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Floresta Tokyo Donut Shops

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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Supreme streetwear

Japanese streetwear has largely been an underground movement since its creation in the early 1990s. Only within the last few years has this style trend caught on with a larger and more global audience. By definition, “Streetwear” is a unique, trend-conscious style of clothing that is typically released in small quantities through select, exclusive channels. Streetwear pieces themselves are comfortable and casual, including jeans, t-shirts and baseball hats. Most streetwear designs are influenced by military, hip-hop and skateboarding looks. Here is our list of the top Japanese streetwear brands you should check out to update your wardrobe!

 

Japanese Streetwear: A Bathing Ape (BAPE)

BAPE streetwear

With locations all over the world, A Bathing Ape (BAPE) is a world-famous lifestyle and street-wear brand. Their designs are bright and colorful and are known for their signature take on the camouflage print as well as the iconic Bathing Ape monkey on their apparel. They often collaborate with other famous brands like Star Wars, Pepsi and Coca Cola. Their designs are perfect for men, women and children, but can be expensive, with prices ranging from $50-$500. Check out our article on BAPE here!  

 

Beams

BEAMS is one of the most famous Japanese clothing brands with stores all across Japan, Tokyo and worldwide. The BEAMS brand is known for their BEAMS T street-wear line and Ray BEAMS for women. BEAMS offers a variety of fashionable attire as well as custom tailored pieces. Beams is always up to date on what is popular and trendy. Their lines encompass a wide array of styles, which are perfect for men, women and children. Check out our article on Beams here!

 

Billionaire Boys Club (BBC) and Ice Cream

Billionaire Boys Club streetwear

Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream were both established in 2005 by Pharell Williams and Nigo, the founder of Undercover and A Bathing Ape. BBC designs are typical of Tokyo streetwear fashions, including t-shirts, jeans, jackets and sneakers. The pieces are produced in very small quantities and are usually fairly expensive, with t-shirts costing 5,000 yen.

You can visit the Billionaire Boys Club website (Japanese-English mix) and check them out on Facebook (Japanese), Twitter (via Google Translate), or Instagram. If you like what you see, check out their Online Store (English).

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

Hours of Operation: Open everyday 12:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

Comme des Garcons

Comme des Garcons streetwear

Comme des Garcons is a Tokyo-based, Paris-inspired fashion label by Rei Kawakubo. From runway fashions to street-ready designs, Comme des Garcons has stayed globally relevant since its start in 1969.  If cutting-edge style and atmosphere are what you’re after, then there is no other destination in Tokyo than Comme des Garcons. When visiting the Gyre Mall Shibuya location, look out for the Play Box store (pictured above) – a small pop-up store with a limited selection of apparel!

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Nearest Station: 8-minute walk from Harajuku Station (inside the Gyre Building) (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

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

 

Hysteric Glamour

Hysteric Glamour is one of the edgier designer Japanese streetwear clothing brands. Rocking a 1960s retro theme, their T-shirts and tops feature graphics on topics ranging from classic bands to old cars. They offer jeans, T-shirts, cardigans, and dresses as well as some menswear. Their name was even mentioned by Gwen Stefani in her famous song about Japan titled, “Harajuku Girls”. Hysteric Glamour has 51 stores in Japan and is perfect for men and women. Check out our article on Hysteric Glamour here!

 

Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake streetwear

Issey Miyake is regarded as one of the most internationally famous Japanese designers. Miyake’s pieces are a combination of Japanese concepts, mixing simple designs with modern and futuristic fabrics and techniques. Made for both runway and everyday, Miyake designs can be seen on sophisticated and street fashionistas alike.

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Locations: Multiple locations in Tokyo, find a store here.

 

Muji

Muji streetwear

“Muji” (“no brand” in Japanese) is known worldwide for their minimalist, quality clothing and reasonably-priced home furnishings. Muji carries lines of simple clothing for men, women and children in neutral colors, patterns and styles. The goal at Muji is to have the finest selection products made from quality materials, and to simplify the process and packaging of the goods they sell. Muji is a great one-stop-shop to update your Japanese streetwear selection. Check out our article on Muji here!

 

Neighborhood (NBHD)

Neighborhood streetwear

Neighborhood (or NBHD) is one of the founding brands of the Japanese streetwear movement. Started by Shinsuke Takizawa in 1994, NBHD clothing includes t-shirts, sweats, flannels and jackets with a distinct motorcycle gang-style influence. Recent collections feature more military and preppy designs, but are still recognizable as NBHD.

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

Hours of Operation: Everyday 12:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

Onitsuka Tiger

Onitsuka Tiger streetwear

 

One of the most important items to pack for Tokyo is a good pair of walking shoes, but if you’re in need or just want a new pair of shoes, head over to Onitsuka Tiger! As one of the oldest and most reliable sneaker brands in Japan, Onitsuka Tiger offers fashionable styles for both men and women. If you find yourself in Harajuku or Shibuya, be sure to visit a store and pick up an item from a 100% Japanese made label. Check out our article on Onitsuka Tiger here!

 

Supreme

Supreme streetwear

Supreme is a NYC-based skateboarding clothing brand with multiple store locations across Tokyo (Harajuku, Daikanyama & Shibuya) and the rest of Japan (Nagoya, Osaka & Fukuoka). Supreme’s Japanese streetwear releases are collections limited to each season. Past collaborations have included luminaries such as Vans, Comme des Garcons, and Louis Vuitton.

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Locations: Multiple locations in Japan, find the closest store here.

 

Undercover

Undercover streetwear

Undercover is one of the first streetwear brands, appealing to both high-end and street audiences for nearly 30 years. The brand’s motto, “We make noise, not clothes” perfectly describes its aesthetic, which is a mix of punk and goth. Each piece is like a work of art, making the brand very popular and sought after. Collaborations include Nike Sportswear and Uniqlo.

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Locations: Multiple locations in Tokyo, find the closest store here.

 

Uniqlo

Uniqlo (short for “Unique Clothing”) is one of the most famous Japanese clothing brands for simple and reliable fashion. The brand prides itself on expertly made and long-lasting designs. Clothing and accessory collaborations have included Andy Warhol designs, Star Wars, Disney and Keith Haring. Top PGA golfer Adam Scott and tennis player Novak Djokovic wear Uniqlo designs. Don’t miss the massive 12-story flagship store in Ginza! Check out our article on Uniqlo here!

 

visvim

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If you are looking for the best in high-end Japanese men and women’s fashions, look no further than visvim Omotesando at their flagship store in the Gyre building. Founded in 2000 by designer Hiroki Nakamura, visvim mixes Japanese minimalism with Americana themes. visvim offers premium denim and high-quality cotton shirts and button-downs, mixing vintage-inspired fabrics with clean lines of modern fashion. The shop’s intricately designed interior enhances your experience while browsing for the next addition to your wardrobe. Check out our article on visvim Omotesando here!

 

WTAPS

WTAPS streetwear

Tetsu Nishiyama created the WTAPS streetwear brand in 1996. Designs are heavily inspired by military styles, however recent collections have incorporated more preppy and trad (Traditional American) looks. WTAPS has also collaborated with other popular streetwear brands, including Supreme, A Bathing Ape, and Vans. The GIP Store in Shibuya and other authorized dealers carry the WTAPS brand.

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Nearest Station: 8-minute walk from Harajuku Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

Hours of Operation: 12:00 a.m. -8:00 p.m.; Closed on the last Monday of every month

 

Yoshida & Co. (Porter)

Yoshida Omotesando 1 streetwear

Yoshida & Co. is a high-end bag and accessories brand that prides themselves in designing and manufacturing their products in Japan. They are best known for their Porter and Luggage labels and have featured the likes of the cartoon Peanuts and Eric Clapton on their bags. Yoshida & Co.’s products are made with high-quality materials and are targeted towards both men and women and include luggage, briefcases, backpacks, and wallets. Their pieces are found in over 700 stores worldwide. Check out our article on Yoshida & Co. here!

February 10, 2017 0 comment
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Yoyogi National Gymnasium Showcase Tours

Yoyogi National Gymnasium Showcase Tours

Being a jeans-and-sweatshirt kind of guy, I do not go to Harajuku often. I have fashion writers for that sort of thing. Much younger fashion writers, who know the brands and can talk to Harajuku girls about the hottest new trends. I am glad I have those writers. There is no way I can approach a girl half my age and ask about what she’s wearing without the police becoming involved.

But there’s another side to Harajuku and Shibuya that doesn’t involve me embarrassing myself in a dressing room. I like history and I like a good story. Harajuku has a lot of stories, and Showcase tours can tell you all of them.

“This area used to be US military housing,” Yuka says. She is a slim Japanese woman who speaks English with an American Midwestern accent, a souvenir from a childhood spent in Chicago.

“Here?” We are standing on a bridge overlooking the grounds of Yoyogi National Gymnasium, designed by architect Tange Kenzo for the 1964 Summer Olympics. I look to the right and see the entrance to Yoyogi Park. If I crane my neck a little, I can see the entrance to Meiji Shrine.

“Right here,” she confirms. She relates the story of how the Gymnasium was built. We are on Showcase’s Harajuku – Omotesando Architecture Tour, but we aren’t just talking about building design techniques. A city’s history can be found in its construction choices. Why is this building here? What was here before? Go ahead and ask. The answers will tell you about a Tokyo on the rebound, a city that rebuilt itself to host the Olympic Games less than two decades after the end of a devastating war.

A short walk away from the Yoyogi National Gymnasium I learned about the Co-Op Olympia apartments, built in 1965. They were the first “100 million yen” apartments, and were the first in Tokyo to have a concierge service.

As befitting a place of its renown and stature, Harajuku and Shibuya are host to a number of unusual buildings. There is the famous Gyre building, designed by Dutch architects MVRDV, who envisioned a building a stack of spun tiles. Omotesando Branches, designed by Sou Fujimoto, incorporates trees into its design. The Louis Vuitton building’s shape is meant to evoke an impression of stacked suitcases, to give the viewer a feel of travel. And the Sunny Hills building? You just have to see it for yourself–

Sunny Hills Showcase Tours

But the tour isn’t limited to the large and famous buildings. Tokyo has a style all its own, and architecture has had to adapt to changing times and available space. Yuka pointed out a tiny, wedge-shaped building on an intersection near the Iceberg, Audi’s former showroom. That awkward building is an example of “pet architecture,” a term given to the quirky buildings that are built to fit in leftover urban spaces. Later on Cat Street, Yuka told us about the Onden River underneath. “Look at the buildings,” She said. The former family homes were all situated facing away from Cat Street itself, because there was no reason for Japanese people to build their houses facing the dirty, narrow river.

And Showcase Tours aren’t limited to the new. taking a side street, we curved around the back of several buildings and walked right next to a graveyard, mere meters from people buying new suits. We passed by to emerge at Zenkoji Temple, a beautiful example of ancient architecture hidden behind the bustling streets.

Zenkoji Temple Showcase Tours

There is also an example of how the other half lives–not far from the temple is a low-income housing area, slated for demolition. Rows upon rows of squat, stained apartment buildings choked with weeds and sprayed over with graffiti, but one only has to turn around to see billboards for expensive watches over buildings that likely seem worlds away.

The Showcase tour functions not just as an Architecture Tour, but also ably serves shopping tour. “We sometimes have trouble keeping the groups together,” Yuka admits. “People see all of these fabulous places and drift away to go shopping!” It’s not hard to see why, once you pass by the Prada Building and its specially-imported windows, or the side-street boutiques of Cat Street. Take notes! Shopping opportunities abound, and not just on the main streets. All brands start somewhere, and you might just be able to pick up a little something from a label before they get world-famous.

I toured all of these spots and many more, thanks to Showcase Tours. Our three-hour excursion ended with sore feet and a camera full of photos. Harajuku and Omotesando isn’t just for the fashionistas–there are stories here, and not just about the architecture. There is a history, and hidden places that you might otherwise miss if you were just passing by in pursuit of the latest trend.  So go ahead–you can always go shopping later. Showcase Tours are great for history buffs and architecture fans alike!

Showcase Tours Information

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Phone (local): 050-5308-1745, 9am – 6pm

“Why Go?”: Get a personal architecture, history, and shopping tour from the people who know best!

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November 21, 2016 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

Website | Facebook (Japanese only) | Twitter (Japanese only) | Online Store (Google-translated; only ships domestically)

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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Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Q-pot CAFE

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Q-pot CAFE. makes dessert. And oh my, what desserts they are! Cute sundaes, ring plates, necklace plates, and all sorts of other tasty accessories are available in their sweet, tart, and creamy forms. And the SE”Q”RET Room? Well, you’re just going to have to go there and find out!

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

But that’s not all! When you’re finished with your dessert, you can purchase accessories that look just like the sweets you just had. Q-pot.’s goal is to create “positive accessories” that make people smile when they see them. And from what I saw, they did just that! Choose from an array of candied-up accessories (ones-you-ate and ones-you-didn’t) such as necklaces, earrings, rings, charms, key-chains, umbrellas, nail stickers, pouches, phone cases, pins, hair ties and clips, and even randoseru (Japanese children’s school backpacks).

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

The accessories are wonderfully detailed. Q-pot. tries to make accessories look as lifelike as possible, so don’t be surprised if people really wonder if you’re wearing an ice cream sandwich around your neck! Once you buy an accessory, chances are they sell the food it’s based on at their location right across the street. So if you’re looking for cute Japanese accessories to go with your mid-day treat, check out the treasures at Q-pot.!

Q-pot CAFE. Location Information

Website | Facebook (English) | Twitter (English) | Instagram (English) | Online Store (from the USA warehouse)

Nearest Station: 3-minute walk from Omotesando Station (Tokyo Metro), 7-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line) (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: open daily 11:30am – 7:30pm (Last Order 7:00pm)

Estimated Price: Dessert prices range from ¥750 to ¥2400. Accessory prices range from ¥3,600- 28,000.

“Why Go?”: For the super-kawaii!!! accessories, and the delicious treats!

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July 19, 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

Website | Facebook (Visvim)

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

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Online Store

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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