Tokyo Day 6 Part 1 — Takeshita Dori, Harajuku

Yesterday we went to the ginkgo-lined avenue Icho Namiki at Aoyama (Tokyo Day 5 Part 1) before heading over to Akihabara for a spot of shopping (Tokyo Day 5 Part 2).

Today we explored the two main shopping streets of Harajuku -– Takeshita Dori for the young and funky) and Omotesando if you’re into branded goods. Train Station: Harajuku.

Takeshita Dori

Takeshita Dori is a short lane filled with all kinds of street clothing. There’s a diverse selection of costumes, street clothing, hair accessories and trinkets. To get to Takeshita Dori, just cross the road parallel to Harajuku Station.

A sign of what to expect. ^-^

Harajuku teenagers crossing the road leading to Takeshita Dori

You’ll enter Takeshita Street through here if you’re coming from Harajuku Station.

Harajuku Takeshita Street


Daiso is the largest franchise of 100-yen variety stores in Japan but quite a number of the items on sale were in the 200-500 yen range.

Daiso at Takeshita Dori

Lovx Bldg, a lingerie shop.

Lovx Bldg Takeshita Dori, Harajuku

We saw a girl head to toe in pink dragging a pink trolley bag. She was with another girl dressed in black and red punk clothing. Over the past few days, I’d noticed quite a few naughty/nice girl pairings, ala Kamikaze Girls’ Lolita/Yanki pairing Momoko and Ichiko. Is this a common thing here? And why are so many girls (and women) carrying trolley bags?

Harajuku \

Takenoko, a shop selling outrageous costumes, masks and head gears. Black outfit 3980 yen.

Harajuku Takenoko

Mari’s Rock, street and punk clothing. The handwritten sign in red in the middle of the photo says, “No Picture, F*ck Off”

Mari\'s Rock at Takeshita Dori, Harajuku, Tokyo

I simply love this sweet ensemble from Liz Lisa 2007 Winter Collection . I didn’t see any Liz Lisa store there though.

New arrival - 2007 Winter Collection from Liz Lisa

Food in Harajuku

One of the first thing that greets you if you’re coming from Harajuku Station is Lotteria fast food outlet. A breakfast set meal consisting of a ham sandwich, coffee and fries costs 390 yen a cheeseburger set is 360 yen.

Harajuku Lotteria fast food outlet breakfast menu

Pasta Viking All-you-can-eat-within-60-minutes buffet — pasta, pizza, salad, pancakes, ice-cream — for only 1029 yen. If you’re very hungry and the type that can eat a lot within a short amount of time, this is a very good deal.  Opening hours 11:30-21:30.

Harajuku Pasta Viking buffet

Just beyond Takeshita, there’s a Kebab Box J selling doner kebabs for 500 yen. (In the background you can see Starbucks Coffee)

Kebab Box J , Starbucks near Takeshita Street, Harajuku

A lot of people were eating crepes. Caramel, cream cheese and nuts – 360 yen, custard cream, strawberries, whipped cream – 480 yen. Looks very yummy!

Harajuku Cafe Crepe

Next, we went to Omotesando Boulevard (Tokyo Day 6 Part 2).

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I love Viking Pasta, used to go there when I was attending Waseda. LOL, the food is ok but the place is just crazy, with its hip hop playing and the old posters of Tupac. LOL

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