Gothic Lolita, Cosplay, Visual Kei: Do these terms mean anything to you? You can expect to see these fashion trends, and much more, in... more » Yoyogi Park and Harajuku, around Harajuku station. This area is influential enough in fashion to have inspired No Doubt's singer Gwen Stefani, who prominently mentions Harajuku girls in her lyrics, and also has a whole fashion line named Harajuku Lovers.
This station is a stop on the JR Yamanote line near Shibuya and not too far from Shinjuku. This tour consists of walking in Yoyogi Park, which, if you're lucky enough to do on a Sunday when it's most crowded, will be a hands-on lesson in the different forms of Harajuku fashion.
After the park, you'll then go down the main shopping strip called Takeshita Street, where you can find many stores selling trendy clothing and other oddities, geared toward the generally young, trendy crowd of the area. After marveling at the fashion on display around Takeshita Street, you'll head toward Omotesando, a wide street reminiscent of something out of the United States that features upscale shopping boutiques and brands like Chanel and Prada. After Omotesando, you'll head back toward the station and call it a day. Whew! less «