Takeshita dori: Harajuku 竹下通り
The crowded alleys of Harajuku shelter a displaced culture where the only limit is imagination.
The multiple stores of Takeshita
With everything costing between 100 and 500 yen, you should find happiness for almost nothing at Daiso Harajuku.
The trendy Harajuku is the birthplace of the most unlikely fashion trends.
Takeshita Dori, the heart of Japanese street fashion.
Takeshita-dori is one of Tokyo's most colorful and busiest streets. With colorful crowds, costumes, make-up, bleached or dyed hair; Vintage boutiques, avant-garde, or cosplay. This small street located in Tokyo showcases the famous crazy and unconventional trends of Harajuku. Visiting Takeshita Street has become a must for all visitors. For an even more intense experience, visit at the weekends!
The heart of Japanese Fashion
Takeshita dori is a 400 meter long pedestrian street, emblematic of the trendy district of Harajuku since the 90s. "Takeshita dori" means "the avenue under the bamboos", although you will find mainly shops ... This street is popular with Japanese teens as well as tourists.
In the heart of the trendy Harajuku, within walking distance of the great Shinto Meiji-Jingu shrine, right in front of JR Harajuku Station, the famous pedestrian street Takeshita Dori has been attracting Japanese teenagers who like to walk around in eccentric outfits for over 30 years. You will encounter girls hugging their teddy bears in their arms while renewing their wardrobe, as well as lolitas, goths, vampires, maids and brides, and many more characters. Here, extravagance is key.
Takeshita-dor: Over 100 trendy shops
In terms of shops, the choice is eclectic. Gothic clothing, rock, hip-hop, or "retro-punk" through to the inevitable school uniforms, Takeshita dori is the paradise for cosplay (wearing costumes).
For street fashionistas, Wego is a must. For one low price, you can buy a whole range of a "Harajuku" Japanese teenager. Even if this is not your style, go for the atmosphere. Here you are in the heart of street fashion!
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Fashions come and go, but the ACDC Rag shop remains. The singers of the famous group AKB48 go there to shop; or better yet, they sometimes sell their concert outfits. The hope contains everything you need for cosplay, gothic lolita outfits to punk style or kawaii (cute).
Accessories and jewelry, trinkets, plush characters and other goodies can be purchased at very low price in the temple of gadget: The World Connection. The idols (fashionable singers) are not to be outdone with shops that have their photos and all kinds of merchandise.
The street shops are full of eccentric and colorful clothes and accessories, and there is a lot of pink. Even if it’s not your style, go for the vibe. Here you are at the heart of street fashion!
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THE BEST ADDRESSES FOR SHOPPING IN TAKESHITA DORI
It is the largest Daiso store in Tokyo, one of the most well-known 100 yen shops in Japan. The store covers three floors, and there is no doubt that you will find what you are looking for at low prices. It is a great place to find lots of souvenirs.
Address: Village 107, 1-19-24 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
- ACDC Rag
One of the oldest stores on the street, which has a great selection of items in various street styles, at low prices. It is unthinkable not to take a walk while walking to Takeshita dori ...
Address: 1-20-7 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001
A large store, very well known and very popular with young people thanks to its more American style, and its favorable prices. You will find everything you need to display the total Harajuku look. Two Wego stores are located on Takeshita dori: one at the beginning, and one at the end.
Address: 150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Jingumae, 1−19−19 ヒ ン メ ル ブ ラ ウ 1F
- 6% Doki Doki
Located on the ground floor, and you will find one of the craziest and most colorful shops on the street ... This is one of the original brands that created kawaii fashion in Japan!
Address: 4−28−16 2F, Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo
THE BEST PLACES TO EAT IN TAKESHITA DORI
Takeshita dori is a paradise for pastries and sweets, and especially "Harajuku" pancakes. These are take-out pancakes, served in cones (like ice cream), and mostly garnished with whipped cream and fruit.
Credit: By Fabio Achilli from Milano, Italy - Takeshita Dori, Harajuku, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=71907632
Chips from Calbee
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Totti Candy Factory
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- Marion crepes
Marion Crepes moved to Takeshita dori in 1976: it is this brand that launched the craze for pancakes in Harajuku. Today it remains the benchmark.
Address: 1-6-15 Jingumae, 1F-2F, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo
- Totti Candy Factory
Here you can try the enormous multicolored cotton candy that you have seen all over Instagram. The shop is located on the 1st floor, above the sign "Etude".
Address: 1-16-5 Jingumae, RYU 2F, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo
- Calbee Plus Harajuku
Another Takeshita dori specialty is Calbee chips and fries. Here you can eat chips or fries right out of the fryer, covered with many different toppings, including cheese but also ... chocolate!
Address: 1-16-8 Jingumae, Along Harajuku Takeshitadori, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo
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