Cat Street

Cool shopping in Harajuku

I've already talked about how trendy Tokyo is, but people often think only of Takeshita Dori, the longest shopping street in Harajuku. However, as always in the japanese capital, there is more than a few dozen feets around JR stations. This is what I propose to do in this article is, going deeper into Harajuku and the district of Shibuya, through Cat Street around Omotesando and Aoyama Dori.

The best choice is to get there on weekends to be around trendy Japanese people. This is also an opportunity to walk between the showrooms of more or less known brands and discover a quantity of clothes from young and talented designers. Some think Cat Street is clearly a "hipsters" neighborhood, but I see it more like a trend show and quite a feast for the eyes.

Another big advantage of this visit is that it has much less clichés of young girls in cosplay, because people are more in their thirties and show men fashion! It also give a less "in the mold" feeling since many couples walk holding hands.

A little further is Design Festa Gallery (not to be confused with Design Festa, an international design show which takes place every May at Tokyo Big Sight). This fascinating building, showing free exhibitions of young artists, even has a cafe where you can stop for a drink.

To conclude the visit, you can return to Omotesando Dori, one of the most famous great avenues of Tokyo.

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How to get to Cat Street

By train -- JR Yamanote Line, Harajuku station and 4 minute walk

By subway -- Tokyo Metro:

  • Chiyoda or Futukoshin lines, Meiji-Jingumae station (F15 or C03) and 3 minute walk
  • Hanzomon, Ginza or Chiyoda lines, Omotesando station (Z02, G02 or C04) and 5 minute walk

Location reachable with the JRP : order your Japan Rail Pass (from ~US$ 281)


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