Do you remember that I said Harajuku represents ‘kawaii’ things on my previous article? Haruajuku is a place where you can buy unique and usually extremely cute fashion items as well as enjoy sweets decorated with candy powders. Every single stuff you face in Harajuku will make you feel ‘cute’ and this theme of being kawaii applies to attraction as well.
However, I understand that some people are totally not interested in this kind of kawaii things. Don’t worry. There are other things as well you can enjoy in Harajuku. You can enjoy these activities even in quiet and monotonous atmosphere. In this article, I am going to introduce attractions you can enjoy in Harajuku by two separated sections, which are kawaii and non-kawaii things.
[source : https://livejapan.com/en/in-harajuku/article-a0000718/]
In this amazing district in Tokyo, you can enjoy wide range of food from small snacks to gorgeous meal. We have separated Harajuku to three big categories in previous article, which are Cat street, Takeshita street, and Omotesando. Since each of the street has strong characteristic, especially regarding budget, the information about eatery will be also divided into three categories in this article.
If I have to compare Takeshita street, Cat street, and Omotesando, I would like to say you can enjoy cheap eats in Takeshita street. If you love sweets such as parfait and crepes, here is the perfect place for you. You will find a lot of sweets shops lining up on this road and massive people lining up for having it as well. If you go there in summer you are going to have hard time lining up under super hot weather, but it deserves to do.
[source : https://www.timeout.com/tokyo]
Located near Shibuya, Harajuku is a place where you can enjoy Japanese youth fashion. Similar to Shibuya, a lot of teenagers, young generation, and foreign tourists gather here since small streets in this area are full of fancy restaurants, cafes and clothing stores. It’s walking distance between Harajuku and Shibuya so you can visit these two districts on the same day. In this article, we will focus on introducing shopping streets in Harajuku.
Have you heard of Japanese term ‘gyaru'(or gals)? In 1990s and 2000s it was hard to see the main street of Shibuya without many groups of gyaru. Gyaru fashion is represented by dark tanned skin, bleached harid, super long and decorated nails, and thick makeup. Since its crazy high popularity, a lot of gyaru fashion magazines were generated and some of their models became idols at last. It is hard to deny that gyaru fashion doesn’t exist in Japanese society anymore only because its reduced numbers.
We have checked how to take buses in Japan on previous article and I informed you that I would introduce train and subway systems in Japan. I think most of you who are visiting Tokyo will mainly use train because you can basically go whenever you want by train. It is also possible to move from Tokyo to somewhere else in Japan by trains if you are willing to spend at least 2~3 days only for moving.
Same concept can be applied to trains and subway as well for the usage of trains and subway. Do you remember PASMO and SUICA which are smart transportation cards? Taking trains and subway will become much easier if you have these cards. It will be helpful for you to save time since buying paper tickets from ticket machines requires you to find your destination among uncountable stations and sometimes they don’t even mention the name of station. In this case, you have to find your destination from a big map and check how much it costs. Therefore, having smart cards plays an important role when traveling Japan. Charge and ta pit. Everything will finish with these two actions.
Japan is well known for its expensive transportation fee. If you are from a country where requires you to pay a lot for using public transportation you will not be surprised by Japanese system as well. On the other hand, you will get shocked if you came from a country where you can use transportation with low fee. In some countries, you can transfer from one to another, for instance, from subway to bus, without paying extra charge. However, there is no such concept of free transfer in Japan so that you will have to pay every single time you use subway or bus.
Have you ever heard of Hachiko? Hachiko was a dog who was known worldwide by his remarkable loyalty to owner. Hachiko was a happy dog living with his owner and he always waited for his owner’s coming back at Shibuya station. His owner couldn’t come back anymore from one day because he died, however, Hachiko kept going to Shibuya station and waiting for his owner until he died. It lasted more than 9 years in total.
Even though time has passed a lot and the station itself doesn’t have past features anymore, Hachiko has been remembered by people and highly evaluated. There is a bronze statue of Hachiko in front of Shibuya station. If you go out from the station, you will see many people gathering around there either to take a photo with Hachiko or smoke cigarettes.
A hungry belly has no ears. The good smell of unknown food will stimulate your nose when you walk around Shibuya. And I know, it is hard to resist. Yes, it’s time to eat something! As I described Shibuya as a district where is full of youth and energy, there also are nice and fancy places for having meals.
[source : https://www.shibuyastation.com]
Restaurants for BRUNCH
(1) Bistro Rojiura
[source : https://fr.foursquare.com/v/bistro-rojiura]
If you get a step aside from main street of Shibuya, you will find Bistro Rojiura, which really means backstreet in Japanese. Bistro Rojiura is a modern French restaurant and here operates as a brunch cafe from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.(last order) and as a bistro from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Bistro Rojiura accepts reservation only for dinner time and you will get introduced counter seat if you go there alone.
Have you heard of Shibuya scramble? If you are planning a trip to Tokyo, I guess you may have heard of this. Shibuya is one of the most colorful districts where young people gather in Japan. Everday, teenagers and people in early 20s who are in love with fashion gather here because there are so many unique shops here in Shibuya.
FASHION SHOPPING MALLS
(1) Department Stores : Tokyu, Marui, Takashimaya, Seibu
Just like other department stores in this world, you can find your favorite brand’s clothes or fashion accessories like bags and shoes in these places. But the interesting things is that you can also have a time to look for Japanese brands, which may be hard to see in your own country. Looking around department stores will be the best chance to have window shopping and see how Japanese high brand products look like.