14 Streets in Tokyo that You Should Definitely Visit Once

Tokyo is the center of Japanese culture – fashion, food, nightlife, art. With a number 1 ranking in population among the world’s urban areas, it’s no wonder the city has so much to offer.

Here is filled with a striking amount of diversity offering some must-see areas for travelers and natives.

1. Takeshita Street

The 360-meter long street is filled with dozens of discount clothing boutiques, cafés and fast food shops. The shops are targeted at mainly Japanese teens.

A unique view is the Harajuku girls, famous Gwen Stefani’s backup dancers who sport Gothic and Lolita-style fashion. Some of the most common shops are clothing stores since Harajuku is known best for its street style.

Address: 1-chome Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours Open: 11:00-20:00; vary by shop
Directions: By train: JR Yamanote Line-Harajyuku Sta(2 min walk), Chiyoda Line Meiji-Jingumae Sta(5 min walk)

2. Omote-sando Avenue

The beauty of this avenue is what makes it such an attractive sight with Zelkova trees lining the pathway. It is the main street used to approach the Meiji Shrine.

Different from Takeshita Street, Omotesando is known for its upscale boutiques and high-class vibe. It also caters to older clientele.

Located along this street is Omotesando Hills which is a unique shopping complex built partially underground. Omotesando is home to the legendary toy-store, Kiddyland.

Address: Jingumae, Shibuya, TOKYO
Hours Open: 11:00-21:00 (stores), 8:30-23:00 (restaurants and cafés) vary by shop
Directions: By train:
(From Shibuya) Tokyo Metro Ginza line to Omotesando Station
(From Shinjuku) Yamanote line to Harajuku, then Chiyoda line to Omotesando Station

3. Cat Street

This area is considered the backstreets of Harajuku, it is the alley that leads to Shibuya. The area displays many unique fashions with its clothing and accessory boutiques.

Cheap eating is a perk of this street; you can find some of the best and most affordable burger shops.

Address: 4-chome to 6-chome Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours Open: 12:00-20:00; may vary by store
Directions: By train: JR Harajuku station (3-minute walk)

4.Aoyama Killer Dori

This street is famous for its fickle fashion and culture. Located along this street is the iconic Watari Museum of Contemporary Art.

Here visitors can buy watches, pop-up post cards, and other knickknacks. Also notable is “Shelf”, a discount bookstore that sells photographs and reading material.

Address: Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours Open: 12:00-20:00; may vary by store
Directions: By foot: Starting at Aoyama Cemetery, cross Aoyama-dori and continue along into the adjacent Jingu-mae area up to the Senjuin intersection.

5. Shibuya Crossing

The famous 4-way intersection outside of Shibuya Station is popular among tourists, displaying colorful images, lights and large electric billboards.

Notable stores located at this intersections are Starbucks, the Tokyo Food Show, and Shibuya 109.

Shibuya 109 is a huge mall that has more than 100 boutiques inside, attracting teens with the latest fashions.

The food shows offers an array of meal choices from fired pork to seaweed wraps. It also offered prepared dishes and grocery items.

Address: Dōgenzaka 1-choume 1, Shibuya, Tokyo
Hours Open: Shops: 10:00-21:00; Restaurants: 11:00-23:00
Directions: By Train: JR Yamanote line to Shibuya Station Hachiko exit

6. Shin-Ohashi Dori

Located in Central Tokyo, Shin-Ohashi Dori is home to the popular Tsukiji Market, which is frequented by both tourists and individuals within Japan.

It is also home to the world’s largest fish market. If you want a chance to participate in the live tuna auction, be sure to get there early!

Here you’ll find a large number of shops selling street snacks to hungry visitors, eager to sample the fresh seafood.

The wholesale areas consist of small stands including seafood wholesale, vegetable and fruit wholesale, and a few restaurants.

Address: Tsukiji, Chuo 104-0045, Tokyo
Hours Open: Typically 5:00-14:00; Wholesale area 9:00
Directions: By foot: Shimbashi Station (15-minute walk), by train: Tokyo Station-Marunouchi Subway Line to Ginza, transfer to Hibiya Subway Line, then to Tsukiji Station

7. Bokutei-dori

This street is known as one of the best places to view the famous Japanese cherry blossoms. There around 1,000 trees viewable along the river.

It can be enjoyed for only one week out of the whole year, making is a must-visit location if you come at the right time. The Bokutei area hosts the Cherry Blossom Festival at the beginning of April.

Address: Bokutei Dori, Tōkyō-to, Japan
Directions: By train: Asakusa Station-Ginza Line (5-minute walk)

8. Mosaic Street

Located between two department stores near Shinjuku Station, Mosaic Street is short but worth you to visit. The street is lined with a few shops, cafés and bars, but what really makes it unique is the lights.

It is one of the best illumination spots in Shinjuku, decorated with soft-colored lights and as well as beautifully lit trees during Christmas.

Address: 1-1-3 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0023, Tokyo
Hours Open: (Lights) 17:00-24:00
Directions: Located between Keio and Odakyu department stores in the Shinjuku ward

9. Nakamise-dori

One of the major tourist spots in Tokyo. It is said to be one of the oldest shopping streets in Japan.

There are dozens of historical stores that line this street selling Japanese-style goods including hair accessories, dolls, art products and more.

When you visit this street you must also see that large Asakusa mural painted on the shutters of the store fronts.

Address: Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
TEL: 03-3644-3350 (Nakamise Hall)
Hours Open: 9:00-19:00
Directions: By train: Asakusa Station-Ginza Line (3-minute walk), Asakusa Station-Tsukuba Express Line (10-minute walk)

10. Chuo-dori

Chuo-dori is Akihabara’s main street. This is one of the areas of Tokyo that epitomizes the otaku culture of today. Some popular stores include Comic Toranoana, which sells mainstream and self-published works.

Also along this street are many maid cafés with waitresses dressed in Western-maid caricature-type costumes. This is a great spot to experience some true Japanese pop culture.

Address: Ginza 4-Chome intersection (Chuo-dori and Harumi-dori)
Hours Open: 10:00-22:00
Directions: Direct exits from Yobashi, Ginza and Shimbashi stations

11. Dempoin-dori

In the Asakusa area of Tokyo, this street is lined with stalls of different sellers. It has changed very little since the end of WWII.

Its historical roots makes this street an attractive destination. Here visitors will find low-priced clothes with distinctive designs.

Address: Asakusa District, Taito Ward, Tokyo, Japan
Hours Open: 10:00-20:00
Directions: Runs diagonal to Nakamise-dori in front of the main temple building

12. Tanuki-dori

This street is lined with 12 Tanuki statues. Tanuki is a composite creature of a raccoon-like dog with shape-shifting powers. The statues are said to bring luck in financial or romantic aspects of one’s life.

On the third Sunday of each month, complimentary food, drinks and events are offered to shoppers in commemoration of the gankake-tanukis (wish-granting Tanuki) which are housed in decorated small shrines along the path.

Address: Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Hours Open: 9:00-20:00
Directions: West of Nakamise-dori

13. Kappabashi-dori

A more unconventional shopping option, Kappabashi-dori is located in Tokyo’s Restaurant Wholesale District. The stores specialize in cooking tools including pans, utensils, crockery, and a variety of other items. There are also many boutiques that sell handmade Japanese pottery.

Address: 3-8-12 Matsugaya, Taito 111-0036, Tokyo
TEL: 03-3844-1225
Hours Open: 9:00-17:00; some stores closed on Sunday
Directions: Tawaramachi Station-Subway Ginza Line

14. Meiji-dori

Meiji Dori is one of the most important shopping streets in Tokyo. Some of the most well-known Japanese department stores and shops are located here.

It runs through central Tokyo connecting several main areas including Ikebukero, Shinjuku, Harajuku, Shibuya and Ebisu.

Address: 2-24-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to, Japan
Hours Open: 9:00-17:00; some stores closed on Sunday
Directions: By train: Shibuya Station-east exit, turn left and walk up towards Harajuku