Kiddy Land is a famous toy store on Omotesando Dori, Harajuku. However, at the time of my visit (September 2011) the store was being rebuilt, so a temporary store was set up, just around the corner in Cat Street. Although not quite as big as the original, there was still certainly enough toys to keep the kids and us adults happy. Our Japanese friends had never even taken their kids there before. How funny is that!
Out the front of the store is a large number of Gashapon machines. Quite unbelievably, it was a bit difficult to find Gashapon machines this trip. On our last visit, there was a big Sega near our hotel that had multitudes of them, but that has been closed down now. Other gaming centres we visited, only had a handful of Gashapons. I find Gashapon toys a good choice to get little gifts for children back home. My son likes to keep inserting the coins until he gets the exact toy he wants. I try to reserve all my 100 yen coins for this purpose.
Well the big kid that I am, had to have a few turns at the Rilakkuma machines.
From memory, there was maybe 3 levels in the temporary store.
This was a range of toys I had never seen before, called "Sentimental Circus" Quite cute, I thought.
I would say that Rilakkuma is even more popular in Japan than Hello Kitty now days. Rilakkuma is probably my favourite character.
Japan always sells so many different versions of characters that are unique- none of these Disney toys are available in Australia.
I really like these Minnies made from floral fabric.
Anything from Studio Ghibli is always going to be popular. All their animations are truly masterpieces in my opinion.
More pics of Kiddy Land next post. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I enjoyed shopping there.