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    Where to Shop in Harajuku - Tokyo

    Being the melting pot of Japanese fashion, shopping in Harajuku is an experience. From the rainbow of tiny shops lining Takeshita Street, to the exclusive emporiums of Omotesando, fashion is definitely the main draw to Harajuku, however there are also a number of notable specialty stores in the area. 

    Takeshita Street is a narrow street flooded with outrageous looking teens exhibiting the cutting edge of street style and ‘cosplay’ costume play. While tourists mostly visit for the experience, a look through some of the tiny boutiques wedged among the restaurants and cafes can be rewarding for fashion lovers. Alternatively Omotesando has been described as a little bit of Paris in Tokyo where some of the world’s top designers have flagship boutiques.

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Takeshita Street

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There are so many tiny shops and boutiques lining Takeshita Street, to single any out is pointless. Clothing, shoes and accessories, jewellery, character goods, pop idol stores, the street has basically everything a teen could want. During the week is the best time to go if you actually want to buy anything otherwise the weekends, particularly Sundays are the best people-watching times.

  • Subway: Opposite JR Harajuku Station, Takeshita exit
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Togo Antiques Market

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An amazing counterpoint to the cutting edge fashion on Harajuku streets, the Togo Shrine hosts the Antiques Market on the first, fourth and fifth Sunday of every month. From 5am to 3pm the quiet compounds of the historical shrine is the perfect setting for this grand-daddy of all flea markets offering an enthralling array of Japanese antique furniture, crafts and memorabilia.

  • Subway: JR Yamanote Line: Harajuku Station, Takeshita exit
  • Address: 1-5-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
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Omotesando Hills

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Ultra-chic Omotesando Hills is a premier shopping mall housing the who’s who of international fashion. Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo, Yves Saint Laurent, Harry Winston and many more top brands are present over six floors of gleaming streamlined architecture.

  • Subway: Omotesando Station, Ginza Line, exit A2 - JR Yamanote Line: Harajuku Station, Omotesando exit
  • Address: 4-12-20 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
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LaForet

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With seven floors of the hottest youth style LaForet is a teen fashion mecca. The layout is a little confusing and the hundreds if individual stores can be difficult to navigate but LaForet also has an interesting museum on the top floor and an auditorium which holds cultural events.

  • Subway: Meiji-Jingumae Station, Chiyoda Line
  • Address: 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
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Oriental Bazaar

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The best place to purchase mementoes and souvenirs of Japan is at the Oriental Bazaar with four packed floors of Japanese goods all at reasonable prices. Although a little touristy at certain times of year, the bazaar remains very popular for Japanese shoppers. Closed on Thursdays.

  • Subway: Omotesando Station, Ginza Line or Meiji-Jingumae Station, Chiyoda Line
  • Address: 5-9-13 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
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Kawano Gallery

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If you are looking for a more valuable keepsake from your trip to Japan, the Kawano Gallery is the place to buy antique Japanese fabrics, hand-painted and embroidered kimono, haori and obi. The store also has a variety of the Japanese cloth room-dividers called noren also exquisitely hand-made.

  • Subway: Omotesando Station, Ginza Line, opposite the Hanae Mori building
  • Address: 4-4-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
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Hanae Mori Building

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Behind the glassy modern exterior of the Hanae Mori Building is the entire collection from this world renowned designer. Items from casual designs to evening ware are on sale. The basement level of the building has more than 30 antique shops dealing in everything from figurines and dolls to kimonos and swords. Go early as many stands close around 11am.

  • Subway: Omotesando Station, Ginza Line
  • Address: 3-6-11 Kita Aoyama, Harajuku
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Kiddy Land

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Harajuku Kiddy Land is the flagship store of this brand and a wonderful experience for the young at heart. Across six stories, the beautifully decorated store presents colourful interactive displays and a huge number of toys, games and figures of all varieties plus all the kitsch character items that are so popular with children around the world.

  • Subway: Meiji-Jingumae Station, Chiyoda Line
  • Address: 6-1-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
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Condomania

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Just as its name implies, Condomania is a one-stop shop for all your more intimate needs. While the store does boast the biggest selection of condoms in Tokyo most of the items in the store are geared more towards laughter with novelty items such as gag condoms, boob stress testers and penis enlargers. Fun for a browse.

  • Subway: Meiji-Jingumae Station, Chiyoda Line
  • Address: 6-30-1 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku
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