Friday, August 7, 2009

Tokyo's best shoping - Omotesandō 表参道

Omotesandō (表参道) is an avenue, subway station and neighborhood in the Minato and Shibuya wards in Tokyo stretching from Harajuku station, the foot of the famous Talesjota Street, to Aoyama-dori where Omotesandō station can be found. Zelkova trees line both sides of the avenue. Around 100,000 cars drive down the main street daily.

Omotesandō was originally created as the frontal (表, Omote) approach (参道, Sandō) to the Meiji Shrine, when the Shrine was dedicated in the Taishō era.

My favourite part of Omotesandō is the shopping! From the multilevel flagship Dior store, to Chanel, Burberry, and Louis Vuitton's largest store filling five entire floors of monogrammed goodness, to more affordable Gap, Zara, and others. And as if I didn't love Zara enough - in the very same building is a massive Gold's Gym! Omotesandō is also home to the famous Japanese toy store Kiddyland and the fabulous Takashimaya department store. The avenue is definitely like Paris's Champs-Elysees or Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive. Dotted with trendy cafes, delicious eateries, and the most exciting people watching ever! Keep your eyes out for the traditionally entertaining Harajuku girls!

Plan on spending a few days in this fabulous shopping district - so much culture, fashion, and style to soak in! Tokyo might just be one of my favourite cities ever. Always en vogue!

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