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Harajuku Walking Guide

Wild fashion, wild shopping: a close-up on the over-the-top fashion culture of Japan!
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 6 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview:  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 »

Tips:  Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your camera. Takeshita Street tends to get very, very clogged with pedestrian... more »

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Points of Interest

Your journey in Harajuku begins, naturally at the JR Harajuku station on the Yamanote line. You'll notice that this station is not nearly the sprawling center as some of the other Yamanote line stops, like Shinjuku. On one side of the tracks you'll see the greenery of Yoyogi Park. As you depart the station and head toward Takeshita Street, the... More

2. Harajuku Bridge

The Harajuku Bridge, between Yoyogi Park and Harajuku Station, is usually the best spot to people watch as this is where those involved in the unique Harajuku fashion scene come to show off. Sundays are the most popular day and the most crowded.

Here's a quick Harajuku Fashion 101 lesson.

Gothic Lolita: Victoria-era-inspired French maids. Think... More

After taking in the fashion at the Harajuku Bridge, take a walk around the park itself to get a nice breath of green, fresh air before you head to the crowded streets of Takeshita Street.

For the history buffs, Yoyogi Park was the site of the first aircraft flight in Japan in 1910, and the site of the Washington Heights residence for U.S.... More

This is the main shopping drag of Harajuku's fashion world. A narrow, pedestrian-only street, practically every nook and cranny is filled with things. You can expect this area to be pretty tourist heavy, and the added bonus of that is that some of the store clerks will speak some rudimentary English.

The first time I brought my fashion-forward... More

The final stop after Takeshita Street opens into Omotesando, a wide-laned street with some of the most high-end boutique names around--like Chanel, Prada, Louis Vuitton, etc. Especially after a crowded walk through Takeshita Street, Omotesando can feel like a breath of fresh air, reminding you of the less-crowded streets back home (depending on... More

6. Kiddyland

The best thing about Omotesando, at least for those of us who have kids or who consider ourselves kids at heart, is the gigantic five-floor toy store Kiddyland. Whomever came to visit me in Japan, I would be sure to take them here. Hello Kitty, Nintendo characters, Studio Ghibli characters, unique Japanese toys: This is your paradise for that and... More

7. Lotteria

Despite the high-end shopping to be had here, one of my memories of Omotesando on my first trip to Japan in 2005 involved french fries and a packet of ketchup. I went to to Lotteria, a McDonalds-like fast food chain, right at the major intersection of Omotesando and Meiji street. I wanted to have ketchup with my fries, but didn't know how to ask. ... More