Recently, I’ve noticed something about my closet. The pieces I get most complimented on are clothing items that I bought in Japan. And then I get the question: “But which shop? Maybe I can order it online!” But that’s the beauty of shopping in Japan: You get to buy unique clothes that you can’t find anywhere else. Japan has a LOT of amazing unique brands (that you probably cannot order online either – sorry!). Japan does have international shops like Zara, H&M and Forever21. However, I barely went to those stores. I was only in Japan for a year, so why would I invest in clothing items that I could easily find in my own country or order online?
My favourite place in the world to shop is Harajuku. Harajuku does have the connotation of being a very extreme place with people dressed in rather “special” ways. And yes, of courses I’ve seen Lolita girls and Vaporwave boys, but Harajuku has many different kinds of stores, which is why it probably attracts this huge diverse crowd.
My first time shopping in Harajuku was with one of my best friends that came to visit me from Nara, Hana. She loves Harajuku probably more than I do, therefore she was an amazing (shopping) guide.
The most famous street in Harajuku is Takeshita Dōri (Takeshita Street). This is probably the first street you’ll walk through when getting off at Harajuku station. My favourite shops here are definitely Wego and Kutsushitaya. The first store is a store similar to H&M with a lot of different clothing items and accessories at a reasonable price. The second one is a sock store. Yes, you read that right! A store only for clothing your feet. Kutsushitaya has the cutest collections of socks and I’ve bought A LOT.
Finally, for international stores, you have to go through Takeshita Dōri and go to Meiji Dōri. Here you’ll find your H&M’s and Forever21’s. However, my favourite part of this street are the shopping malls! There is the more famous one, Tokyu Plaza (which is my fave and on the corner of Meiji Dōri and Omotesando), but also one called Laforet. Here they sell and display more designer-like items. I love this place because 1. the store is beautiful and 2. you get to see the most beautiful displays. Of course, everything there is slightly over my student-budget, but it was still very nice to walk around in. However, if you go to the highest floors of the mall, you’ll find stores that are a bit cheaper!
To finish off, one has to go to the Line store. Line is the Japanese equivalent of WhatsApp, a messaging app. This store has a lot of bits and pieces with the Line’s most famous sticker characters. And my favourite part of the store is, of course, the huge bear at the entrance!
PS: Don’t forget to take some mandatory Purikura to commemorate a fun day!
I hope this convinced you to pay a visit to Harajuku if you ever get the chance to go to Japan!
And if you’ve ever been to Harajuku, what was your favourite part??