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Harajuku

Harajuku

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528 Reviews
Free admission
1 Jingumae, Tokyo, 107-0061

The Basics

Harajuku’s top sights include Yoyogi Park and Omotesando and Takeshita-dori shopping streets. These areas, where the colorfully presented youth typically hang out, are the best for people-watching and street photography. Also in Harajuku is the Meiji Shrine (Meiji-jingu), Tokyo’s grandest Shinto shrine, which was constructed in 1920. The atmospheric shrine is surrounded by forest and serene gardens and houses a memorial hall dedicated to Emperor Meiji, the man many credit with the modernization of Japan.

Sightseeing tours of Tokyo typically include a stop in Harajuku. If you want something more specialized, your options include walking tours of the area that focus on street fashion, architecture, and even kawaii food, or food with kawaii (cute) presentation—perfect for social media.

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Half-day Kawaii Tour in Harajuku
Half-day Kawaii Tour in Harajuku
$71.75 per adult
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Fun Harajuku tour
This was a really nice introduction to Harajuku. Yuki was a wonderful guide and really tried to adapt the tour to what I was interested in. It was great having her as a guide because she was able to translate Japanese for me so I could just enjoy the places on the itinerary. We visited a lot of unique places and I got to see exactly what I wanted in Harajuku, as well as some other places. i highly recommend taking this tour!
Japan_tourist, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Tokyo

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Harajuku and owl café
Dominique_R, Jan 2021
Half-day Kawaii Tour in Harajuku
Ariko-san was an amazing guide who not only showed me around Harajuku, but also took me to see places in Shibuya. I had an great time trying new foods as well and the owl café was a truly unforgettable experience. Before the tour I was a little unsure about visiting an animal café, but I could see that the owls are well taken care of and very happy at the café. The staff were also very patient in answering all my questions and Ariko kindly translated for me. I recommend this tour.
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Awesome Experience!!
meemares, Nov 2019
Half-day Kawaii Tour in Harajuku
We had a fabulous experience exploring Harajuku with Yumi!! Harajuku is such a funky, fun and unique area that only Tokyo can produce! Our guide Yumi was amazing - she is kind, knowledgeable and very accommodating also sweet with our two young children! She showed us a great time and many locations we would never had found alone. She had a few options and routes which we molded to our timeline and interests! We whole-heartily recommend this tour - Harajuku is one of a kind!!
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Kawaii Tour
angelabartels, Jan 2020
Private Tour - The Origin of Kawaii, Harajuku Pop Culture Tour
The Kawaii tour was so fun! Eric was my guide and he was perfect! He was knowledgeable, kind and easy to talk to. He modified the tour a bit to include even more stops that I would never have found on my own. I highly recommend this tour!
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Colorful highlights of Harajuku!
Mdgrl79, Dec 2019
Half-day Kawaii Tour in Harajuku
My husband & I met our guide, Yoko, at the Harajuku Tourist Information Center. As it turned out, there were only two of us on the tour, so we had a private tour. Yoko walked us down Takeshita St., and we stopped at a few stores along the way, such as Daiso and a cotton candy store. We spent some time at a wonderful cafe called Reissue. The cafe specializes in "latte art," and we were able to give them pictures of our two cats for our lattes. They turned out great! The coffee was a little expensive (about 1100 JPY) and not included in the tour fee, but the extra cost was well worth it! Later on in the tour, we stopped at an owl cafe. The owl cafe was amazing, and also had some other birds, not just owls. We were able to gently pet most of the birds and also hold a few. It was really wild being that close up to such gorgeous birds, all of which were very friendly and so cute! Yoko took many amazing pictures of us during the tour and sent them to us very quickly thereafter. We deeply enjoyed her company and all of the interesting information she provided on the Harajuku area. This was a very fun tour, which we highly recommend - don't miss Harajuku during your visit to Tokyo!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Harajuku is a must-visit for a taste of Japanese youth culture.

  • The area is home to a rainbow of shopping opportunities, as well as many bars and restaurants.

  • Cat Street offers a more sophisticated shopping alternative to Takeshita-dori, and its Tadao Ando–designed Armani Casa building is a must-see for architecture enthusiasts.

  • The sprawling Laforet department store is a good option for getting all of your shopping done under one roof.

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How to Get There

Harajuku is in the southwest of Tokyo, in Shibuya ward. It is served by Meiji-Jingumae metro station on the Chiyoda and Fukutoshin lines, as well as Harajuku station on the JR Yamanote line. Takeshita-dori is in the northern part of Harajuku, and Omotesando is in southern Harajuku.

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When to Get There

Harajuku hums with energy seven days a week, but for the best people-watching get there on a Sunday afternoon, when youngsters gather in and around Yoyogi Park to pose in their outlandish outfits. Yoyogi Park is particularly attractive in spring when the cherry trees are in bloom.

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Street Photography

Outlandishly dressed youngsters flock to Harajuku to be seen. Typically, they will happily pose for photos without expecting payment, but it is always polite to ask first if it is OK to take their photo by saying “Shashin totte mo ii desu ka?”

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