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Shopping on Cat Street in Harajuku

written by Carol Ann Asselin February 27, 2015
Beauty and Youth Featured Image, Cat Street Tokyo

 

A shopping experience confined within the streets of Harajuku may remind a visitor of their first adventure in using the Tokyo train system. With sidewalks filled by eager shoppers, store doors occasionally swinging open and closed, and dozens of people gathered close together to traverse through the jungle of high-end shops and small boutiques, a shopper can certainly feel crowded on the busy streets of Tokyo’s fashion capital.

However, if you happen to see a trendy local breaking free of the crowd and heading for a much quieter path, follow them! Harajuku’s Cat Street runs parallel to Meiji Street, but offers a much more relaxed shopping experience by giving individuals a chance to take it all in at their own pace.

There are dozens of small shops that visitors can wander by, and there is definitely something for everyone. With upscale stores as well as small boutiques, each store shows personality within. We here at EnableJapan.com love Cat Street, and there are many good reasons why you should too!

 

American Apparel

Cat Street has an American Apparel for both men and women, directly across from one another on a small side street. The stores carry the full line of American Apparel items here, including the basic sweatshirts, bodysuits, t-shirts, and accessories you need to properly fill out a wardrobe.

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Hours of Operation: 12:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

5-minute walk from Shibuya Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

 

Beauty and Youth United Arrows

Beauty & Youth United Arrows  is one of my favorites. Since I’ve discovered this quaint store, I’ve made it a point to visit each time I’m shopping in Harajuku. This brand can be found throughout Tokyo, and sells other brands such as Acne Studios and Lee. Beauty & Youth United Arrows is sophisticated with its array of sleek, slimming trousers and feminine loafers, while also having a youthful flair with leather motorcycle jackets and skinny jeans. In addition to selling clothes and shoes, various homemaking goods are sold, including silverware and home décor.

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Hours of Operation: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

6-minute walk from Shibuya Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

 

Candy Show Time

Candy Show Time Cat Street

Snap, crackle, and POP, is exactly what you’ll be thinking shortly after entering Candy Show Time, one of the first shops you’ll see after strolling down Cat Street. From head to toe there are tiny, round candies all prepackaged with designs ranging from the face of Hello Kitty to Pokémon figures, but the best part is that these candies actually pop in your mouth! Free samples make the decision of choosing just one candy easier, and the thin glass that divides employees hard at work, making the candy, from hungry customers, is a good distraction for your friends to wait for you until you decide!

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Hours of Operation: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

4-minute walk from Meiji-Jingumae Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

 

Journal Standard

Journal Standard sits near the Omotesando Avenue entrance to Cat Street. Its entrance is wooden, in tune with the brand’s down to earth vibe. The ground floor is men’s clothing, shoes and accessories, while the second floor is women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories. Journal Standard carries its own brand name items, and also sells other brands’ pieces in its collection, including Adidas and Levi’s denim. Journal Standard caters to the tomboy trend, with straight fitting button downs and boyfriend fit jeans. However, the store also sells feminine dresses and skirts, as well as charming loafers and handbags.

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Hours of Operation: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

4-minute walk from Meiji-Jingumae Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

 

Lelulaatikko

Lelulaatikko Cat Street

Looking to accessorize your stay in Tokyo? Lelulaatikko is the perfect place to start, as there is affordable jewelry, quirky items to spice up your home, socks, pillows, bins and more!

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Hours of Operation: Open Weekdays 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Weekends: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

8-minute walk from Meiji-Jingumae Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

 

The Little Shop of Flowers

Little Shop of Flowers Cat Street

Located under District United Arrows, there is a shop no bigger than a small bedroom, which has merchandise you may not expect to find after a day spent surrounded by worldwide name brands. The Little Shop of Flowers has, well, dozens of flowers for you to purchase! As the name of the shop is written in lights, it is easy for shoppers to notice as they walk by, especially as the sun starts to go down. The second the door is pulled open; it’s like entering a mini indoor garden.

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Hours of Operation: Open daily 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

2-minute walk from Meiji-Jingumae Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

 

Opening Ceremony


Close to Journal Standard is Harajuku’s Opening Ceremony, a store found in other cities such as New York and Los Angeles. Opening Ceremony is high end and quirky, with bold pieces for a unique individual style. It boasts unconventionality, while remaining cool and chic. The multiple floors sell pieces from chunky, strappy sandals and cropped button downs to long flowing skirts and dresses with asymmetrical designs. The store sells both Opening Ceremony originals as well as other designers such as Band of Outsiders and Kenzo. It is definitely on the pricier side, but well worth checking out even for just style inspiration.

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Hours of Operation: Open daily 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

4-minute walk from Meiji-Jingumae Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

 

Paris Miki

Paris Miki Cat Street

Upon entering Paris Miki, you may be confused whether you just entered a 50s diner, as the black and white tiled floors, juke-box, and instruments such as electric guitars and drums might throw you off. However, don’t be alarmed, this is the store where you can cure your squinty eyes with name brand glasses like Ray Bans, ADSR, Oliver Peoples, and Moscot!

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Hours of Operation: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

4-minute walk from Meiji-Jingumae Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

 

Pigsty

Pigsty Cat Street

First step… find the Pigsty pig! Next, walk down the steps into this pre-owned clothing store, and try to find a sweater your dad probably wore in high school. In this shop, there’s something to get everyone talking about. Personally, I found the section filled with American college sweatshirts to be most entertaining, as my college pride came out as I hunted through to find my own institution!

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Hours of Operation: Open daily 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

3-minute walk from Meiji-Jingumae Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

 

Rainbow Spectrum

Rainbow Spectrum Cat Street

Many areas of Tokyo represent bright, colorful lights, and a funky style. Rainbow Spectrum definitely lives up to those expectations, as this unique twist of a convenience store offers items like purses, blankets, travel necessities, cooking materials, and many accessories.

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Hours of Operation: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

3-minute walk from Meiji-Jingumae Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

 

Too Cool for School


Right next to W Closet is a small Korean cosmetics store called “too cool for school.” There is also another too cool for school store along Meiji Street. The brand sells all the cosmetic essentials, in colors ranging from more natural and subdued to bold and funky. Lip tints, lip gloss, eye shadow, and blush can all be sampled within the store, allowing you to get a look at the cosmetics you’re buying before you buy them. The store also sells gel facial masks, facial scrubs, and even body cleansers. When I visited the store, the sales girl graciously described all the facial masks and cosmetics I was interested in, and even allowed me to sample a facial scrub on my hands.

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Hours of Operation: Open daily 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

2-minute walk from Meiji-Jingumae Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

 

W Closet


W Closet is another of my favorites on Cat Street. It’s one of the must-visit small stores along Cat Street, and has a comfortable atmosphere and very friendly sales help. Both great basic and unique pieces can be found at this store, including lace up loafers and oxfords, printed and collared sweaters, and long coats. This cute, laid back style is easy to wear, comfortable, and reasonably priced.

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Hours of Operation: Open daily 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

7-minute walk from Meiji-Jingumae Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

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Zoe Mackey is a native New Yorker and college student currently studying in Tokyo. Her greatest inspirations are street fashion, lazy Sundays, and science fiction. You’ll more than likely find her taking amateur photos and looking for the best food in Tokyo. You can email her at z.isamac@gmail.com.

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