Takeshita Street – Top 20 Places to Visit

Center of the kawaii culture, Takeshita Street has a lot to offer. Shop, eat or hang out - Takeshita Street's got it all. To help you out, check out our top 20 picks of things to do on Takeshita Street!

Fashion in Takeshita Street
Make up in Takeshita Street
Restaurants in Takeshita Street
What to do for fun in Takeshita Street 

Takeshita Street is renowned for being the center of kawaii culture. Spotting a lolita or two is not uncommon and no fashion style is considered too outlandish. Takeshita street is brimming with independent stores, offering a wide range of fashion styles and accessories. Even if the fashion is not to your taste, it’s worth giving Takeshita Street a visit simply to experience one of the most popular youth subculture destinations in Japan. 

Fashion on Takeshita Street

1) Paris Kids

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Photo Credit: Indie bands with a Mission via Flickr cc

This store is the epitome of Takeshita street fashion, with teddy bear earrings, chunky necklaces and cute hair clips adorning the shelves. Expect it to be swarming with school girl taking advantage of the relatively cheap prices (around 324 yen) and on some days, there’s even a 10% tourist discount. 

Adress: 1-19-8, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: 10:00am-8:00pm  

2) ACDC Rag Store

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Photo Credit: Beni Arnold via Flickr cc

One of the longest lasting stores in the area, ACDC rag store has definitely stood the test of time. For those of you who are a little more adventurous with your fashion choices, the clothing range in this store will not disappoint. Whether you favour a cute style or lean more towards punk, there’s plenty of fun to be had browsing. 

Adress: 1-20-7, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: 10:00am-8:00pm

3) ANAP

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If you’re looking for something a little less kawaii and a little more street, ANAP has you covered. The clothes are still bold and colorful though, maintaining a hint of Takeshita fashion. For everyday fashion needs or party outfits, ANAP is worth a visit.

Adress: 1-16-11, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: 11:00am-8:00pm 

4) Monki

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Photo Credit: Jacob Bøtter via Flickr cc

If you are familiar with the Swedish fashion house H&M, you’ve probably heard about its sister store, Monki. This alternative clothing store is full of bold prints and bright colours. Unlike H&M, the number of Monki stores around the world is very limited, making the Takeshita Street branch a must visit spot for fashion lovers. 

Adress: 1-7-17, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: 10:00am-8:00pm

 

5) Chicago

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Photo Credit: ~ aliwin ~ via Flickr cc

Looking for something a little vintage? Pop over to Chicago for second-hand clothing at affordable prices. Given the rise in popularity of vintage clothing in Japan, Chicago has proven to be extremely popular. Not only do they offer items like 90’s Levis, they also have many pairs of good quality leather shoes. 

Adress: 1-16-6, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: 11.00am to 8.00pm

6) Milk

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Photo Credit: Vincent Tam via Flickr cc

Lolita girls are a common sight on Takeshita Street and Milk is their go-to store. Find here not only the classic pink and cute style but darker, more gothic designs as well. Many of the pieces are limited edition or rare, for the hardcore lolitas out there.

Adress: 6-29-3, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: 11:00am- 9:00pm

6) Daiso

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Don’t let the cheap prices (100 yen) fool you, Daiso actually offers some very good quality items. Find souvenir items here aplenty: whether you want to give your mother a Japanese tapestry, your girlfriend an origami pack or your friend a sake set, this three storey shop has it all.

Adress: 1-19-24, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: 10.00am-09:00pm 

7) Tutuanna 

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Photo Credit: Sarah via Flickr cc

Enter the store and you’ll understand why so many people sing its praises. It’s full of novelty kawaii socks, tights, gloves and even suspenders. Spot teddy bear socks, cat socks and even the ever so popular toe socks. Your feet will definitely become a talking point after shopping here. 

Adress: 1-16-163, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: 10:00am-8:00pm

 

8) Pet Paradise

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If you like dressing up your pet, this Takeshita Street store is for you! Pet Paradise gives customers the opportunity to make their own personal pet cosplay outfits, so whether you want to dress them up as a princess or a superhero, you’re in luck!

Adress: 1-6-5,Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: 10:00am to 20:00pm

Make-up on Takeshita Street

4) Matsumoto Kiyoshi

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As one of the biggest make-up chains in Japan, you’ll no doubt see it throughout Tokyo. Tax-free Matsumoto Kiyoshi is very popular with tourists visiting Takeshita Street, most on the hunt for some of Japan’s famously high-quality cosmetics at affordable prices.  

Adress: 1-16-7, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: 9:30am-9:00pm

5) Ainz&Tulpe

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Photo Credit: Robert King via Flickr cc

This store frequently updates its product range to ensure it’s on trend. Not only does it cater to your cosmetic needs but also offers health supplements and accessories such as make-up bags. Heinz&Tulpe also offers the option of testing out the products before actually making a purchase. For an added bonus, if you spend over 5,000 yen, your purchase becomes tax-free.  

Adress: 1-13-14, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: 11:00am-8:00pm 

6)  Etude House

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With its bright pink lettering and glittery frontage, this store is difficult to miss. Alongside other famous brands, Etude House produces and sells their own products. What’s more, staff are on hand with freebies and you may even be offered a make-over! Etude House will make you feel like a Takeshita Street princess, guaranteed. 

Adress: 1-11-16, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: 10:00am-8:00pm

 

Restaurants on Takeshita Street

 12) Marion Crepes

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Photo Credit: Marco via Flickr cc

If Takeshita street is famous for one thing besides kawaii culture, it’s crepes. You’ll spot a large number of people indulging in this little sweet treat and there’s always a line of customers in front of the prominent Marion Crepes. The crepes are as varied as the fashion, with flavours such as caramel and banana and strawberries and cream on the menu. Join the queue, make your choice and enjoy. 

Adress: 1-6-15, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: 10:30am-8:00pm

13) Kawaii Monster Cafe

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Photo credit: Roxanne Ready via flickr cc

Kawaii Monster Cafe is the ultimate kawaii restaurant in Japan. Enter the building to be greeted by bright colours, an oversized iced cake, pink unicorns and outlandishly dressed girls waiting to serve you. Created by kawaii culture pioneer Sebastian Masada, this cafe is what Takeshita Street is all about. Choose from four themed rooms appropriately named Mushroom disco, Milk Stand, Bar Experiment and Mel-Tea Room. If you are interested in exploring kawaii culture in more depth, give this place a try.

Adress: 4-31-10, Jingumae,Shibuya-ku ,Tokyo

Opening hours: 11:30am-4:30pm

14) Wolf Gang Puck 

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Photo Credit: Lauri Rantala via Flickr cc

If you are looking for something more Western or simply looking for something closer to home, Wolf Gang Puck is a great option. The menu offers a variety of the classic comfort foods such as hamburgers, pizza and french fries. It has also proven to be a popular spot for vegetarians with options such as salted spinach and mushrooms. 

Adress: 1-17-1, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: 11:00am-11:00pm

15) Bakudan-yaki

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Photo Credit: Paul Joseph via flickr cc

If you are a fan of takoyaki (baked octopus balls), head here. Bakudan-Yakn literally translates as ‘fried bomb’ and once you see it, you’ll know why. The takoyaki here is much larger than normal and comes in many different flavours such as cheese and egg. This is one of the most popular snacks on Takeshita Street definitely a stomach filler.

Adress: 1-8-2, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: 10:00am-11:30pm

16) Calbee 

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Find Calbee brand potato chips in every convenience store. Their novel store allows chip-hungry customers to create their perfect Calbee snack – drizzle some chocolate or add some spice – the choice is yours. A favourite among young people on Takeshita Street.

Adress: 1-16-8, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: 9:3am-8:30pm

18) Lotteria

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Want to grab a quick burger whilst strolling around Takeshita Street? Lotteria’s there for you. Lotteria is Japan’s answer to McDonalds and it regularly updates its menu with limited edition food items such as the infamously decadent Zebu Nose Burger packed with a cheese burger, beef burger, shrimp, bacon, cheese, egg, lettuce, cabbage, pickles and an assortment of sauces. Obviously, this is extremely unhealthy, so perhaps just a one-off experience!

Adress: 1-8-3, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: 8:00am-11.30pm

Fun Things to do on Takeshita street

19) Shop Noa

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Photo Credit: Laurent Neyssensas via Flickr cc

Purikura is a popular photo booth in Japan which allows you to edit your photo in various ways. Whether you want bigger eyes, smoother skin or even stars shooting out of your head, purikura is on hand to help. Bring a friend with you and have a giggle or two as you turn yourself into anime characters.

Adress: 1-17-5, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: 8:00am to 11:00pm

20) People watching and taking photos

Even if you’re not interested in kawaii fashion, Takeshita is definitely a great people watching spot. On Sundays, the young people of Tokyo gather themselves here, fully clad in cosplay, lolita and other interesting fashion choices. If you ask politely, a lot of them will allow you to take photos of or with them. 

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Photo Credit: Nick via Flickr cc

Khadiju Ali

Khadiju Ali

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