The best shops in Harajuku and Omotesando

From crazy kawaii to vintage digs, Harajuku and Omotesando can keep any shopper happily occupied for hours on end

Harajuku and Omotesando are littered with shops – there's something you can buy on just about every corner and in every building you pass. These are some of our favourite stores in the area.

The best Harajuku-Omotesando area shops

Dog
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Dog

Basement boutique Dog has wooed some unusual customers with its blend of outlandish vintage and reworked clothing – not least Lady Gaga, who’s been known to visit incognito on her trips to Tokyo. Indeed, those with a taste for the theatrical will appreciate its remakes, which include replicas of costumes from Gaga’s own shows...

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GR8
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GR8

Even among the shopping chaos that is Harajuku's Laforet, this store dealing in 'cutting-edge' fashion stands out from the rest. The neon lighting inside lends a quirky glow to styles from up-and-coming and edgy designers like Hyein Seo, Astrid Andersen and Shaun Samson. They also host a range of items from popular designer collabs...

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Hasegawa Saketen
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Hasegawa Saketen

Part of a city-wide chain, Hasegawa Saketen has a good lineup of high-quality yet reasonably priced nihonshu and other tipples. The sleek interior may feel a bit intimidating to those uninitiated in the world of sake, but staff are always willing to give you a hand to find the best bottle for your tastes. They're also part of the annual Sake Competition team; head here to get your hands on some of the best sake in the country before they start retailing for sky-high prices online. 

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Kiddy Land
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Kiddy Land

Kiddy Land is a Tokyo institution. This main shop is a noisy, heaving maze of mascots, dolls, cuddly toys, furry toys, action figures, Disney, Kitty, Doraemon, Godzilla and more. Warning: this much cuteness can damage your mental health...

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Koffee Mameya
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Koffee Mameya

For those still grieving the loss of Omotesando Koffee, which closed down back in late 2015, this place is sure to bring respite: opened by the same man, Eiichi Kunitomo, and located in the exact same place (albeit in a new building), Koffee Mameya is a bean specialist with enough shebang to turn you into a proper barista at home...

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BerBerJin
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BerBerJin

This classy vintage store first opened more than 20 years ago and has thus far been able to survive the continuous storm of new trends emanating from Harajuku. Mainly housing casual basics such as military pieces, jersey and denim, the store also offers a wide range of sneakers...

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G2?
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G2?

Pop star and style icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is a fan of this vintage clothing shop, though she's hardly the first Harajuku girl to have fallen in love with the quizzically titled G2? [sic.]. The selection of second-hand clothes on sale at this fashion boutique – mainly running from the '50s to '80s...

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Kinji
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Kinji

Koenji and Shimokitazawa aren't the only places to go to get your quota of secondhand clothing: Kinji in Harajuku is well worth visiting for some bargain hunting, offering T-shirts from ¥735 and shirts from ¥945. There are plenty of quality items to be found if you dig around a bit...

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MoMA Design Store
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MoMA Design Store

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New York’s Museum of Modern Art has made its way to Japan with the opening of its first shop outside the US. Located on the third floor of Omotesando's plush Gyre building, the shop stocks over 1,800 goods, many of them exclusive to MoMA (including some featuring art works from the museum's permanent collection)...

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Mykita
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Mykita

With a focus on great eyewear as well as architecture, the Mykita shop space is just as impressive as the products sold within. The blinding white interior is highlighted by the perforated steel wall where each frame is showcased individually. They also have in-house optometrists who carry out certified eye tests so you can be sure you’re getting the proper prescription.

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Pass the Baton
11/16

Pass the Baton

The Omotesando branch is the second store for Pass the Baton, a modern recycle shop that opened their first post within Marunouchi Brick Square. Inside, you’ll find a range of second-hand items, including antiques, furniture, clothing and art – many of which have been previously owned by celebrities...

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Ragtag Harajuku
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Ragtag Harajuku

Ragtag has been pretty busy since its first branch popped up on Takeshita-dori in 1985: the chain now has 15 branches across Japan, all specialising in second-hand designer clothing for men and women. Its new Harajuku branch, which opened in August 2012, occupies a plum spot in narrow Cat Street and spans three floors...

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The Real McCoy's
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The Real McCoy's

Look no further for the best quality denim, leather and other cosy wardrobe staples at The Real McCoy’s. From worn-in T-shirts and heathered grey sweats to vintage-inspired souvenir jackets and military bombers, there’s no shortage of fine fashion staples at this urban cool dealer. Although most pieces in the shop look like they are well-maintained vintage items from as early as the ’50s...

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Solakzade
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Solakzade

Not your typical eyewear shop, Solakzade’s Harajuku boutique is home to a distinctive range of unused vintage and antique frames sourced from Japan and around the globe. It opened in July 2012 and is run by a pair of brothers from Osaka – Tatsuya Okamoto and Rio Okamoto – who can also customise, repair and restore antique frames, or even create bespoke spectacles...

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Toga Harajuku
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Toga Harajuku

Created by mastermind Yasuko Furuta, this ever-popular brand has been turning heads both at home and abroad. Toga presents sophisticated yet avant-garde garments and accessories for men and women and has even shown throughout Paris and London fashion weeks...

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Toga XTC Harajuku
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Toga XTC Harajuku

Intrepid fashion hounds in search of unusual designs won’t be disappointed by this used clothing shop, opened in 2007 and run by designer Yasuko Furuta’s Toga brand. The choice of location – it's effectively squatting in the ground-floor parking space next to Toga’s Harajuku branch – is thoroughly in keeping with the eccentric nature of the selections within...

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More shops in Harajuku and Omotesando

6% Dokidoki

Even in the middle of Harajuku, Sebastian Masuda's lurid pink boutique stands out. This shrine to the 'shockingly cute' offers an array of accessories and clothing in some truly eye-popping colours. 6% Dokidoki has come a long way since Masuda first opened the shop in 1995: gone are the imported US and Mexican items that used to be its main speciality, replaced by ultra-cute originals. A frequent Kyary Pamyu Pamyu collaborator, Masuda likes to work in shades of vivid yellow, pink and purple, with recurring motifs like hearts, stars, ribbons, unicorns and ice creams. Decorative touches like the illuminated make-up mirrors and carousel horse sitting in the window add to the effect: this is about as kawaii as Tokyo shops get.

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Big Love

Trusted among musos for its good taste, Big Love is an independent record store that collects vinyl and cassette tapes of indie bands from the US, the UK and Europe. Soak in the atmosphere at the bar space where you can enjoy Shiga Kogen beer, one of the best Japanese craft beers.

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Candy

Epitomising Tokyo’s youth fashion culture, Candy is a popular haunt for young fashionistas and offers a wide range of labels from high-end international brands (J.W. Anderson and Valentino) to cutting-edge Japanese brands (99%IS- and Christian Dada). Take inspiration from their styling portfolio or just browse through the store for some much needed retail therapy. 

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Christopher Nemeth

One of the most iconic stores in the Omotesando/Harajuku area, this highly conceptual space shows off pieces by the late fashion designer and artist Christopher Nemeth. An important figure in the 80s London fashion scene, Nemeth's influence on fashion was made known by his carefully crafted garments interlaced with intricate cutting and sewing techniques. His clothes are also currently available at Dover Street Market London/Ginza, Trading Museum Comme des Garçons Paris/Tokyo, and Comme des Garçons Chelsea.

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Daiso Harajuku

Whether you're looking for household products or cheap souvenirs, you're sure to find what you need at this three-floor ¥100 shop, a prominent landmark on Harajuku's Takeshita-dori shopping street. Daiso makes life easier for international shoppers by offering floor guides in English as well as Japanese, while some of the staff can also speak English. 

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Faline Tokyo

No matter how well you dress, you'll have trouble competing with the immaculately attired staff at Faline Tokyo. One of Harajuku's edgiest boutiques, the shop sells original items alongside select garments from Japan and overseas, complemented by art by French graffiti artist Fafi.

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Nadia Flores en el Corazon

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Currently one of Harajuku's hottest destinations for young female shoppers, Nadia Flores en el Corazon hawks import and vintage clothing in vivid colours and eye-catching shapes. The shop aims for a flea market feel, stocking not just clothes but also shoes, leggings, bags, cute accessories and even a range of cosmetics.

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Otoe

The younger sister of Shibuya boutique Toro (it opened in 2006), Harajuku's Otoe does a nice line in quality vintage clothing at affordable prices, while also stocking remade items and accessories created by young designers. Boasting the same commitment to on-trend pieces as its sibling, it stocks good quality vintage menswear and womenswear, as well as select items from indie brands. Choice pieces include brightly coloured ’80s-style jackets, classic mini dresses and jewellery. If you’re in need of a little extra help, you can spot the staff by their striking uniforms, which would look better placed in a doctor’s office.

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Putumayo

One of the primary purveyors of Gothic and Punk Lolita fashions, Putumayo even opened a shop in Shanghai recently – though its main branch in Laforet Harajuku is still the place to head. The elaborate, frilly dresses and punk-grrrl jackets are complemented by shoes, bags and accessories, meaning that you can give yourself a head-to-toe 'Loli' makeover (if that's your thing).

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Shelf

Shelf specialises in photography books, from newly published to out-of-print editions. Found near the Watari-Um Museum of Contemporary Art, this is a treasure box for those who work in the field or who simply can’t get enough of arty imagery.

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The best shops in Shinjuku

From towering music shops and well-loved bookstores to high fashion boutiques and things you can only find in Japan, there's a lot to be discovered within the streets of Shinjuku. Shop your way through the neighbourhood with our picks of its best shops; whether you're in need of a brand new outfit or some memorable souvenirs to take home with you, you'll be sure to find it here.

By: Kaila Imada

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