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!
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.
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?
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!
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!