There's Shibuya, which is undergoing dramatic redevelopment, Harajuku, where young people unceasingly reinvent unique pop culture, and Omotesando, with its sophisticated atmosphere and numerous luxury brand stores. This time, we'll take a tour by way of Cat Street and look at the three different cultures of this area of the city. Let's take an exciting stroll along this course where we'll encounter many fascinating stores that will tickle our curiosity and your fashion sense.
Shibuya Station. Hachiko Exit
（JR Yamanote Line, Saikyo Line, Shonan Shinjuku Line etc.
Omote-Sando Station. Exit A3
（Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, Ginza Line, Hanzomon Line）
about 45 mins
Standard time for stopover places
Standard Time of this route
about 4hours 30mins
The illustrated map of this course
Enjoy "Cinematical Stroll" in Tokyo!
Shibuya Station ⇒
From Shibuya, which is currently being redeveloped, to Omotesando, a town where sophisticated adults gather. Walk around this fashionable area that continues to be a showplace for the latest trends.
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Go out from the Hachiko Exit of Shibuya Station
, where there's a statue of Hachiko, the faithful dog, which is well-known as a meeting spot. Cross the scramble intersection in front of you, turn right, and as soon as you go through the railway underpass, you'll see a sign on your left for MIYASHITA PARK
, which was opened after redevelopment of the former Miyashita Park. Here, there's a popular shopping complex, RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK, with the original Shibuyakuritsu Miyashita Park reborn on the rooftop. After taking a look around the PARK, cross the Miyashita Park intersection, go straight down Meiji-dori Avenue, and turn right at the two-way junction. This is where Cat Street
, with its many unique stores, begins. On your way, stop by the popular coffee shop, THE ROASTERY BY NOZY COFFEE, and enjoy a cup of their special coffee. From there, walk straight ahead until you reach Omotesando Avenue, where you'll see Kiddy Land Harajuku
on your left. After having fun looking at the cute characters there, leave the store and turn left, then turn right at the Jingumae Intersection and continue along Meiji-dori Avenue. Pass the Takeshita-guchi intersection and turn right at the two-way junction into a narrow street. Turn right from the flower shop and go straight along the street in front of the avocado restaurant. At the end of this street is the main street of Cat Street Harajuku Side(Ura-Harajuku)
. Stroll through the area lined with vintage clothing stores such as Santonibunnoichi and Flamingo, as well as fashion stores such as the uniquely designed Candy Stripper aimed at the young crowd. Next, pass by the brick walls of the Ralph Lauren store and head back to Omotesando. Turn left and you'll soon find Omotesando Hills
. Once you've had your fill of the adult fashion brand available here, take in the view of the Japanese zelkova trees lining Omotesando Avenue
from the pedestrian bridge in front of the Hills. The fashionable street of Omotesando ends at Omotesando Crossing, where it intersects with Aoyama-dori Avenue. Today, let's head back from the A3 exit of Tokyo Metro Omote-Sando Station
Guide of Drop-in Spots
Shibuya Station Hachiko Exit
From Hachiko Exit of Shibuya Station for JR Yamanote Line・Saikyo Line・Shonan Shinjuku Line, Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line・Ginza Line・Fukutoshin Line, Tokyu Toyoko Line, Denentoshi Line, Keio Inogashira Line.
Shibuya is currently undergoing massive redevelopment around the station. Over the past few years, a number of commercial complexes have sprung up, including Shibuya Stream, Shibuya Scramble Square, and Shibuya Fukuras. This redevelopment project is scheduled to continue until around 2027. At the moment, the area around the station looks like it's under construction, but it'll be interesting to see how Shibuya changes in the future. This time, we'll start from in front of the bronze statue of the faithful dog Hachiko, an unchanging symbol of Shibuya Station.
Hachiko Exit of JR Shibuya station.
A relief of Hachiko on the right wall just outside the Hachiko Exit.
The statue of faithful dog Hachiko, famous as a meeting place.
The square in front of the station. The scramble crossing is right in front.
Shibuya's new cultural spot combining a park, commercial facilities, and a hotel
Opened in July 2020, MIYASHITA PARK is about 330-meter-long, four-story complex built on the former site of the original Miyashita Park along the railroad tracks from Shibuya to Harajuku. In RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK, there are a variety of stores, restaurants and bars on the first three floors, and a park on the top floor. On the Harajuku side, there's a next-generation hotel called sequence MIYASHITA PARK featuring state-of-the-art facilities. This is a new attraction in Shibuya that offers something fun to discover every time you visit.
The sign you see when you go through the railway underpass.
The view of MIYASHITA PARK from the Shibuya side.
High brand stores along Meiji-dori Avenue.
The grand staircase in the center of the building leads to the park on the roof.
RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK
RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK, a commercial facility with about 90 stores, consist of North and South blocks. Fashion brand stores are located on the first floor of the North Block. Stores include Louis Vuitton men's flagship store, KITH's flagship store which appearing in Japan for the first time, and luxury fashion stores such as Gucci and Prada. And on the first floor of the South Block, there's a popular food alley where you can enjoy local specialties from all over Japan. There are also a variety of stores, restaurants and cafes throughout the building. It's a spot that offers entertainment for people of all ages.
The building's atrium feels spacious.
There's a large mural by the escalator.
At Shibuya Yokocho on the first floor of the South Block, you can enjoy specialties from all over Japan.
A bustling RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK with a variety of stores.
RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK
6-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
・Shop 11：00～21：00 ※some shops have own opening time.
3-minute walk from the JR Shibuya Station, Hachiko Exit.
SHIBUYAKURITSU MIYASHITA PARK
About 67 years after its establishment, the original Shibuyakuritsu Miyashita Park has been reborn on the rooftop floor of MIYASHITA PARK. Other features of the 1.27 hectare site include a 1,000 square meter lawn area, a skate park (fee required)and a bouldering wall (fee required). There's also a multi-purpose sports facility with a sand court for the use of groups only. Why not spend some time relaxing in this comfortable public space under a blue sky amidst beautiful greenery?
SHIBUYAKURITSU MIYASHITA PARK, where you can relax on the large lawn.
Take a break and sit on the large compass-shaped object.
Enjoy authentic bouldering (fee required).
A skate park where you can skateboard (fee required).
SHIBUYAKURITSU MIYASHITA PARK
1-26-5 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku
New Year holidays, Facility maintenance day
Bouldering wall ＆ skate park
3-minute walk from the JR Shibuya Station Hachiko Exit.
The road leading from Shibuya to Harajuku, where trendy people gather
Cat Street is a street where a river once flowed, and part of it's called the "Old Shibuya River Promenade". The street runs almost parallel to Meiji-dori Avenue and is divided into the Shibuya side and the Harajuku side separated by Omotesando Avenue. Lined with a variety of exciting stores selling items such as specialty apparel, high-end brand clothing, vintage clothing, and unique cafes, it's a location that attracts crowds of people.
A stylish sign with a cat on it.
A beautiful, eye-catching window display.
A leisurely stroll along the promenade lined with various stores.
Go straight ahead to reach Omotesando.
4〜6, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
5-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line・Fukutoshin Line Meijijingumae <Harajuku> Station 7 Exit.
THE ROASTERY BY NOZY COFFEE
This is a specialty coffee shop on Cat Street. It uses only single-origin coffee beans that are roasted, ground and carefully brewed in the store to create a fragrant, truly blissful a cup of coffee. There are always two types of coffee to choose from. Other popular items are the pastries that go so well with the coffee, craft beer made with espresso, and soft-serve ice cream. The interior is a relaxing space where time passes slowly, perfect for a pit stop during a walk. There's also an open terrace.
The tasteful sign of THE ROASTERY.
A popular coffee shop on Cat Street.
The relaxing space inside.
Take a break with a cup of coffee on the open terrace.
THE ROASTERY BY NOZY COFFEE
5-17-13 Jingumae Shibuya-ku
10:00-19:00 (※Opening time might be changed due to prevention of infection)
5-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line・Fukutoshin Line Meijijingumae<Harajuku> Station 7 exit
KIDDY LAND HARAJUKU
A large selection of familiar characters loved by all generations!
This toy store offers popular character goods and toys, including Tomica die-cast miniature cars, lined up everywhere from the basement to the fourth floor. You'll come across familiar characters such as Snoopy, Miffy, Disney icons, Hello Kitty, and Ghibli characters, as well as the latest trendy characters. Children and adults alike are sure to be fascinated! This is a store where you can forget about time and really enjoy yourself.
Kiddy Land, fun for children and adults alike.
Snoopy Town on the first basement floor is very popular.
A cute Snoopy blanket for ￥3,000
You can't help but smile at Miffy's stuffed toys.
Check out the Disney retro design series.
A bus stop familiar to Totoro fans.
Dolls of the national idols Chibi Maruko-chan and Kojikoji.
The large Rilakkuma doll is a popular photo spot.
KIDDY LAND HARAJUKU
6-1-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
11:00-21:00, Sat・Sun ＆ holidays 10:30-21:00
2-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line・Fukutoshin Line Meijijingumae <Harajuku> Station 4 Exit
Cat Street Harajuku side （Ura-Harajuku）
Ura-Harajuku with its unique stores for young people
Cat Street stretching from Shibuya leads to the inner part of Harajuku across Omotesando Avenue. The area around Cat Street Harajuku side is known as Ura-Harajuku. There are many stores targeting young people here. In the past, fashion goods originating from here were referred to as "Urahara-kei" (Urahara style), and they caused quite boom. Even today, there are still many unique and stylish stores and cafes.
Yuru-chara Cully-chan, a character you can meet around here.
The Cat Street Urahara area has a different atmosphere from Shibuya side.
Full of unique stores.
Popular hat stores and other fashion stores.
There are also used clothing stores with stylish items.
Go up the slope to Omotesando Avenue.
Check out the atrium and spiral slope in the building!
This cultural and commercial facility built on the site of the former Dojunkai Aoyama Apartment complex is a landmark of Omotesando. The 250-meter-long building covers about a fourth of Omotesando and is home to roughly 100 specialty stores. Designed by world-renowned architect Tadao Ando, the building is full of attractions such as the open, comfortable atrium surrounded by a spiral slope that slants at almost the same angle as Omotesando Avenue. The exterior of the building partially recreates the appearance of the old Dojunkai Apartments. Omotesando Hills is a great place for shopping and dining in a comfortable space.
A landmark of Omotesando with 3 floors above ground and 3 below.
Enter Omotesando Hills from here.
Stores lined up along the 700m long spiral slope.
Dojun-kan, a reconstruction of the former Dojun-kai Aoyama Apartments.
The 250-meter-long facade takes up about a quarter of Omotesando Avenue.
The logo is based on the character for the "san" in Omotesando
4-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
2-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line・Ginza Line・Hanzomon Line Omotesando Station A2 Exit
A sophisticated and stylish area with beautiful Japanese zelkova trees
Lined with famous fashion brand stores and stylish commercial facilities from Japan and abroad, Omotesando has been a constant source of the latest trends through the Showa, Heisei and the current Reiwa eras. The avenue is lined with zelkova trees and is often compared to the Champs-Élysées in Paris. In winter, illuminations add an extra touch of beauty to the avenue to the delight of people passing by. And if you're interested in art, there are also many museums and galleries nearby.
The zelkova trees change their appearance with each season.
The overhead view from the pedestrian bridge is also recommended.
A display car at the Ralph Lauren cafe "Ralph's Coffee Omotesando".
Sit on a fence for a short break.
Use Exit A3 of Omote-Sando Station for Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line・Ginza Line・Hanzomon Line
On the way back, take the A3 exit of Omote-Sando Station in front of the intersection. In front of you is the Omotesando Police Box. The large stone lanterns that line the street tell you that this is the approach to the Meiji Jingu Shrine.
Omotesando intersection where Omotesando and Aoyama Avenues intersect.
The stone lantern near the station indicate the approach to Meiji Jingu Shrine.
Our goal is the A3 exit before the intersection.
Tokyo Metro Omotesando Station is served by three lines.