Omotesando – Things to Do, Shopping, Restaurants and More
Omotesando, one of Tokyo's greatest arteries, is a great place to spend a day. Restaurants, cafes, shops and culture - Omotesando has it all. Read on for a guide to the best spots to check out while there.
Omotesando, a well-known avenue in the heart of Tokyo, offers everything the heart desires. Right beside Harajuku’s famous Takeshita Street, Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi Park, Omotesando boasts a huge variety of brand stores, coffee shops, restaurants and more. Its fame makes Omotesando a very popular tourist destination as well as a local hotspot which buzzes with people even on weekdays.
To help you explore, we’ve put together a full guide to Omotesando which details the top things to do on the street, including where to shops, eat and drink.
Take a stroll down Omotesando and one of the first things you’ll notice is the outlandish architecture on display: the effervescent Dior building, the black mirrored portal that forms the entrance to Tokyu Plaza, the glazed diamonds of Prada, to name but a few examples of the buildings that give Omotesando architecture a formidable reputation. Cynics may decry the structures as glass and steel advertising built by starchitects with yen signs flashing in their eyes but, regardless, they’re undeniably interesting. Moreover, an upside to these buildings being stores is that no one can stop you stealing a peek inside!
If you’re interested in the architectural landscape of Tokyo, take a look at A Walking Tour of Tokyo Architecture.
Omotesando Hills is a high-class department store that specialises in luxury brands, fine-dining and an array of other services. Again, this building will offer photographers some nice angles and lighting. If you’ve had a particularly gruelling day of walking and sightseeing, grabbing some Ben & Jerry’s or a hot cup of coffee will fix you right up.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00 - 21:00/Sun 11:00 - 20:00 (Restaurants and cafes open later) Address: 4-12-12 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Access: Omotesando Station Website: Omotesando Hills
Apple Store Omotesando
Apple Store Omotesando if the largest of its kind in Japan, a glass-fronted warehouse for worship at the font of Apple. Step inside and you could be almost anywhere in the world. Indeed, the store’s design was based on an existing store in California, though this one is bigger, bolder and shinier. Whether you want to buy something or to simply take advantage of some free WiFi, it’s worth dropping by.
Opening Hours: Sun-Sat 10:00 - 21:00 Address: 4-2-13, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Access: Omotesando Station Website: Apple Store Omotesando
Want that new luxury watch? A Prada handbag? Nike shoes? Omotesando has it all. We’ve selected a few of the shopping hotspots that should do the trick.
Right off Omotesando, Tokyu Plaza is home to a variety of foreign and Japanese brand clothing, shoe and interior stores, as well as a Starbucks which must rank as one of the world’s best and a nice beer garden. Spot the dazzling mirrored entrance and you’ve found Tokyu Plaza.
Opening Hours: Sun-Sat 11:00 - 21:00 (Restaurant/cafe floors close at 23:00) Address: 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Access: Meiji Jingumae Station Website: Tokyu Plaza
The Laforet department store is opposite Tokyu Plaza. It includes plenty of brand stores – Japanese and international – and a museum on the top floor. Laforet also includes a branch of Guzman y Gomez, the Mexican chain whose burritos can’t be beaten.
Opening Hours: Sun-Sat 11:00 - 21:00 Address: 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Access: Meiji Jingumae Station Website: Laforet
Oriental Bazaar began life in 1951 as a souvenir shop for American troops in a nearby military base. Today, it remains a souvenir shop, though with a slightly more mixed clientele. Discount kimonos, miscellaneous Japanese antiques, handcrafted furniture, the store has it all. Even if you don’t fancy buying anything, browsing can be just as fun.
Opening Hours: Sun-Sat 10:00 - 19:00 (closed Thurs) Address: 5−9−13 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Access: Meiji Jingumae Station Website: Oriental Bazaar
Chicago Vintage Clothing Store
There are branches of Chicago across Tokyo, yet the Omotesando incarnation is the largest and best-stocked. Brash shirts, old jeans, even vintage kimonos, Chicago’s inventory is full of surprises. You won’t struggle to miss it either, the kitsch neon sign is pretty conspicuous against the affected sophistication of the rest of the street.
Opening Hours: Sun-Sat 10:00 - 20:00 Address: 6−31−21 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Access: Meiji Jingumae Station Website: Chicago
Onitsuka Tiger Omotesando
From humble origins in 1949, Onitsuka Tiger has transformed into a global and well-respected brand. Although they’ve expanded into outerwear, Onitsuka’s shoes remain the main event, and this, their flagship Omotesando store, is the best place to check them out. Onitsuka’s semi-vintage, classic designs are abundantly cool, as is the store itself, with its black and orange exterior and sophisticated interior.
Opening Hours: Sun-Sat 11:00 - 20:00 Address: 4−24−14 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Access: Meiji Jingumae Station Website: Onitsuka Tiger
MoMA Design Store
The MoMA Design Store Omotesando is the first retail store opened by New York’s Museum of Modern art outside of the USA. The store stocks a wide selection of goods, from art reproductions, postcards and keychains to quirky kitchenware, clothes and children’s toys. Although a little pricey, the store is a good place to pick up a unique gift or treat for yourself. If you’re after a souvenir with a contemporary twist, the store stocks a great range of items from Japanese artists and designers that would fit the bill nicely.
Opening Hours: Sun-Sat 11:00 - 20:00 Address: 5-10-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Access: Meiji Jingumae Station Website: MoMA Design Store
Aoyama Farmer’s Market (United Nations University Japan)
If you want to get back to basics, we recommend the Aoyama Farmer’s Market every Saturday and Sunday which takes place on the doorstep of the United Nations University, five minutes from Omotesando. There is a huge selection of fresh produce, bread, coffee and herbs to buy alongside some pretty amazing products from small brands around Japan. They also offer hot food and an area to sit and eat if you’ve gotten hungry from looking at the delicious selection. Don’t miss this great market!
Opening Hours: Sun-Sat 10:00 - 16:00 Address: 5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Access: Omotesando Station Website: Farmer's Market
Flying Tiger Copenhagen 表参道ストア
Flying Tiger Copenhagen is a variety store with a stock list longer than most books, though it perhaps specialises in things you didn’t even know you needed. Originally hailing from Copenhagen, this is the store’s second Japanese location and has so far proven a hit with shoppers, not least for its super low prices and cool Scandi vibe.
Opening Hours: Sun-Sat 10:00 - 21:00 Address: 4-3-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Access: Omotesando Station Website: Flying Tiger Copenhagen
Kiddy Land Harajuku
Ostensibly for children, don’t be fooled, Kiddy Land is packed full of fun, even for adults. The Tokyo equivalent of Hamleys in London or Si Tu Veux in Paris, its many floors are packed full of toys, games and dolls of all kinds, including many items you won’t find outside of Japan.
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11:00 - 21:00/Sat&Sun 10:30 - 21:00 Address: 6-1-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Access: Meiji Jingumae Station Website: Kiddy Land
Here’s a selection of great eateries in Omotesando you shouldn’t miss. For much more, check out our 25 Must Try Omotesando Restaurants.
Eggs ‘n Things (Breakfast/Lunch)
Great place to go for – you guessed it – eggs!
Eggs ‘n Things offers all kinds of omelets and egg dishes, usually with tasty sides of potatoes or veggies and great coffee. If you’re more sweet than savoury, however, no need to worry, they also make pancakes with some serious whipped cream.
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 09:00 - 22:30 (last order 21:30)/Sat&Sun 8:00 - 22:30 (last order 21:30) Address: 4-30-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Access: Meiji Jingumae Station Website: Eggs 'n Things
Ichiran Harajuku Jingumae (Ramen)
If you’re craving some great ramen, you’re in luck, Omotesando has some great restaurants that should do the trick. Ichiran is a venerable ramen institution which serves up consistently tasty and brilliantly cheap ramen that isn’t easily bettered.
Opening Hours: Sun-Sat 10:00 - 23:00 Address: 2F, 6-5-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Access: Meiji Jingumae Station Website: Ichiran
Omotesando Ukai Tei (Teppanyaki Fusion)
Ukaitei is a high-class eatery with a beautiful view, where the flames of the teppanyaki grill wow guests every night of the week. During the summer, the outdoor terrace provides the perfect setting for a lazy meal. It’s quite pricey but the great food and surroundings are well worth it.
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 23:00 (last order 21:00)/Sat-Sun 11:30 - 23:00 (last order 21:00) Address: GYRE, 5-10-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Access: Meiji Jingumae Station Website: Ukai
Cicada (Mediterranean Dinner/Drinks)
If you crave that summer holiday feeling, find it in the midst of central Tokyo. Just off Omotesando, Cicada is an oasis, offering Mediterranean food and drinks in a slightly oriental lounge setting that is sure to please.
Opening Hours: Sun-Sat 11:30 - 15:00 (last order), 17:30 - 23:00 (last order) Address: 5-7-28 Minami-Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo Access: Omotesando Station Website: Cicada
Two Rooms Grill & Bar
Run by a team with an impressive track record in Tokyo fine dining, Two Rooms Grill & Bar is a welcome addition to the city’s catalogue of quality restaurants. The emphasis is on fresh meat and fish, prepared simply but artfully, served in a wonderful fifth-floor location complete with an outdoor terrace overlooking the city. Perfect for a light lunch or a relaxed, alcohol-soaked dinner.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30 - 14:30, 18:00 - 22:00 (last order)/Sun 11:30 - 14:00, 18:00 - 21:00 (last order) Phone: 03-3498-0002 Address: Ao Building 5F, Kita-Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo Access: Omotesando Station Website: Two Rooms
Den Aquaroom Aoyama
A large and dimly lit Aoyama restaurant with a refined atmosphere, helpful staff and great food. The menu offers up a good selection of European-inspired dishes, including steaks and seafood, as well a lengthy wine list. Although prices are in line with many of the restaurants in the area, the fish tanks dotted around the place give Den Aquaroom a nice USP that pushes it ahead of much of the competition. For the best seats, ensure you book a table in advance.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 18:00 - 02:00, Sun 18:00 - 23:00 Address: 5-13-3 Minami-Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo Access: Omotesando Station Website: Den Aquaroom Aoyama
Need some coffee and cake after a hard day of sightseeing? Not a problem, check out Omotesando Cafe – The Top 14 Cafes in Omotesando or out highlights below.
Part of the Maison Kitsuné fashion chain, this coffeeshop within an old Japanese-style house offers guests great style alongside their coffee and treats. There is a thoughtfully decorated outside patio and the wooden interior gives a welcome homely feel throughout. This place is slightly hidden from the main Omotesando avenue, so if you’re lucky, it won’t be too busy.
Opening Hours: Sun-Sat 9:00 - 19:00 Address: 3-17-1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo Access: Omotesando Station Website: Kitsune
Pancake Cafe Kaila Omotesando
If you’ve completely given in to your pancake cravings, this should be your café of choice. Cafe Kaila is a Hawaiian inspired coffee shop offering a variety of pancakes and french toast, but also – similar to Eggs ‘n Things – omelets, salads and some pasta dishes.
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 - 20:00 (last order 19:20)/Sat-Sun 08:00 - 20:00 (last order 19:20) Address: GYRE B1F, 5-10-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Access: Meiji Jingumae Station Website: Cafe Kaila
H.I.S. Travel, Books & Coffee Shop
H.I.S. Travel, Books and Coffee is the perfect pitstop for the traveller in need of a caffeine hit. With your coffee, browse the store’s extensive collection of travel books and get inspired for your next trip.
Opening Hours: Sun-Sat 11:00 - 19:00 Address: 4-3-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Access: Omotesando Station Website: H.I.S.
Kawaii Monster Cafe (Themed)
For a playfully phantasmagoric dining experience, there’s nowhere quite like the Kawaii Monster Cafe. Deceptively, the ‘cafe’ is really more of a restaurant, where you’ll be served all manner of colourful main meals and desserts, including ‘Colorful Rainbow Pasta’, their most famous dish, and a wide range of desserts and cocktails (including non-alcoholic versions). As you enter, you’ll be given a choice of where to sit: Mushroom Disco, Milk Stand, Bar Experiment or Mel-Tea Room. The choice is yours, but don’t fret too much as you’ll have the chance to explore each one at some point. Kawaii Monster Cafe is always popular, so get there early (especially at lunchtime, as no advanced bookings are allowed) or call ahead.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30 - 16:30, 18:00 - 22:30 (Sun 11:00 - 20:00) Address: 4-31-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Access: Meiji Jingumae Station Website: Kawaii Monster Cafe
Omotesando Bars & Nightlife
Omohara Rooftop Beer Forest/Starbucks
Omohara Rooftop Beer Forest is only open in summer, but the Starbucks on the rooftop is open all year round. The beer garden sits on a wooden deck with several levels and great views of the surrounding area. The restaurant/bar operates from a small trailer and does get very busy late in the day, so an earlier visit is recommended. The Starbucks, besides also using part of the outside deck, has a large inside space, so it’s worth a visit even on a rainy day.
Opening Hours: Sun-Sat 08:30 - 23:00 (Beer Garden last order 22:00) Address: Tokyu Plaza 6F, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Access: Meiji Jingumae Station Websites: Omohara Tokyu Plaza / Starbucks
Cigar Bar Chardonnay
Although the cigars heydey may be long past, there’s still a kick to be had from the occasional puff. Cigar Bar Chardonnay stocks 150 kinds of cigar, including Cubans, and its dimly lit, dark wood interior is the perfect place in which to enjoy them. Complement your choice with something from the well-stocked bar and you’ve got a fine evening ahead of you.
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12:00 - 02:00, Sat 18:00 - 02:00 (Closed Sun) Address: 4-26-18 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Access: Meiji Jingumae Station Website: Cigar Bar Chardonnary
Bar Radio would likely seem anachronistic anywhere, yet, surrounded by the contemporary sheen of Omotesando, its old-world feel is especially striking. Owner Koji Ozaki is a legend in the Tokyo bartending milieu, a man embodying the spirit of the classic mid-century cocktail bar. Ozaki’s drinks, a mix of classics and his own creations, are divine, as is the interior of dark wood, cut glass and dim lights. A great joint for a quiet after dinner drink or two, not so great as a stop on a bar crawl.
Opening Hours: 18:00 - 00:00 (Closed Sun) Address: 3-10-34 Minami-Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo Access: Omotesando Station Website: Bar Radio
Previously known as 246 Common and Commune 246, Commune 2nd is the latest incarnation in this intriguing experiment in mix-use space. Within this seemingly random collection of shacks, trucks, stalls and caravans find vegan food, fish specialists and artisan coffee, as well as a branch of the Freedom University, coworking space and a giant geodesic dome. The attempt at forging a community outside of the regular channels, not to mention the tasty grub, make this well worthy of a visit while you can.
Opening Hours: Sun-Sat 11:00 - 22:00 Address: 3-13 Minami-Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo Access: Omotesando Station Website: Commune 2nd
Blue Note Tokyo
Regularly cited as Tokyo’s best jazz venue, Blue Note Tokyo must also rank as one of its most pricey. If possible, don’t let this put you off, as the quality of the music – a mix of all jazz genres and styles – is undeniable. Located in the heart of glitzy Aoyama, it is the ideal venue for a cultured night on the town.
Opening Hours: Dependent on event Address: Raika Bldg, 6-3-16 Minami-Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo Access: Omotesando Station Website: Blue Note Toyko
Body and Soul
Kyoko Seki, the owner and manager of Body and Soul, pays great attention to every last detail when it comes to her jazz club. The atmosphere is refined yet fun-loving, the food and drink are of great quality and – most importantly of all – the music is top drawer. Most nights, Body and Soul plays host to one act or another, usually local but occasionally from further afield, and they never disappoint.
Opening Hours: Dependent on event Address: 6-13-9 Minamiaoyama, Minato, Tokyo Access: Omotesando Station Website: Body and Soul
You know somewhere is good when they see no need to advertise. Bar Rage, with its unassuming exterior bereft of even a whiff of what lies within, takes this to the extreme. Sip one of their masterfully prepared cocktails and you’ll soon see why this place can rely on its reputation alone. Employing scientific techniques and using the finest spirits, fresh fruit, herbs and spices, the drinks, simply put, are out of this world.
Opening Hours: Sun-Sat 18:00 - 00:00 Address: 7-13-13 Minami-Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo Access: Omotesando Station
Fai Aoyama Club
Fai Aoyama is a small nightclub within stumbling distance of Omotesando Station with a good quality sound system, room to dance and a friendly vibe. Given the neighbourhood, there is a dress-code, though turn up looking semi-respectable and you should be fine. Despite its size, Fai attracts some of the city’s best DJs, including the likes of Shinichi Osawa and Tomoyuki Tanaka.
Opening Hours: Dependent on event (generally 22:00 - late) Address: 5-10-1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo Access: Omotesando Station Website: Fai Aoyama
The Nezu Museum offers a great selection of Japanese and Asian art. Check the website below for current and future exhibitions. The museum itself is a beautiful building and includes a garden, museum shop and cafe.
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 10:00 - 17:00 (Closed on Monday, during exhibition installations and over New Year) Admission Fee: Adult 1,100 yen/Student 800 yen Address: 6-5-1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo Access: Omotesando Station Website: Nezu Museum
Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art
First devised during the Edo period, ukiyo-e are woodblock prints which have come to be seen as quintessentially Japanese. Wealthy businessman Ota Seizo, concerned that ukiyo-e were beginning to disappear from Japanese cultural life, dedicated himself to building up an unrivalled collection of the artform. It is this collection which is displayed at the Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art, a small, charming and well-curated museum not far from Harajuku Station. Given the large size of Ota’s collection and the limited room available, the exhibits are rotated monthly.
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 10:30 - 17:30 (Closed Mon) Address: 1-10-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Access: Harajuku Station Website: Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art
Max Brenner Chocolate Bar Omotesando Hills
New Yorkers have long enjoyed the confectionary concoctions on offer at Max Brenner Chocolate Bar and now it’s the turn of sweet-toothed Tokyoites. You can buy a treat to take home with you but for the full experience, we recommend taking advantage of the cafe. All manner of hot chocolates, fondues, sundaes and cakes are on offer, with the ‘Chocolate Chunk Pizza’ demonstrably one of the top sellers. A great addition to Harajuku’s dessert landscape which already enjoys a very sugary reputation.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00 - 22:30, Sun 11:00 21:30 Address: 4-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Access: Harajuku Station Website: Max Brenner Chocolate Bar Omotesando Hills
Throughout December and into the New Year, each tree that flanks the Omotesando boulevard is adorned with thousands of glowing LED lights. The effect is magical, transforming a spot of evening shopping into a festive treat.
For more Christmas illuminations in Tokyo and advice on spending the colder months in the city, check out Tokyo in Winter – Things to Do in Tokyo in Winter.
Omotesando Station lies at the intersection of Omotesando and Aoyama Street and serves the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda, Ginza and Hanzomon lines. Omotesando Station is easily navigatable, with all signs in English and Japanese both, and is home to a good selection of convenience stores and cafes.