Harajuku Guide - Harajuku Tokyo is a significant fashion and shopping region, famous for its Harajuku Girls and Harajuku fashion. We have Harajuku Pictures and map.
Harajuku is famous for its fashion, but it is also famous for Tokyo's most popular shine, Meiji Jingu shrine, one of the most signficant parks in Tokyo, Yoyogi Park and its sporting venue, Yoyogi National Gymnasium. Harajuku is located in central Tokyo within the special ward of Shibuya. Please use our Harajuku Map to better understand the layout and where the key points of interest are within Harajuku.
HARAJUKU DISTRICT MAP
Omotesando is a broad, tree-lined avenue leading to Meiji Jingu shrine in Harajuku which is part of Shibuya. Omotesando is full of cafes and international brand clothing boutiques along with the up market Omotesando Hills shopping complex.
Meiji Jingu Shrine is one of the most popular shines in Tokyo. Meiji Jingu Shrine is in the middle of large evergreen forest of 120,000 trees which is surprising given it is in Harajuku. Meiji Jingu Shrine was built to enshrine Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken.
HARAJUKU GARDENS and PARKS
HARAJUKU SPORTING VENUES
Yoyogi National Gymnasium is an arena in Yoyogi Park, Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan which is famous for its suspension roof design. It was designed by Kenzo Tange and built between 1961 and 1964 to house swimming and diving events in the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
HARAJUKU TRAIN STATIONS
Accessorize Harajuku is an Accessorize store, a London based fashion and accessories brand which sells bags, jewellery and other fashion accessories, that is between Omotesando and in Takeshita Dori Harajuku.
Burberry Harajuku is one of the Burberry stores, an English fashion brand of clothing, perfumes and accessories, found throughout Japan. Burberry Harajuku is in the very distinctive Japanese Nursing Association Building along the up market and very fashionable Omotesando in Harajuku District of Tokyo.
Bvlgari Harajuku is one of the Bvlgari stores, an Italian jeweler and luxury goods retailer, found throughout Japan. Bvlgari Harajuku is along the up market and very fashionable Omotesando in Harajuku District of Tokyo.
Celine Harajuku is one of the Celine, a French fashion brand which distributes handbags, shoes, ready to wear fashion and accessories, found throughout Japan. Celine Harajuku is along the up market and very fashionable Omotesando in Harajuku District of Tokyo.
Chanel Harajuku is one of the Chanel brand fashion stores in Japan. Chanel Harajuku is one of the many international fashion stores found along the up market and very fashionable Omotesando in Harajuku District of Tokyo.
Chaumet Harajuku is one of the Chaumet, a French brand of watches and jewelry, stores. Chaumet Harajuku is one of the many international fashion stores found along the up market and very fashionable Omotesando in Harajuku District of Tokyo.
Daiso Harajuku is a flagship store for Daiso, Japan's largest chain of 100 Yen (discount) stores, with around 2,500 stores in Japan and over 500 overseas. Since 2004 Daiso has been selling products in multiples of 100 Yen including 200, 300, 400 and 500 Yen. Unlike most other 100 Yen stores Daiso does not sell end of line or seconds. Instead it uses its buying power to deal directly with manufacturers. This store is in Takeshita Dori in Harajuku.
Dior Harajuku (Christian Diro Couture) is one of the Dior, a French fashion brand producing apparel and accessories, stores. Dior Harajuku> is one of the many international fashion brands that have a store along the up market and very fashionable Omotesando in Harajuku District of Tokyo.
Fancl is a skincare, makeup and supplements store in Harajuku.
Gucci is just one of the many international fashion brands that have a store along the up market and very fashionable Omotesando in Harajuku. Gucci has several stores in the prime shopping areas throughout Tokyo.
Lacoste is a French fashion brand which distributes ready to wear fashion, shoes, watches and eye wear, but is particularly famous for it's tennis shirts. This store is along the up market and very fashionable Omotesando in Harajuku.
LaForet Harajuku is seven floor shopping complex mainly geared towards a young, female audience.The LaForet Museum on the top floor hosts various events and exhibitions. La Foret is on Omotesando in Harajuku.
Laura Ashley is a formerly English fashion brand, now own by a Malaysian company, which distributes ready to wear fashion and home furnishing. This store is along the up market and very fashionable Omotesando in Harajuku.
Louis Vuitton is just one of the many international fashion brands that have a store along the up market and very fashionable Omotesando in Harajuku. When Louis Vuitton open this store in 2002 it was their largest store in the world. It occupies 5 floors in this building.
Omotesando Hills (Omotesando) is a very stylish centre that is full of the who's who of the world fashion brands including Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, Porsche Design, Dunhill, Jimmy Choo and Adore.
Oriental Bazaar is a famous souvenir shop which sells T-shirts, kimonos in larger sizes to suit the western customers and English language books on Japanese culture. The Oriental Bazaar is large store covering four floors. The exterior is a very distinctive with faux Chinese temple roof. Oriental Bazaar is on Omotesando in Harajuku.
Snoopy Town is a chain of stores that sell authorized Snoopy and related character merchandise. This store is in Harajuku.
V28 Building is a retail and office building with a very distinctive architectural design. The design features a convex facade from the top of the first floor to the roof line which is interrupted by four protruding sails above the fourth floor. The V28 Building is in Harajuku.
The building known as 4-11-4 Jingumae is a very distinctive piece of Tokyo Architecture along the famous Omotesando in Harajuku. The building currently houses a fashion outlet called Morgan on the ground floor.
Japanese Nursing Association Head Office is the Tokyo head office in Harajuku. Japanese Nursing Association building features a very distinctive and attention grabbing design with a glass and steel cone which starts at ground level and is the enterance. The building was designed by Kisho Kurokawa Architects & Associates and is eight stories high.
HARAJUKU CAFES and FAST FOOD
Lotteria is a Japanese brand of fast food outlets which also has stores in South Korea, Taiwan, China and Vietnam. The first Lotteria store opened in Tokyo in 1972. The Lotteria menu is similar to the major western fast food chains, but with a Japanese twist including items like calamari rings and teriyaki. Lotteria Harajuku is in Harajuku.
Harajuku Fashion normally means the extreme fashions seen on Sunday afternoons on the bridge over the train lines leading to Yoyogi Park and Meiji Jingu from Harajuku station. While some of what the young people are wearing is fashion, the reality is most of what they are wearing is cosplay and in particular many are wearing a subset of this: Gothic Lolita or GothLoli. Essentially the youth who have dressed up are just hanging out with friends, many of them come with the hope of being snapped by one of the many magazine photographers who mingle in the crowd. Failing that there are lots of western tourist happy to take their pictures.
Shinto Japanese Wedding Party - Meiji Jingu shrine Harajuku
Author: Craig Fryer