What to Expect
With its sacredness and beautiful landscape, Harajuku/Omotesando has been a magnet for people both from home and abroad. We can see and feel both traditional and modern aspects in the area.
First, we'll visit Meiji Shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. With over 100,000 trees planted, it’s like an oasis in the urban center of Tokyo.
You can see the traditional aspects such as Shinto, Japan’s native religion, and know the history of Imperial Household both deeply ingrained in Japanese culture.
As for the modern aspects, Western culture has been rooted in Harajuku/Omotesando since the end of WWII. It was a venue of Tokyo Olympics in 1964, which spurred the development of the area. We see Yoyogi National Stadium built for Tokyo Olympics in 1964, which is designed by a world-famous Japanese architect, Kenzo Tange.
Then, we'll walk Omotesando, a kilometer boulevard lined with Japanese zelkova trees and flagship shops of famous foreign brands, which is like a showcase of contemporary architectures. We can see the works of world-famous architects including Pritzker Prize winners such as SANAA - Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates, Tadao Ando, Toyo Itoh, Fumihiko Maki, Herzog & de Meuron, and so on.
Finally, we'll visit backstreets dotted with small shops catering for young people, where you can feel Japan’s unique pop culture.