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It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Tokyo, but there are a surprising amount of excellent donuts shops throughout Tokyo. Below is a list of some of the best Tokyo donut shops that are worth checking out!

Tokyo Donut Shops: Camden’s Blue Star Donuts

Camden's Tokyo Donut Shops

This Tokyo donut shop is my personal favorite on the list! Camden’s Blue Star Donuts started in Portland, USA and then expanded to Tokyo and other parts of Japan. These brioche-style donuts are baked from scratch, in-house, to ensure freshness and quality of each treat.

The Daikanyama shop is located in The Mart at Fred Segal, which is surrounded by other cool shops and cafes that are definitely worth checking out.

Flavors include: Blueberry Bourbon Basil, Cointreau Crème Brulee, Matcha Latte (exclusive to Japan locations), Raspberry Pistachio, and Plain Glaze.

Average Price: Although a little pricey, around 500 yen, these donuts are definitely worth it.

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Doughnut Plant

Doughnut Plant Tokyo Donut Shops

Like many other places on this list, Doughnut Plant originated in New York City and expanded to Tokyo. These donuts are not only beautiful and delicious, but are also all natural, seasonal and made with fresh high quality ingredients. There are also no eggs, preservatives, or artificial flavorings or colors. Doughnut Plant even has some vegan options, which are just as delicious as the rest!

Flavors include: Cake Donuts – Vanilla Bean, Soymilk Triple Berry, Blueberry Cream Cheese & Jam

Bakery Donuts – Vanola Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, Soymilk Triple Berry & Jam

Average Price: These donuts range from 200-400 yen, depending on flavor and size

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Dumbo Doughnuts and Coffee

Dumbo Tokyo Donut Shops

You know you’re at Dumbo Doughnuts and Coffee when you see the pink signs and the line out the door. Tucked in a back street of Azabujuban, this coffee and donut shop is extremely popular for its oversized donuts and beautiful lattes.

In my opinion, they are not the best donuts on this list in terms of taste (a little greasy for my liking), but they sure do make for great pictures! And the coffee is excellent.

Flavors include: Lemon Poppy Seed, Raspberry, Matcha Cream Cheese, and Plain Glaze

Average Price: Most donuts are between 300-400 yen.

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Nearest Station: 1-minute walk from Azabu Juban Station (exit 1) (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

ADDRESS: 1F, 2-17-6, Azabujuban, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 106-0045

Hours of Operation: 9:00 – 7:00PM

Floresta Nature Doughnuts

Floresta Tokyo Donut Shops

I first stumbled upon Floresta Nature Doughnuts in Kamakura and was immediately drawn to how cute the treats were. Luckily for me (and you!), there are a few closer Floresta locations throughout Tokyo. Each Floresta donut is organic, baked daily, and hand-decorated to look like different animals. Not all designs and flavors are available at all times or at every location, so it’s best to go earlier in the day before they sell out.

Flavors include: Strawberry (pig) and Chocolate (cat)

Average Price: These donuts are around 200 yen, but vary depending on flavor and animal.

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Good Town Doughnuts

Good Town Tokyo Donut Shops

Good Town Doughnuts and Coffee was my first Tokyo donut shop experience and it did not disappoint. Freshly made every day, these donuts are chewy, soft and very filling!

The shop’s aesthetic screams hyper-Americana, making it the perfect backdrop to take pictures of your sweets. Although known for their donuts, Good Town also sells specialty coffee, ice cream, cookies, and a variety of lunch and breakfast dishes!

Even if it may not be their prettiest donut, I highly recommend the Nutella donut, and ask for it warmed up. The gooey Nutella filling running down your hand makes it more fun and delicious!

Flavors Include: Kyoto Uji Matcha, Maple Bacon, Hibiscus, and Smile Mango

Average Price: These donuts are on the pricier side, at about 400-500 yen (but totally worth it)

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Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from Meijijingu-Mae Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

ADDRESS: 6-12-6 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo J-cube B 1F

Hours of Operation: 10:00 – 8:00PM

Macanon

Macanon Tokyo Donut Shops

If you are gluten-free, this is the Tokyo donut shop for you! Macanon donuts are made with rice flour from Kumamoto, making the texture very soft and rich. Unlike traditional fried and sugary donuts, these are baked and are not glazed. If you’re lucky, you can get a piping hot donut right out of the oven!

Flavors Include: Plain, Orange, Rum Raisin, and Brandy

Average Price: A plain donut is 180 yen and other prices vary depending on flavor

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Nearest Station: 6-minute walk from Meijijingu-Mae Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

ADDRESS: 4 Chome-24-5 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001

Hours of Operation: 11:00 – 7:00PM

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Nico Tokyo Donut Shops

This tiny Tokyo donut shop is located in the heart of Azabujuban. These donuts are unique because they are made with soybean paste, which absorbs less oil, so they are slightly healthier than the average donut (but just as delicious). They are a little small, so I recommend getting more than one.

Flavors Include: Vanilla Bean Sugar, Triple Berry, Matcha, and Sesame Seed

Average Price: These donuts start at 170 yen

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Nearest Station: 4-minute walk from Azabujuban Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

ADDRESS: 1-7-9 Azabu Juban Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0045

Hours of Operation: 10:00 – 8:00PM (or until sold out)

SOAKS (OK Doughnuts)

SOAKS Tokyo Donut Shops

OK Doughnuts are definitely more than just OK. These may be the most unique and interesting donuts on the list. All of the donuts in this café are organic and are made from 100% vegetable powder, which is packed with tons of vitamins and minerals. SOAKS also swaps out white flour and refined sugar for whole-wheat flour and beet sugar. These donuts are not only delicious, but they are guilt-free too!

Flavors Include: Ginger, Tomato, and Original (lotus root)

Average Price: Between 150-200 yen – surprisingly inexpensive for the quality!

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Nearest Station: 2-minute walk from Naka-Meguro Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

ADDRESS: 1-5-10 Kamimeguro Meguro-Ku Tokyo

Hours of Operation: 10:30 – 11:00PM

Streamer Coffee Company

Streamer Tokyo Donut Shops

Streamer Coffee Company is famous around Tokyo and on Instagram for its Military donut, excellent coffee, and beautiful latte art.

Flavors Include: Blueberry Glaze, Military (coffee, matcha and chocolate), and Vanilla Bean

Average Price: Around 400-500 yen.

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March 24, 2017 0 comment
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Vintage items make up an important part of any trendy Tokyoite’s wardrobe. But if you’re a budget fashionista rummaging through the goodie piles of Harajuku’s vintage stores, you might find even those prices to be a bit forbidding. Even second-hand, pretty much everything costs over 5,000 yen. You want to find that one great bargain but you’re not even sure where to begin to look for it.

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The answer to your question is Raw Tokyo Vintage Fashion, a flea market that takes place on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month. The location is the Farmer’s Market@UNU (United Nations University) in Aoyama. When you get there, just step through the farmer’s market and the vintage wonderland will open up to you.

Raw Tokyo started as a joint project of Kinsella and Aquvii, two stores that sell vintage clothing. The name alludes to the raw realness of Tokyo street fashion, which incorporates items that are a few years or even a few decades old. The event’s main purpose is to draw attention to the idea of re-use in a world where fast-fashion reigns supreme, with new items produced and discarded at an alarming pace.

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Over 20 Tokyo vintage stores take part in Raw Tokyo vintage fashion flea market, and they all lower their prices for the event. You can find one-of-a-kind T-shirts – maybe even that one band T-shirt you’ve been looking for ages – for as little as 1,000 yen. If designer labels are your thing, there’s plenty to choose from. The clothes are in good condition and priced so low that it’s almost a giveaway. It’s not everyday that you can find LANVIN PARIS shirts for only a few thousand yen, but you will at Raw Tokyo. This may sound unbelievable, but on the latest edition one of the stands sold genuine leather jackets for only 5,000 yen.

Vintage jeans, a staple of any Japanese used clothing store, aren’t missing from this event. You can find any style you’re looking for, from straight-leg Levi’s to drawstring mom jeans for an 80’s inspired look. The prices go as low as 3,000 yen.

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Low-priced traditional Japanese clothing items can also be found at Raw Tokyo Vintage Fashion flea market. If you’re looking to build an outfit that says 100% Tokyo street style, we’d like to suggest picking up a haori jacket to go with your T-shirt and cool vintage jeans.

Those of you who are willing and able to splurge can also check out the independent designers who take part in the market. You can grab a brand new T-shirt and have it printed with an original design on the spot, or you can go for loose-fit organic cotton pieces or sturdy oversized hoodies.

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And, since all this shopping is bound to make you hungry and thirsty, you’ll be glad to know that you can always stop at one of the food or coffee stands to recharge your batteries.

Does all this sound like a bargain-hunting fashionista’s dream? That’s because it is! Mark the first weekend of every month in your calendar. And when the day comes, go forth and shop!

Raw Tokyo Vintage Fashion Flea Market Location Information

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Nearest Station: 6-minute walk from Omotesando Station, 11-minute walk from Shibuya Station (click on the Google Map for directions)

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Hours of Operation:  First Saturday and Sunday of the month, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

“Why Go?”: Great bargains, vintage clothing, independent designers, good food, fun atmosphere

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October 18, 2016 0 comment
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If you’re looking for a bag that is a practical and sturdy enough for an adventurous trip all over Japan, pay a visit to the Yoshida & Co. flagship store KURA CHIKA YOSHIDA OMOTESANDO.

Founded by Kichizo Yoshida in 1935, Yoshida & Co has become one of Japan’s leading bag manufacturing companies for its sleek yet understated bags and wallets. High quality material such as Italian leather, Egyptian cotton, and organic cotton from Texas and various nylon textiles are all source materials for their creations. They also have been challenging to develop their original fabric. Yoshida& Co bags are also very exclusive-from design to final product, the brand is produced entirely in Japan.

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Yoshida & Co. has two main brands, both of which you can find in their Omotesando flagship store. PORTER, the brand launched in 1962, is named for the one person who can tell if you have a quality bag- the hotel porter, who had lots of experience handling customers’ bags. PORTER’s ladies line, PORTER GIRL, launched in 2009. While the PORTER products are unisex, PORTER GIRL is aimed exclusively at a feminine audience. The brand maintains the original PORTER’s strong and high-quality characteristics while reinterpreting them in a sweeter and softer key. LUGGAGE LABEL came along in 1984, combining originality and innovation with day-to day practicality. LUGGAGE LABEL’s military-style long-seller series of bags has been popular and cherished by adult men in any age.

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If you’re shy about your Japanese skill, there is absolutely nothing to worry about. You will find English speaking staff at the KURA CHIKA YOSHIDA OMOTESANDO flagship store. You will also be glad to know you’re not alone because there are many foreign customers visiting the store.

KURA CHIKA YOSHIDA OMOTESANDO store also provides tax-free service. So, pay them a visit and take your time browsing, for one of these timeless pieces might just be your soulmate. You want to be careful and get the one that you want to carry around with at all times.

KURA CHIKA YOSHIDA Omotesando Store Information

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Nearest Station: 4-minute walk from Omotesando Station (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

“Why Go?”: Get an exclusive bag from a world-famous design, at the ONLY place you can get it!

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September 13, 2016 0 comment
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Bill's Omotesando Tokyo Japan

Have you been in Japan for a while, and have been missing food from back home? Bill’s Omotesando is an Australian restaurant that has made its way up to Japan, and is famous for its breakfast food. Many people call it “the best breakfast in the world,” and people claim that celebrities fly to Australia just to eat there. I can say from personal experience that Bill’s has the best pancakes, made from a special ricotta cheese recipe, that I have ever had.

Bill’s Omotesando is easy to find since it is located in the Tokyu Plaza building, with the front exterior covered in angled mirrors. Bill’s has separate menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, and a kids menu too. All seating is available in the indoor main dining room, mezzanine dining room, and the terrace.

Reservations can be made online here. Reservations are accepted up to two months in advance, but specific tables cannot be booked. There are other locations in Japan at Odaiba, Shichirigahama, Yokohama, and Futakotamagawa.

So if you are missing a genuine western breakfast, check out Bills Restaurant in Omotesando. Seriously, get the pancakes. You will not regret it.

Bill’s Omotesando Location Information

Website | Instagram | Phone: 03-5772-1133

Nearest Station: 2-minute walk from Meiji-Jingumae Station, 5-minute walk from Harajuku JR Station (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday: 9:00am- 11:00pm (last orders 10:00-10:30pm), Weekends and Holidays: 8:00am- 11:00pm (last orders 10:00-10:30pm)

“Why Go?”: OMG the pancakes. Did we mention the pancakes? Because we really, really liked the pancakes. Pancakes.

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August 4, 2016 0 comment
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The strong scent of worked leather is immediate. You walk down the stairs into the shop, and are immediately struck by the multitude of leather bags, row after row of them, arranged on the tables. There is a Classic-style influence to the store design, with a wonderful combination of wood and leather, as well as country music filling the room.

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But the store’s most arresting feature is its unorthodox layout. The leather workshop where the leather goods of Herz Omotesando are made is open to the store. You can stop and watch the leatherworkers, cutting and sewing as they practice their craft. Every Herz store (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sendai) is laid out in this fashion, so that all the customers can see the production process for themselves and smell the leathery atmosphere. This link between the shop and the workshop, where the freshly finished leather products are then placed for sale, lends credibility to the items in the store.

Herz is a Japan-based upscale leather goods company that made a name for themselves with their finely-crafted leather bags. Designer Kondo Akimasa founded Herz in 1973, naming the company after the German word for “heart” (herz), as he wanted to create “products with heart.”  And there’s no doubt that Herz certainly puts a lot of passion and heart into their leather products.

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Herz Omotesando has twenty leatherworkers, and each leather bag is handmade solely by one craftsman in the Tokyo store. This is a fundamental principle of Herz, as it ensures each bag has its own characteristics and qualities backed with the pride of the local craftsman who created the product.

There are no chief designers for Herz Omotesando. All the craftsmen are encouraged to create new products and bag designs. The open environment of the store is reflected in the working environment, where craftsmen brainstorm among themselves and come up with new innovative ideas. Due to this design-friendly approach, Herz currently offers over 600 bag designs, and new designs are always in development. By being located in the center of Tokyo, the craftsmen can absorb and reflect new trends as inspiration for their ever-evolving products.

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Although expensive, it’s easy to see the value a customer gets for their money from a Herz Omotesando bag.  Herz bags are strong and durable, constructed from thick and sturdy Italian leather and sewn with thick thread. The bags have a smart and casual look and are good for any occasion. Herz Omotesando also makes an exclusive randoseru (Japanese school bag) for students. All bags sold by Herz have an aftercare policy in which they may be brought back to the store (even decades after they were sold) to be repaired.

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Herz always has a wide range of bags on display, but special orders can be accommodated. Some of the in-store staff can speak English, but ordering online is difficult as English is not supported and there is no overseas shipping. With no division-of-labor system and an aversion to outsourcing production, the delivery times for built-to-order bags take 7-8 weeks. All of these factors make it difficult for short-term visitors and tourists to order a customized bag, but don’t worry! Herz Omotesando makes excellent products, and one of the handsomely-made bags on their tables will catch your eye. Visit them during your trip to Tokyo, you won’t be disappointed!

Herz Omotesando Location Information

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Nearest Station: 7-minute walk from Omotesando Station

 

Hours of Operation: 11:00AM-7:00PM. Closed on Wednesdays.

Estimated Price:  Bags range from ¥25,000- ¥90,000. Smaller items (keychains, pencil cases, etc) are also available.

“Why Go?”: To find unique elegant leather products that will last you many years.

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July 24, 2016 0 comment
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Little Cloud Coffee

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In need of a great-tasting, organic cup of coffee while enhancing your wardrobe in Omotesando? Stop by Little Cloud Coffee! Located on the second floor of the upscale Gyre Department store, Little Cloud Coffee is the offspring of the Japanese luxury fashion brand visvim, and is located directly inside the visvim clothing store (this will link to the separate visvim clothing store article). Don’t worry about language barriers—many of Little Cloud Coffee’s visitors are tourists and out-of-town shoppers, so their offerings are available in both English and Japanese.

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Little Cloud Coffee uses a proprietary blend of 3 different medium-roast beans from El Salvador and Guatemala to create a full-bodied visvim coffee. They use a Kutani ware –style of Japanese porcelain, dripper filtration system, in which hot water is poured through hot coffee grounds to get optimum coffee flavor while avoiding an unpleasant bitter taste. The coffee we had was an excellent, richly-flavored brew that did not even need cream or sugar. Smooth!

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Little Cloud Coffee also offers regular and soy Lattes (both hot and iced), Espressos and Cappuccinos. The shop’s non-coffee related offerings include a fresh lemonade (with lemons picked from Osaki Shimojima) and a tasty ginger apple juice. And of course, Little Cloud Coffee has pastry and sweets to enjoy with your beverage, such as ginger cake, oatmeal and banana cookies, and even delicious brownies!

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At the side of the counter (before you enter the visvim clothing section), there is a door that leads you to an outdoor patio space where you can sip and relax with a great view of the hustle-and-bustle of beautiful Omotesando. Even better? You can browse the famous visvim clothing store while enjoying your coffee!

visvim created Little Cloud Coffee to extend their desire for high-quality manufacturing and production into a coffee and beverage space. If you want a great place to enjoy an expertly-crafted beverage while shopping for the best of Japanese fashion, Little Cloud Coffee and visvim are an unbeatable combination!

Little Cloud Coffee Location Information

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Nearest Station: 8-minute walk from Harajuku JR Station (Yamanote Line) (click on the google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Estimated Price: 600-800 yen, depending on your sweet tooth. Those were some good brownies!

“Why Go?”: Great-tasting coffee, a view of Omotesando, and next to legendary Japanese fashion brand, visvim? What’s not to like?

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July 16, 2016 0 comment
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visvim Omotesando

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If you are looking for the best in high-end Japanese mens and womenswear, look no further than visvim Omotesando at their flagship store in the Gyre building. Founded in 2000 by designer Hiroki Nakamura, visvim mixes Japanese minimalist ideas with themes from Americana. This style is the signature of the visvim brand, and inspires everything from their clothing lines to the décor of their stores. Everything in the store, from the wicker and distressed leather chairs to the walls covered with Americana and Native American objects, are specially chosen by Nakamura to enhance the atmosphere surrounding the clothing and to contribute to the visvim aesthetic.

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visvim Omotesando offers premium denim and high-quality cotton shirts and button-downs, mixing vintage-inspired fabrics mixed with the clean lines of modern fashion. Their selection of blazers and suit jackets have their own Japanese and western spins, such as the kimono-styled jacket with an earthy, rainbow-colored Aztec fabric. visvim Omotesando has accessories like hats and fedoras, as well as premium bags made from vegetable tanned leather and suede.

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Much of visvim Omotesando’s fame comes from their selection of shoes. Their sneakers, boots, and moccasins feature a variety of Western- and Native American-themed designs in earthy, understated colors.

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When you visit visvim Omotesando, be sure to make some time for Little Cloud Coffee, visvim’s own coffee shop located at the front end of the store.  Little Cloud Coffee offers an array of pleasing coffees and other beverages for you to enjoy while browsing for the next addition to your wardrobe.

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visvim Omotesando Store Information

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Nearest Station: 8-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line) (click on the google Map for walking directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 11 am – 8 pm

“Why Go?”: The best in upscale Japanese menswear with an amazing store atmosphere!

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July 15, 2016 0 comment
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If you’ve been looking for a pair of sneakers while in the Tokyo area, there really is only one brand that you should be going for. Started in 1949, Onitsuka Tiger is one of the oldest sneaker brands in Japan. Since they began making sneakers, Onitsuka Tiger has grown to become a reliable and fashionable brand, with 80% of its customers being foreigners. If you happen to be shopping in the Harajuku area of Tokyo, head over to the Omotesando branch of Onitsuka Tiger and see what you can find!
Of course if you can find the style of sneakers that Onitsuka Tiger has come to be known for in styles designed for both men and women. Even though you can find Onitsuka Tiger’s classic low top style sneakers at the Omotesando location, what is really neat to look for their collaboration sneakers. Onitsuka Tiger has recently teamed up with street-fashion icons, Publish Brand, for a new shoe. The shoe is an update to the Colorado Eighty-Five MT Samsara model. The shoe comes in two sleek colorways, an olive, earth-green, as well as a darker, more mysterious navy. Onitsuka and Publish Brand are marketing the shoe towards “creative nomads” and it definitely succeeds with its clean, lines and minimalist aesthetic that fit great with current street styles.
Onitsuka Tiger does not just offer you classic and high quality sneakers, but you can also pick up a variety of clothing and accessories. Like their sneakers, their clothing is available for both men and women. Whether you are looking for a new pair of jeans or something little fancier, Onitsuka Tiger can help you out. You can pick yourself up a great new party dress, skirt, or bomber jacket. Because the Onitsuka Tiger brand is known for their athletic sneakers, you can get yourself a whole new outfit to go with your new sneakers.
If you are looking to pick up an item from a 100% Japanese made label, then head over to Omotesando and give Onitsuka Tiger a visit!
Tip: Make sure to bring your foreign passport to deduct the 8% consumption tax (equivalent to VAT in Europe) off your purchase!

Onitsuka Tiger Omotesando Information

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Nearest Station: 6-minute walk from Meiji-Jingumae/Harajuku Station (Chiyoda, Fukutoshin and Yamanote Lines) and 7-minute walk from Omotesando Station (Ginza, Hanzomon Lines


Hours of Operation: 11:00AM-8:00PM Everyday
“Why Go?”: If you want premium Japanese-made shoes to hit the streets in
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June 8, 2016 0 comment
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lazy hazy planet

Just outside the Meiji-jingumae Station on the outskirts of Harajuku’s Takeshita-dori and at the end of Omotesando’s main shopping street lies the hipster paradise of Lazy Hazy Planet (or L.H.P. as it’s known by most experienced Harajuku shoppers). In this 1-story shop resting in the shadows of the neighboring skyscrapers of H&M and Forever 21, you’ll be able to find items you never expected to find outside the most savvy fashion blogs and websites. If you need something uber fresh and in the now to add to your wardrobe, then Lazy Hazy Planet should absolutely be your first stop.
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Lazy Hazy Planet has several stores around the Tokyo area (with Omotesando being the flagship location). It is a store ahead of its time and has its thumb on the pulse of the latest Japanese men’s and women’s street and Internet fashion trends. The philosophy of the store is to “support all the designers” so as not to close any channels or cross out any possibility of being able to adapt to current trends. The amount of brands that they regularly host is astounding and makes for an eye popping and pleasing array of choices as well as a easy sense of fluidity.
It seems that these days fashion outlets and brands have conditioned us to dress all in their label, without any room for experimentation. But not at Lazy Hazy Planet. If you want to be a glittery pop star with leather accents from a French designer label? Go for it. Do you want to be a punk prince with a bandana around your neck and an athletic jersey thrown in? Done. Lazy Hazy Planet encourages you to explore all the labels, choices, and combinations that are out there on the market. The list of designers favored by Lazy Hazy Planet is extensive, with names including Levi’s, Marc Jacobs, Lux, Diamond Dogs, and many many more.
lazy hazy planet storefront To be one of the hipsters and fashion icons, start by indulging yourself in some of the top Japanese clothing brands at Lazy Hazy Planet in Omotesando.
For more popular Japanese clothing stores, you might like our articles Top 10 Japanese Clothing Stores, Top 5 Men’s Clothing Brands in Omotesando and Harajuku, and Shibuya 109: Guide to the Top 5 Clothing Stores.  

Lazy Hazy Planet Information

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Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from Meiji-Jingumae Station (Chiyoda and Fukutoshin Lines) and 6-minute walk from Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line)


Hours of Operation:11:30AM-8:30PM Everyday
“Why Go?”: If you want to see a fresh selection of hipster clothes from varied designers
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June 8, 2016 0 comment
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Shopping Plaza on Takeshita-dori, Harajuku, Tokyo

Pop icons like Gwen Stefani and movies like Lost in Translation have elevated Harajuku and Omotesando to superstar status. Media portrayal of the area may lead you to expect nothing more than hoards or lolita girls with frilled parasols and layers of petticoats with carousel and cakes themes, or maybe even the darker side of “goth lolita.” But the culture and atmosphere of Harajuku and Omotesando is so varied and deep that a whole day really should be dedicated to it lest you miss something that you will never forget.

Before we get started, check out our video guide to Harajuku!

 

 To begin your journey, exit JR Yamanote Line’s Harajuku Station and start your day with an exploration of Meiji Jingu, a Shinto shrine tucked away in an enormous swath of trees. An interesting place for people watching, you can often catch sight of a Japanese-style wedding party as you head towards the shrine. Though the shrine itself is often crowded with visitors who have come to pray or buy good luck charms, you can find quiet pockets where you can enjoy views of Shinjuku’s skyscrapers if you take some extra time to explore the nooks and crannies of the shrine grounds.

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When you feel energized and ready to tackle the vibrant and often jam-packed streets of Harajuku, head back towards Harajuku Station, cross the street and turn left. When you walk through the arch of Harajuku’s Takeshita-dori (with an LED screen to welcome you in full regalia to boot) what will first hit you is not the fashion. Instead it is the sheer amount of pink, on the sides of the buildings and in the shops and on the people.

Shopping Plaza on Takeshita-dori, harajuku and omotesando

The highlights of Takeshita-dori are definitely in the super kawaii lolita and accessory shops that line the street. After stopping by Milk, one of the top lolita shops in Harajuku, head to Body Line, located on the second floor about halfway down the street. Body Line has a long and storied history and a strong and dedicated band of followers. Their clientele knows that Body Line is not a place for cheap deals and steals. Rather, Body Line is a place where you will get the best quality handmade garments around.

Another great spot to hit up on Takeshita-dori is the chain store Tutuanna. This hosiery store has everything from socks designed to be hidden under your high heels to special control top shapewear, plus some of the most unique stockings you will be able to find in Harajuku.

Tutuanna on Takeshita-dori, harajuku and omotesando

If you’re in the mood for a snack, Takeshita-dori is lined with famous crepe shops. We recommend Marion Crepes since it’s been filling happy bellies since 1976, but you really can’t go wrong wherever you stop. Though you can always opt for a savory crepe, doesn’t a warm, freshly baked crepe filled with a slice of cheesecake and ice cream sound so much better? After all, why go to Harajuku if you don’t want to experience the unicorn princess lifestyle? So dig into all of the parfaits, flavored popcorn, and chocolates you can find!

Crepe Stand, harajuku and omotesando

The last few steps of Takeshita-dori is where you can find the hipster and new age grunge fashions that are recently gaining popularity in the Tokyo fashion world. As you exit Takeshita-dori, you move into Omotesando, an eye-opening experience after emerging from the crowded and cramped Harajuku. The main highway-like roads are four lanes wide and people move from street to street in Shibuya-style masses. Stores like Forever 21 and H&M stand three or four stories tall and the sidewalks are gently shaded with rows of leafy trees. In a way, it almost feels like New York’s Soho nestled itself in the middle of a park. Despite both Harajuku and Omotesando having a commercial appearance, there is a treasure trove of little backstreets and exclusive boutiques to explore.

For a more laid-back and adult version of Takeshita-dori, try walking along Cat Street. To find it, take the street right next to the impressive five story shopping mall Gyre, and a hidden village-like walkway will open up to you. You’ll not only find several recognizable brand name shops like Adidas and Keene, but also Japan-exclusive stores.Ragtag, for example, hosts one of the widest selection of vintage and secondhand women’s and men’s clothing and home furnishings selection around. Although the prices at Ragtag are nowhere as cheap as you will find at Salvation Army or Goodwill, this place is a great store to walk away with some vintage Japanese and foreign designer labels.

Cat Street, Harajuku, harajuku and omotesando

Cat Street is good at hiding the best gems Omotesando has to offer, so keep your eyes peeled. What looks like a whitewashed garden gate is actually one of the best doughnut and bagel places in Omotesando, and be sure to walk up to the second level of the various buildings to find boutiques that may have only 25 or 30 items at most for sale. (For more unique ideas on where to shop, visit our Cat Street shopping guide.)

And Omotesando isn’t just about fashion. Whether you are 5 or 50, who can resist a quirky, wild and out there toy store? For both the innovative and the cute, take a stop by Kiddyland. With five floors to explore, the kid in you can run rampant, play with legos, look at Star Wars stuff, and hang out with Hello Kitty. Each floor is dedicated to a different genre and it’s like living Rudolph’s The Island of Misfit Toys, but so much happier! Dive headfirst into The Peanuts, anything Studio Ghibli, Hello Kitty, Rilakkuma, Gundam, Lego, and essentially every other kind of toy you can think of!

Omotesando Hills harajuku and omotesando

Omotesando Hills shopping complex

Aside from shopping, Omotesando is a great place to enjoy a snack. If you are still coming down from your sugar high after Takeshita-dori, grab a California-style avocado burger or Cesar salad from one of the many cafes and bars that line the street. Another alternative is Mos Cafe, which is like everyone’s favorite burger joint Mos Burger, but with a wider menu and delicious handcrafted salads and bento dishes.

If you have a hardcore sweet tooth, the handmade candy shop Candy Showtime turns gargantuan logs of spun sugar into little droplets of candy art right in front of your eyes. Also, get in on the latest food trend sweeping the Japanese nation: popcorn!! You will see lines two blocks deep of fans waiting to get a taste of KuKuRuZa Popcorn and it is highly suggested that you go and see what all the fuss is about!

Heiroku Sushi harajuku and omotesando

Whatever you choose to do in Harajuku and Omotesando, just keep one thing in mind: while it is a blast to see the major landmarks and famous establishments, this area of Tokyo has such a rich fashion and cultural history that it would be a shame to just stay on the beaten path. Make the experience your own and explore the never-ending back streets and tiny alleys where the true fashion and culinary delights are to be found. That way you will be able to carry away with you a piece of Harajuku and Omotesando that is truly yours. So get out to Harajuku and Omotesando and have fun!

If you’re looking for more shopping ideas in Omotesando, visit Omotesando on a Budget: 5 Must-Visit Shops and Cafes.

Note: To go directly into the heart of Omotesando, head to the Tokyo Metro’s Omotesando station instead. Either place is extremely easy to get to and if you are unfamiliar with the kanji for Omotesando and Harajuku, most signs will also have English incorporated so you will be good to go!

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