When you think about shopping in Tokyo, Harajuku is definitely one of the spots that first come to mind. It’s an ever-evolving haven for the youth fashion scene. Takeshita Street is famous for the “Kawaii” Harajuku girls, Cosplay and Gothic Lolita culture. And Cat Street is known for its contemporary and luxury streetwear fashion.
There’re so many iconic brands and shops concentrated in one area, it’s almost impossible to name them all. So we’d like to pinpoint some (plus, a few places to rewind while you shop) in Harajuku in this latest Neighborhood Guide.
Address: 4-32-7 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo-to (2F)
Tel: +81 3 5771 0090
Eleven Supreme stores are open in Japan. And six of those are in Japan (Shibuya, Harajuku, Daikanyama, Fukuoka, Nagoya and Osaka). Prices are a bit higher compared to stores outside of Japan, but it’s well worth the visit as you’ll see carefully selected premium pieces lined up. Supreme Harajuku is located in the famous Cat Street, where you can see Tokyo’s thriving street fashion culture. Walk up the stairs to the second floor and pop by to see what’s in store.
Address: 4-32-7 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo-to (1F)
Right downstairs of Supreme is Shinsuke Takazawa’s Neighborhood Harajuku flagship shop. You’ll see “The Filth and the Fury” on their window so you’ll spot it right away. Take a look at their newest season collection of denims, leather jackets and accessories. You’ll not only enjoy shopping their collection but also enjoy the store’s simplistically elegant interior design, decoration and fragrance.
Address: 4-28-22 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo-to
Tel: +81 3 5772 2511
Aape, the more casual daily wear collection of A Bathing Ape, is also right across from Supreme and Neighborhood. So if you’re out to shop for street fashion, this area is where you might want to start. There’re also many other iconic streetwear brands scattered around in this area including Stussy and Billionaire Boys Club so make sure you keep a look out!
Address: 6-14-12 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo-to
Hours: Monday & Wednesday – Saturday Lunch: 11:30 – 16:00 Monday & Wednesday – Saturday Dinner: 18:00 – 21:30 Sunday 11:30 – 21:00 (L.O.20:00)
Grab a bite to eat at Teisyoku Shop for lunch. “Teisyoku” is a classic traditional Japanese meal served as a set with a bowl of warm miso soup, rice and side dishes. Some delicious teisyoku you might want to try while you’re in Japan are Karaage (deep fried chicken), sashimi and tonkatsu teishyoku, which have those featured menus as the main dish. Here, we recommend Friend Shrimp Teisyoku ー delicious, crunchy shrimp fried to perfection. As for the atmosphere, this restaurant has a mixture of modern and traditional Japanese taste to its interior decoration, so you’ll love the fusion touch. It’ll be a great place to cozy up and enjoy your taste buds.
Address: 6-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo-to (1F)
If you’ve had too much Japanese food while your trip here, snag a Western lunch at Luke’s Lobsters. Their lobster rolls are 980yen for a Japanese sized roll with three lobster claw and knuckle meat or 1580yen for a US sized roll with five. Add some kettle chips (and some beer) and you’re all set for a tasty, on-the-go power lunch. The lobsters and buns are imported from Maine so you’ll be able to savor the same sweet, tender quality of the meat as in the States.
Address: 6-7-1-B Jingumae, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo
Opening Ceremony’s flagship store is also situated along Cat Street. The trendy, high-fashion select shop first opened in Shibuya, Japan in 2009, and then moved to Harajuku in 2013. The store’s selections and original pieces are displayed over four themed floors with each floor offering a unique independent shopping experience. Some of the many stylish brands you can find here are Alexander Wang, Undercover, Kenzo, Vestments and Toga.
The Roastery by Nozy Coffee
Address: 5−17−13 Jingumae, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10:00~22:00, Sun & Holiday: 10:00~21:00
A step inside and you’ll be greeted with the pleasant smell of roasted coffee. The Roastery serves single origin coffee from around the globe, roasted right at the back of the coffee shop. It’s a lovely place to recharge after walking around. Take a seat and enjoy a shot of dark espresso or a hot cup of latte. If you’re looking for something sweet, they also serve delicious pastries and espresso, latte and milk flavored ice cream.
Address: 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo
※Open to 6:00pm on 12/7/2018 and 12/31/2018
※Open from 9:00am to 7:00pm on 1/1/2019
※Closed on 2/18/2019～2/19/2019
Laforest Harajuku is definitely a place you’d want to check out if you’re in Tokyo to shop. This trendy shopping complex has a number of stores ranging from high-fashion to streetwear to gothic lolita ー It’s everything you’d expect in the Tokyo fashion scene. The seasonal pop-up stores are also something to keep an eye out for. On the top floor, there’s a small museum. From the end of November to the beginning of December, the museum will showcase the Wizarding World Collection with items from Harry Potter and the Fantastic Beasts.
Browse through our shop to get yourself a cute pair of shoes for your next neighborhood walk!