Harajuku is a bustling hub of activity in the west of Tokyo, well known for its street fashion and sub-culture. Many tourists flock to Harajuku to experience this aspect of Japan, but it can be difficult to know what to do when you are there. Here are my top fashion destinations in Harajuku.
Takeshita dori is a pedestrian-only zone in Harajuku full of shops and boutiques. It is located just opposite Harajuku station on the Yamanote line, so is easy to find! Simply wander down the street to experience Tokyo street culture. Keep your eyes open for the shops lining the street, they can be considered the top in Japanese street fashion. While you are there don’t forget to get a crepe from one of the shops or stalls, they are legendary! Make sure to bring your yen, as you will definitely find something to buy!
Takeshita Street Website*Automatic translation
If you are on the market for new clothes, accessories or want to see the latest fashion then go down to Laforet Harajuku. This is much like a shopping mall, but it contains lots of little boutiques and shops selling eccentric fashion items!
This is a must visit if you are interested in the history of Japanese street fashion. 6% DOKIDOKI was founded many years ago and is always at the forefront of design and innovation. It’s located a little way away from Takeshita dori, but is easy to find. 6% DOKIDOKI also has reinvented the term “shop girl” and have permanent members of staff who become local celebrities, wearing the latest fashion and leading the trends of the day.
Now Ragtag is a little different from other shops in the area. Launched in 1985 Ragtag specializes in secondhand designer clothes for men and women. You can truly find some top brands here, such as Vivienne Westwood and Marc Jacobs alongside Japanese brands too. Ragtag is also great if you have some items to sell, on 3F you can go in and sell your designer items.
If you want to do more than just look at the latest, or oldest, fashion trends then head to Harajuku… don’t forget your purse!