Takeshita Street
Takeshita Street
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This popular street in Harajuku is known for wacky, youth-driven shops selling colorful and crazy clothes and accessories. It's also a paradise for sweets-lovers - don't miss the fluffy, sugary crepes.
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Neighbourhood: Shibuya / Harajuku / Ebisu
There are countless opportunities to shop in the Shibuya and Harajuku districts, especially in shops that focus on Japan's "Kawaii" culture. The trendiest areas are around Shibuya’s Center district, Harajuku's Takeshita-dori and in Omotesando. If you need to recharge from all the shopping, you can easily refresh yourself in Meiji Jingu or Sasaki Park. In contrast, Ebisu has a more grown up ambiance of calm and cool. At the Museum of Yebisu Beer you can learn about the beer that was responsible for the town’s name, and enjoy dining at the popular noodle shops in the surrounding area.
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  • swisstraveller
    666 contributions
    Still fun, but also very crowded
    This is still a fun place to go, but I feel that since my first visit to Tokyo, it has become much much more touristy, and I dont mean that in a good way. The shops are mainly mainstream, there are fewer people dressed in very special clothes, and its just so crowded and feels a bit like a human zoo. Its still worth going to, just dont expect too much. And if you want to have a crepe or a rainbow sugar treat etc., expect to queue for ages.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written March 31, 2023
  • T&F
    Montreal, Canada249 contributions
    Insanely wild street!
    This popular street in is known for wacky, youth-driven shops selling colorful and crazy clothes and accessories. It's also a paradise for sweets-lovers which our guide advised are overpriced and you can better on side streets but regardless the visuals and smells are insane. Line ups are crazy and so crowded . This wasn’t for me, in fact I couldn’t get through the craze fast enough. We cut through this street to get to the famous Omotesandō Street which is a tree-lined street that is filled with beautiful shops like Fendi and Hermes. There is funky cafes and great restaurants. It is also the gateway to the entrance to the Meiji Jingu Shrine which is under a separate review and amazing!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 29, 2023
  • Deirdre Tampa
    421 contributions
    Must see in tokyo
    We enjoyed this street. Yes, it's touristy, but it's also iconic. The only place really, we've seen to buy tshirts. Also try the crepes. There are a lot of shops, we just went to the shortest line and it was great.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 15, 2023
  • Abovetheclouds
    2,433 contributions
    Iconic and fun. Sunday afternoon is the best time to go.
    This is a fun and iconic street for fashion, food, sweets and more! To fully experience it, weekend is the best time. Sunday afternoon is prime time! Packed but has a good atmosphere. Walk, browse, eat and enjoy the atmosphere as well as the funky fashion. I came to Japan 8 years ago. This is my second trip. In all honesty, the street has lost some of the vibe as pre C-19 you could see many Japanese teenagers parading their latest fashion trends, it was like the cool place to be seen and hang out. Although post C-19, the area still retains some of this, it isn't like before. However, definitely worth a visit and a lot of fun.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written May 29, 2023
  • Abovetheclouds
    2,433 contributions
    Fun and iconic.
    This is a fun and iconic street for fashion, food, sweets and more! To fully experience it, weekend is the best time. Sunday afternoon is prime time! Packed but has a good atmosphere. Even on weekdays it is busy. Walk, browse, eat and enjoy the atmosphere as well as the funky fashion. Go beyond the main part of the road, explore the side alleys too and you will discover more! I came to Japan 8 years ago. This is my second trip. In all honesty, the street has lost some of the vibe as pre C-19 you could see many Japanese teenagers parading their latest fashion trends, it was like the cool place to be seen and hang out. Although post C-19, the area still retains some of this, it isn't like before. However, definitely worth a visit and a lot of fun.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written June 2, 2023
  • murrpark
    Wurtulla, Australia251 contributions
    Must see in Tokyo
    This is where all the cool and alternative young people go to shop. Lots of fun shops to browse in and plenty of food options. Avoid the spruikers along the street trying to convince you to visit their venues. To be honest by the standards of many countries these spruikers are pretty reserved. There is also a small but jam packed Uniqlo store around the corner opposite the station selling cheap but quality T-shirt options for souvenirs. The street is right next to Harajuku station on the JR Yamanote line
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 4, 2023
  • Luv_ Rachmaninoff_No2
    Irvine, California74 contributions
    The best place for souvenirs in Tokyo
    We were on our way to the Meiji Shrine and came across this street by accident and it’s such a fun area. We found many souvenirs, very nice t shirt selections as well as cotton candy that’s made for you on the spot, which we’ve never experienced in the US (all pre-made). It was such a fun experience walking thru this short block full of shops.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 23, 2023
  • Stefanie H
    Lincoln, Nebraska1,618 contributions
    Fun street
    This is a fairly short street right next to the Harajuku station that is a lot of fun to experience. Lots of shops, crepe stands, and cute stuff. The streets off of Takeshita are better in terms of less tourists and less touristy merchandise. We went on a weekday morning and experienced few crowds, but you would want to avoid weekends if possible.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Margot Lola
    Brisbane, Australia32 contributions
    Crowded crape street.
    Crowded street which is fun but nothing of a great importance. Everything touristy food wise, it’s ok to walk once. High school kids can love it. Cat street was nicer, more interesting, had some vintage shops and wasn’t as crowded.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Erico2709
    Singapore, Singapore2,397 contributions
    Average all round
    I read about this place and was expecting to see lots of kids in cosplay or quirky outfit but was disappointed. Not sure if it has lost its charm or that kids are less inclined to dress up these days. If you have young teenagers, maybe still some shops that may be appealing to them.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written September 11, 2023
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Wood77
Los Angeles, CA1,931 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Around Tokyo's Harajuku Station is Harajuku where you will find the Japanese teenage pop culture and fashions. We entered at the begin of Takeshita Street. It’s a place to see people and people want to be seen. There were many fast food where teens hang out. Lots of crepe stands where we tried assorted crepes. Spotted a skilled dog walker walking 22 dogs simultaneously.
Written February 19, 2024
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FenderStrat-Perth
Perth, Australia27 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Went on a Sunday. It was jammed packed. Nowhere to really sit and eat (there was the mcdonalds, cat cafe, couple of other places but couldn't really sit and eat) the few shops we managed to poke our heads into were quite touristy. Which is great but i think i was expecting more of a cultural vibe. I wouldn't rush back.
Written January 30, 2024
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Josh D
New York City, NY474 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
I don’t know how many people reading this are urban studies majors at Temple U but there is a thing called global cities which are world and how they connect!! I am a big fan of all of them and I want to go to London one day because it is the elegant sibling of NYC and I would get 1000 times fancier if I went there!! I went to Paris once in 10th grade before I was a global city buff and I didn’t know anything about it!! I am also a big fan of tourism and global city tourism is the next level!! I went here on a trip to Shibuya with TUJ and it was very fancy!! It had an entrance and an exit and everything in between was for tourists!! I got my sister and parents souvenirs that they will enjoy!!
Written January 15, 2024
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T D
Philadelphia, PA3,349 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
We went here around 1 pm and it was very crowded. Crawling walk while we checked out the souvenir stores. There are fun dessert restaurants as well, a couple of Animal cafes like Shiba Inu, Otters, Cats
Written January 6, 2024
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Amy H
Townsville, Australia5 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Enjoyed strolling down this street for all the treats available to buy! We ate our way down the street and back. With young children it’s a bit tricky because the street was PACKED but overall it was a fun trip to an iconic strip in Harajuku. Was easy to find just walk out of the Jr station and you’re there.
Written December 8, 2023
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Iron man
Pattaya, Thailand159 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
If you are coming to Tokyo for the first time, you can't miss the opportunity to visit this street. It's not so far from the heart of Tokyo and it's easy to reach because we'll served by train and metro.
Here you can find very particular shops, perfect for cosplay lovers. Also you must try a rainbow colourful sweet pastry and the cotton candy.
This area is suitable to all the people, single traveller, group and families.
If you love shopping, this is the place to pin on your map!
Written November 14, 2023
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Ian C
Toronto, Canada184 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Cool street but there are many similar to it in Tokyo - so I don’t know why it’s SO busy. Many cool shops and food options. Best part was people watching
Written November 12, 2023
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Bobbie W
Warwick, RI1,375 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Such a fun street to stroll. Lots of food, candy stores, clothing and souvenir shops. People watching is also fun here. Very busy street so take your time to browse.
Written October 15, 2023
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Erico2709
Singapore, Singapore2,397 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
I read about this place and was expecting to see lots of kids in cosplay or quirky outfit but was disappointed. Not sure if it has lost its charm or that kids are less inclined to dress up these days. If you have young teenagers, maybe still some shops that may be appealing to them.
Written September 11, 2023
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carloscharmy
Bangkok, Thailand703 contributions
Apr 2023
Takeshita Street is a vibrant Tokyo gem, brimming with trendy shops and street food. If you're near Meiji Shrine or Omotesando, don't miss a stroll here. It's a sensory explosion with fashion, snacks, and a youthful energy that adds a lively twist to your Tokyo experience.
Written August 20, 2023
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