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A Guide Around Omotesando – The Cutting Edged Fashion Street

Omotesando is not only for shopping but also discover the cozy cafes, restaurants and hair salons where Japanese fashion lovers usually go. Seeing people walking on Omotesando street will inspire you what the Japanese fashion trend is.

Omotesando

You want to see the Japanese fashion trend? Let’s go to Omotesando street. Along this large street, there are luxury boutiques such as Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Armani and Chanel in addition to Japanese brand and select shops. It is also fascinating to see the architectures of the luxury flagship shops and a stylish shopping complex – Omotesando Hills.

In Christmas season, the 400m illuminated street attracts a lot of people to enjoy a romantic night. At the end of the street (going down from the subway omotesando station), there is an entrance of a large and famous shrine, Meiji Jingu Shrine which leads you to the traditional world.

 

#1. Omotesando Hills

Omotesando Hills

Omotesando Hills is a shopping complex in Omotesando street. Once entering inside, visitors will be surprised at its unique interior design.

Omotesando Hills

Inside of the building, it is a big open ceiling space with slope streets around. Walking up and down the slope, visitors will find a lot of cozy shops and restaurants all along with the street. The 1st basement features shops of clothes, jewerlies and bags by Japanese designers.
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Omotesando Hills

Address: 4-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo

Access:
1 minute walk from Omotesando Station
7 minute walk from Harajuku Station

Hours (Monday – Saturday):
11:00 AM –  9:00 PM (Shops)
11:00 AM – 11:30 PM (Restaurants)
11:00 AM –  10:30 PM (Cafes)

Hours (Sunday)
11:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Shops)
11:00 AM – 10:30 PM (Restaurants)
11:00 AM – 9:30 PM (Cafes)

Website: Omotesando Hills

 

#2. Toraya Cafe in Omotesando Hills

Toraya Cafe in Omotesando Hillsa
Photo Credit:  TorayaCafe

In Omotesando Hills, visitors will find one unique and cozy cafe – Toraya cafe. Toraya cafe is created by Toraya (Japanese traditional confectionery shop). Toraya itself has offered sophisticated Japanese confectionery for over 5 centuries, and its sweet bean paste (used for Japanese confectionery) is well-known in Japan.

At Toraya cafe, you can taste western style sweets with using the famous red bean paste. The harmony between chocolate and sweet bean paste creates the new style of confectionery which we can try only here in Toraya cafe. Also, its pretty decoration will catch your eyes. To taste and to see, Toraya cafe will give you a good, happy time.

Visitors can also buy their original products such as chocolate, cakes, paste and macaroons in a cozy package in Toraya cafe. Of course, they are all made with using the sweet bean paste. It would be a nice and unique gift to your family and friends to discover the new taste of the confectionery. You can also taste a sakura parfait in Spring!!
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Toraya Cafe Omotesando Store

Address: Omotesando Hills B1,  4-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo

Hours:
11:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Monday – Saturday)
11:00 Am – 8:00 PM (Sunday)

Website: Torayacafe (Japanese)

 

#3. Oriental Bazaar

 

Oriental Bazaar
Photo Credit:  Oriental Bazaar

While walking down Omotesando street, you will find an oriental building different from others in this street. This is Oriental Bazaar – a Japanese souvenir shop. This 3 floors shop has a plenty of Japanese souvenirs such as stationery items made of Japanese traditional paper (washi), tea cups and pots for green tea and many kinds of small items made of Japanese patterned tissue. More than the usual souvenir products, there are Kimonos, Kabutos (Samurai armor) and Japanese antique furniture as well. Even you don’t buy them, it is interesting to see these products to understand a part of Japanese culture.

There are also English speaking staff to help your shopping. With their variety of products, it is promised that you will find one of your favorite souvenir in this shop.
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Oriental Bazaar Information

Address: 5-9-13 Jingumae, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo

Access:
1 minute walk from Omotesando Station
5 minute walk from Harajuku Station

Hours: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
*Closed on Thursdays

Website: Oriental Bazaar

 

 #4. Kiddy Land

Kiddy Land

Are you a fan of Hello Kitty? There is a place for you in Omotesando street – Kiddy Land. This shop has a variety of Hello Kitty goods such as stationery, tea cups, snacks, dolls, key holders, fashion and more. Hello Kitty goods are all over the world now, but there are a lot of things which you can find only in Japan. If you want to buy some of Hello Kitty goods, you can’t miss Kiddy Land!  There are not only Hello Kitty but also other Sanrio character goods here. You will discover other Sanrio characters which are so cute just like Hello Kitty. This large shop also has other Japanese character goods such as Totoro and Doraemon. Not only Japanese characters, you can find worldwide popular characters such as starwars, snoopy, minions, etc. Kiddy Land is a fun place to visit like an amusement park.
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Kiddy Land Information

Address: 6-1-9 Jingumae, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo

Hours:
11:00 AM –  9:00 PM (Monday – Friday)
10:30 AM – 9:00 PM (Sat, Sun and National Holiday)
*Closed irregularly

Website: Kiddy Land

 

#5. Meiji Jingu Shrine

Meiji Jingu Shrine

At the end of the Omotesando street, there is a shrine in the forest named Meiji Jingu Shrine. This shrine is dedicated to the divine souls of Emperor Meiji and his consort Empres Shoken, and its total area is 700,000 square meters. During the new year period, Meiji Jingu Shrine has the most visitors in Japan to pray for the fortune of the coming year. The first thing you will see is Torii.  This huge archway will welcome you to the divine atmosphere in the forest.

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On the way to the main area of the shrine, you can enjoy a nice walking in the middle of nature.

Meiji Jingu Shrine

After the long way, there is a Temizuya (a little font) for rincing your hands and mouth. Now, you are ready to enter the shrine area.

Meiji Jingu Shrine

In the main area, there is the main shrine building for praying your fortune. Let’s try to pary at Shinto shrine. The way to pray is 1. put some coins in the offertory box, 2. bow twice, 3. clap your hands twice, 4. make a wish and 5. bow once again. You may try Omikuji (paper fortune to give you advice for future). Here, Omikuji in English is available.

Meiji Jingu Shrine

If you are lucky, you will see a Japanese traditional wedding ceremony with a beautiful bride in white kimono. You have more chance to see it on weekends.
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Meiji Jingu Shrine

Address: 1-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo

Access: 3 minute walk from Harajuku Station

Hours:
Jan. 6:40am ~ 4:20pm
Feb. 6:20am ~ 4:50pm
Mar. 5:40am ~ 5:20pm
Apr. 5:10am ~ 5:50pm
May. 5:00am ~ 6:10pm
Jun. 5:00am ~ 6:30pm
Jul. 5:00am ~ 6:20pm
Aug. 5:00am ~ 6:20pm
Sep. 5:20am ~ 5:20pm
Oct. 5:40am ~ 4:40pm
Nov. 6:10am ~ 4:10pm
Dec. 6:40am ~ 4:00pm

Fees: free

Website: Meiji Jingu Shrine

 

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