5 Ways to Enjoy Aoyama Omotesando, One of the Most Stylish Areas in Tokyo
The Aoyama/Omotesando area is one of the most stylish areas in Tokyo. There are various shops such as brand shops and fancy cafes. Here are 5 spots including shopping spots and museums to check out!
1. Omotesando Hills
The first thing to do in this area should be to enjoy shopping to your heart's content! Omotesando Hills is a complex symbolizing the Omotesando area.
It is located along Omotesando-dori leading from Omotesando Station to Meiji Shrine, and the length of the facade is about 250 meters. About 100 shops are lined up in a 12-story (6 above and 6 underground) stylish building. The world famous architect, Ando Tadao, designed the unique building with aisles that connect in a spiral shape. Popular domestic and foreign brands and multi-brand shops are gathered here, mainly targeting men and women in their 30s and 40s. There are restaurants, art galleries, event spaces, and so on. This is a popular spot filled with the most advanced trends of fashion, culture, and cuisine.
2. Bunbougu Cafe (Stationery Cafe)
This is a unique cafe near Omotesando Station. As the name suggests, it is the combination of a stationery shop and cafe, but this is not the only attraction.
There are a lot of writing materials that can actually be touched and used inside the cafe! You can draw things on a luncheon mat made of drawing paper and a part of the wall, so you can take your child who might otherwise get tired of waiting for the ordered dishes to come. It has also a library where hundreds of stationery-related books and magazines. You can spend your time here as you like.
Of course it has a cafe menu, such as sweets, pasta, a la carte dishes, and alcohol such as cocktails and wines as well as soft drinks.
Menu example: Iced coffee for 650 yen (excl. tax)
3. Q-pot CAFE.
Next is a cafe that's popular mostly among women.
Recently in Japan, items that look like real sweets are trendy. This cafe is owned by an accessory brand Q-pot which triggered the fake sweets boom.
Q-pot's accessories feature lovely designs made to look like sweets like macarons or other types of desserts. At the cafe, you can eat sweets that look like the accessories! The interior decoration is made to look like a fairy tale. Please enjoy the atmosphere of the cafe while eating cute and delicious sweets, and experience Tokyo's kawaii culture!
Menu example: Necklace plate (dessert and drink set) for 1,390 yen (incl. tax)
4. Nezu Museum
This museum in Minami Aoyama exhibits a collection of Japanese/Asian art collected by Nezu Kaichiro (1860-1940), a businessman who served as the president of Tobu Railway.
There are various things such as paintings, sculptures, lacquerware, dyed textiles, and tea utensils relating to tea ceremony enjoyed by Mr. Nezu in his later years. The number of items exhibited is about 7,420, including some national treasures and important cultural assets.
The highlights are the design of the building that is reminiscent of a Japanese-style house, and a beautiful garden of 17,000 square meters including 4 tea rooms.
Special exhibition: 1,300 yen for adults, 1,000 yen for high school and university students (all incl. tax)
Collection exhibition: 1,100 yen for adults, 800 yen for high school and university students (all incl. tax)
Free for elementary/junior high school students and under
5. Hachibee Aoyama Main Shop
How about eating sushi for dinner after walking around the Aoyama/Omotesando area?
The popular restaurant Hachibee Aoyama is open until 3:00 am. You can enjoy not only sushi but also dishes using a variety of ingredients including seafood and Yamagata beef. In addition, they have various course dishes using natural tiger pufferfish directly sent from Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi, as well as seasonal fish. They always have 4,000 kinds of wines in stock, so you can enjoy various drinks. The menu is written in English and some of the staff can speak English, so you don't have to worry!
Menu example: 1 piece of sushi starts at 80 yen; the chef's omakase course (chef chooses what to serve) is 5,800 yen (incl. tax) and comes with sashimi, appetizer, sushi, etc.
Aoyama/Omotesando is an interesting area, and you can enjoy walking while looking at stylish town and the fashions of passers-by. There are many shops in the narrow alleys, so please explore!
*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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