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Cat Street

Tokyo

Japan

Contributed by 
Karin Tanabe
Project for Public Spaces
 on 
January 10, 2005
December 14, 2017

A pedestrian street that links two of Tokyo's most vibrant and artistic neighborhoods.

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

This pedestrian street with a bohemian feel links Shibuya and Harajuku, two of Tokyo's most vibrant and artistic areas. Everyone knows it as Cat Street, though that is not the official name. Flanked by design shops, street vendors, and artistsÍ studios, the street attracts TokyoÍs youth generation--there are very young and very artsy people everywhere. You will find the real Japanese youth here, not the stereotype, yet when tourists find Cat Street they fall in love with it too. It is Tokyo at its best.

Access & Linkages

Cat Street links two of the city's most interesting areas while allowing pedestrians to avoid battling the Tokyo traffic. Visually, the area is a bit hidden, but that makes it a gem to find.

Comfort & Image

Cat Street makes an amazing first impression. Local color shines through everywhere. It has a very bohemian feel and is comfortable to stroll along.

Uses & Activities

There are artists, street vendors, even a small playground for children.

Sociability

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History & Background

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