Updated: November 19, 2019
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Check Out Kawaii Takeshita Street In Harajuku, Tokyo

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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!

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Before we start - consider a Harajuku kawaii fashion & pop-culture tour!

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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!

See the link below for more information.

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.
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You can't miss the famous gate to Takeshita Street

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 wasn't until the metropolitan government took a stronger stance on fake goods that the market for these kinds of things started disappearing.
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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?

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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!
Further down you'll 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 and is arguably one of the best on the street!

Interesting costumes!

If you like shoes, clothes, and costumes, you're in the right place because 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!
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Kakigori (summer time shaved ice) dessert

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!
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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!
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I could go on for days but why not go explore Takeshita Street when you're in Tokyo next... and make sure to visit the adjacent areas of Omotesando and Aoyama once you're done with Harajuku!

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    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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