Harajuku Takeshita Street
Takumi Sushi Owana
The heart and soul of Harajuku, the ultra-kawaii Takeshita Street offers a vibrant sensory overload where colors pop from every angle, and shopfronts burst with the cutest character merchandise. From neon jumpsuits to pastel frocks, Harajuku is known for the wildest teen fashion, always keeping up with the latest trends. Cat Street nearby is another popular spot for underground fashion, giving a glimpse into Tokyo’s curious subcultures with unique bars and restaurants. Both sweet and savory, discover Takeshita Street’s endless array of crazy snacks, a treat for the eyes and the tastebuds, simply begging to be devoured. An obligatory Harajuku crepe should be in order, although who could say no to a bizarre flavored pastry, or an icecream tower built using character heads? To take a break from the colorful chaos, follow Takeshita Street to the top, where just beyond lies the sacred grounds of Meiji Jingu Shrine, or take a beat and hang out with family and friends at Yoyogi Park. Follow Takeshita Street to the bottom to eventually reach Omotesando, Harajuku’s ever-classy neighbor, filled with high-street fashion, upscale dining, and the poshest bars. But for the cutest food, Harajuku’s Takeshita Street is Tokyo’s kawaii go-to.
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