Harajuku & Omote Sando, Tokyo
Just before the entrance to Yoyogi Park, you can see people dressed in outrageous clothing and hairstyles. There were performances by wannabe pop star, 1950s dancing and even a transvetite all dressed up like a doll.
After walking the streets of crazy and funky Shinjuku...you will find yourself at Omotesando Hills. It is considered as the Champs Elysees of Japan... Unfortunately, I did not get to take pictures of some of the buildings.... they were absolutely fabulous... Prada, Dior, Tods, Audi... of cos' the stuff inside these buildings were great too! ;)
This shopping street, Takeshita street is fill with a lot of people from around the world. And near the Harajuku station, on the Sunday afternoon, the cosplay-teenagers will gather here. You can ask them for take a photo.
it's the modern, in fact ultra modern face of tokyo where the teenagers sport anime costumes, high fashion labels such as LV and trendy restaurants are.
best to be here and shop if you have enough cash.
This is a cool place for young teenagers and young at heart individuals to shop, dine and entertain.
You can see extreme teen cultures and fashion statements.
Wander around Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) and its side streets. Wild and young again.
If you are looking for a cozy place to shop, this is the one. It locates at omotensado dori. After scrolling Takeshita Street, you can walk to here. There are lots of renowed apparel shops neary this building.
Harajuku's Takeshita-dori is a remarkable place to witness the weird and wonderful sights of Tokyo youth culture. Wander down this bustling shopping street, a short walk from the Harjuku JR station and you'll see a plethora of memorable sights. The shops may not cater to your taste and your ears will be assaulted by trashy youth music designed to attract the passersby, but it is an experience worth having.
That's right, in fact the folks here want to be oogled at and hence they have really dressed up to catch your attention. On Sundays, head down to Takeshita Street in Harajuku and look out for these famous uniquely (more weird and wonderful too) dressed young people. It's the place to see and to be seen!
On this street, you'll find funky, trendy shops that won't cost an arm and a leg like Ginza. It gets super crowded here so watch out you have been warned.
Just a note, when you take the JR train to Harajuku station, please walk to the end of the station where there is a stairway down. This will take you direct to the entrance of Takeashita Dori street so that you don't have to find your way back again. The other exit seem to go a further way off.
Omote -Sando is an amazing shopping and people watching street. I really loved this area, and found myself coming back again and again. Turn on all of the side streets and you will find such interesting shops and people. Harajuku street is a great street. Every building is unique. I was surprised by the architechture in this area, no skyscrapers, teeny little buildings, all seperate with seperate identities. The shops inside of them look as if they were planned with the buildings they are in. I took many pictures of the architechture around harajuku street. The people watching here is great, as are several cafes in the area. If you love fashion, this is the area for you.
Great place to buy a lot of girly things. There is a lot of shopping in Tokyo, but Harajuku is where you can find the bargains! Jewellery for 10 bucks, purses, same price, and a lot of knock offs. Nearby is the Oriental Bazaar. If you are in desperate need to buy some Japanese souveniors, this is where to shop. I got 99% of my stuff here. Sure it's not really authentic and a little cheezy, but you can get great gifts for a low price.
For a glimpse into Japanese teenage lifestyle and culture, take the JR train to Harajuku station. Upon alighting, cross the main street and look out for the entrance to Takeshita Dori, a narrow pedestrian street where you will find cheap and chic fashions, accessories such as sun-glasses, charm bracelets, earrings, trendy silver toe rings and knick-knacks.
You really cannot miss it - just look out for the crowds of 15-19 year olds streaming out onto the street from the station.
Want to purchase one of those cute short pleated school girl skirts, or a pair of army camoflauge pants, maybe even a gothic housemaid's costume in red and black leather - this is the place you would want to come to!
There are numerous side-streets and shops that are located at street level, at basement level and also on upper floors. Takeshita Dori is certainly popular with the 15-something crowd, and when I was there, there was a documentary or movie being shot (see pics).
Don't miss it!
Visit Harajuku on a Sunday
Sadly Harajuku's glory days are over but on Sundays you can still get a glimpse of pop culture -- young people dressing up in costume (for no particular reason) or just hanging out with their friends. Definitely worth a stroll. Aim to get there late morning, after the kids have arrived and before they've left.
The 'performing' youth are clustered around the station and along the road next to Yoyogi Park. Take a walk down Takeshita Street as well. It is full of shops catering to the young crowd. There are shops selling clothing, baubles, pop star memorabilia, and more. There are also some theme stores such as the Beatles, Coca-Cola and Tobasco stores. If you want a sweet snack, buy a crepe at one of the crepe stands. This street sits in front of the smaller train station entrance near the middle of Harajuku station.
Meiji-Jingu (large shinto shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji) is nearby.
More than any other city, Tokyo blurs the line between culture and consumerism. Many of the city`s retailers are sightseeing attractions in themselves,and windowshopping and people-watching are Tokyo activities par excellence. For both, Harajuku is the place to go.
See: Yoyogi Park with its wildly dressed teenagers. (seperate entry).
Togo Shrine and the teen shopping mecca of Takeshita Dori : (separate entry for Togo shrine)
LaForet : On one of the city`s busiest intersections, this shopping Mecca boasts five floors of stylishly designed, garishly colored, and outrageously clothed immaculate cool. The prices are high, but the people-watching is free. If you`re in town during a sale you`re in for utter madness- rummaging through designer bins, shopclerks dressed as dayglo rabbits beating gongs to attract customers, schoolgirls squabbling over belts and shoes...
The top floor houses a contemporary art gallery and behind the centre is a ukiyo-e (traditional Japanese print) museum .
Continue down Omotesando to Toysworld - see what little character or trinket has caught the city`s imagination that particular month.
Oriental Bazaar is a garish faux-pagoda selling kitschy Orientalia to tourists from Kansas.
On the right, hyper-fashionable Cat Street slopes away towards Shibuya and the odd "dragon museum" (see separate entry).
Back on Omotesando you`ll reach the world`s biggest Loius Vuitton store ((famously, women queued here for two days when it first opened). Dont be surprised to see sightseers taking pictures of themselves with their new hangbags outside!
Keep going, across Aoyama-dori and you`ll hit Comme de Garcon (a swirling high-concept gallery-space of hideous,expensive clothes), Issey Miyake (changing rooms are replica "iron maidens", nailstudded coffins used as medieval torture devices) and then the breathtaking ten storey Parada building - walled entirely in glass and shaped like a crystal. Its architecturally stunning and houses the Prada fashion boutique, a gallery, and expansive views.
An event not to be missed. Every Sunday in Harajuku you will find teens dressed in one-of-a-kind costumes happy to entertain. I assure you, your jaw will drop to the ground. These kids are easily approachable and most know english pretty well. Things don't get started until early afternoon so I recommend checking out the nearby Meiji Jingu Shrine in Yoyogi Park and having brunch before setting out to see the teens.