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Takeshita Dori – A Hip Hang Out

If you want to check out what’s new and hip in Tokyo, take a walk down Takeshita Dori. This ‘back alley’ in the Harajuku neighborhood has a distinctive entrance and is lined with shops, cafes and fast food outlets catering to the young and hip in Tokyo.

The quarter mile long (400 meter) strip is one of the symbols of the Harajuku area and has been know to spawn many fashion trends in Japan. Even if you aren’t hip and young you will enjoy Takeshita Dori for the people watching alone!

The last time I was on Takeshita Dori I saw a mod star wars character posing for photographs, a couple of french maids, and a number of different hair colors on some oddly dressed young people. It was definitely entertaining and the next time I’m in the neighborhood I’ll be sure to check it out again.

Takeshita Dori is located across the street from the Harajuku Station about a block down on the left.

Here’s a good list from Tokyo App of more things to do in Harajuku while you are there.