Tokyo Travel: Harajuku

About Harajuku

Harajuku (原宿 in Japanese) is a station located between Shibuya và Shinjuku on the JR Yamanote loop line around central Tokyo. Many people get off the train at Harajuku Station to visit such popular spots as Yoyogi Park, Meiji Shrine & Omotesanbởi, a boulevard of luxury brands & other high-kết thúc shopping experiences.Historically, Harajuku was a post town, which is reflected in the kanji characters that Cosplay its name: “meadow lodging.” But today Harajuku has a completely different, và global, appeal as a birthplace of kawaii (cute) culture.Harajuku is also trang chính to lớn Tokyo’s oldest wooden station building. In June 20trăng tròn, the area surrounding Harajuku Station was updated with shops and restaurants lớn become a ‘A New Stage in Tokyo for Global Culture and Creation.’ This trend-setting Tokyo hotspot is well known for its cuisine, shopping & events.

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How to lớn Get There

Harajuku Station on the JR Yamanote Line is the main access point, but you can also access the area from Meiji-jingumae Station on Tokyo Metro"s Chiyoda và Fukutoshin lines. It takes around 10 minutes khổng lồ walk from Harajuku Station khổng lồ Aoyama or Omotesanvì chưng and trăng tròn minutes lớn the Shibuya area.From Haneda Airport: 50 minutes by train khổng lồ Harajuku Station.From Narita Airport: One hour 40 minutes by train lớn Harajuku Station.From Shinjuku Station: Four minutes on the JR Yamanote Line lớn Harajuku Station.From Tokyo Station: 26 minutes on the JR Yamanote Line to Harajuku Station.

The epicenter of Japanese anime và ‘kawaii’ culture

Even if you have never been to lớn Harajuku, the name may sound familiar thanks to Gwen Stefani’s pop hit “Harajuku Girls.” In Japan, the area is well-known to just about everyone—particularly fashion-conscious teenagers and young adults. In recent years, Japanese pop singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu gained international fame for her Harajuku aesthetic và catchy music. Her tuy vậy “Harajuku Iyahoi,” among mỏi many others, was naturally inspired by Harajuku!

Get to lớn know the world-famous Harajuku street fashion

Harajuku styles range from the dễ thương & casual khổng lồ the extreme. On any given day here, you could run into elegant lolitas in dresses, heavily-pierced goths with long hair, or decora kei enthusiasts wearing colorful wigs. Since Harajuku is the land of free-spirited fashion, you may even run inlớn cosplayers! Though Harajuku’s true heyday of wild fashion may be behind us, there will always be hardcore enthusiasts who carry on Harajuku’s fashion spirit. Why not try dressing up yourself? Whether it"s tops, sweaters, or shirts, visitors can buy all manner of clothing as well as bags, backpacks và other accessories in a range of styles that you aren’t likely to find anywhere else. If you’re looking for a really quality Harajuku experience try a Harajuku makeup or nail salon. Beyond shopping for quality hair clips or changing your hairstyle you might even change your hair color.

Harajuku goth

The area centered on Takeshita Street is a treasure trove sầu of nibịt fashion. The goth look has been around for many years và is still going svào.Decked out in all blaông chồng clothing, the goths of Harajuku form a strong contrast to lớn the colorful ‘kawaii’ looks for which the area is famed. From the vintage-looking gothic lolita to the wild visual-kei goth style, there is a goth subculture for just about any group in Harajuku.


Decora kei

Decora kei fashion couldn’t be farther from the monotone goth style—it’s all about being wild, colorful, và over the top. Decora kei enthusiasts prefer to have as many vibrant & over-the-top accessories (especially hair clips) as possible. Keep an eye out for their rainbow-colored wigs và comfy clothing (lượt thích hoodies & sweatshirts) reminiscent of old-school cartoons. Decora kei may be less visible on the streets of Tokyo these days but its appeal is still strong around the world. Fairy-kei is a new category of the kawaii decora kei subset, featuring lots of soft, flouncy fabrics and pastel colors.

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Harajuku Punk

Harajuku is an evolving ecosystem of global fashion looks, và punk has been a thriving part of that scene for decades. Punk is still represented now, as you will see when you stroll along Takeshita Street.Ripped b& tee shirts, plaid pants, studs, chains, and boots are hallmarks of the Harajuku punk scene. Edgy & anti-conformist!

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Harajuku Boy

It’s not just Harajuku girls who are drawn to lớn the youth fashions that proliferate around Takeshita Street. You will also find plenty here to appeal to lớn the Harajuku boy, including bright pastel colors that sum up the pop appeal of the neighborhood. The rise in popularity of “genderless” fashion that anyone can enjoy, especially among Japanese entertainers, is a direct result of dễ thương Harajuku boys with their modern style!

Harajuku cosplay culture

Harajuku has long been a place where people gather to express their chất lượng fashion sensibilities in a safe and accepting environment. This area is one of the best places in the world to indulge your love sầu of an anime character through cosplay—or simply your wish lớn try on a kimono. You won’t feel out of place in cosplay on Harajuku’s streets, where fashionable dressers wearing all sorts of unique & trending clothing styles are represented—ones that you can’t see anywhere else.In Harajuku, you can see fashion trends emerging before your very eyes. It’s a paradise for both budding & veteran fashion-lovers!



Shop ‘til you drop at the hundreds of stores lining Harajuku’s small streets

Takeshita street

Harajuku’s iconic main street, Takeshita Street, is a must-see on a trip lớn Harajuku. Located just steps from Harajuku Station, this pedestrian paradise is generally packed most days of the year. Here, you can find some large-scale stores like the hundred-yen siêu thị Daiso or drugstores selling makeup, but for the most part, the street is lined with small, quirky shops hawking inexpensive clothes & accessories. Though it may be a bit of a sensory overload, it is a can’t-miss destination that is synonymous with Harajuku itself. As with most anywhere in Harajuku: if the main street is too crowded for your liking, duck down a side street, which is likely khổng lồ be far quieter & have just as many quality & interesting shops.


Cat street

Cat Street is the more grown-up version of Takeshita Street, attracting a slightly older crowd. Located between Shibuya and Harajuku, Cat Street is trang chủ khổng lồ a variety of shops ranging from small upscale boutiques khổng lồ big international brvà stores. On Cat Street, you can find anything from a one-of-a-kind vintage sweater to a pair of high-over designer shoes—but unfortunately, there are no cats lớn be seen here.


Laforet Harajuku, Kiddy L&, & more in Omotesando

Laforet Harajuku is a funky, maze-lượt thích shopping center located across the street from the mirror-lượt thích Tokyu Plaza Omotesanbởi vì Harajuku. Inside, you can find shops by local Tokyo brands right next khổng lồ well-known international boutiques. Give yourself a Harajuku makeover by decking yourself out from top khổng lồ bottom. Men & women can find items lượt thích hoodies, jackets, shirts, & pants here! The fun is all in finding your new favorite stores. Chechồng out the second floor for a variety of dining options.


Kiddy Land is your one-stop shop for merchandise for all sorts of characters. At Kiddy Land, you can find merchandise from both Japanese and foreign franchises. Star Wars sweatshirt? Cheông xã. Hello Kitty hair clips? Chechồng. Poketháng backpack? Check. If you can dream it up, it is likely sold here. You can easily find souvenirs here for all of your friends baông chồng home, or even do some shopping for yourself at Kiddy Land. One of the shop’s top items is stuffed toys of the popular character Rilakkuma.


Harajuku isn’t all kawaii—there’s no shortage of big-name global brands. NIKE mix up its first Tokyo flagship store here in 2009. Other international style icons in Harajuku include Vivienne Westwood & Dior. Even if subculture fashion and kawaii culture isn"t for you, the area is worth a visit for high-end shopping!

Make your friends jealous with Instagram-worthy Harajuku food

If you think all of this shopping might make you hungry, you’re in luck, as Harajuku has plenty of street food & other dining options for hungry shoppers. Traditionally, most Japanese people associate a trip lớn Harajuku with a sweet or savory crepe—chocolate banana is a long-time favorite. In recent years, tapioca or bocha tea has become a huge hit as well. Another new favorite is hattogu, a distant Korean relative sầu of the American corndog, packed with lots of stretchy mozzarella. If you’re after Instagram likes, try some of Harajuku’s rainbow foods, ranging from massive sầu cloud-lượt thích tufts of rainbow cốt tông candy khổng lồ gooey rainbow grilled cheese. No matter which option you over up choosing, Harajuku’s stylish street food is not only great to lớn eat, but also great lớn nói qua on social truyền thông media.

Take a break from shopping at the urban oasis Yoyogi Park

Got too many shopping bags to lớn carry, or have sầu you simply bought too many xinh đẹp & fashionable bags? You deserve sầu a well-earned break, so put your bags in a coin locker & head to lớn Yoyogi Park or Meiji Shrine.At Yoyogi Park, you can generally find anyone from office workers lớn families with children và dogs relaxing in the wide-open green space. Bring a picnic blanket, or use one of the many park benches, and relax and gaze at the clouds, or engage in some excellent people-watching.Meiji Shrine, with its impressive sầu torii gate, is another great place khổng lồ escape the noisy crowds. Once inside the peaceful and quiet shrine grounds, it seems like bustling Harajuku could be miles away.After you’ve sầu recharged your batteries, will you head bachồng khổng lồ Harajuku for more shopping? Or move sầu onkhổng lồ your next destination in Tokyo? The choice is up to you!