in April this year! I also made it to Takeshita Dori, Meiji jingu, walked past the crepe place but resisted the temptation but I did indeed indulge at the crocant eclair place you’ve photographed and then later on at the Monster Cafe as well as gyozas – it was a bad day for my weight put it that way!

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