竹下通り Takeshita Street
- Other Walks / City Walking
- Shibuya / Harajuku / Aoyama Area
- Travelko Rating
Teenager’s culture and fashion street
Located just in front of Harajuku station, which is the center of youth culture in Japan. If you are interested in young people’s fashion, design and characters, this is definitely a must-go place!
Takeshita street is about 250m long narrow street, with many shops alongside, for example clothing, cosmetics, food and 100yen shop.
The area’s specialty is crepes, many teenagers eat this sweet crepe on this street, they have a large variety of flavors such as strawberry, blueberry, chocolate, banana with custard and ice cream…
Many teenagers who come here are shopping for clothes. The cost is very reasonable so they can afford it, they look for something unique, fashionable and funny sometimes.
You used to see many cosplayers (people who wear costumes often inspired by popular culture characters) around Takeshita Street but the number is decreasing, but still if you are lucky, you will see them!
One candy shop is well-known for Avril Lavigne’s music video. She came to Takeshita Street and shoot a music video in this shop.
When you reach Meiji Street, Takeshita Street ends and Omotesando area continues.
Fashion street that Lady Gaga loves
Takeshita Street in Harajuku is the most famous street in Japan among teenagers. Fashion trends often start from here.
When you go out of the Takeshita exit of JR Harajuku station, you will see the entrance gate of this street. Sometimes the electrical screen on the gate shows a live image and you may appear on the gate.
There are hundreds of fashion and accessory stores on both sides of the 350m-long narrow street. You can find different kinds of fashion from Kawaii (cute) style to Goth-Loli (Gothic & Lolita) style.
Harajuku is popular not only among Japanese teenagers but also among world famous artists such as Lady Gaga and Gwen Stefani. Lady Gaga often visits the shop called DOG.
Among fashion stores, you will also find several creperies. The first creperie opened in Harajuku in the 1970's and crepes have become the typical sweets of the area. There are many choices with different fruits, sauces and ice creams.
If you go there during the weekend, it is like a crowded train station with young girls from all over Japan. But if you walk into the side street, more quiet, you may find chic stores.
To get more information, Moshi Moshi Box started its service in 2014. It is a tourist information office that also sells goods and crepes.
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