Omotesando, the fashionable street

Hi there! How are you doing? Today, I want to show you around Omotesando, Tokyo. Omotesando is the front approach to Meiji Shrine. (Please check out the article of Meiji Shrine here.) Zelkova trees along side the Main Street are so beautiful and the trees have been there since Taisho Era (1912-1926), however, most of the trees have been vanished because of Tokyo Air Raid in 1945 (World War II).  The trees have been replanted in 1950.

皆さん、こんにちは。今日は東京の表参道散歩をお伝えします。表参道は、その名の通り明治神宮へと続く参道の一つです。(明治神宮の記事はこちらをご覧ください。)表参道のケヤキ並木は美しく大正時代(1912-1926) からありましたが、1945年の東京大空襲により焼失してしまい、現在のケヤキは昭和二十五年(1950年) に植え直されたものです。

Omotesando is believed to be one of the most fashionable streets in Tokyo, and there are flagship shops of world famous fashion brands. If you go to Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku, you can take really photogenic pictures. I recommend you to drop by if you want to take an unique and one of a kind photo.


I also paid a visit to Omotesando Hills that was designed by a world famous architect, Tadao Ando. The shopping mall was so stylish and Ando did a really good job turning  the narrow premises into a layered high fashion building.


This is the exterior of Omotesando Hills.


The logo is so Japanese. However, Omotesando Hills was built after dismantling a legendary apartment, Aoyama Dojunkai Apartment that had so much historical value. I know that there are good enough financial reasons to dismantle the apartment. I fully understand that there are numerous natural disasters in Japan such as earthquakes and heavy rains so that the safety aspect was prioritized. Even though, I personally feel so sad  that we couldn’t conserve the good old architecture. I hope that the public opinion gets more matured to support preserving such a historical and worthwhile architecture.


Omotesando is one of the spots that introduced cafe culture to Japan.


I love spending time at a cafe all by myself, sipping tea and relaxing, writing or reading a book or texting. It’s one of my favorite time and I can’t do without it. And a cafe in Omotesando taught me to spend time like that for the first time when I was 18. I spent my university days in Tokyo, and I learned the rich and personal inner joy by spending time at a cafe. And I assume not few people have the same kind of experience when stepping into their adulthood. Walking around Tokyo and picking up some sentimental memories is not so bad indeed….


***I’m writing this blog for Tokyo Architecture Walking Tour, Showcase Tokyo. If you are an architecture lover, it’s a must to go to Omotesando. There are quite a number of world famous architecture in Omotesando area, and our Showcase bilingual guides who are all national-licensed will give you very informative knowledge and the best hospitality. If you are in love with architectural, academic, and artistic things and culture, I promise you will be satisfied. Go check our website here for further information. Or you can see our Facebook page here.

That’s all for today. Blessings to each one of you!



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