Harajuku

Harajuku is the area around the Harajuku Station, between Shibuya and Shinjuku. It is rather easy to get there, as you would just have to get out of the Harajuku station and cross the street. Next, you should find Takeshita street; this will not be difficult, especially because it has a colourful entrance. This is the centre of Harajuku, full of fashion boutiques and cute food stands geared towards the fashion forward youth. Another great thing about this area is the street style. When I was browsing through Japanese magazines in high school, I noticed the may different style of the Japanese youth, and what caught my attention were the Harajuku style. It is a fashion style that originated in the street culture of Tokyo and can be very varied, from purely Gothic, to mixing traditional Japanese and Western clothing.

Harajuku

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Harajuku Station

On this side of the street there is a camera that projects on the screen under ‘Takeshita Street’. If you look closely (on the left), you can see me taking a picture.

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If you are aiming for a different atmosphere, you can go south of this street to Omotesando, the Champs-Elysées of Tokyo, full of luxury fashion shops and restaurants for a more adult clientele. It is amazing how two parallel streets can have such different worlds. It would be perfect place to relax, have some good food and do some shopping, after you have checked out the Yoyogi Park and the Meiji Shrine.

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