The Colorful and Cute Harajuku!Harajuku is a small area in Shibuya , right next to Shinjuku. You can easily access it with the Yamanote line to Harajuku Station or the Fukutoshin Subway Line to Meiji Jingu Mae Station.
When you leave the Harajuku Station you’ll find yourself at Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street).
Takeshita Dori is the hot spot for young people. Basically it is a narrow shopping street which is always super crowded, especially on the weekend. Since the 1970s, Harajuku and especially the Takeshita Dori became the center for new extraordinary fashion. There are so many various fashion styles, it ranges from the super kawaii Lolita to dark Gothic styles, and of course there are lot styles mixing vintage clothes with modern ones.
It does not matter what style you like, you will definitely find your shop! Like Gothic or Fetish? No problem go to Richärdz or Takenoko. If you like Cosplay or Lolita fashion that is also no problem, Bodyline is right up your dori. Moreover in the side streets you can find several used clothes boutiques.
The prices are reasonable compared to the very pricey Omotesando Street, also in Harajuku. There you find world famous brands and fashion boutiques like Vivienne Westwood or Louis Vuitton.
Usually when you walk around Harajuku you meet a lot of Lolita like dressed girls, designers, artists, cosplayers or models.
If you are hungry and love sweets then is your place! Several crepe shops make you feel you are in the paradise. Also, don’t forget to go to the lovely candy shops. But you should be careful, don’t get a heart attack due to much sweets and Japan’s cuteness. Haha 😄
What else can you see in Harajuku?After you survive the crowded Takeshita Street, you should go to Yoyogi Park and the Meiji Shrine. It is really a good idea after a long shopping tour to take a rest there. Especially in summer the park is a meeting place for musicians and young artists. Just make a picnic with your friends and you will feel super relaxed. Sometimes you can meet rockabilly dancers in the park and can enjoy their dancing skills.
Close to the park you can admire the Yoyogi National Stadium built by Kenzo Tange. The stadium was built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and looks a little bit like a shell.
The Meiji Shrine is one of the most important Shinto shrines in Tokyo. Here you can explore Japan’ s traditional side and learn more about Japanese culture.
Did you know that we also have some houses in Harajuku? See below.
House Name: Harajuku B House, C House and E House
Access: Right outside Harajuku Station on the Yamanote Line