Top 15 vintage stores in Harajuku

From thrift shops to boutiques, Time Out picks out the best vintage shops in Harajuku

Otoe, one of Harajuku's many vintage specialists

Tokyo has more than its fair share of vintage and secondhand clothes shops, but with such an enormous selection to choose from, separating the treasure troves from the tat dens is a long and arduous process. One of the best places to start looking is Harajuku, as this teen heaven also boasts an impressive range of stores specialising in vintage wear and gear. Read on for 15 of our recommended picks.

The top boutiques

Otoe

The sister shop of vintage treasure box Toro, Otoe carries a unique range of secondhand clothing and accessories, and also houses its own 'remake brand' Otoelogy. 
Shop here for wear, gear and vintage accessories.

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Keshiki Classic

Inspired by Japanese and international trends, the range here includes clean-cut tailored jackets, button-down shirts and shoes that work well all looks, including high-end designer items. 
Shop here for menswear, footwear and quirky originals.

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BerBerJin

This classy store opened more than 20 years ago, surviving despite the storm of new trends emanating from Harajuku. Mainly housing casual basics such as military pieces, jerseys and denim, it also offers a wide range of sneakers. 
Shop here for casual wear, denim and shoes.

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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. 
Shop here for menswear, womenswear, remakes and designer brands.

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Meno

The romantic atmosphere at this shop fits nicely with the selection, which is filled with lace and embroidery-embellished womenswear, accessories and lingerie. Prices are reasonable, with dresses starting from ¥7,000. 
Shop here for womenswear, footwear and accessories.

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G2?

The selection of secondhand wear in this fashionable boutique – with items mainly from the '50s to '80s – is organised according to style, from kitsch to classic. Local pop queen Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is known to be a fan. 
Shop here for womenswear and accessories.

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Pass the Baton

Pass the Baton carries a range of secondhand items, including antiques, furniture, clothing and art – many of which were previously owned by local celebrities. 
Shop here for menswear, womenswear, antiques, decorative items and other curiosities.

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Santa Monica Harajuku

The Harajuku branch of Santa Monica, which operates five other shops in the city, carries a great selection of womenswear from casual basics to more feminine pieces, with many items going for less than ¥5,000. 
Shop here for menswear, womenswear, casual wear and denim.

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Flower

Flower is your stop for all things cute and girly, including pastel-coloured T-shirts and floral dresses. They also offer plenty of footwear, accessories and fun knickknacks, all with the same feminine feel. 
Shop here for womenswear, casual wear, denim and originals.

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Solakzade

Solakzade offers a range of vintage glasses and sunglasses from Japan, the US and Europe, dating as far back as the 1800s, though mainly focuses on frames from the '60s and '70s. 
Shop here for eyewear.

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Chicago

Its bright neon sign is hard to miss – thrift shop Chicago is something of a Harajuku landmark. Although the chain operates stores all over Tokyo, this branch houses the largest collection of vintage clothing, from kimonos to wedding dresses. 
Shop here for casual wear, denim and kimonos.

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Slow Omotesando

Womenswear and accessories are carefully selected and imported from the US and Europe at Slow, another popular vintage outlet. Located on Cat Street, the shop is known for offering excellent quality at reasonable prices. 
Shop here for womenswear, footwear and accessories.

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Ragtag Harajuku

Ragtag has 15 branches across Japan, all specialising in secondhand designer clothing for men and women. This Harajuku branch occupies a plum spot on narrow Cat Street and spans three floors. 
Shop here for designer brands.

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Toga XTC Harajuku

Intrepid fashion hounds in search of unusual designs won’t be disappointed by this shop, opened in 2007 and run by designer Yasuko Furuta’s Toga brand. 
Shop here for womenswear and accessories.

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Toro

This old-timer specialises in decent-quality vintage clothing from the US and Europe, for both men and women, and also does original remakes. The prices are a little steep, but the staff are friendly and the clothing full of character. 
Shop here for menswear, womenswear and accessories.

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