Just My Travel Notes: Things to do in Tokyo: Harajuku
Located just a short train journey from Shinjuku is the area of Harajuku. Right next door to the serene and peaceful Meiji Shrine is the centre of Japan’s teenage culture and fashion.
The area around Harajuku has a long history dating back to Pre-Edo periods in Japan and has been of significance ever since.
Harajuku now though is probably most famous as a centre for Japanese Teenage/Youth fashion, and embraces a fashion style that is certainly anything but ordinary. Depending on the time of day you visit it is also jam packed with locals and tourists alike.
Whilst it might seem like a place just for younger people it does have some interesting restaurants and provides a unique glimpse of some various sub-cultures within Tokyo.
The two main shopping areas are Takeshita Street and to the south is Omotesando – a treelined street that many places refer to as Tokyo’s answer to the Champs-Elysees. It has more “adult” mature places to shop and perhaps some more mainstream fashion options.
The Harajuku area probably doesn’t have much “traditional” culture left these days but it is still worth a visit to check out some interesting and different views.
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