Did you memorize the previous places in Shibuya? The key to sightseeing is “go beforehand”, since waiting until the last minute to use the restroom isn’t healthy. This time I’ll introduce facilities in Harajuku, a fashionable area where people dressed in the latest styles come and go among domestic and international fashion brands. Unlike Shibuya, there are many apparel shops and few convenience stores, so it’s quite difficult to find a restroom to use. I want you to be able to take care of business quickly and enjoy a comfortable shopping trip in Harajuku!
* Depending on the time, Laforet HARAJUKU can be very crowded with long wait times, so it’s best to avoid.
This two story Western style wooden building is said to be the oldest wooden station building within the metropolitan area, it will be rebuilt for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, so don’t forget to check it out!
Restroom (1) “Purikura LAND NOA”
Foot traffic: ★★☆ Cleanliness: ★☆☆ HP: https://www.printclub.jp/access/ Address: B1 Floor, 1-7-15 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
There is a restroom in Purikura LAND NOA, a place said to be the holy ground of purikura, located very close to the entrance of Takeshita Street, full of tourists and young people all day long. You can use these facilities easily without having to buy anything like a restaurant. This location has 25 machines, the greatest amount of purikura machines in the metropolitan area. After using the facilities I definitely recommend trying the new purikura machines! These are not common overseas, so try them here and get a taste of cutting-edge technology that will make you question, “Is this me!?”
Restroom (2) ”SoLaDo takeshita-dori”
Foot traffic: ★★☆ Cleanliness: ★★☆ HP: https://www.solado.jp/about_solado.html Address: 1-8-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo, JAPAN
This location is near the exit of Takeshita Street, a favorite place for young people housing popular apparel brands and a food corner. The bright, youthful interior may make it difficult for those who are a little older to enter, but it might also be fun, so gather your courage and have a look!
Another appeal is the small food corner offering a variety of tastes located on the 2nd floor; here you can try Harajuku’s newest food trends.
Restroom (3) “YM Square Harajuku, B1 Floor”
Foot traffic: ★★☆ Cleanliness: ★☆☆ HP: https://www.wakuworking.com/entame0812.html Address: B1 Floor , 4-31 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
There is a restroom on the first floor basement of this building. It may be hard to locate, so look for the used clothing shop, “KINJI”, and you should find it quickly! These facilities are a little hidden and not well known, but don’t get me wrong there is only one stall, so if you have bad luck you may have to wait a few minutes.
Restroom (4) “Tokyu Plaza”
Foot traffic: ★★★ Cleanliness: ★★★ HP: https://omohara.tokyu-plaza.com/ Address: 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Across from Laforet is Tokyu Plaza which has women’s facilities on the 4th floor and men’s on the 5th. One thing to remember here is that there are no restrooms on the other floors, so the chance of waiting in a line is high. After finishing with the restroom go to the Starbucks on the 6th floor where you can sit in the Omohara Forest and relax with a cup of coffee. This location is covered in people on the weekends and surprisingly empty on the weekdays, so give it a try.
Restroom (5) “Design Festa Gallery”
Foot traffic: ★★★ Cleanliness: ★★☆ HP: https://www.designfestagallery.com/about/access Address: 3-20-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
The Design Festa Gallery is located deep in Harajuku, in the maze like back streets or “Ura-hara” as the area is called. I get lost easily, but the building is quite gaudy, so I think it’s easy to find. This is a gallery that holds shows and exhibitions, meant for people to come and go freely, making it easy to use their facilities. The building itself is also a maze, but if you continue to the back there is a café where you can have a nice break!
Restroom (6) “ISHISA Omotesando”
Foot traffic: ☆☆☆ Cleanliness: ★★★ HP: https://www.ishida-watch.com/shop_guide/aoyama/ Address: B1 Floor, 4-25-15 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
ISHIDA Omotesando is a watch shop in the basement of Ralph Lauren Omotesando. I really recommend these facilities as there are many stalls and it’s very clean. Not many people know about this place, so you may not have to wait at all! It may be a little difficult to enter the store, but if you pretend to be shopping it should be OK!
Restroom (7) “OMOTESANDO HILLS”
Foot traffic: ★★★
Address: 4-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
The famous OMOTESANDO HILLS is a popular sightseeing spot about 15 minutes from Harajuku by foot. A chic fashion mall with various shops from high brands to restaurants, the facilities are very clean and comfortable! While shopping here, it’s a good place to use the restroom before moving on to your next destination.
Not only here, but there are public restrooms on the way to Omotesando Station from OMOTESANDO HILLS as well, so it may be good to keep these in mind if there is no line.
This restroom map was introduced over the course of 2 articles, as knowing where the facilities are in an unfamiliar area is very important, so please use this information to your advantage. I will be very happy if these articles assist you in your sightseeing.
Edit & Text: MUGI
A girl living in Tokyo with her spoiled and chubby chi-poo (Chihuahua and poodle mix). I like unique scents and taking walks.