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Let me tell you about my favorite places to visit in Omotesando for couples. Omotesando is another luxury shopping area that’s a popular spot for a date. “Omote” means the main or front in English and “sando” signifies a pathway to a shrine. Omotesando-dori is a 1km tree-lined avenue in Harajuku often associated with the famous Champs-Élysées in Paris. My first time in Omotesando I realized that the atmosphere was totally different than other parts of Japan. Yoyogi Park and Meiji Shrine are a must visit if you like to get in touch with nature and enjoy shopping right around the corner.
Things To Do in Omotesando for Couples
Numerous international brand boutiques are featured here such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dior and many others. Omotesando Hills is a trendy mall for couples to visit which opened in early 2006. The building contains over 130 shops and is designed by world famous architect Tadao Ando. The visual architectural structure and angles of the building left an impression on us. Laforet Harajuku is also a major landmark that features more than a hundred stores located at the intersection of Omotesando and Meiji Avenue. It’s known as one of the best places for cutting edge fashion where you can find clothing, jewelry, shoes, handbags and all sorts of fashion accessories. We literally could have spent a few hours here but wanted to explore more of what Omotesando had to give.
My girlfriend and I grabbed a coffee from Anniversaire Café and Restaurant (definitely recommended) and kept exploring. To my surprise it was more relaxing and tranquil than anywhere I’ve been in Shibuya. If you have a sweet tooth you won’t be disappointed in Tokyo. Savoury Japanese sweets and cafes are aplenty in Omotesando with lineups up to an hour long. I’m crazy about their crepes. It’s oh so delicious and not too sweet. So many choices from sweet to salty, strawberries, chocolate, banana or ham and cheese… they’re all scrumptious. After dessert, why not pop into one of the shops to find unique items and souvenirs to take back home? Couples should visit Condomania located a short walk from the station. You guessed it, Condomania is a novelty shop selling everything and anything to do with condoms! You can find hilarious and strange condoms along with items matching your favorite anime characters.
Get in Touch with Nature in Omotesando
Next we ended up at Meiji Jingu Shrine also close by Omotesando station. This shrine was destroyed and rebuilt after the Second World War, dedicated to the Emperor Meiji. A giant 12-meter high gate marks the entrance to the shrine. Once inside there’s a cleansing station for hands and mouth. I made the mistake of drinking the water once; however, it’s supposed to be spat out after rinsing your mouth. Drop yen offerings into the drum then make a prayer. What’s interesting is that my girlfriend told me that the shrine is busy on weekends, catering to numerous marriage ceremonies. Japanese weddings usually involve an elaborate ceremony so you’re lucky if you witness one. Admission is free and open from sunrise to sunset. There’s a café that you should visit located right inside of the entrance.
We strolled along the spacious paths and ended up at Yoyogi Park by Harajuku station. Yoyogi Park is easily one of the largest parks in and around Tokyo. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy it here because it is a great place for picnics, gatherings and also jogging. There was a gathering around a group of musicians in the park so we decided to sit for a while and soak up the sun. We saw plenty of couples walking their dogs in the park and on the street. Harajuku is well known for starting new trends. Could this be a new trend…shopping with your dog?? On your next trip include Omotesando in your travel plans. We did and were definitely not disappointed.