Translated by Niki Mano
Walk The Runway Along Fashionable Omotesandō Avenue
Written by Yusuke Yamamura
Let's walk the runway that is Omotesandō Avenue - the stylish street spanning the distance from Omotesandō to Meiji-Jingūmae Station.
What is Omotesandō Avenue?
Omotesandō Avenue is the name for the street and general area that spans from Omotesandō Station to Meiji-Jingūmae Station. The road was built as an entrance road to Meiji Shrine in 1919, but has seen incredible changes over the years and is now a major commercial center.
Attractive Shops Everywhere
When you start walking from Omotesandō Station you immediately find yourself surrounded by high-end, luxury brand shops running down both sides of the street. Although you can find similar shops in Ginza, Omotesandō has a slightly younger, more edgy appeal to it. Just window-shopping here can be exciting enough.
(Photo from: Wikipedia)
Intermixed among these luxury brands and running almost the full length of Omotesandō Avenue is Omotesandō Hills, a high-end shopping center of its own. Opened in 2006, Omotesandō Hills has 100 shops and restaurants and many services that cater to international visitors.
There are many side streets along this avenue to choose from too - no matter which you walk down you are sure to find a chic cafe or two, some exciting boutique or even a small gallery or museum.
Omotesandō is also known for its gorgeous winter illuminations which you can see during the Christmas to New Year holidays. Romantic and exciting, more than 10 million people view these illuminations each year, so make sure to check them out if you are in town.
Omotesandō Walking Map
Address: Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingūmae
Nearest Station: Omotesandō Station (表参道駅), Meiji-Jingūmae Station (明治神宮前駅) or Omotesandō Station (表参道駅) Tokyo Metro Ginza/Chiyoda/Hanzomon lines