Kinji Used Clothing, Harajuku

Greg Lane

Kinji Used Clothing, Harajuku

Harajuku is famous for its street fashion.  Pop stars Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani and Kimbra all state the influence of Japanese fashion and visit the area when they are in town. A recent trip to the famous Takeshita Dori by Lady Gaga sent the punters mental. With lots of small shops and the expensive La Foret in the area it can all be a bit overwhelming if you’re actually looking to buy something – especially something that fits!

Located down some steps on the right about 50 metres from the Meiji Dori-Omotesando intersection as you head towards Takeshita Dori, Kinji Used Clothing is great simply because it has all the cast offs from the Harajuku kids all in one place – and it’s huge.  I’ve never been described as a fashionista so I’m not particularly worried if I’m wearing last season’s clothes.  With the massive size of the place, I’ve also got the luxury of looking at a whole range of options in my size – which is a rarity in Japan.  Don’t let the ‘used’ thing put you off either – all of the clothes look like they’ve barely been worn.

Kinji has both sexes covered with about one third given over to mens clothing and two thirds dedicated to the women.

A customer browses through clothes at Kinji

Most items in the men’s section were under 1,000yen (I’m guessing roughly the same in the women’s section).  If you go in Autumn or Winter you might find the prices slightly higher as there will be more trousers and jackets on sale.  If your purchases total over 3,000yen, you also have the option of paying by credit card.

Below is my swag – the shorts were 1,260yen and 945yen, while the shirt was 945yen.

My swag from Kinji Used Clothing

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If you need somewhere to relax after you’ve bought lots of clothes for not much, Cafe Kinji across the hallway has a good selection of cheap drinks and meals.


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Name: Kinji Used Clothing
Address: YM Square Building B1, 4-31-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Location(s): Harajuku,
Access: Meijijingu-mae (Chiyoda Line, Fukutoshin Line) and Harajuku (JR)
Link in Japanese
Phone: 03-6406-0505 03-6406-0505
Business hours: 11am - 8pm, 7 days a week.
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6 Responses to “Kinji Used Clothing, Harajuku”

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    Jessica Robins-eads May 24, 2012

    I actually found this spot today, great find! It took me about an hour of wandering the nearby area before I actually found it tucked into the corner across from Topshop, so my only complaint would be to include more details about how to find places..[what it’s next to, a street shot, something like that]. I left with a watch [2,000¥], sunglasses [1,000¥] and two sweaters for under 4,000¥ total! The watch alone would have cost that much somewhere else. There is a LOT of clothing and I highly recommend filing through the racks as much as possible because there are some real gems tucked away amongst the piles. You’re right about the quality- much of it is very nice, though I did find a few frayed items they had someone working on a sewing machine- presumably mending items. The higher end items in the women’s section go up in price [I saw some things around 3,000¥] but still much cheaper than buying brand new. I look forward to checking out more of your finds! 

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    CheapoGreg May 24, 2012

    Hi Jessica, sorry you had trouble finding the place – I was going from memory with my very brief instructions. Also thanks for a female perspective! 🙂  It’s difficult to offer balance on a place like this since I didn’t really explore two thirds of the shop!

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    Usagi4 June 2, 2012

    This shop was a lifesaver, when I went to Japan a few years ago I didn’t realize how cold it was in January, then we went to this store and I found an amazing warm coat for $7. I wore it the while trip and still wear it now!

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    Radondirk August 28, 2014

    I think the location map is wrong.
    Please check their homepage, the real location is close to Omotesando and on the other side of the road.

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      CheapoGreg August 30, 2014

      Thank you so much for pointing that out! It’s one of our older articles so that must have slipped through unnoticed. Now corrected.

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