Omotesandō Hills

Harajuku & Aoyama

This deceptively deep concrete mall (2003), designed by Tadao Ando, spirals around a sunken atrium. Andō’s architecture utilises materials such as concrete to create strong geometric shapes, often drawn from Japan’s traditional architecture.

Omotesandō Hills replaced an ivy-covered pre-WWII apartment building (to considerable protest); the low, horizontal design plays homage to the original structure.

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1. Dior Omote-sandō

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This five-storey glass building (2003) uses clever lighting and acrylic screens to pull off the effortlessly chic look of a breezy tiered skirt. Pritzker…

2. Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo

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On the top floor of Aoki Jun's Louis Vuitton boutique, this light-filled gallery hosts contemporary exhibitions backed by the luxury brand's well-endowed…

3. Louis Vuitton Omote-sandō

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Aoki Jun’s design for Louis Vuitton (2002) features offset panels of tinted glass behind sheets of metal mesh of varying patterns and is, fittingly, meant…

4. Cat Street

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Had enough of the Harajuku crowds? Exit, stage right, for Cat Street, a meandering car-free road with a mishmash of boutiques and a little more breathing…

5. Tod's Omote-sandō

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Pritzker Prize–winner Itō Toyō designed the Tod's boutique (2004). The criss-crossing strips of concrete take their inspiration from the zelkova trees…

6. Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku

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The entrance to this castle-like structure by Nakamura Hiroshi is a dizzying hall of mirrors (which makes for a great photo); there’s a roof garden on top.

7. Omote-sandō


This broad, tree-lined boulevard is lined with boutiques from the top European fashion houses. More interesting are the buildings themselves, designed by…

8. Kawaii Monster Cafe

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Artist and stylist Sebastian Masuda is behind the lurid colours, surrealist installations and other-worldly outfits of this darkly cute cafe. In the…