Lotteria, Omotesando Hills and Kiddy Land

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20 Nov 2010
Omotesando Hills in Harajuku, Japan

Omotesando Hills in Harajuku, Japan

This is Omotesando Hils/ Omotesando Dori in Harajuku. Omotesandō is known as one of the foremost ‘architectural showcase’ streets in the world, featuring a multitude of fashion flagship stores designed by internationally renowned architects within a short distance of each other. These include the Louis Vitton store (Jun Aoki, 2002) Prada building (Herzog & de Meuron, 2003), Tod’s (Toyo Ito, 2004), Dior (SANAA, 2004), Omotesandō Hills (Tadao Ando, 2005) and Gyre (MVRDV, 2007), amongst others. It is known as an upscale shopping area featuring several international brand outlets, ranging from Louis Vuitton and Gucci to the more affordable Gap, The Body Shop, Zara, and others. Omotesandō is also home to the famous Japanese toy store Kiddyland (Wikipedia).

We finally come to the foot of Takeshita Dori at about 3:30 in the afternoon. We were famished and we still planned to go to Kiddyland and Oriental Bazaar in Omotesando Hills. We found a Lotteria in the corner of Omotesando and decided to just eat there as we needed to rest our feet and there’s no way we’d look for a better one at this point.

Lotteria in OmotesandoMavis ordered some burgers, chicken, fries and drinks. It wasn’t that great but if you are hungry, it wouldn’t really matter. The chicken is very good though. It’s like eating the “old” KFC recipe, without the greasiness. Much, much better than what KFC serves now. Typically, we usually find a spot, put down your bags and then order but when eating at a small area like this, you order your food, wait for your food and then get seated when your food is ready. We were off at 4:30.

Since it was just the start of Autumn in Tokyo, the Zelkova trees on both sides of Omotesando are just about to turn yellow/orange. We’ll see if we can visit Omotesando again before we leave to see if the Zelkova trees have been totally painted with colors of autumn.

The streets are filled with designer brand shops but our target was Kiddyland. Kiddyland is one of the biggest toy stores in Japan. They had a shop in the main street of Omotesando but they are now renovating it so the moved  to the inner street. While walking towards Kiddyland, we grabbed some Takoyaki!

Takoyaki

Shaved Bonito flakes were "moving"!

Takoyaki

People lined up for these Takoyaki Balls

People were lining up for these Takoyaki Balls that  they had rows of Takoyaki Grillls! People were still lining up by the time we finished our trip to Kiddyland! More details about the Takoyaki later though.

We finally reached Kiddyland before 5 PM. We were greeted with lovely “Kawaii” toys! These were items that you don’t see outside of Japan. You have Hello Kitty dressed in a Cookie Monster and Big Bird costume, exclusive made for Japan Transformers, Totoro and Ponyo toys, Snoopy. Pastel colored Elmos,Star Wars, Barbie Collectors Edition, and more. I was supposed to get a Godzilla figure but decided against it. Xianelle was able to get some Pokemon Gachapon Toys, Mavis got some Hello Kitty Stickers and got a friend of ours a Hello Kitty Stuff toy! We decided to just go home as it was getting late instead of going to Oriental Bazaar.

Enjoy the photos!

Hello Kitty in Cookie Monster Costume

Hello Kitty in Cookie Monster Costume

Tototro, Ponyo and other Ghibli Toys

Totoro, Ponyo and other Ghibli Toys

Pastel colored Elmo

Pastel colored Elmo

Pokemon Plushies

Pokemon Plushies

Godzilla!

Godzilla

Revoltech Transformers!

Revoltech Transformers!

Star Wars figures and toys

Star Wars figures and toys

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