Omotesando is home to a wide variety of shops. You can wander through the Swarovski-like glittering multiplex of Omotesando Hills, which is stacked with shops so upscale that they seem to be purposefully set out of reach of the average shopper. Or you can explore the second-hand shops scattered throughout Omotesando, which offers an eclectic variety of labels and styles to the discerning shopper.
This is where the vertical malls of Omotesando comes in handy for those with a theme in mind, but neither the time nor knowledge of where exactly to go to fill that hole in their wardrobe. Just across from Omotesando Hills is the Gyre building, filled with everything you could want for a fulfilling and easy shopping experience.
Gyre has five floors for your browsing pleasure and a MoMA Design Store in the basement. Gyre focuses on upscale labels (such as Chanel and Comme des Garcon) but also hosts newer labels (to include Createur Uchino, F.I.L. Camping Trailer, 1LDK/Depot, and Maison Martin Margiela). Be sure to take your time and explore–the next great fashion discovery might just be your own!
Like many vertical malls in Japan, Gyre also offers several restaurants, cafes, and パン屋 (bread and pastry shops), either as light snacks or as cafe experiences. On the fourth floor you will find more traditional restaurants, serving Japanese, light Mediterranean, and French delicacies. The fifth floor of Gyre hosts Ukai-tei, whose menu of fine wines and premium dishes will be a perfect cap to your day of shopping.
Hours of Operation: Shops 11:00 am – 8:00 pm daily; restaurants 11:30 am – 12:00 am daily.
Estimated Price: Expensive. Very expensive.
“Why Go?”: High-end, upscale shopping.