When I was a teenager I was obsessed with Japan and finding my way to Harajuku. I couldn’t wait for all the things to do in Harajuku. I mean it’s pretty hard not to be tantalized about Harakuju. The anime, the cosplay, the kawaii food stands, the thrift stores and fashion boutiques.. it’s so alluring. It was all so surreal when I first got to see this Japanese culture myself after dreaming about it for years. I went to Harajuku once when I was 18 and finally found myself lucky enough to be back three years later. After being awestruck once I knew when I went back I would need to spend a day and explore all the things to do in Harajuku 🙂
10 Things To Do In Harajuku:
Dress up – Wear cute clothes, nerdy glasses, Lolita dresses.. who cares! I had so much fun exploring Harakuju trying on all the kawaii glasses, anime inspire clothing and stumbling into these cool retro shops.
Go shopping on Takeshita Street – I saved up all my money on the Japan trip just so I could spend it all at Harajuku. I’m not kidding you. Theres so many little trinket shops, vintage stores, sticker places; 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! Like whatttt, you never know what you will stumble upon.
Visit Kiddy Land – Are you an adult in Harakuju? Chances are even you will love this giant Character stores on the streets of Harajuku. I spent hours running around the store like a child high on pop. There are 4 fours to explore and even a fancy evaluator to hasten your adventure. 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 – One of the most unconventional things to do in Harajuku I’ll admit, but seriously how fun! 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 lso beyond I felt like I stumbled into a luxury spa. And I wasn’t even the one getting my haircut! Tea, coffee, magazines, a scalp and shoulder massage and an amazing haircut for $60 Canadian. Extremely fair for the customer service we both received. 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. The original land of cat cafes. You’ll find a few cute cat cafes sprinkled around Harajuku. Stop buy during your shopping experience to rest your feet with a cuddly feline.
Get a crepe – One of my favourite things to do in Harajuku! Harajuku is hands down my favourite place to get a crepe. On Takeshita Street you will find plenty of places to snag this street snack. You can choose from sweet or savoury. It’s amazing in Japan because they usually have little plastic versions of their food on display so you’ll always know what you’ll get.
Grab some pancakes – If you’re not full from crepes go get some pancakes! Harajuku is one of THE places to go to get delicious pancakes. Rainbow Pancake and Hoshino Coffee Shop have some tasty pancakes.
Visit the Meji Shrine – The Meji Shrine is a Shinto shrine dedicated to the late Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken. Visiting the shrine is free but you can purchase and ema, a a small wooden plaque, for 500 yen and write down your wishes.
Go people watching – Last but not least, if you’re not into much shopping or eating sweets or feel like you’ve ran out of things to do in Harajuku, 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.
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