Updated: July 13, 2017
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Things To Do Tokyo: Check Out Funky Takeshita Street, Harajuku

Looking for things to do in Tokyo? Come check out arguably Tokyo's most popular street - Takeshita Street, in Harajuku. Takeshita Streets draws in thousands of people per day being solely a pedestrian shopping street lined with fashion boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Head here first to kick off your Harajuku adventure!

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Takeshita Street

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Takeshita Street is located directly across from the exit of JR Harajuku Station. Super popular popular with teenagers, students on school trips, and adults alike, Takeshita Street has become somewhat of an icon for Harajuku.

History

FRom the early 1990s to around the early 2000s Takeshita Street was a pretty reliable place to get your hands on fake Japanese and American street brands. However, it was until the metropolitan government took a stronger stance on fake goods that the market for these kind of things started disappearing.
The street itself is only about 400m long but is home to over 100 different little stores! There's a couple of the major chains like The Body Shop, McDonald's, 7-Eleven, and Daiso however most of them are small independent shops that carry an array of goods and unique styles.

The shops tend to be more on the funkier side and sell everything from souvenirs, clothes, collectibles, to Japanese idol posters, cute toys, and prototype items. Another reason to come here is for amazing blend of food the street has to offer!

What's on the street?

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The top of Takeshita Street
As you walk across the street to the main entrance make sure you take the obligatory selfie in front of the sign with the big moving crowd in the background!
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I see cats!
The first thing you might notice is the Cat Cafe on the left of you. You can see a few of the cute critters jumping and playing around the window!

Cat Cafe Mocha

2F Prime Harajuku, 1-9-9 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Further down you'll see come across a plethora of little stores selling a range of different items!
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As you walk down you'll start to notice one thing most of these shops have in common - cute and quirky is the norm!

Crepes Galore!

Halfway down the street you'll come across a number of crepe stores with large window displays. Check out all the different kind of crepes you can order. And maybe give one a try!

Marion Crepes has a huge selection is one of the best ones on the street!

Marion Crepes (Harajuku Takeshita Street Store)

1 Chome 6-15 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan

Interesting costumes!

If you like shoes, clothes, and costumes, you're in the right place cos there's plenty to choose from here!
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More desserts

Next things to try here is the Pompompurin Cafe! Based on the Pompompurin character they serve some original and cute dishes!

Pompompurin Cafe

3F Cute Cube Harajuku, 1-7-1 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Themed cafes

If kawaii (cute) stuff is your thing check out Kawaii Monster Cafe! All their dishes are super colourful and offer a very unique dining experience in Tokyo!

KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU

4F YM Square Building, 4-31-10 Jungumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Only in Japan desserts

Another cool treat to check out is ZakuZaku. A cross between a churos and a creme puff it's a one of a kind crunchy, sweet, and flaky creme filled treat!

Zaku Zaku (ザクザク)

1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

I could go on for days but why not go explore Takeshita Street when you're in Tokyo next!

Jonathan
I've been traveling and eating my way around the world! Now I'm in Tokyo to share all my favourite spots! I spend my time traveling, surfing, hiking, camping and eating amazing food! My favourite Japanese food...Agedashi Tofu!

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