Top Things to do and places to visit in Harajuku and around

by RICH

Well-known as a center of youth culture, Harajuku is a leading place for street fashion and a mecca for KAWAII culture. And if you are interested in much more mature places, walking down the streets of Omotesando will be a good choice. Wanna do some other fun outdoor activities? Only 5 minute walk from Harajuku Station to Yoyogi Park is a great place. There are so many fun things to do near Harajuku, let’s check them out!

Takeshita Street

Harajuku’s Takeshita Street has recently been ranked as the most desired place to visit by visitors to Japan. Harajuku continues to broadcast its distinct fashion responsible for the ‘kawaii’ (cute) sub-culture.
Feel like you are in Harajuku and see how Harajuku's Takeshita street TRULY is like in this 360º video:

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Yoyogi Park

Top Things to do and places to visit in Harajuku and around

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After shopping in cute and poppy Harajuku, relax in Yoyogi Park.
An urban park that has been loved for years as a daily resting area for Tokyo citizens which holds concerts and many events. If you’re tired of the city’s hustle and bustle, take a break in this huge park.

Taking it easy just like a Tokyoite   Since Yoyogi Park is close to Harajuku Station, getting there after a round of shopping is simple. Take a break there once your shopping in Harajuku is done. You can take it easy just like a resident of Tokyo by walking among the trees or lying down on the fields of grass. It is the perfect park after feeling the everyday of the metropolis.   Yoyogi Park was once the parade grounds for the Imperial army, and then following World War II, it was used as the US military barracks known as Washington Height...

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Business hours
- Everyday
Phone
03-3485-4090
Price
- Free
Website
en.wikipedia.org

Meiji Jingu Shrine

 

Feel the mystical energy of the Meiji Shrine
Meiji Shrine, located in the Shibuya district in Tokyo, attracts the greatest number of visitors from throughout Japan for hatsumode or the first shrine visit of the New Year. If you happen to be lucky enough on the day of your visit, you could catch a glimpse of a traditional wedding ceremony.

Meiji Jingu Every New Year’s Day on ‘hatsumode’, Meiji Jingu, which is over 700,000 square meters in size, receives around 3 million worshippers, reflecting its ability to attract the greatest amount of visitors in the nation. Considering the amount of lush greenery located inside the perimeters of Meiji Jingu, it is hard to believe that it is located in the same vicinity as bustling commercial centers such as Harajuku, Omotesando and Shibuya. To reach the shrine from JR Harajuku station is a mere 5 minutes away and one coul...

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Watch this 360º VR Video of Meiji Jingu Shrine and feel like you are walking there yourself.

Business hours
- Everyday (6:00 AM ~ 4:00 PM )
from dawn to dusk
Phone
03-3379-9281
Price
- Free
Website
www.meijijingu.or.jp

Daiso Harajuku Store

Top Things to do and places to visit in Harajuku and around

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The large 100-yen shop on Harajuku’s Takeshita Street gathering a rich variety of goods
Daiso, specializing in 100-yen shops, has made inroads overseas. The Japanese products that have been perfect as souvenirs are very popular with foreign tourists visiting the Harajuku shop.

Everything is 100 yen! The joy of coming across a bargain In Japan, there are 4 major 100-yen shops starting with Daiso and then Can Do, Seria and Watts. The 100-yen shops are not only about the variety of those goods, but also about the quality and high sense that can scarcely be imagined for 100 yen which make for their high popularity. To distinguish themselves from each other, there has been a development of original goods recently and an increase in stylish products for the home to gradually increase their popularity. Along with product...

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Business hours
- Everyday (10:00 AM ~ 9:00 PM )
Phone
03-5775-9641

Blue Note Tokyo

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Have a taste of the thrilling music scene in Tokyo with first-class performances by artists in Japan and overseas
Top-caliber artists centering around jazz perform on stage within the relaxing environment of Blue Note Tokyo where you can also enjoy delicious dishes and cocktails.

Fully enjoy a swanky evening through first-class music and dining Blue Note Tokyo, which came to life from its tie-up with the famous jazz club in New York and where you can enjoy New York-style dining and jazz, celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2018. Although it has its focus on jazz, the best artists representing a variety of genres such as R&B and soul come to Blue Note, so you can spend a luxurious evening at the club. Within its relaxed confines, you can enjoy the finest food and music. The menu has an emphasis on French cuisine but...

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Phone
03 -5485 -0088
Price
Will vary depending on the performance

NHK Studio Park

Top Things to do and places to visit in Harajuku and around

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Take a behind-the-scenes look at television production at Studio Park in Shibuya.
At the Japanese national broadcaster’s NHK Studio Park, you can find out about the production studio for TV programs. You can look at live broadcasts and encounter popular characters.

What is NHK Studio Park? At the end of the shopping street on the gentle slope in Shibuya, there is the headquarters of the national television broadcaster, NHK. NHK. Studio Park which is located at one corner of the station is a facility where you can witness studio recording that you wouldn’t normally be able to see, see post-recording of animation, try your hand at being a newscaster and see exhibitions of popular characters from TV among other things. It is a facility where you can enjoy and learn about the work at a broadcaster and...

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Business hours
- Everyday (10:00 AM ~ 6:00 PM )
Phone
03-3485-8034
Price
- Adult: 200 JPY
Website
www.nhk.or.jp

Omotesando

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A trendy area. A neighborhood where you can encounter cutting-edge fashion and various other items
A sophisticated sense of high class engulfs the pedestrians walking there. From the main street to the back streets, there is a variety of shops. Even walking through the back alleys brings an air of celebrity

How Omotesando developed into a trendy area Its origins lay in the opening of an avenue leading to Meiji-Jingu Shrine in 1920. There are a number of reasons behind its birth as a trendy area. One reason is the appearance of the Doujunkai Aoyama Apartments where high-ranking officials and people of culture had resided and the Washington Heights (the facility that housed GHQ officers) that was constructed after the 2nd World War. The Washington Heights was then opened as the Athletes’ Village at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and for other reas...

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Website
www.gotokyo.org

Jingu-Gaien Fireworks Festival


A collaboration that brings together entertainment and 10,000 fireworks lighting up the sky over Tokyo
Starting from Jingu-Gaien Park, the fireworks festival that takes place from 4 sites is a sight to behold as a collaboration between big-name guests and fireworks. It is famous as one of Tokyo’s Big 3 Fireworks Festivals.

A Tokyo symbol of summer to enjoy at 4 sites The Jingu-Gaien Fireworks Festival is one popular event which attracts many tourists every year. It is known as one of Tokyo Big 3 Fireworks Festivals, alongside the Sumida River Fireworks Festival and the Tokyo Bay Grand Fireworks Festival. Jingu-Gaien Park is brilliantly lit up annually by 10,000 fireworks but the highlights are not restricted to the fireworks alone. Events with popular singers and comedians are also held so that one of the features of the festival is how lively the summer night...

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Phone
03-3547-0920
Price
- Adult: 6500 JPY
Price differs depending on the venue
The opening times for the venues are as follows:
・Jingu Stadium:4:00pm
・Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium:4:00pm
・Jingu Softball Stadium:3:00pm
・Tokyo Gymnasium Grounds:5:00pm

 


09 Nov 2016

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