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Top 7 Souvenir Shopping Spots In Omotesando And Harajuku!
Written by Ai Yoneda
When you say Harajuku, many may think of artists like Kyari Pamyu Pamyu, or Japanese pop music. In this article, we'll introduce Kiddyland, Daiso, Takeshita-dori, and other hot Harujuku shopping spots.
2. Takeshita Street
Once you exit JR Harajuku Station's Takeshita Exit, you can immediately see Takeshita Street; the two are pretty much synonymous with one another.
Takeshita Street is a nearly 400 m long shopping street which is used exclusively by pedestrians from 11:00 to 18:00, that, on National Holidays, becomes so packed that you really have watch your step.
Takeshita Street has affordable fashion and accessory shops lined up along the street from one end all the way to the other. Takeshita Street also has Daiso, which we'll be introducing later on in this article.
3. Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku
Here we have some escalators surrounded by a space covered almost entirely in mirrors. Looking like a portal to another dimension, this the entrance of the quite interesting Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku building, just across the road from Laforet Harajuku. This center features fashion shops from overseas brands such as American Eagle and Tommy Hilfiger.
Not to mention that you can find a place located on the rooftop of the Tokyu Plaza, called Omohara no mori, which is cozy place to take a breather. Anyone can stop by this area and take a quick break. Being surrounded by trees, you can forget about the hustle and bustle of the city life. If you're tired from your shopping, then please go ahead and relax a little on the rooftop.
4. Cat Street
Cat Street is the nickname of a promenade that ties Shibuya and Harajuku. It goes from about Meiji Street's Miyashita Park to the Shibuya Welfare Center for the Disabled.
This area is also called Ura Harajuku as you can find all sorts of unique apparel stores that you won't find on either Omotesando or in Laforet. It might also be a good idea to check out this area if you're exclusively shopping for Men's fashion too.
There are also hair salons with polished interiors, and comfortable cafes along this road. Not to mention that it's far less crowded here compared to Takeshita Street, so you can shop at a more leisurely pace.
If you're looking to have a more relaxed shopping experience, for a store that's just for you, or you just plain love window-shopping around Harajuku, then Cat Street is the right place for you.
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