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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Neighborhood: 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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jaimegut23
New York City, NY31 contributions
Mar 2019
Because this place is buzzing with activity. It's difficult to compare Takeshita street to anything I've experienced before. It's kind of like Time Square in the sense that there are plenty of tourists, it's kind of like a main street of a smaller town that has been closed and there's a carnival happening, kind of like a busy boardwalk in the middle of the day during the summer. Wrap all those things along with Japanese culture together and you birth Takeshita Street. This is not for those that don't like crowds. If you prefer quiet relaxed strolls through tree lined streets this isn't your scene. The pace here is fast. People are moving constantly in every direction. It's a melting pot of languages, colors, food, clothes, and activities. We had crepes (drooling just thinking about them) then we went to a pet cafe, where we got to hang out with all kinds of furry animals. Finally, we did some souvenir shopping.
Written January 4, 2020
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Yu Ying
Singapore, Singapore1,964 contributions
Nov 2019
Came here in Nov 2019, it was so crowded. Be prepared to jostle your way through. There are many interesting shops selling quirky clothing and accessories. It will be an eye-opener for first timer here.

There are also many teens in Cosplay and nice anime clothing which you can admire. It's quite a long street with many things to see, such as a huge Daiso (multi story) and Calbee+ (Where they fry fresh potato chips on the spot).

The things there are not exactly cheap, there is also a 7-11 there if you are thirsty or feeling peckish. There is a very popular Angel Crepes there for sweets lovers. You can easily spend 1 whole day here if it's your first time.
Written March 23, 2020
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Katy Santos
Philippines516 contributions
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 July 29, 2021
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Dennis
10 contributions
Feb 2019
Yes you’re going to want to take a photo with the sign for the street. I’m pretty sure the sign maker knew what the name would mean in English and make it shiny to attract tourists (like me). Lot’s of shops and various food stands to wander to full of quirky things. Not the cheapest prices though but worth a visit for interesting things to take home.
Written January 6, 2020
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Siddharth B
Seattle, WA546 contributions
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 January 22, 2020
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Heather S
Seattle, WA101 contributions
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 February 20, 2020
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izyphotos
Mascot, Australia709 contributions
Mar 2021
It was a rainy day and there were less crowds but that did not stop us from enjoying one of the brightest shopping streets in Tokyo. There is the huge Daiso 100 yen store which is a must. Crazy gigantic fairy floss (cotton candy), crepes, cream puffs. It has everything you could ever want and a lot you would never want! It's to be experienced - the quirky and weird fashions etc but there are great bargains for souvenirs.
Written January 2, 2022
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treesrgreenie
Adelaide, Australia173 contributions
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 January 11, 2020
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WPLandry
Fairfax, VA517 contributions
Jul 2019
Yes, it's super crowded, seemingly always. That being said, it's so worth a visit. Even if you don't buy anything or have no intentions of buying anything, it's fun just to walk down the street and see it all. There are people dressed in costumes, animal cafes, all sorts of eateries and shops. The energy is amazing.
Written March 23, 2020
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Keith863
Milpitas, CA17 contributions
Sep 2019
"Weird" could be good thing, but the other 2 issues (crowded and the same stores, items, fashion etc.) makes this weird just blah.

It's a staple tourist spot though, so just walk through it and that is plenty.
I've been here a few times recently, in June 2016 and September 2019, and it's just not my cup of tea.
Written April 5, 2020
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