Omotesando is a prestigious fashion hub and a well-known high street found in the Harajuku district in Tokyo. With stores like Prada, Dior, and Louis Vuitton situated along the Zelkova tree-lined streets, Omotesando is an upscale shopping experience. Sometimes compared to Champs-Elysee in Paris, Omotesando has been influenced by both Europe and Western countries and is known as a deluxe and affluent shopping district. Another highlight of Omotesando is found in the architecture as the area showcases modern architecture and makes for a perfect activity to window shop and admire the striking buildings in the area. Here is our guide to things to do in Omotesando.
Shopping in Omotesando
Offering a wide variety of high-end luxury names, Omotesando Hills is a large-scale department store. The architecturally impressive building complex was designed by famed architect Tado Ando making the experience enjoyable even if you are not intent on shopping. Explore the over 100 shops, admire the impressive surroundings, and enjoy several restaurants all housed inside the shopping center.
4-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
Mon – Fri 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sat-Sun 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
The perfect place to find authentic and traditional souvenirs, explore the Oriental Bazaar of Omotesando/Harajuku to stock up on gifts for yourself and to bring back home with you. If you are looking for traditional Japanese crafts or even a kimono shop you will find it in the Oriental Bazaar.
5-9-13 Jingumae, Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
Monday-Sunday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM – Closed Thursdays
Takeshita Dori Street
This is a well-known pedestrian shopping street found in the Harajuku/Omotesando area. The famous street is lined with many boutiques and shops and the local hang-out for Harajuku boys and girls. This is the perfect place to check out some very cool street styles and maybe pick up some new looks of your own. You can also enjoy checking out the latest looks on nearby Harajuku Street.
Attractions in Omotesando
Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art
Found just five minutes walk from the JR Harajuku Station, this relatively small art museum is a hidden gem and worth visiting in the Omotesando area. Showcasing over 14,000 works from the 17th -19th centuries the rotating exhibitions change each month.
1-10-10 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
Tuesday – Sunday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Immerse yourself in the Shinto vibe at the Nezu Shrine. A beautiful bamboo-lined entrance and a Japanese garden are a part of this museum showcasing Japanese and Asian art. Take a guided tour of Yanaka and learn about the history of the Shrine and Museum.
6-5-1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo
Tue-Sun 10:00 – 17:00
Closed on Mondays
Visit the Meiji Shrine located in nearby Harajuku close to Omotesando. Built in 1920 the Shinto shrine is dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken.
Snacks in Omotesando
Cotton candy and crepes in Omotesando
What is all the fluff about? You have likely seen on Instagram the puffy pink piles of cotton candy that are reminiscent of cherry blossoms. If you are in Omotesando it is definitely worth getting some of this sweet stuff. Crepes are also very popular and you can find a wide variety of flavors.
Totti Candy Factory
Cotton candy, cake pops, fairy floss, bright colors, and big smiles. Totti Candy Factory is like a rainbow explosion of sugar, if you are looking to satisfy your sweet tooth this is the place.
1-16-5 Jingumae | RYU Apartment 2F, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
Cafe Crape Takeshita Street (Angels Heart)
Chocolate and Banana, strawberry and whipped cream, or matcha cheesecake, you have your pick of winning combinations filled into these delicious crepes.
1-20-6 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
Coffee in Omotesando
Omotesando has some excellent coffee joints if you are looking to refuel and get your daily dose of caffeine while exploring, or just looking for a place to sit and take a rest.
Lattest Omotesando Espresso Bar
A quaint, minimalist, and industrial-style coffee shop serving fresh espresso and pour-over coffees by highly skilled baristas.
3-5-2 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
Streamer Coffee Company
Coffee enthusiasts flock to this coffee shop to enjoy the pour-over coffee which is finely crafted from high-quality beans. The vibe is relaxed and inviting.
1-20-28 Shibuya, Shibuya 150-0002, Tokyo Prefecture
And for something a little different…
Kotori Cafe Omotesando
A very unique experience visiting a bird cafe where colorful birds are flying around. Enjoy decadent bird-themed desserts while you interact with the birds inside. If you are a bird lover or just looking for a new experience it is definitely worth a visit while in Omotesando.
6-3-7 Minami Aoyama, Minato 107-0062, Tokyo Prefecture
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