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Takeshita Alley


Harajuku girls on high speed at Takeshita-dōri

This teeming alley, which lies at the heart of Harajuku, represents Tokyo’s propensity for both teenage kitsch and subcultural fetish. Boom boxes blare at full volume while young, angst-ridden adolescents browse through racks of cheap versions of the latest trend. This is the place to look for outrageously gaudy jewellery, punk accessories, hip hair boutiques, fast-food joints and cute cuddly toys.


  • Shops along Takeshita Dori tend to be open daily from 11:00 to 20:00
  • Jingumae 1 chome, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001
  • Harajuku Station (Yamanote line), Takeshita exit or Meiji-Jingumae Station (Chiyoda line), Exit 2.

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