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Best things to do and foods to eat in Omotesando, Tokyo

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Omotesando is a popular destination for tourists and for Tokyoites alike. It is a green, chic boulevard in the heart of Tokyo's fashion district. Here are some things to do.

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Map roughly outlining the boundaries of Omotesando and Harajuku
Omotesando is a famous boulevard/area in Tokyo that is kind of the mature counterpart of Harajuku. Whereas Harajuku is known for its eccentric street fashion, kawaii-culture and many affordable boutiques and cafes geared towards teens and young adults, Omotesando is a classier 1 km strip of generally expensive boutiques. Strictly speaking, Omotesando is really just the famous boulevard that it is, but in its general sense, it often refers to the area along that Boulevard as well. When we speak of Omotesando as an area, then the boundaries between Harajuku and Omotesando are not really clear. The map above is just to give you a general idea of where Harajuku is and where the Omotesand area is.
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Harajuku's Takeshita Street (the most iconic part of the district)
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Omotesando (the actual boulevard)
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PRADA shop on Omotesando Boulevard
Shopping is the main thing to do in Omotesando. The area also has its fair share of good cafes and restaurants too, so it's a decent place to explore if you're a foodie.

The boutiques of the main artery that is Omotesando Boulevard are generally high-end brands, but if you go on the backstreets of Omotesando, you'll enter a slightly different world of generally smaller boutiques selling indie brands and sometimes second-hand clothes as well.

Below we'll introduce some of the spots that might be worth checking out in Omotesando.

Omotesando Hills

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One place that is worth the stop might be Omotesando Hills. It is an important historic building of the area that was renovated and renewed in 2006. From the 3rd basement floor to the 3rd floor, Omotesando Hills has many of the world-class fashion brands Omotesando is famous for. You can also explore the place for some cafes and restaurants, some of which are pretty affordable.

Location: 4-12-10 Meijigumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Tokyu Plaza

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There are some more affordable stores on Omotesando however. A good place to shop for popular brands is the Tokyu Plaza which opened in 2012. You can't miss the entrance that is surrounded by mirrors.

This place is also quite interesting for its park-like rooftop terrace with cafes. It's worth giving the terrace a look even if you're not interested in shopping.

Location: 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Cat Street

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Cat street is a long pedestrian road that runs through Harajuku and Omotesando, and that goes all the way to about where Shibuya Station is located. It's definitely worth the look if you're interested in the indie boutique side of Omotesando we mentioned above. You'll find there the trendiest Japanese fashion brands and also some hipster cafes.

Sesame Ice Cream at Gomaya Kuki

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On the food scene, you might want to try Gomaya Kuki's exquisite ice cream. It's a very special kind of Japanese-style ice cream made from Japan-produced sesame oil. Every scoop is said to have the oil of 9,000 seeds, which gives their ice cream an incredibly rich taste. You can further enhance the sesame flavor with their specially confectioned sesame oil and sprinkle your treat with some sesame seeds. You'll be blown away by how rich a tasty sesame ice cream is. This particular shop is quite famous and has been featured many times in Japanese media.
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Fluffy Pancakes at Shiawase-no Pancake (Happy Pancake)

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Have you heard of super fluffy soufflé-style pancakes? Japan has become very famous for that, and one restaurant chain that is particularly popular if you want to try this jiggly sweet is Shiawase-no Pancake, which has a particularly beautiful branch location in the Omotesando area.

The classic comes with a big scoop of Hokkaido whipped butter and a honey-tasting syrup. They serve all kinds of variations too, such pancakes served with a mountain of seasonal fruits or a rich cheese mousse pancake with berry sauce.
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Omotesando is a nice gourmet spot. It is known for having some really nice cafes such as the Dominique Ansel Bakery and the Max Brenner Cafe. Here are some ideas of where to grab a bite.

Tonkatsu Maisen's Original Location

For something savory and filling, this Tonkatsu Masien is our recommendation. The restaurant of long-standing is really famous in Tokyo because they've been making some of the best deep-fried pork cutlets since 1965. They have several locations now, and this is the original. With its high ceiling and traditional Japanese design, you can feel the history, while you enjoy some scrumptious tonkatsu, that are crisp on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside.

Their lunch sets are about ¥1,000. You can also enjoy full-course meals for dinner from ¥3,500.

Visit the Nezu Museum

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If you're interested in pre-modern Japanese art, then a visit to the Nezu Museum is well worth it. It's located at the very end of Omotesando Boulevard (opposite end of where you find Harajuku Station).

The collection of the museum includes bamboo craft, calligraphy, paintings, armors, etc. Seven of the items are so unique that they were designated National Treasure by the Japanese government. Also, the architecture of the museum designed by world-famous Japanese architect Kengo Kuma is exceptionally beautiful and calming. Make sure to try the museum's cafe which is also very beautiful.

Address: 6 Chome-5-1 Minamiaoyama, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0062
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Early summer blooming iris flowers of the Nezu Museum's garden

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