Between Shinjuku and Shibuya, the famous fashion district of Harajuku is sometimes summarized to Takeshita Dori (literally "the avenue under the bamboo trees"). It reveals some of the most trendy stores for Japanese youngsters, and it is not rare to see there Japanese teenagers walking around in always more eccentric cosplay clothing.
Surrounding small designer stores (for men and women), which often hire trouts, the big brands names, such as AKB48 or Evangelion, did not get fooled about the street and now own some of the biggest spaces of the avenue. We can also find quite a number of cafes, fast food restaurants and other street food, such as the unmissable Marion Crêpes (pancakes) and its unavoidable waiting line.
Takeshita Dori also happens to be an unusual and fun starting point to go discover other attractions of the surroundings of Harajuku.
How to get to Takeshita Dori
By train -- JR Yamanote Line, Harajuku station and one minute walk
Location reachable with the JRP : order your Japan Rail Pass (from ~US$ 265)
Get your Japanese Yens free of charge
Shops generally open between 10am to 20pm
How long / when to visit
The crossing can last from a few minutes to half a day, depending on your chosen stops!
Very crowded on weekends
Accomodation in Takeshita Dori
Weather in Tokyo
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Official Website (in English)