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Harajuku Area Guide

Central Tokyo > Shibuya Ward > Harajuku

The fashionable districts north-east of Shibuya are difficult to separate into distinct areas because they are all connected by one of the most famous streets in Tokyo: Omotesando Dori.

Harajuku is known for its extreme youth fashion and, more generally, as a mecca for teenagers. Opposite the Takeshita Exit of JR Harajuku Station is Takeshita Dori, a shopping street crammed either side with clothes stores, crepe stalls, and cheap restaurants. Adults are few and far between—this really is a place for the kids who will in a few years opt for Shibuya as their stomping ground. But Takeshita Dori is fun to walk down no matter what your age or interests. Its in-your-face, youths-only attitude is kind of endearing and gives you a good feel for the rebellious side of Japan’s teenagers.

The crowds make their way through Takeshita Dori

Most of the shops are glitzy establishments peddling clothes at a permanent discount, while others cater for a more edgy Japanese street fashion, be that spiked leather boots or cuter-than-cute doll-like attire. Sunday morning is an excellent time to visit as the “cosplay” (costume + play) girls and boys gather around Harajuku Station to show off the latest trends.

A sidestreet in Harajuku off Omotesando Dori

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JR Harajuku Station, one stop from Shibuya on the Yamanote Line.

Things to Do & See in Harajuku