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Found Muji - Retail: Omotesando
[Open 11am-9pm (Sun -8pm) daily.]
Found Muji is a concept brand from the design-savvy retailer, reprenting a collection of simple but elegant products and designs discovered by Muji trend-hunters in various parts of the world. Muji then teams up with the craftsmen or small...
Farmers Market @ UNU - Food market: Omotesando
[Open 10am-4pm (weekends only).]
Farm-fresh fruits and vegetables are on sale at the popular farmers market that pops up every weekend in front of UN University (across the street from Aoyama Gakuin). Besides the dozens of stalls there are also a few food trucks selling...
Ao - Shopping complex: Omotesando
With its striking silhouette, this shopping and office complex stands out against the Aoyama skyline. The building was completed in 2009, designed by the architectural firm of Sakakura Associates.
Two Rooms Bar - Bar: Omotesando
[Open 11:30am-2am daily.]
Although it's only located on the fifth-floor level, the big outdoor terrace at Two Rooms offers a lovely unobstructed view north looking out over Harajuku, with the skyscrapers of Shinjuku in the distance. Choose from well-made cocktails or any of...
Spiral Building - Notable building: Omotesando
Pritzker Prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki designed this Aoyama landmark, which was completed in 1985. There is an excellent design shop on the second floor.
Fai - Club: Omotesando
[Open 11pm-5am daily.]
A multi-level club that hosts a diverse range of music, including house, Latin and jazz events.
Blue Note - Jazz club: Omotesando
[Open 5:30pm-1am daily.]
The venue of choice for top jazz and R&B acts from overseas.
Body and Soul - Jazz club: Omotesando
[Open 7pm-12:30am. Closed Sundays.]
A small, intimate venue for live jazz.
Fukui Minami Aoyama 291 - Retail: Omotesando
[Open 11am-9pm daily.]
Unlike most prefectural antenna shops, this spacious, attractively appointed store specializes in local handicrafts more than food and drink, and it's well worth visiting just for its pottery selection. You'll also find beautiful glassware, paper...
Nezu Museum - Art museum: Omotesando
[Open 10am-5pm (enter until 4:30pm). Closed Mondays.]
Pre-modern art from Japan, China, and other Asian countries is the focus of the collection here, with some 7000 items including painting and sculpture, calligraphy, ceramics and lacquerware. The stunning building was designed by architect Kengo...
Kotori Cafe - Bird cafe: Omotesando
[Open 11am-7pm daily.]
This unusual cafe is populated by a diverse flock of parrots, parakeets and cockatoos for your bird-watching enjoyment. If you're especially adventurous and want to make friends with a bird or two, after you've finished your coffee or tea you can...
Prada - Notable building: Omotesando
[Open 11am-8pm daily.]
The striking lozenge-shaped glass panels that make up the facade of the Prada building are varyingly concave, convex and flat in curvature, resulting in ever-changing visual impressions as you move around the interior or exterior. The building...
Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum - Art museum: Omotesando
[Open 10am-6pm (enter until 5:30pm). Closed Tuesdays.]
The artist and sculptor Taro Okamoto is known for his iconic, cartoonish and somewhat surrealist large-scale public sculptures. The museum occupies the space that he used as a studio and residence for fifty years, until his death in 1996. Upstairs...
Shimada Yosho - Bookstore: Omotesando
[Open 11am-8pm daily.]
Despite its ultra-fashionable location nestled among high-priced clothing shops, Shimada feels like a comfortable, old-style browsing bookstore, with narrow aisles and towering shelves piled high with gorgeous large-format coffee-table-suitable...

Aoyama 1-chome

Japan Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square - Retail: Aoyama 1-chome
[Open 11am-7pm daily.]
The Traditional Craft Center in Aoyama offers handy one-stop shopping for a range of Japanese crafts. It's all here and it's all for sale - from pottery, lacquerware and carving knives for your everyday needs to more esoteric washi (paper...

Harajuku

Bengal Cat's Forest - Cat cafe: Harajuku
[Open 10:30am-7pm daily.]
Exotic-looking, leopard-patterned Bengal cats have been some of the more outgoing and feisty felines we've run across in our research, and this cafe devoted entirely to Bengals is noticeably more lively than your average cat cafe. The medium-size...
Mocha Takeshita-dori - Cat cafe: Harajuku
[Open 10am-8pm (last entry 7:30pm) daily.]
This second Harajuku outlet of the popular cat-cafe chain is one of the only branches that allows young children, so it tends to be popular with younger visitors and their families as well as the usual crowd of cat fanciers. It has a very relaxed...
Omotesando Hills - Shopping complex: Harajuku
This very stylish seven-story shopping and restaurant complex features mostly small boutiques and luxury brands. The structure was designed by architect Tadao Ando and completed in 2006.
Tod's Omotesando - Notable building: Harajuku
The curving, organic-looking shapes of the glass and concrete facade of Tod's are inspired by the zelkova trees that line the Omotesando boulevard. The building was designed by architect Toyo Ito and was completed in 2004.
GYRE - Notable building: Harajuku
Echoing the spiral forms of Fumihiko Maki's Spiral Building and Tadao Ando's Omotesando Hills nearby, the design of this shopping complex is based on the concept of five boxes stacked on top of each other and rotated around a central core, forming a...
Eye of Gyre - Art gallery: Harajuku
[Open 11am-8pm daily.]
This small two-room gallery located next to the MOMA Store specializes in contemporary Japanese art, and it's generally worth checking out if you happen to be passing by.
MoMA Design Store - Retail: Harajuku
[Open 11am-8pm daily.]
More than 1800 very tasteful items are stocked at this museum shop from the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Everything from stylish lamps to clever wristwatches to stationery and kitchenware. The selection also includes a number of items...
Tintin Shop - Retail: Harajuku
[Open 11:30am-7pm daily.]
A well-stocked shop devoted to the beloved Belgian comic-book hero and his dog, Snowy.
Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku - Shopping complex: Harajuku
[Open 8am-11:30pm daily.]
Yes, Tokyu Plaza is yet another multi-story shopping center in a city full of them, but this one is worth knowing about for the lovely sixth-floor rooftop terrace area that looks out over Harajuku. The spacious terrace area, the sixth-floor coffee...
LaForet - Shopping complex: Harajuku
[Open 11am-8pm daily.]
One of Harajuku's most famous shopping destinations, this six-story building is crammed with tiny boutiques representing various current fashion trends. The top-floor museum hosts regular exhibitions of contemporary art.
Ota Memorial Museum of Art - Art museum: Harajuku
[Open 10:30am-5:30pm. Closed Mondays.]
Specializing in ukiyoe (woodblock prints), this three-story museum puts together thematic exhibitions every month showcasing portions of their collection of 12,000 woodblock prints. Around half the prints on display any given month have...
Gallerie Le Monde - Art gallery: Harajuku
[Open noon-8pm (Sun -5pm). Closed Mondays.]
This compact Harajuku gallery is devoted to showcasing the work of Japanese illustrators, and there are generally fresh new shows every week. Much of the work is quite affordably priced, and there are usually postcards and other goods for sale as...
Yoyogi Park - Park/garden: Harajuku
[Open summer 5am-8pm; winter 5am-5pm daily.]
This sprawling park next to Harajuku station (and adjacent to Meiji Jingu shrine) draws a big, diverse crowd on Sundays, but is much quieter during the week.
Meiji Jingu - Shrine: Harajuku
[Open sunrise to sunset daily.]
One of Tokyo's major tourist destinations, Meiji Shrine is especially popular at New Year's, drawing more than three million visitors during the first three days of January. (The main New Year's Day ritual is held at 7am on January 1.) Other...
Yoyogi National Gymnasium - Notable building: Harajuku
Designed by architect Kenzo Tange, this elegant structure, with its dramatically sweeping profile, has become an iconic work of modern architecture. It was completed in 1964, built specifically for the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Mocha - Cat cafe: Harajuku
[Open 10am-8pm (last entry 7:30pm) daily.]
With its prime location overlooking JR Harajuku station, this newest branch of the Mocha cafe chain packs in the crowds, including a good number of overseas tourists. The playroom is fairly compact, but there's plenty of comfortable seating and a...
Line Friends Store - Retail: Harajuku
[Open 11am-9pm (Sat, Sun 10-9) daily.]
Cartoon bears are of course an important part of daily life in Japan, and the most ubiquitous of these is probably Brown, the salmon-loving mascot of LINE, Japan's (and Asia's) most popular instant-messaging service, with 700 million users...
Design Festa Gallery - Art gallery: Harajuku
[Open 11am-8pm daily.]
Sprouting out of the backstreets of Harajuku like some bargain-basement Pompidou Centre is the Design Festa Gallery. If not Tokyo's most avant-garde art space, the gallery - an offshoot of Design Festa (Japan's biggest art and design event, held...
Vacant - Art gallery: Harajuku
[Open 1-8pm. Closed Mondays.]
Exhibitions here vary widely in content, but tend toward the edgy, underground end of the spectrum. The space is also used for live music and other events. On the ground floor is a bar-cafe with a vegetarian menu and a big shop area selling...
Castle of Owls - Bird cafe: Harajuku
[Open 11am-8pm (last entrance 7pm) daily.]
The star attraction at the new branch of Castle of Owls, which opened in Harajuku on September 2015, is a little owl called Bolt. After his lunch of raw quail meat, Bolt likes to take a little siesta. Unlike the other owls who sleep standing on one...
Tokyo Snake Center - Animal cafe: Harajuku
[Open 11am-8pm. Closed Tuesdays.]
You can get a milk snake to go with your iced coffee and cake at Tokyo Snake Center, a new animal cafe in the young fashion district of Harajuku, Tokyo, that opened in August 2015. As you enter, you'll find a dozen colorful snakes in clear...
Ra.a.g.f - Rabbit cafe: Harajuku
[Open noon-7:30pm (last entry 7pm; weekends 11am-8pm). Closed Fridays.]
Visitors are encouraged to pet, play with and feed the dozen or so rabbits "on staff" at this small backstreet cafe. Several different breeds are represented, and most of them seem to be quite lively (especially compared to typical residents of a...