If you want to catch a glimpse of a world entirely different from the traditional Japanese culture, you must visit Harajuku! One of the most popular destinations in Japan, Harajuku is the epicenter of extreme fashion and culture of the younger generation of Japanese. The area is filled with trendy shops, unique boutiques, and cafés catering to the youth. It is also packed with interesting places to visit and activities to enjoy.
A district in in Shibuya, Tokyo, Harajuku is just a few minutes from the heart of Tokyo. It is an area located around the Harajuku Station. It is often associated with outlandish and bizarre fashion such as the Lolita, Yankil, and Gyaru styles, as well as entertainment icons including Japanese pop bands, Male hosts, Cosplay players, and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, a singer and model who best represents what Harajuku is all about.
If you are traveling with your teenage kids, they will definitely enjoy Harajuku! Takeshita Street must be your first stop. Pamper yourself with explosive colors and trendy fashion as you walk through its street and side streets. Always crowded, the street is aligned with a hodgepodge of shops, offering garish to funky style merchandise. Take a break and have some coffee and pastries in one of its cafes, and people watch! Harajuku is not only about outlandish fashion, entertainment, and shopping, it is where you can also visit sites such as the Meiji Shrine, Togo Shrine, the Ota Memorial Museum of Art, Nezu Museum, and the National Yoyogi Stadium which was built for the 1964 Olympics.
Visit Harajuku and get to know the other side of Japanese culture.