Aoyama and Omotesando have a plethora of dining options, from Kaiseki to Mexican food. For a modern take on one of the greatest Japanese-Western mashups, check out Tokyo Tarako Spaghetti. While the popular join often has a line out the door, it’s certainly worth the wait to find out why. If you’re looking for a Japanese beef experience not found anywhere else, order a roast beef donburi at Roast Beef Ohno. Simple, but melt-in-your mouth delicious.
Possibly one of the best representations of Omotesando would be Kaiten Sushi Ginza Onodera. Taking one of the most world-renowned omakase experiences and spinning it into a conveyor belt sushi experience brings out the neighborhood’s playful classiness that is loved by so many. Much of the menu is seasonal, but be sure to order their uni and special tamagoyaki to finish.
One cannot talk about dining and Aoyama without mentioning Narisawa. With two Michelin stars, Narisawa has been consistently ranked in the World’s top 50 restaurant list. If you are able to get a reservation (and secure the funds!) be prepared to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime meal.
For our Whisky connoisseurs, look no further than the Tokyo Whisky Library. With a binder-menu full of whiskies from around the world, there’s something for everyone. For a classy nightcap with incredible views, head over to Two Rooms Grill and Bar.
Just by walking down Omotesando Boulevard, you’ll pass by stores such as Hermes, Bottega Veneta, Dior and the like. For those who want a more indoor experience, check out Omotesando Hills for a classy mall shopping spree. Off of the main street is where things get a bit more interesting. Turning off onto any alleyway, you will find boutique shops selling vintage shoes, thrift stores, and more. For second-hand designer clothes with reasonable price tags, head to RAGTAG. From shoes to formalwear to sweatshirts, they have it all. For a more classic thrifting experience, check out Kinji Used Clothing. Aesthetically organized and well kept pieces at better prices than you can find anywhere else.
For those who don’t want to go luxury, but aren’t interested in thrifting, Cat Street may be the perfect option. Connecting Shibuya with Harajuku, Cat Street is a winding walkway with plenty of boutique and international brand apparel stores. Here, you’ll find everything from ALLSAINTS to Patagonia.
For perhaps one of the most impressive collections of pre-modern East Asian Art, pay a visit to Nezu Museum. Here you’ll not only enjoy various exhibits of paintings and sculptures, but the space itself. The building, designed by renowned architect Kengo Kuma, looks out onto a beautiful Japanese garden, which is free to access with a museum ticket. For contemporary art lovers, check out Yoku Moku Museum for their wonderful Picasso exhibits while enjoying their famous cookies.
If you have children, Minato City Aoyama Park would be a great place to release some energy. Beautifully kept flowers and baseball fields. For more of a picnic-vibe, Aoyama Park North Section would be the best option for its vast grass patches and shady trees.
Trains: With access to Meiji-Jingumae, Omotesando, and Aoyama Itchome stations, there are plenty of options for train lines, such as the Fukutoshin, Ginza, Hanzomon, and Chiyoda lines.
Buses: Fairly well serviced with direct routes to and from Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Shibuya, and Roppongi.
Taxis: Taxis are very easy to hail once you get on Omotesando Boulevard.