Harajuku is a place where anything hip, cool, fashionable and cute mix together to bring out the trend of the current generation. A place where you’ll find many special shops, boutiques, cafe and restaurants that will suit your shopping, dining and other needs.
You will never run out of things to buy in Harajuku. Most likely, the money on your wallet will run out first, because of the many things that will catch your fancy. It is advisable that you create a plan on where you will go before you head straight for Harajuku. The reason? You will most likely forget things because your attention will always be grabbed by something else, as you walk along its streets.
If all else fail, visit these 10 places to find the best items in the city.
Takeshita Street is a pedestrian lane only street that is lined up with shops, restaurants, boutiques and stores that promote their own brand name. It is also one of the best places to go if you are looking for cheap fashion items.
Daiso is one of those well-known “100 yen stores” that can be found all over Japan. This is also a great place to visit if you plan on buying things in bulk. With so many items to choose from for a low price, it is almost impossible not to find something that will catch your fancy. The Daiso Branch in Takeshita Street is one of the biggest throughout Japan.
Address: 1-19-24 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku Tokyo
Website: https://www.daiso-sangyo.co.jp/shop/detail/7157 (Japanese Only)
2. Cute Cube Harajuku
Cuteness as its finest can be found at Cute Cube Harajuku. The kawaii culture has been very popular in Japan especially with the teens, and you’ll mostly find them at these places. With 10 unique shops and restaurants which include the branch of H&M brand Monki, Cute Cube is a place worth seeing if you ever find yourself in Harajuku.
There are also special themed shops that the kids will love like the Sanrio store and Pompompurin cafe.
Address: 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Laforet is one of the landmarks of Harajuku and is a unique department store and museum fused into one. It is also well known for its bargain sales, especially during summer and end of January.
3. B1.5 Floor: Lolita Fashion Shops
Yes, the Lolita Fashion is still alive and kicking in Japan. For those who are interested in wearing these gothic lolita clothes, you can visit the B1.5 Floor of Laforet Harajuku. Whether you prefer something dark or frilly, take your time and browse the shops to your hearts content.
4. 4.5th and 5th Floor: Teen Fashion Brands
Japanese teens are almost always fashion conscious. They like to dress up and wear the latest clothes that are popular in their generation. Stores with popular brand names can also be found on the 4.5th and 5th floor of Laforet.
Address: 1-11-6 Jungumae, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo
Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku
Tokyu Plaza is well known for its impressive mirror entrance. Without a doubt, it is designed to give an impression for the people that pass it. Going to the top floor allows you to have some peace and quiet while enjoying the view.
Address: 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
5. SIWA Collection
Fashionable bags and more are found at the SIWA Collection in Tokyo Plaza Omotesando in Harajuku. They take pride in their unique bags and accessories that are made from paper. They also collaborate with local and international designers to create more beautiful and fashionable products that are well suited for the young generation.
Website: http://siwa-collection.jp/help/about (Japanese Only)
6. Kimono by Nadeshiko
Kimono Nadeshiko is a kimono shop for beginners. Their collection is mainly dedicated for the younger generations. They also do their best to present modern designs and proposes a new style of kimono.
Website: http://www.kimonobynadeshiko.com/ (Japanese Only)
If you are looking for unique, interesting and “weird” items, then going to Cat Street might be a great idea. Here you’ll find shops that are not found anywhere else in Harajuku.
7. G2? (G2 Question)
G2? (G2 Question) is a shop that sells clothes, bags, shoes, accessories and even toys. You can even see some “vintage” items that came from America and Europe.
Ura Harajuku is one of the backstreets of Harajuku. Filled with small independent shops and a few cafes for people who don’t like crowded places.
8. 6% DOKI DOKI
You just can’t get enough of anything kawaii when you stroll around Harajuku. 6% DOKI DOKI always strive to create an “impact” with their colorful and artistic designs that can make your heart skip a beat.
Address: 4 Chome-28-16 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.dokidoki6.com (Japanese Only)
Meiji Street is one of the places to visit if you’re looking for youth culture trends and alternative fashion. This street also connects Harajuku and Shibuya.
SPINNS is a boutique that is a mixture of fashion, youth culture, vintage, music, and arts. SPINNS is a trendy shop who wants to create their own style and concept, which caters to the young and young at heart. This is a shop where imagination and arts run wild and free.
Address: 6 Chome-5-3 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.spinns.com (Japanese Only)
Omotesando Street is a street that stretches from the Meiji Shrine, Aoyama-dori and Omotesando Station. Popular brand names are found along this street, which makes it a great place for shopping and dining.
10. Omotesando Hills
Omotesando Hills is a large residential and shopping district with unique architecture. This shopping complex breathes an interesting new flavor to this part of the city. The mall itself has many interesting shops where you’ll find the latest fashion. If you prefer to dine, there are plenty of restaurants in the area to satisfy your food cravings.
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