Tokyo Shopping Guide: Harajuku

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Takeshita Street, Harajuku

Harajuku is one of the most exciting areas in Tokyo – it’s got the teen fashion of Takeshita Dori, the high-end brands and galleries on Omotesando and the traditional culture of woodblock prints and Meji Shrine. Plus it’s home to kawaii mecca Kiddyland! Harajuku really shouldn’t be missed and if you’re anything like me, you’ll probably need to visit at least twice.

My Harajuku Highlights

The greatest kawaii store in the world, with six floors of cuteness. See my full post.

One of the biggest branches in Tokyo, there are floors of bargain stationery, toys, kitchenware, snacks and souvenirs to be found here. See my full post.

Mighty Soxer / Kutsushitaya
Addictive little shop of cute and crazy socks. See my full post.

Tama Depa
A shop dedicated to the madness that is Tamagotchi. See my full post.

Design Festa Gallery
If you can’t make it to the bi-annual Design Festa event, this gallery is open year round showcasing independent artists and designers. See my full post.

What else to see?

Don’t miss Meiji Shrine, one of the biggest and most impressive shrines in Tokyo with a lovely garden too. Woodblock fans should check out the tiny Ota Memorial Museum of Art for regular exhibitions. There are no end of little streets, shops and cafes to explore so if you have the time, you’re sure to come across something good. Harajuku is also famous for crepes and you really should try them at least once. If you need some help, head to the Moshi Moshi Box, a super kawaii tourist information centre.

Getting Around

The main shopping streets are Omotesando and Takeshita Dori, both close to JR Harajuku station and Omotesando and Meiji-Jingumai subways.

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