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Must Do and Visit Places in Harajuku Tokyo (Top Secret 2019)

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Published on 20 Dec 2018

by WorldRoamer® Travel Team

Must Do and Visit Places in Harajuku Tokyo (Top Secret 2019)

Nature

Published on 20 Dec 2018

by WorldRoamer® Travel Team

Whether you are a shopper, foodie, or nature lover, we've got you covered. Find out more on where to shop, eat, and things to do in Harajuku, Tokyo.

You've heard about this street in many song lyrics. What exactly should you expect here?

Harajuku sure made a deep impression on many foreigners as it has made a cameo in many song lyrics and even Hollywood movies. Defining Japan’s pop culture is Tokyo’s very own Champs-Elysees. Here’s what you might see there.

Truly Japanese Shopping

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You won’t miss Japanese girls wearing outstanding clothing in bright colours or in dark gothic lolita outfits. Harajuku is full of apparel stores that carry a pop and kawaii vibe. Takeshita Street is the definitive shopping street at Harajuku, with many affordably-priced shops selling fashion items, accessories and general goods. Laforet Harajuku is a shopping complex that's highly popular with teens and young adults. Be sure to check out the official Sailor Moon store on the sub-basement floor! Omotesando Hills is another mall with a collection of Japanese brand boutiques. If you want to know what’s in trend, take a walk around this mall. If you just want to grab some cheap goods for ¥100, visit Daiso. You’ll be surprised at what you can find for that price! Want a souvenir or some finely handmade craft? Oriental Bazaar sits in Harajuku with a shrine-like exterior, bringing you traditional Japanese products. How about some cutesy stuff to embrace the kawaii-dom? Go to Kiddy Land and you’ll find yourself amongst anime merchandise that you’ll want to bring home. Whether it’s Doraemon, Hello Kitty or Snoopy, they’ll have something for you.

Laforet Harajuku
Address: 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 9:00pm daily
Tel: +81 3 3475 0411 (11:00pm to 9:00pm)
Website: Laforet Harajuku

Omotesando Hills
Address: Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae 4-12-10
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat, 11:00am to 9:00pm; Sun, 11:00am to 8:00pm
Tel: +81 3 3497 0310
Website: Omotesando Hills

Oriental Bazaar
Address: Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingu-mae 5-9-13
Opening Hours: Fri to Wed, 10:00am to 7:00pm; Closed on Thu
Tel: +81 3 3400 3933
Website: Oriental Bazaar

Daiso Harajuku
Address: Village 107, 1-19-24 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Opening Hours: 10:00am to 9:00pm daily
Tel: +81 3 5775 9641
Website: Daiso Harajuku

Kiddy Land
Address: Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingu-mae 6-1-9
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri, 11:00am to 9:00pm; Sat, Sun & Holidays, 10:30am to 9:00pm
Tel: +81 3 3409 3431
Website: Kiddy Land

More than a cuppa

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You can definitely expect more than a dining experience at Kawaii Monster café. The wacky diner will throw you into a whimsical world with a giant merry-go-round made of desserts and unicorns. And of course your menu includes a colourful rainbow pasta and a poison cake. If you want real, natural cuteness, perhaps you can visit any of the animal cafes with cats, owls and even hedgehogs. Hedgehog Cafe®️ HARRY is where many visit to hold a hedgehog in their palms. The feeling of holding one when they roll up into a ball is said to be good stress therapy. If you’ve never tried Japanese-style fluffy pancakes, you should definitely go to Shiawase no Pancake. Their standard pancake plate is served with rich honey and butter. You can also add chocolate, banana, kiwi, caramel or milk tea for toppings. Who doesn’t love crepes? Breizh Café Creperie has a lovely French atmosphere in lil’ Tokyo where you can sit outside with either a sweet or savoury crepe and cup of coffee.

Hedgehog Cafe®️ HARRY
Address: Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingu-mae 1-13-21, Shanzeru Harajuku Building 2, 4F
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 7:00pm daily
Website: Hedgehog Cafe®️ HARRY

Kawaii Monster Cafe
Address: Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae 4-31‐10 YM Square 4F
Opening Hours:
Tel: +81 3 5413 6142
Website: Kawaii Monster Cafe

Shiawase no Pancake
Address: 4-9-3 Jingumae | Kiyohara Bldg 1F, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
Opening Hours: 9:30am to 6:40pm daily
Tel: +81 3 3746 8888
Website: Shiawase no Pancake

BREIZH Café CRÊPERIE
Address: 3-5-4 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:30am to 11:30pm daily
Tel: +81 3 3478 7855

Art & Culture

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Harajuku is not just all wanton fun and frivolity. The Nezu Museum has a collection of East Asian artwork that includes objects from Japan, China and Korea. There is also a large traditional Japanese garden outside the building. The Ota Memorial Museum of Art exhibits paintings and prints of late Mr Ota Seizo, and his collections consist of more than 10,000 pieces. Talk about being serious with art. If you seek something spiritual, Togo Shrine is a shinto shrine dedicated to Admiral Togo, who defeated the Russian fleet in the Russo-Japanese war in 1905. You’ve certainly heard of meiji milk and its name probably came from the famous Meiji Emperor. He has a shrine dedicated to him and his consort. The grounds of Meiji Shrine are composed of a beautiful, dense forest.

Nezu Museum
Address: 6 Chome-5-1 Minamiaoyama, Minato, Tokyo 107-0062, Japan
Opening Hours: 10:00am to 5:00pm daily
Tel: +81 3 3400 2536
Admission: ¥1300
Website: Nezu Museum

Ota Memorial Museum of Art
Address: 1 Chome-10-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
Opening Hours: 10:30am to 5:30pm daily
Tel: +81 3 3403 0880
Admission: ¥700
Website: Ota Memorial Museum of Art

Meiji Shrine
Address: 1-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-8557, Japan
Opening Hours: 9:00am to 4:30pm daily (until 4:00pm from November to February)
Admission: Free

Togo Shrine
Address: 1 Chome-5-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
Opening Hours: 6:00am to 6:00pm daily
Admission: Free
Tel: +81 3 3403 3591

Nature

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There’s nature at Harajuku too! Yoyogi Park is one of Tokyo’s largest and most pleasant city parks. It has wide lawns, ponds and forested areas. Many Japanese come here to jog and picnic.

Yoyogi Park
Address: 2-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0052, Japan Opening Hours: 5:00am to 8:00pm daily, Facilities are open from 9:00am to 5:00pm

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