Harajuku Takeshita Dori

Top 5 things to do in Harajuku

Where Quirky and Classy come together.

Harajuku Cosplay
Harajuku cosplayers on a lovely sunny morning! Credit: Shannon Jackson

Harajuku is a wonderful mix pot of fashion, it signals some of the latest trends in Tokyo, passionate cosplayers of Japan and the world, hip-hop street cultures, and lolita fashion. Perhaps the most popular and must see feature of Harajuku is Takeshita-Dori. So let’s start from there! 

What to do in Takeshita-Dori

Takeshita Dori
Entrance to the mind-blogging street – Harajuku’s Takeshita Dori. Credit: Japan Highlights Travel.

1. Eat – Famous Calbee Potato Chips!

The chips tasted great, but its better to share or you may get just a litttllee bit tired of it. J and I thought being a cafe there would be space to sit, but there’s not a chair in sight! So please head over to McDonald’s if you really need to rest your well-exercised legs.

2. Crepe is everywhere

Marion crepes, Harajuku
From chocolates to peach flavours to savoury ones like ham. Credit: timeout

J and I tried the peach flavoured with whip cream. We unfortunately dived in before taking a picture ^^;; You can also try Angels Heart just next to Marion Crepe, Cafe Crepe Laforet Harajuku, Angel Crepes, Santa Monica Crepes…

3. Idol shops

An idol shop in Harajuku
A woman looks at idol photos shop at Takeshita street in Harajuku District in Tokyo November 29, 2013. Takeshita Street is very popular with young teenagers, particularly those visiting Tokyo on school trips, or local young people shopping for small “cute” goods at weekends. Photo by Haruyoshi Yamaguchi, Getty Images

Just to experience what fans do for their idols… In our case, we stumbled into an idol fan shop that allows fans to make hand fans for their idols!

4. Purikura – Say kyaa!

So basically, you choose a booth and take several pictures, after that you get to write and edit them as you like. Different booths offer different styles of pictures. There are the cute ones, elegant ones, goth and so on. These pictures will come out in a sticker form, so you get to stick them on your diaries, notebooks or laptop!

Although, compared to when we last came 10 years ago, the number of purikura shops have significantly reduced. Nevertheless, this is a fun thing you can try out, as there aren’t many purikuras out in the rest of the world!

5. Shopping – Main Itinerary

That said, this is however, not a cheap place. J and I went into some shops that sold T-shirts from ¥4,000 onwards, that’s roughly $35 for a simple plain shirt. The items here will probably appeal more to the hipster style of fashion as well as those who are into costumes. But I did manage to buy a detachable 2-1 bag tote-bag-cum-sling bag, which I thought was really worth my ¥3,000. It even has that base stub so the bag doesn’t damage that easily. Note though many of the shops only accept cash!

Eventually, J and I walked our way to Shibuya going through Cat Street. Takeshita Dori is just a street in Harajuku, and there are loads more to explore in and around Harajuku – from the lovely peaceful Yoyogi park, to the main shopping street, shops in small alley ways and the areas connecting to Shibuya.

Until next time, happy exploring!

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