“Takeshita Street” in front of Harajuku station has been lined with fashion and trendy shops for young people about 30 years ago. It is a place that is widely featured in the media and is also a tourist attraction for school trip students and foreign tourists. With the change of the times, it has always been a hot topic as an area for sending out the latest fashions and trends of the times.
In the 1980’s, “Takenoko-zoku” (bamboo shoot kids), which wears clothes of “Boutique Takenoko” in Takeshita Street, has become popular. It was also a social phenomenon that a strange dance was danced in Pedestrian Heaven near Yoyogi Park, and it was an extraordinary experience. Its origin “Boutique Takenoko” still exists in Takeshita Street.
Furthermore, it became famous as a holy place such as gothic lolita fashion in the late 1990s. A lot of young people dressed in flashy makeup and gothic lolita fashion were walking on Takeshita Street. Furthermore, except for fashion, eating crepe on Takeshita Street was a treat and a state.
In recent years, it has become an area famous as the home of the Japanese “KAWAII” culture. Not only general goods and fashion shops that target middle and high school students, but also sweet shops that are conscious of Instagrammable are increasing.
Furthermore, Chinese tourists are also increasing rapidly, and “Daiso” and “Matsumoto Kiyoshi” in Takeshita street are also topics of interest as souvenirs for foreign tourists.
Takeshita Street has many shops where you can enjoy the sweets of the topic. It has been said for decades that “a place to eat a crepe when it comes to Harajuku”, and the famous one is “Marion Crepe”. A few years ago, it was the Harajuku area that became the catalyst for the pancake boom.
It is also a feature of Takeshita Street that there are many pancake shops of such a topic. In recent years, various kinds of sweets shops are increasing, from photogenic sweets to sweets that offer a slightly unusual texture. It is characterized by the area where the latest things are always concentrated.
In addition to the 350-meter-long street, there are some narrow crossroads packed with Japanese “KAWAII” culture and the latest fashions and trends for young people. It is a spot where you can touch so many attractions that you can not see everything in a single day.
“Takeshita Street” is a narrow street that extends from the exit of “Takeshita Street” at Harajuku station on the JR Yamanote Line towards Meiji Dori street. Sweets that can be eaten easily, such as crepes, shops dealing with unique items like Harajuku, topical character cafés, etc. are lined up and crowded with young people and tourists every day. Visitors are mainly teenagers, many of them are individual fashion people, and they can be said to represent the Japanese “Kawaii” culture.
“Cute Cube” that you will see when walking about 2 minutes from the Meiji Dori street side. There is also an object handled by Masuda Sebastian who is a leading figure of Harajuku’s cute culture with a look like a stack of white boxes. There is a shop tickling the hearts of girls such as apparel and gourmet.
“CANDY A GO GO” to hold a shop in “Cute Cube”. A sweet shop selling all kinds of candies, chocolates, gummies, etc. all over the world. The clerk welcomes us with a pop and cute uniform. They sell 80 to 150 kinds of sweets at a time by weight sale. It is appreciated that you can choose whatever you like from as many sweets as you like. Adults can enjoy themselves as if they returned to their childhood. The inside of the store is also colorful and pop design, and a exciting space is being directed.
Speaking of Harajuku gourmet, crepes are standard. With a well-established “MARION CREPES” you can eat various kinds of crepes from crepes like dishes using tuna and cheese to dessert crepes full of cream cream. Let’s enjoy walking around Takeshita Street with a crepe.
In addition to crepe, there are many shops dealing with snacks that you can eat, such as “Garrett Popcorn Shops” and “Calbee +” which you can eat fried potato chips right out of the hot oil. “I want to eat something, but I want to have plenty of shopping!” plenty of shops that will make your wish come true are now available on Takeshita Street.
|Address:||Jingumae 1-19 Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001 Japan|
|Access:||JR Yamanote-sen Line “Harajuku Station” (2 minutes walk)|
|Tel:||(+81) 3-3403-2525 (Harajuku Takeshita Street Shopping Mall Association)|