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A Date In Harajuku, Omotesando And Shibuya - Enjoy Shopping Together!
In this article we suggest a date plan in the area of Harajuku, Omotesandō and Shibuya, which is a popular destination for fashionable shopping. If you enjoy discovering the latest trends together with your significant other we recommend going in this ar
Written by Koshizuka Misato
Harajuku, Omotesando and Shibuya are popular areas with young people, and well-known as places where the latest fashion trends are born. Here is the perfect date course for couples that love to shop together, or want to check out the latest in Japanese youth culture. Here's the best way to enjoy all three areas in one day!
10:00-12:00 - Takeshita Street
Takeshita Street is the symbol of Harajuku and famous for launching various stars and trends, such as the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and her decorative fashion, or Gothic Lolita and Lolita fashion.
Casual fashion brands which are popular among young people, unique fashion brands that are otherwise hard to find in other places and food stores which sell colorful sweets are lined up along this street. People say that if you cannot find clothes to your liking in other places, you should go to Harajuku because you will surely find a style to suit you here on Takeshita Street. We are sure that you will find something you like here.
In addition, Daiso, the popular 100 yen shop, is also found on Takeshita Street, Here you can buy reasonable Japanese-style souvenirs. Please check it out as you can buy not only clothes but also accessories and everyday items.
If you feel a little hungry, why not take a break at the old crepe store, Marion Crepes? They offer around 70 kinds of fillings for their crepes which are sweet fillings, such as fruit with whipped cream or sweet cheese, as well as savory fillings, as chicken curry and tuna cheese. It is a really popular store and there is always a long waiting line in front of it. You might even have to wait over 30 minutes to get your hands on this sweet treat on weekends! However, if you go there at lunch time on a weekeday, you can get to try their crepes made with selected ingredients without waiting for too long.
Read also: Top 4 Most Popular Crepe Stores In Harajuku
12:00-13:00 - Laforet Harajuku
Another popular shopping spot just as famous as Takeshita Street is Laforet Harajuku which has six floors, from the first basement to the fifth floor. A wide variety of clothing stores which sell the latest ladies' and men's fashion items, as well as daily goods stores are available. It is the center of Harajuku fashion, and the place to find the latest in brand name trends. There are Lolita fashion stores on the first basement and the fifth floor. If you like Lolita fashion, please check it out.
13:30-15:30 - Take a Lunch Break
At Eco farm cafe 632 you can enjoy lunch in a relaxed atmosphere away from the bustle of Harajuku. Their special menu of the day offers mainly Western style dishes such as pasta and curry rice during lunchtime. The fresh vegetables grown in their garden and the home made bread are the secret to the stunning tastes of their popular dishes.
There is a cafe menu available, offering cakes and homemade roasted coffee, allowing you to spend a relaxing time after lunch as well. Sweets will definitely heal the tiredness after shopping.
15:30-16:30 - Kiddy Land
Kiddy Land is a store which gathers "kawaii" or cute character goods made in Japan such as Hello kitty, Totoro and Doraemon, as well as anime goods inspired by series such as ONE PIECE. Some people visit Harajuku just to come to this store. Humorous items such as socks with characters printed on them and USB devices shaped like sushi are found on the first floor, items inspired by the films of Studio Ghibli on the second floor, goods inspired by manga such as One Piece, Doraemon and Dragon Ball are on the third floor, while the fourth floor is dedicated to Hello Kitty items.
16:30-18:00 - Omotesando Hills
Omotesando Hills is the best place to find elegant clothing items and house goods. There are around one hundred stores available, with foreign fashion brands such as the select store "Edition" and "shu uemura Beauty Boutique" - a cosmetic brand born in Japan, as well as restaurants and cafes. In addition to these stores, this facility holds various social and cultural events each season, which is one of the attractive points of Omotesando Hills.
18:30-19:00 - Walk Down to Shibuya
You might not have noticed, but Omotesando is close to Shibuya. We highly recommend taking a walk down to Shibuya while enjoying the lights of the city and the fashionable shops on the way. It only takes about 10-15 minutes.
From 19:30 - Have Dinner at Attic Room in Shibuya
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You will find the restaurant attic room one street away from Shibuya's Center-gai Street. It is a quiet place, giving one the feeling of being in a secret house, where they can enjoy a relaxing time. Here you can have a meal and enjoy drinks recalling the events of the day.
This restaurant is popular for its casual Italian cuisines such as pasta and pizza. Since they open as a cafe for lunch, various kinds of coffee drinks are available. This allows customers who cannot drink alcohol to also enjoy their time.
How do you like it? We introduced a date plan that includes visiting Harajuku, the center of the latest fashion trends, and Shibuya, where you can enjoy your night at a hidden cafe restaurant. If you visit Tokyo with your partner, please do try these places out.