Takeshita dori: the iconic street of Harajuku 竹下通り
Takeshita Dori, the heart of eccentric Japanese fashion
Takeshita dori: the crazy alley in Harajuku. Colorful crowd, costumed, grimaced, with colored hair, discolored; vintage, avant-garde or cosplay shops. A showcase for crazy, unconventional and trendy Japanese youth, Takeshita Street has become a must-see when visiting Tokyo.
The heart of young and Japanese fashion
Takeshita dori is a 400-meter-long pedestrian street , emblematic of the trendy Harajuku district since the 90s. "Takeshita dori" means "the avenue under the bamboo", although you will find mostly shops here ... This The street is popular with Japanese teenagers as well as tourists.
Takeshita dori is within walking distance of the large Meiji-jingu Shinto Shrine , just across from JR Harajuku Station. For more than 30 years, it has attracted young Japanese people who like to walk there in eccentric outfits and look for the craziest accessories . We meet young girls in kawaii outfits, all dressed in pink, looking to renew their wardrobe, lolitas , decora , gothics and punks, young men disguised as young girls and vice versa, maids and brides, and many other characters as well. Here, extravagance is the key word.
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Takeshita-dori, hundreds of quirky shops in Tokyo
In terms of shops, the choice is eclectic. Gothic, rock, hip-hop, visual kei or "retro-punk" clothing through the essential school uniforms, it's cosplay paradise (disguises) .
Fashions come and go, the ACDC Rag store has remained. The singers of the famous AKB48 group will go shopping there; or better, sometimes sell their concert outfits there. You can find everything you need for cosplay , from gothic lolita outfits to punk or kawaii style (cute).
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In addition, fancy accessories and jewelry, junk, plush characters and other cute goodies can be bought at a very low price at the temple of the gadget: TheWorld Connection . The idols (fashionable singers) are not left out with shops offering their photos and all kinds of derivative products.
The shops on the street are full of eccentric and colorful clothes and accessories , with a marked predominance for pink. Even if that's not your style, go for the vibe. Here, you are at the heart of street fashion !
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The best places to shop in Takeshita dori
It is the largest store in the capital of the Daiso chain, a well-known 100 yen shop in Japan. Installed on three floors, there is no doubt that you will find your happiness there at a low price . It is undoubtedly the ideal place to find lots of little souvenirs.
Address: Village 107, 1-19-24 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
One of the oldest stores on the street, which sells clothes, each more original than the next , at low prices. It is unthinkable not to take a walk there while walking in Takeshita dori ...
Address: 1-20-7 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001
A larger store, very well known and very popular with young people thanks to its more American style, and its advantageous prices. There you will find everything you need to display the total Harajuku look . Two Wego stores are located on Takeshita dori: one at the beginning, and one at the end.
Address: 150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Jingumae, 1−19−19 ヒ ン メ ル ブ ラ ウ 1F
6% Doki Doki
Look on the first floor, and you'll find one of the craziest and most colorful shops on the street ... It's nothing short of one of the main brands of kawaii fashion in Japan !
Address: 4−28−16 2F, Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo
The best places to eat in Takeshita dori
Takeshita dori is a paradise for pastries and sweets , especially "Harajuku-style" pancakes. These are take-out pancakes, served in cones (like ice cream), and mostly garnished with whipped cream and fruit .
Marion Crepes moved to Takeshita dori in 1976 : it was this brand that launched the pancake craze in Harajuku. It remains a benchmark today.
Address: 1-6-15 Jingumae, 1F-2F, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo
Totti Candy Factory
You can taste huge multicolored cotton candy there . The shop is located on the 1st floor, above the "Etude" sign.
Address: 1-16-5 Jingumae, RYU 2F, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo
Calbee Plus Harajuku
Another specialty of Takeshita dori: Calbee chips and fries, to taste in their shop. You can eat on site chips or fries just out of the fryer, covered with many different fillings , including cheese but also ... chocolate.
Address: 1-16-8 Jingumae, Along Harajuku Takeshitadori, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo
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Address, timetable & access
TimetableJR Harajuku Station on the Yamanote Line Meiji-jingumae Subway Station on the Chiyoda Line