The Crazy & Expressive Fashion of Harajuku, Tokyo

To get a glimpse of the wonderful things that make Japan so special, head to Harajuku. This is the shopping district that offers the most unusual and interesting shops and experiences. Take a stroll down Takeshita Dori and its various side streets to explore the chic fashion boutiques, delicious crepe stands and new, trendy food stores. Takeshita Dori leads onto Omotesando; a broad avenue similar to Paris’ Champs-Elysee.

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This area is full of high end stores, including Burberry, Chanel, Dior and Armani. I particularly enjoyed the Barbie World store. Many of the stores are elaborately decorated and offer an experience within themselves.

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Head here on a Sunday to catch Japanese teenagers dressed in their best Tokyo fashion.

This area is near Meiji Jingu Shrine and Togo Shrine so it an ideal place to explore after visiting a shrine.

Don’t forget to read about other city trips here.

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17 Comments

  1. Love the look of your site. I lived about 1.5 hours outside of Tokyo for 2.5 years. I found the best time of year to go to Harajuku for fashion was before Halloween. It is kind of crazy all year, but around Halloween, even more so. We lucked out one year and just happened to be there on the Sunday they were holding their Halloween parade in Harajuku, even their dogs were dressed up super cute.

    • Oh wow Lisa, that must have been amazing! Harajuku was incredible and I bet it was amazing around Halloween! And yeah there were all these dogs dressed up in cute outfits – so adorable!

  2. My girlfriend went to Japan for 10 days, she always tells me about their beautiful people that helps you everywhere! She told me about this great area but, her budget was too low to buy some shopping :-p I will go to Japan one day, thanks for your tips, I will keep in mind

  3. I’m really in love with your photos and you encourage me to go there lol

    • Thanks! It really is a great place to visit, especially if you are into fashion or street photography.

  4. Japan is just such a fascinating place, I’d love to visit sometime soon. i

  5. Japan is just such a fascinating place, I’d love to visit sometime soon. As far as I can tell, it’s almost like a trip to a different planet!

  6. Hi Katie 🙂 first of all congrats for your site, really attractive theme and very detailed. Anyway, since I was a child I always dreamed to go and visit Japan (I’m a manga & anime lover) and next year I’m going to achieve my purpose, so I’m taking note about which parts of Tokyo to visit, mainly Akihabara and of course Harajuku, full of cosplayers 🙂 so if you suggest to go on Sunday, well I’ll follow up your suggestion 😉

    • Thanks for such a lovely comment 🙂 We loved Japan – hope you have a fantastic time! Head to the Tokyo Government Building to get free views of the city and spend evenings in Shinjuku!

  7. Nice photos. Will definitely try to visit. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. My husband lived in Tokyo for a while, and this area is where my daughter chose to visit when we all visited as a family a couple of years ago. It’s so colourful! Love your pictures! 🙂 #citytripping

    • Thanks Emma! It is a really fun place to take a stroll although it can get super busy!

  10. Such cool photos – I visited Harajuku when i was in Japan too and it’s so fun to watch all its fantastic fashions. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping


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