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Five Select Shopping Spots in Japan’s Trend-Setting Area, Harajuku

Harajuku is a town that is constantly disseminating the latest trends in everything from fashion to culture. Here are five shopping spots in Harajuku, ranging from super popular ones to hole-in-the-wall type ones.

1. Laforet HARAJUKU

Laforet HARAJUKU is a shopping building that is a Harajuku icon. It has been the center of the latest fashion and culture since opening in 1978. Its main target audience is young people in their teens and twenties. There are approximately 140 popular shops selling ladies and menswear, accessories, shoes and bags.

Tax free shops: Yes
Foreign language signs and directions: English
Foreign language pamphlets: English, Traditional Chinese
China UnionPay cards accepted in all stores

1. Laforet HARAJUKU

1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

2. Omotesando Hills

This is a large commercial building with a 250m-long facade that was built along the Japanese zelkova trees that line the famous Omotesando Street. Approximately 100 individual shops including renowned domestic and international brands and restaurants are in the main building with the main entrance. Its main target is people in their thirties and forties who are sensitive to fashion and prefer a metropolitan lifestyle.

Tax free shops: Yes
Foreign language signs and directions: English
Foreign language pamphlets: English, Traditional Chinese, Korean
Foreign language guides/interpreters/audio guides: English, Traditional Chinese, Korean
China UnionPay cards accepted in all stores

2. Omotesando Hills

4-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

3. ACDC RAG

ACDC RAG is a representative Harajuku brand that has four stores on Takeshita-dori and is popular among tweens and teens. The shops sell poppy, colorful and fun fashion items. They have a wide selection of products that represent the Harajuku kawaii culture, from slightly radical punk items to princess-type items. One of their appeals is the reasonable prices.

3. ACDC RAG

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

4. Design Festa Gallery

The area that is one street beyond Meiji-dori after coming through Takeshita-dori is referred to as Urahara. Design Festa Gallery is in this stylish area full of trendy shops. It has 70 exhibition spaces, large and small, that up-and-coming artists from around the world use to present their work. There are exhibits and sales of paintings, illustrations, three-dimensional works, video, and a variety of other artworks. There is a cafe in the courtyard where you can have a meal while enjoying the art.

Foreign language signs and directions: English
Foreign language pamphlets: English

4. Design Festa Gallery

3-20-18 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

5. KIDDY LAND Harajuku Store

KIDDY LAND Harajuku Store is a super popular store that is included in tours for foreign visitors to Japan. It sells a variety of products including goods related to popular characters such as Hello Kitty, Totoro, Doraemon, Rilakkuma, One Piece and Dragonball, as well as the latest trend items. There is free wireless LAN access on all floors from the B1 floor through the fifth floor. You can talk to your friends and family with photos, video, and video conferencing while shopping.

Tax free shops: Yes
Foreign language signs and directions: English, Chinese
Foreign languages spoken: English, Chinese, Russian, Romanian
China UnionPay cards accepted in all stores

5. KIDDY LAND Harajuku Store

6-1-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Harajuku has a variety of spots from major shopping complexes to hole-in-the-walls that only the well informed know about. Please stop by these spots while walking around Harajuku!

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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