What to buy in Harajuku and Aoyama
There aren’t many neighborhoods where you can suggest specific things to buy, but Harajuku stands out because there are so many shops that have a specific target market in mind. Whether it’s catering to sneakerheads or kawaii-fanatics, you’ll find just about everything you want in the area, all the way up to high-end luxury brands right around the corner from shops for teen girls. Perfect for window shopping, people watching, and getting a glimpse at the fast-moving fashion that makes Tokyo such a vibrant city.
Socks and leg wear
When you always have to take off your shoes you always need to have good-looking socks and leg wear. Japan has tons of these kinds go shops, but especially in Harajuku you’ll find some of the more interesting and cute socks and tights that you won’t get anywhere else.
If you’re looking for rare, vintage, or Japan-only kicks you’ll find more than enough shops in Harajuku to satisfy you. From specialty shops like Kicks Lab to the Nike flagship store, you may just find that rare pair you’ve been looking for, and at pretty decent prices as well.
100 Yen Shop
The Daiso 100 yen shop on Takeshita Street has been there for ages and recently underwent a renovation. You can actually find pretty good souvenirs here, especially for kids, and obviously at the best price in town. Friends back home will be happy with just about anything from Japan, and you’ll be able to find tons of cute and unique items that won’t break the bank.
In and around the backstreets in particular you’ll find shops that sell “zakka”, items for your home life that add functionality and decoration with good design sense. That can mean everything from dinnerware to small objects do decorate a shelf. Perfect for souvenirs and especially if you like a simple Japanese aesthetic.
While you may be able to find a lot of these luxury brands back home, many of them also create Japan-only editions so there’s bound to be something unique if this is a passion of yours. From Dior to Louis Vuitton and through Japanese brands like Issei Miyake, up and down Omotesando Dori is just about every big brand you can think of, housed in beautiful buildings.