Harajuku Travel Guide

  • The Shrine's Real Treasure, Lush Evergreen Forest
    The Shrine's Real Treasure, Lush...
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  • A Turtle Stone near the North Pond
    A Turtle Stone near the North Pond
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  • Gyoen Garden in Meiji Shrine
    Gyoen Garden in Meiji Shrine
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Harajuku Things to Do

  • Meiji Shrine 3: Main Shrine Buildings

    Whatever walkways(Southern, Northern and Western) you take, you will see a huge wooden Torii gate to enter the central Shrine area. If you come from Harajuku by walking along Southern Walkway(Approach) , you will see a wooden torii gate and huge wooden gate. Huge Two-Storied Wooden gate behind a torii gate is called Minami Shinmon built in 1921....

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  • Meiji Shrine 2: Gyoen Garden

    When you walk along the South Walkway, you may see the entrance of the Japanese garden open only in June during Iris season. To enter the garden during off-season, however, you have to cross the huge Torii Gate leading to Main Shrine buildings. Then you will find the entrance and are asked to donate 500 yen for maintenance. Gyoen garden is a lot...

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  • Meiji Shrine 1: Major Walkways

    Meiji Jingu Shrine is really huge. There are three walkways to get to the Main Shrine Buildings. 1 Minami Sando, (Southern Approach, South Walkway)Minami Sando, south walkway to the main shrine buildings is by far the most popular walkway. It extends from Sangubashi bridge near JR Harajuku station. There is a huge wooden Torii gate leading to the...

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  • Yoyogi Park

    The park at the former site of Washington Heights during post-war occupation period, is the fourth largest park (54 ha) in 23-ward area of Tokyo Metropolis. Meiji Government acquired the Yoyogi area in 1909 and made it into the military parading ground. The pine tree which witnessed the military parade reviewed by Emperor Mutsuhito(Emperor Meiji)...

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  • Omote Sando

    the champs elysees of Tokyo, luxury shopping galoreJapan's Champs Elysees! if takeshita dori street which lies 200 meters away from Omotesando and is parallel to it is the funky teenage shopping heaven, Omotesando is the Center of Luxe in the Shibuya district (yes, harajuku is part of Shibuya ok!). Omotesando is broad, tree-lined avenue leading...

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  • Takeshita Dori Street

    the 500 meter long shopping arcade for japanese kawaii teens. the teeny booper street famous around the world for japanese teenage fashion and the goth subculture unfortunately when I was here was a weekday so I saw no goth characters. In order to experience the teenage culture at its most extreme or the Goths, visit Harajuku on a Sunday, when many...

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  • Meiji Jingu (Meiji Shrine)

    (last date visited - June 12, 2007)Meiji Jingu (Meiji Shrine)Open Hours5.40am-5.20pm (spring & autumn)4am-5pm (summer)6am-5pm (winter)no entrance fee

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  • Yoyogi Park

    Yoyogi Park is one of the most famous parks in Tokyo and is conveniently located next to the Meiji Shrine and Harajuku shopping area. Many locals like to relax at this park and there are a few wonderful fountains here with impressive water display. The rose garden here is also impressive and you should visit this park together with Meiji Shrine and...

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  • Meiji Shrine

    The Meiji Shrine is a beautiful and historical shrine nestled among tranquil garden landscape at Harajuku. The entrance of the shrine is conveniently located near to the Harajuku sub-way station and admission is free. This is a must visit if you are in Tokyo and more photos are at the travelogue section of the VT page for you to enjoy.

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Harajuku Restaurants

  • A Cafe Restaurant At South Walkway...

    On a hot summer day and you might want to have some drinks before entering large Meiji Shrine grounds. Then this cafe restaurant run by Meiji Shrine Bunkakan might be a perfect place. This restaurant boasts the great views of the shrine forest from the window. During summer season, visitors often order ice creams. I ordered Perrier for 200 yen.

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  • Asian Food

    This restaurant is a part of a popular chain of restaurants that are in Tokyo and Osaka.The food is mainly asian and the prices are quite reasonable (for Japan).

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  • also famous for Harajuku Crepes

    the rival of Angel's Heart Dessert cafe. the wold famous Harajuku Crepes was first made by marion's crepes in 1976 they claimed. (marions's crepes are more popular with tourists while the nearby Angel's Heart is more popular with locals). a basic harajuku crepe here in Marion's Crepes with just the cream filling is 350 yen and it goes up in price...

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  • famous Harajuku Crepes

    the famous harajuku crepes! although Harajuku Crepes were originally made by the nearby Marion's Crepes, this Store is more popular to the Japanese Teens and the Marion's Crepes more popular with tourists. the wondrous harajuku crepes, very filling! It originated in the 1970's as a snack to japanese teens shopping in Harajuku for long hours and...

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  • Great Sake

    Great sake and excellent food is what you get if you take the effort to find this out of the way Japanese sake restaurant, just outside the Shibuya drag. The atmosphere is tops and staff is playful. They’re sake selection is superb, to say the least, with 18 top sakes from around Japan in stock. The food is really good as well. Very heavy on fish,...

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  • The tantanme is to dai for!

    This ramen restaurant is great little gem hidden away from Shibuya. DaiDai cooks up some of the best Tantanme I’ve ever had. If you’re not in the know, tantanme is spicy ramen, usually with pork. The staff doesn’t speak any English. I don’t even think they’re Japanese actually. There is no English on the menu as well. However, there are pictures up...

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Harajuku Transportation

  • Harajuku JR Station

    the main train line going to Harajuku. Tokyo's Harajuku Station, just one station north of Shibuya on the Yamanote Line. The Harajuku Station is in the center of Japan's most extreme teenage cultures and fashion styles, but also offers shopping for grown-ups and some historic sights. The station consists of a single island platform. A temporary...

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  • The JR Yamanote Line to Harajuku

    travelling to harajuku from our hotel in shinagawa via the famed JR Yamamote Line. the JR Yamanote Line is running as a circle and it connects most of Tokyo's major stations and urban centres including the Yûrakuchô area, Shibuya, Shinjuku and Ikebukuro with all but two of its 29 stations connecting with other railway or underground (subway) lines....

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  • Cute train station at Harajuku

    Take the JR Yamanote Line to Harajuku . Stop at the cute train station in the heart of the place. The station is just a stone's throw from Yoyogi Park and the Sushi Restaurant.Bpacker's Harajuku Page

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Harajuku Shopping

  • luxe capital of Japan

    luxury shopping at it's best, this is shibuya's answer to Ginza (yes, Harajuku is part of Shibuya!). Harajuku Shopping then shifts to the very upscale Omotesando, which is a broad, tree-lined avenue leading downhill from the southern end of the JR Harajuku station. This is the other side to Harajuku Fashion and its challenge to Shibuya and Ginza....

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  • Teenage Japanese and Goth Fashion

    it is a teenager shoppers haven and fun way to do girl watching of Kawaii Japanese Girls heheh. The parallel streets of takeshita dori for female teen shopping and omotesando for luxury shopping! they are just 200 meters apart. Shopping in Harajuku starts opposite Harajuku Station, Takeshita-dori is a narrow street packed with young fashionable...

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  • the number 1 100 yen store

    the number one discount store in japan. for those on a budget, these 100 yen shops offers a cheap way to buy japanese goods (but they sell mostly home furnishings and a little bit of japanese trinkets). There are thousands of 100 yen shops across Japan, ranging in size from multi-storey "department stores" to small corners in shopping malls. Market...

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Harajuku Local Customs

  • Kameishi (Turtle Stone)

    Japanese word "Kame" encompasses both tortoises and turtles. Because of the reptile's long life span, both turtles and tortoises have been treasured as the symbols of longevity and prosperity. In Japanese gardens of major shrines and temples, tortoises are often kept as pets. Kameishi is either a set of stones or one large huge stone shaped like a...

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  • Big Traditional Drum

    There is a big traditional drum located at the Meiji Shrine which is rather colourful and impressive. Big traditional drums are rather popular in Eastern Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, China and Mongolia which I have all visited.

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  • Making a wish, traditional style

    It seems that you can make a wish in the Japanese traditional style at the Meiji Shrine and they will put it into wooden plates like the ones in the photo.

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Harajuku Warnings and Dangers

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    Weekend crowd at Harajuku, Tokyo

    by victorwkf Written Oct 7, 2005

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    The weekend crowds at Harajuku can be enormous as many people come here, especially the teenagers. Come during the weekdays if you want less crowd, and keep a lookout for your belongings just in case even though Japan is a very safe country.

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Harajuku Off The Beaten Path

  • There's a charm for Everything

    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

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  • Shinjuku & Ginza

    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.

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Harajuku Sports & Outdoors

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    Some Still Jog under Summer Heat

    by taigaa001 Updated Aug 8, 2013

    Although jogging in Meiji Jingu grounds is prohibited, you can enjoy jogging at Yoyogi Park adjacent to the shrine. Even during heated summer days you may find some people jogging there. They do not follow the fixed circuit, but jog wherever they want. Running on cycling courses, however, is not allowed.

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Harajuku Favorites

  • What Does It Say?

    Meiji Shrine has some information bulltin boards or warning signs or cautions only written in Japanese. Photo #1: It says this garden opens throughout the year. No closing days. That's great.Photo #2: The sign close to the wooden Torii gate leading to South Walkway. It shows three things not allowed in this shrine precincts. 1 No cars or horse...

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  • Kawaii Japanese Teens

    lots of Kawaii and utsukushii japanese teens! there are many cute teenage japanese girls in Harajuku! When you walk down the streets of Japan, especially in a large city like Tokyo, you see girls dressed in things westerners would never wear. Flamboyant colors and shoes so high you wonder how they can stand! But to many of these girls it is the...

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  • Wide and tranquil walkway leading to...

    I enjoyed the wide and tranquil walkway leading to the Meiji Shrine. It gives me a very relaxing feeling and the surrounding trees add to the atmosphere.

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