Written by Hilary Keyes
Trend-setters Unite! The Complete Guide To Harajuku And Omotesandō
This list of articles introduces everything you need to know in order to find the best shops and goods in Harajuku and Omotesandō, the most fashionable areas in Tokyo.
Fashionistas and trend-hunters of the world, when in Japan, look for the most cutting edge fashions where the Japanese themselves find them - in Harajuku and Omotesandō.
Within walking distance from Shibuya, Omotesandō and Harajuku are home to an incredibly wide array of Japanese and international brands, with massive shopping centers and boutiques measuring mere meters in size all gathered together.
This article will be updated every month with the latest on shopping news in this area, so please check back here often to stay on top of Japanese fashion!
The Area Overall
If it's your first trip to this area, take a look through this article to find some spots that even the locals might have missed. From magnificent public art to beautiful sightseeing places and great souvenir shops, this area has a lot to offer. You won't regret it!
Would you like a nice souvenir as a reminder of your trip, but don't know where to turn? If you're in the Omotesandō and Harajuku area, then the seven shops listed in the above article would be the best choice.
Harajuku: Individualistic Fashions
Laforet Harajuku was the first major shopping center in the area and has been a beacon for fashion lovers and trend-setters ever since. If you consider yourself to be an original, then this is the place for you!
A topic that could fill an encyclopedia or ten, this is a very brief introduction to the world of fashion choices that can be found in Harajuku and the surrounding area.
Takeshita street is perhaps most people's image of Harajuku: a street full of people searching for the most unusual and exciting fashions out there. If you want to see the home of trends ranging from the cute to the creepy, visit Takeshita.
A shopping showdown - which do you prefer, the funky Takeshita Street or the laidback Brahms Lane? What, you haven't heard of Brahms Lane before? Then check out the article above!
Walking from Shibuya to Harajuku doesn't have to mean following the major roads - head down Cat Street and start your shopping early at trendy flagship stores and creative boutiques along this half-mile stretch of upmarket style.
If you are looking for goods featuring popular Japanese and international characters, look no further than KIDDY LAND Harajuku! You can find characters from Studio Ghibli, Sanrio, Peanuts and more all in this convenient and colorful shop.
Omotesandō: Modern and Trendy Styles
Modern, intense and on the cutting edge of fashion, Omotesandō Hills is the favorite shopping spot of those gorgeous people who are always impeccably dressed no matter what time it is. If you want to find the best of Japanese and international major designers, stop here.
One of the most vibrant buildings found along Omotesandō Street, the Oriental Bazaar is a shop boasting the largest selection of Japanese souvenirs in the area. If you want something traditional, then this is the place for you.
Would you like to bring some color to your home? Everyone needs a splash of color now and again. At CORAZYs you can find brilliant, colorful household goods that are all handmade in Japan.
Traditional Japanese handicrafts and gorgeous household goods are available at J-Period, a Japanese-produced select shop with some truly beautiful items for sale.
If you'd like an all-Japanese made shopping experience, look no further than Urasandō Garden where you can purchase Japanese tea, try Japanese-style coffee, sample incense and more.
Japanese stationery is know around the world for its quality and at the Bunbōgu Cafe you can try different items out before buying them, all while enjoying delicious stationery-inspired treats.
Walk down stylish Omotesandō Street and see the luxury shops, hot restaurants and trendy cafes that span from Omotesandō Station to Meiji-Jingūmae Station.
After all that shopping...
Now that your arms are laden with bags, why not take a moment and rest in Yoyogi Park, the green sanctuary in Harajuku?
Harajuku-Omotesandō, also going by the name of Omohara among Japanese youth, is a vibrant area, where anyone can find inspiration and enjoyment. Make the best of your visit with our articles, which will guide you toward both the popular places and the less known corners of this wonderful area!