Looking for things to do in Tokyo? Come check out arguably Tokyo's most popular street - Takeshita Street, in Harajuku. Takeshita Street 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!
Before we start - consider a Harajuku kawaii fashion & pop-culture tour!
This is an amazing tour to get insights into Harajuku's pop-culture and fashion! You get to spend three hours with a friendly local guide that will show you around the famous area, going to the must-see iconic places and also the ones that are locals' favourite off the beaten tourist path. The tour has only positive reviews. If you want an authentic experience that will lead you to discover the best of Harajuku, this is one thing to consider!
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.
You can't miss the famous gate to Takeshita Street
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 wasn't until the metropolitan government took a stronger stance on fake goods that the market for these kinds 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 other shops are small independent ones 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 the 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!