Updated: May 14, 2019
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Tokyo's Cat Street: The Hippest Place in the City?


Cat street is a super-hip street between Shibuya and Harajuku. Despite the name, there's not too many cats here! One of Tokyo's hippest spots, Cat Street is very popular among the city's fashionable youth. Whether you're a fashion fan, or just want to take a walk, this street is worth checking out!

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What is Cat Street?

Cat Street is the nickname given to a pedestrian-friendly shopping street that stretches between the neighborhoods of Harajuku and Shibuya in Tokyo. The street is famous for its hundreds of fashion shops and hip stores, and is a center of youth fashion culture in Tokyo. There are big-name brand stores here, as well as underground brands and thrift stores!

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you feel about cats) the street has nothing to do with cats, so you won't find hundreds of felines roaming around.

Why is it called 'Cat Street?'

A side alleyway off of Cat Street
The origins of the name are unclear, but it's speculated that the name was given to the street because of the frequent appearance of cats there. Another theory is that the name comes from the Japanese saying 'neko no hitai' which literally translates to 'cat's forehead,' and refers to a small space. Yet another theory traces the origins of the name to a band called the 'Black Cats,' who were based out of the area and named their 1983 album 'Cat's Street.'

Where is Cat Street?

Cat street stretches from Omotesando near Harajuku Station to Meiji-Dori near Shibuya Station. Get there by heading north from Shibuya Station, or south from Jingumae 'Harajuku' Station.

The street is about 750 meters, and takes about 10 minutes to walk (without stopping). In addition to the main street, there are countless small alleys branching off, each of which is fun to explore.

Don't miss this burger when you're on Cat Street!

Very popular with the local crowd is The Great Burger, located about halfway down Cat Street. The name speaks for itself and you'll definitely leave thinking "Great Burger!". Beware though there can be long lines around lunch time so get there early. The wait is totally worth it, though.
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