When I was a teenager I was obsessed with Japan. Anime, the crazy clothes, the food, everything kawaii, all of it. It all seemed so magical and simple, completely different from where I grew up in Canada. Japan never seemed to have boundaries when it came to street style either, something I had always wished would happen in Canada so I could wear the cute Lolita dresses or cat ears without odd looks or judgement. So when we arrived in Tokyo I knew I had to go back and spend a day in Harajuku.
My top 10 musts to do in Harajuku:
- Dress up! Wear cute clothes, nerdy glasses, who cares! No judgement here.
- Go on a shopping spree. I saved up all my money on the Japan trip just so I could spend it all at Harajuku. Theres so many little trinket shops, vintage stores, sticker places, that you can literally find any style piece your heart desires. My boyfriend found a ring from The Great Frog London in one of the side street vintage stores. Needless to say I was jealous.
- Visit Kiddy Land. I spent an hour running around the store like a child with too much candy. I came out with a Howl’s Moving Castle Frying Pan, Kiki’s Delivery Service Cat and a squishy mini bear! I would have left with more but I only had so much room left in my suitcase. My boyfriend left with a Totoro watering pot for his mom. Cute.
- Get a haircut. Because we were leaving to Thailand the next day my boyfriend decided to get his haircut in Harajuku. We found an amazing salon hidden downstairs between buildings called Watanabe Hair Dressing. Not only will it be cool to say “I got my hair cut in Harajuku.” but the service was lovely. Tea, coffee, magazines, a scalp and shoulder massage and an amazing haircut for $60 Canadian. Extremely fair for the customer service we both received and I didn’t even get my haircut. Communicating wasn’t an issue either as a few of the stylists spoke english quite well. Aaron got his hair done by Kenichi Momoi and I highly recommend.
- Visit a cat cafe. Need I say more?
- Get a crepe. Harajuku is hands down my favourite place to get a crepe. Sweet, savoury, almost anything you can think of they have it. They’re amazing not to mention a perfect walking treat while you shop!
- If you’re not full from crepes go get some pancakes! Harajuku is one of THE places to go to get delicious pancakes.
- Visit the Meji Shrine.
- Explore the side streets. It’s easy to spend a few hours away from the main shops of Harajuku and dive deeper into the surrounding Shibuya area for cool stores and photo opportunities.
- Last but not least, if you’re not into much shopping or eating sweets Harajuku is the perfect place for people watching. Being on of the biggest fashion hotspots you can see it all here. A mix of hardcore punks to pastel goths, kawaii girls, cosplay and gangura, to the most fashionable or the most grunge. People pull out all the stops when going to Harajuku so it’s sure to inspire your creativity for fashion and style ideas.