Harajuku (原宿) 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.
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.
Things to Do
Famous shrine with a beautiful gravel path with trees either side built in dedication to Emperor Meiji for his role in restoring imperial rule to Japan and accelerating its industrialization.
Art museum holding over 14.000 ukiyo-e works, including 12.000 works collected by the late Seizō Ota Ⅴ, a former former president of Tōhō Insurance Company.