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.
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.
Along with Sensoji in Asakusa, one of Tokyo’s most famous shrines. It was completed in 1920 in dedication to Emperor Meiji, the wide, tree-lined gravel path up is equally beautiful. See here for more details.
Hugely popular and famous park next to Meiji Jingu. The park is free to enter and even has a dedicated cycling track. If you head there on a Sunday you might catch a glimpse of the dancing Elvis impersonators. See here for more details.
Busy shopping street popular with teenagers and a mecca for youth culture more generally. Even if doll costumes aren’t your thing, you should wander this street just for the experience See here for more details.