THINGS TO DO IN HARAJUKU

Harajuku is a great place to wander around on the back streets full of shops, and there are also plenty of eateries and cafes to relax at and people watch. Omotesando-dori street, which runs through the middle of Harajuku, has all the top brand name stores. Harajuku is just a 20 minute walk from Shibuya, and just down the road from Omotesando & Aoyama, so walking between all three is entirely possible.

TAKESHITA-DORI STREETHARAJUKU Map A-1

The teenager street for Tokyo. There are lots of small shops for fashion, quirky goods and crepe shops. The street is narrow and can become very crowded, so take care with small children!

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YOYOGI PARKHARAJUKU Map A-6

The largest public park in Tokyo: fountains, rose gardens, and tree shaded benches. It's a great place to relax and get away from all the bustle. Crowded on sunny weekends, weekdays it is usually quiet.

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MEIJI JINGU SHRINEHARAJUKU Map A-5

Meiji shrine is Tokyo's largest. A 15 minute walk through forest leads to the central part of the shrine, with side pathways for a tea-house and a small lake.

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OMOTESANDO DORI STREETHARAJUKU Map F-5

A kilometer long boulevard of high end and brand shops! Side streets also have shops, and Omotesando Hills is a top end mall.

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EAT A CREPE!HARAJUKU Map C-1

The Harajuku area has many crepe shops - it's almost mandated to do! The crepes are thin pancakes wrapped around a mix of fruits and cream. Most places also have sandwich ingredients too.

ORIENTAL BAZAAR

Probably the best place to get souvenirs in Tokyo, Oriental Bazaar has three floors of various items including kimono, ceramics, antiques and t-shirts too.

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BACK STREET SHOPPING

Harajuku has many narrow back lanes with eclectic places and shops. East of Meiji-dori street, and on both sides of Omotesando dori avenue, is especially full of shops.

TOGO SHRINE

This Shinto shrine was completed in 1940 and is dedicated to Admiral Togo who died in 1934. There is a lake, small bridges, a shrine, and a gift shop selling good luck charms.

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CAT STREETHARAJUKU Map H-6

This back street connecting Harajuku with Shibuya is full of shops, small funky places and various cafes and restaurants. For most of its length there is little traffic, so while it's quickly moving upscale, it still has a quieter atmosphere.

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UKIYO-E OTA MUSEUM OF ART

This small museum has a fine collection of Ukiyo-e and Japanese wood block prints and provides a nice oasis of culture. Regular and special exhibitions. Fee depends on Exhibit but usually around 1000 yen

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KIDDYLAND

If you have kids in tow, you'll probably want to make a stop at this four floored shop dedicated to toys. Dolls, cars, Snoopy, gadgets, models, etc.

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Tourist Map of Harajuku (PDF)!