Culture and fashion smoothly collide in the popularly known neighborhood of Harajuku in Tokyo. This area is known for its kawaii vibe and pop culture craze due to the boutiques, thrift shops, themed cafes, and the bold fashion statements made by the people walking its streets. As a tourist in the area, it was unbelievable to see such a shared love for fashion and cuteness in all its essence.
The typical street of Harajuku is Takeshita Street where you will find loads of shops ranging from clothes to food to random knick knacks. It is especially crowded on the weekends but that does not stop the fun at all. By walking up and down the street you will encounter incredible treats such as crepes, rainbow cotton candy bigger than your head, the cutest cake pops, and even spiropapas (spiralized potato on a stick)! To add on to the deliciousness of the alley, the fashion boutiques and thrift shops are to die for. Other than great shopping spots, the people of Japan are true trendsetters. Make sure to take a stroll around the streets that surround Takeshita for a more personal and quiet experience as well in order to find unique cafes and hidden boutiques. It is truly inspiring to see how the people of Japan use their style to express themselves and create a warm atmosphere filled with an inviting feeling of togetherness and art. As a fashion lover and a foodie, this is the place to go.
A great aspect of Harajuku is that it truly encapsulates the historic side of Japan as well with its beautiful gardens and shrines. By stepping outside the shopping areas you will come across peaceful shrines that will give you the entire Japanese experience. Some stops to consider are the famous Meiji Jingu Shrine, the Togo Shrine, and the Chiyodainari Shrine amongst many others. If you need to take a break from all the noise, taking a break and relaxing at a shrine will do the trick.
1. Totti Candy Bar
– Located in Takeshita Street, this Candy Bar is known for its giant rainbow cotton candy that creates a great photo and tastes great! The shop also has a variety of cake pops that taste incredible and look amazing!
2. Kawaii Monster Cafe
– Kawaii Monster Cafe is a must see in Harajuku. The cafe serves a variety of colorful food and includes a show! A true kawaii experience.
3. Cat Cafe
– The popular cat cafes you see online are a reality in Harajuku. Visit a cat cafe to have a drink accompanied by some furry friends!
4. Togo Shrine
– Very near to Takeshita is the Togo Shrine that features the shrine itself, a beautiful pond, and a small museum. The shrine is great to take a break from the streets. The pond is filled with beautiful koi fish and is a peaceful place to reflect and relax without having to walk far.
5. LINE Friends Shop
– The LINE friends shop is just a block away from the Kawaii Monster Cafe and is a three story store full of cuteness. Come by the store and see the LINE characters in all shapes and forms!
6. Tokyu Plaza
– The Tokyu Plaza features an amazing escalator surrounded by mirrors. Do not miss out on this beautiful view and make your way up to the rooftop for a relaxing spot to relax!