Postcard from Boutique Japan: Architecture of Omotesando

Konnichiwa!

It’s Andres, from Boutique Japan.

This month’s postcards come from the Omotesando and Aoyama neighborhoods of Tokyo.

Pictured above: Herzog and de Meuron’s iconic Prada Boutique, Aoyama

Situated in western Tokyo—adjacent to the funky and colorful Harajuku district (and very near neon-filled Shibuya, as well)—Omotesando and Aoyama are two of Tokyo’s trendiest neighborhoods.

Pictured above: Miu Miu Aoyama, also by Herzog and de Meuron

Stroll along the Omotesando, one of Tokyo’s most famous boulevards (often called Tokyo’s Champs-Élysées), and you’ll come across buildings designed by world-class architects from Japan and throughout the world – including several Pritzker Prize winners.

Pictured above: Architect Tadao Ando’s Omotesando Hills, Tokyo

Apart from its wealth of architecture, Omotesando and Aoyama are also home to fantastic art (such as the Nezu Museum and Spiral), charming backstreets, boutiques, cafes, and many of Tokyo’s best restaurants.

On pleasant days, Commune 246 is also a fun and youthful place for a casual al fresco bite and drink.

Omotesando is featured in our One Day in Tokyo itinerary, and Aoyama is definitely worth a small detour!

For more great Tokyo neighborhoods, see our post on Tokyo’s best off-the-beaten-path areas.

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Until Next Time!

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Sincerely,

Andres

Andres Zuleta
Founder, Boutique Japan

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