11 Things to Do in Harajuku
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Harajuku Guide & Map
Harajuku is a popular shopping neighborhood in Tokyo that is known as being the hub for Japanese pop culture. It is centered around Harajuku Station and extends down to Omotesando, a more upscale shopping area. In Harajuku, you'll find plenty of fashion boutiques, thrift stores, themed cafes and more. It's a great area to explore, especially on the weekend when Tokyo's youth comes out in full force, dressed up in lolita and decora fashion.
Besides stretches of boutiques and cafes, the largest park in Tokyo is also conveniently located right next to Harajuku Station. We highly recommend checking out this unique neighborhood in central Tokyo that offers plenty of things to do and see. Here are 11 things to do in Harajuku with a map included at the end, so keep scrolling!
Things to Do in Harajuku
1. Explore Yoyogi Park
Yoyogi Park is Tokyo's largest public park and a popular spot for people to escape the city. In the springtime it's a great place for hanami, flower viewing, offering an abundance of cherry blossom trees. The weekends are the busiest but also when street performers come out and strut their stuff. Try to go on a Sunday to see the famous Tokyo Rockabilly Club, dancers who perform to 1950s rock and roll.
Address: 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizonocho, Shibuya 151-0052, Tokyo, Japan
Hours: Open 24 Hours
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2. Make a wish at Meiji Shrine
Meiji Shrine is a Shinto shrine dedicated to the souls of the late Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken. The shrine is surrounded by a lush forest composed of trees donated from different regions of Japan. At the shrine you can purchase an ema, a small wooden plaque, to write down your wishes or prayers which are then hung under a tree to be offered to the Shinto gods. Visiting the shrine is free, but an ema costs 500 yen (~$5 USD). The shrine is currently being restored in time for the upcoming 2020 Olympics, so you may see some construction going on. Learn more about this tranquil spot in Tokyo.
Address: 1-1 Yoyogi Kamizonocho, Shibuya 151-0052, Tokyo, Japan
Hours: Open Daily 5AM - 6PM
3. Take a stroll down Takeshita Street
Takeshita Street is a busy pedestrian shopping street located right next to Harajuku Station and kawaii central. It's a bit narrow and extremely busy at times, but worth checking out at least once during your trip. The street is lined with fashion boutiques and cafes offering plenty of things to see, shop, and eat.
Address: 1 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo, Japan
Hours: Open 24 Hours (shops vary)
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4. Go to the largest Daiso in Tokyo
Daiso is one of Japan's 100 yen shop chains, and the largest Tokyo location is right on Takeshita Street. This location is 3 stories high in addition to a basement level, offering a total of 4 full stories of 100 yen goodies. 100 yen shops are great for purchasing unique Japanese knick-knacks and souvenirs, plus they are extremely budget friendly!
Address: 1-19-24 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo, Japan
Hours: Open Daily 10AM - 9PM
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5. Eat a delicious crepe
Harajuku is known for crepes and there is a section on Takeshita Street dedicated to this street snack. Here you'll find multiple crepe boutiques offering all sorts of sweet and savory crepe variations. Luckily the Japanese often have plastic displays of their food, making it visually easy for you to pick from the countless options. Go for whichever one catches your eye and you shouldn't be disappointed!
Address: 1-6-15 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo, Japan
Hours: Open Daily 10AM - 8PM
6. Try hot and fresh poterico
Poterico is a popular packaged potato stick snack in Japan produced by Calbee. There is a Calbee+ store on Takeshita Street that makes this snack fresh. This was probably one of the best snacks we had in Japan! We highly recommending trying fresh poterico or the fresh chips with chocolate drizzle! If you aren't able to make it to the Calbee+ store, we also recommend the packaged version which is available in almost every Japanese convenience store or market.
Address: 1-16-8 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo, Japan
Hours: Open Daily 10AM - 8PM
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7. Explore the side streets of Harajuku
Once you step away from Takeshita Street, Harajuku is a lot less hectic. The side streets offer more boutique and cafe options but without the crowds, so be sure to do some exploring!
8. Grab a free map from Moshi Moshi Box
Moshi Moshi Box is a tourist information center that provides information about Harajuku and the surrounding Shibuya area. They offer free maps that are extremely helpful and other great services for travelers such as sending packages and exchanging currency. They also have free WiFi and outlets to use!
MOSHI MOSHI BOX
Address: 3-23-5 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo, Japan
Hours: Open Daily 10AM - 6PM
9. Buy character goods from Kiddy Land and LINE
If you're a fan of any Japanese character, chances are you can find it at Kiddy Land, unless you're a LINE app fan then the LINE Friends Store is your best bet. You can find all sorts of character goods such as plushes, figurines, clothing, stationary, etc. Even if you aren't interested in buying anything, these stores are great for window shopping and checking out interesting merchandise.
Address: 6-1-9 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo, Japan
Hours: Open Daily 11AM - 9PM (10:30AM on weekends)
LINE FRIENDS STORE
Address: 4-32-13 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo, Japan
Hours: Open Daily 11AM - 9PM (10AM on weekends)
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10. Check out Tokyu Plaza
Tokyu Plaza is a shopping complex at the intersection of Omotesando and Harajuku. The entrance is beautifully architected (making this spot perfect for pictures) and there is a rooftop terrace on the 6th floor that offers a great view of the surrounding area.
TOKYU PLAZA OMOTESANDO HARAJUKU
Address: 4-30-3 Jingu-mae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo, Japan
Hours: Open Daily 8AM - 11:30PM
11. Grab some gyoza at Harajuku Gyozaro
If you need somewhere to replenish after all that walking and shopping, look no further! Harajuku Gyozaro is a cheap and delicious option offering steamed and fried gyoza and plenty of other sides. Most dishes are only 290 yen (~$2.50 USD) including the gyoza, which is an absolutely steal! Try to avoid the lunch and dinner rush, because this is a popular spot and it gets PACKED.
Address: 6-2-4 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo, Japan
Hours: Open Daily 11:30AM - 4:30AM (11PM on Sunday)
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