Want to pass your driving test? Or perhaps give birth to a healthy bouncy baby? Well, your life borders around the grey edges and if you're definitely not Christian, you can buy one of these charms. They're available at Meiji Jingu Shrine in Yoyogi Park.
Bpacker's Harajuku Page
Actually Shinjuku and Ginza are not "off the beaten path" places, but rather famous shopping areas which you must visit together with Harajuku as there are so many things to see and experience there. More information and photos of Shinjuku and Ginza are at my VT Shinjuku page, so do drop by if you are interested.
Ota Memorial Museum of Art: Noted for Ukiyoe exhibits, Meiji Jingu Gyoen, Japanese Garden in Meiji Shrine with luck-charm well called Kiyomasa-no-Ido. Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Chokokuji...