Translated by Dan
Takeshita Street: Where Harajuku Fashion Began
Written by Takuro Komatsuzaki
Takeshita Street, Harajuku
This is it: Takeshita Street is the face of youth fashion in Japan. Always bustling, always changing, Takeshita is where you will find everything from vivid orange contact lenses and body piercings to Hello Kitty rain boots, secondhand luxury brand bags and beyond.
Located directly across from JR Harajuku Station, via the Takeshita Exit, Takeshita Street is the main street of Harajuku where shops of various sizes and styles are lined up, stacked on top of and behind one another.
Walking in the Takeshita street teaches you all about Harajuku?
Taking a glance down the street gives you a pretty good idea of what Harajuku fashion is all about: being an individual. With shops selling fashion, miscellaneous goods, cultural items, and restaurants, cafes and bars, Takeshita Street is almost a world of its own.
Running a total length of about 400 meters (440 yards), Takeshita Street is constantly updating - buildings in the photos here have already changed and many others are being remodeled and revamped as you read this article. But no matter when you visit, you are sure to find something you want to see along this road.
Sweet & Snack Lover's Heaven
With over a dozen cafes and sweet shops packed into this space, foodies will find plenty to enjoy in Takeshita and Harajuku too. There's the famous Marion Crepes, the Calbee + potato chip & snack shop, Garrett Popcorn Shops (the famous Chicago brand) and so much more!
Food, fun and fashion - what more could you want?
Address: Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingūmae, 150-0001
Nearest station: Harajuku station (原宿駅), Takeshita Exit
Website: Takeshita Street