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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  • Erico2709
    Singapore, Singapore2,408 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 11 September 2023
  • Iron man
    Pattaya, Thailand165 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Takeshi Street- a street full of Wonder
    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!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 November 2023
  • Amy H
    Townsville, Australia9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun food but busy busy!
    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.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 December 2023
  • T D
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania4,380 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crowded Tourist trap
    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
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 January 2024
  • Josh D
    New York City, New York877 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Global city tourism!!
    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!!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 January 2024
  • FenderStrat-Perth
    Perth, Australia28 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy, Expensive.
    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.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 January 2024
  • Wood77
    Los Angeles, California3,287 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Japanese pop culture scene
    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.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 February 2024
  • Too Poor 2
    Baltimore, Maryland329 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Takeshita Street Tokyo
    This is one of many crowded and dense shopping areas in tokyo. It is located near one of the large temples and shrines about a mile from Shibuya Crossing. We were told this is where the young teens hang out as a destination of sorts. Lots of unique stores and food and dessert places along the 4-5 block stretch.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 March 2024
  • Daphne M
    Cardiff, United Kingdom240 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Next level crazy!!!!
    Just when you think you’ve seen it all there’s Takeshita Street! A completely crazy, crowded tourist treat. You don’t have to spend money you can just window shop. It’s the genesis of kawaii culture so there are fascinating fashions, cat cafes, rainbow cloud candy floss and some very tasty crepes if you fancy a quick snack. Despite the street being awash with people the shops themselves were much more manageable and it’s definitely worth a look. However if you have kids and teens - beware you could spend a fortune very quickly - so many ‘I want items’ not necessarily ‘ I need stuff’. But I left feeling full of joy despite the crush.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 April 2024
  • Nina Tee
    Gold Coast, Australia46 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for souvenir shop
    Very busy place, if you plan on doing a big shop be sure to have a backpack or a small carry on suitcase. Nothing worst carrying all your shopping bags whilst still shopping also your train ride back to your hotel. Also take your time walking along the street as there’s still stores upstairs a building or downstairs.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 June 2024
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murrpark
Wurtulla, Australia243 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
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
Written 5 June 2023
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Siddharth B
Seattle, WA545 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Takeshita-dori is considered the fashionistas hub from all over the world, where you will see a lot of experimental fashion being tried out by visitors and more in the shops being sold. Harajuku has developed a name for it’s “weirdness”. We went here multiple times- afternoon and evening on weekdays and weekend. Though it definitely has a charming aura with some trends being played out, the shopping there isn’t as full-on as I expected. There are some gothic shops, some experimental but a lot of chains too along with bubble tea, dessert shops.

Overall a nice street, but it’s not very long and finishes before you know it.
Written 22 January 2020
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Heather S
Seattle, WA99 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
This is a very popular street and often very crowded. Our teenager was excited to check it out but found a lot of the shops rather cheap and tacky. None the less we had fun roaming about and did have a decent Japanese crepe.
Written 20 February 2020
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Katy Santos
Philippines519 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Takeshita Street is one of the busiest streets in Tokyo. It's often packed with tourists as there are numerous things to do here. In our case, we just went here to do a little shopping for essentials.

The pharmacy where we buy the essentials from, also sells a pack of small Kitkats which is cheaper than the regular size one of Don Quijote.

Must-Try essentials:
Kao white soap, Cow Beauty soap
Japanese Salonpas by Hiramitsu
Japanese Rohto eyedrops
Hand lotion 
Written 29 July 2021
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Stefanie H
Lincoln, NE1,667 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
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.
Written 25 June 2023
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swisstraveller
Berne665 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
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.
Written 31 March 2023
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T D
Philadelphia, PA4,380 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 6 January 2024
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FenderStrat-Perth
Perth, Australia28 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 30 January 2024
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treesrgreenie
Adelaide, Australia178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
This street is fun. Very very crowded for a Sunday afternoon however worth walking through it up and then back down. Crazy fashion shops line the street as well as crepes, colored fairy floss and many other eateries. Definitely an experience.
Written 11 January 2020
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T&F
Montreal, Canada685 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
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!
Written 29 April 2023
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