Things to do in Harajuku You can experience the gap between sacred world and a secular world at the same time at Harajuku. Behind Harajuku station, there is a vast forest-like Meiji Shrine, one of the biggest Shinto (indigenous religion of Japan) shrines in Tokyo. As for shopping, you can choose from luxurious Omotesando which is called “Japan’s Champs-Elysees” to reasonably priced shops at Takeshita Street which is always packed with teenagers.

Meiji Shrine(明治神宮)

This is a shrine sacred to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. It was built in 1920. About 100,000 trees were donated at the time of enshrinement from all over the country, and now more than 170,000 trees create forest-like tranquil atmosphere. Up to 3 million visitors come during three days at New Year.

This is the tour which covers Meiji Shrine.


The boulevard lined up with trees offers brand shops, cages and nice restaurants. It is called “Champs-Elysees in Japan”. Omotesando Hills and Tokyu Plaza are especially popular shopping malls.

Takeshita Street(竹下通り)

In this 350m-long street, there are stores containing miscellaneous character and idol goods popular among teens. Boutique Takenoko has been well known for its flashy costumes, and Lady Gaga dropped by during her stay in Tokyo in 2011.
This is the tour which covers Takeshita Street.

Yoyogi Park(代々木公園)

This spacious park has a central square with a beautiful lawn, fountains and bird sanctuaries. Nearby National Yoyogi Stadiums were designed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964.

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