Harajuku Heaven

Tokyo is undoubtedly one of the fashion capitals of the world. Before the uprise of other Asian fashion capitals, Tokyo was the first to set it’s own unique style and have conceived many famous designers and brands even up till now.
Tokyo is full of hot spots, each with a fashion speciality that will spoil the avid shopper and fashionista. I went one Sunday afternoon to check out Harajuku. Harajuku is famous of it’s over top fashion led by Tokyo’s trendy youth with famous styles such as Harajuku girl, the Goth-Lolita and cosplay gatherings.

The main shopping street is Takeshita-dori or Takeshita Road. The fashion seen down this busy avenue did not disappoint. Now be warned, Tokyo is super expensive. I promised myself to behave and only buy things that were really unique and I knew I could not find anywhere else! It was hard with all those cool little shops beckoning me to come inside and see their brightly coloured wares!



In Tokyo, everything is expensive. There are many little stores of the sides of Takeshita street that had many bargain sales and those were worth looking out for. Takeshita street leads to more little streets with quaint cafes and more boutiques. All the main stores form international retailers to designer brands can be found along the avenues. cool architecture and interiors dominate this area and are def worth checking out.


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Like Korea, Japan also have their local produced goods that are sold from the factories and some stores sell those items for way too much. Especially, in a tourist destination such as Harajuku. I found all of my goodies at the bigger stores in the street, the more prominent looking retails stores sold the same items for way much cheaper. I refused to buy any clothing item that was more than $20.



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Metro ticket machine!

However, don’t deprive yourself from a bit of shopping indulgence, but make sure it’s something worth it and can be found no where else and set a budget and stick to it. Public transport is uber expensive there and there is a lot to see and do in Tokyo city than blow all your cash on shopping!

Nearby the station exit across the road there is a beautiful park which houses a quaint little temple. The park is super busy on a weekend, especially in Spring and summer, but it has a really relaxed vibe.
The temple is def worth a look too, in fact we saw a traditional Japanese wedding take place right there.

 

 

Travel Tips:

  • Harajuku is best visited on Sunday, especially if you want to see all the cosplay and crazy fashion.
  • The budget goods can be found in stores underground in Takeshita Street, and if you want more unique one of a kind items then Harajuku street houses various department stores of Japanese brands.
  • Wear comfy shoes, you’ll still be walking around.
  • At the back of Harajuku Street, there are many quiet cafes to get a quick drink and relax.

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14 thoughts on “Harajuku Heaven

  1. We just got back from Tokyo last week and loved Takeshita Street! Did you try the cotton candy from Totti Candy Factory? It looked even better in person than IG! And for a unique character dining experience, the Pompompurin cafe is a must! Great post!

  2. I remember walking around Harajuku and absolutely falling in love! I could’ve stayed there for hours just people watching and taking photos. It was such a fun and vibrant part of the city – unlike anything I’ve ever seen before! There was also an amazing crepe place right around there that had the most delicious crepes in the world!

  3. Thanks for the heads up on where to shop! I LOVE to shop when I travel and I haven’t been to Japan yet because I’ve been warned how expensive it is. Hoping to make it there soon and Harajuku is high on my list of places to check out. Darn Gwen Stefani for making me Harajuku-obsessed!

  4. I’ve never been to Japan but I’m absolutely fascinated by the breadth of culture and all it has to offer (have you seen the fox village or cat islands??) I had no idea that those styles of fashion even existed, I do like the kawaii stuff though! My daughters would love all that pink cutesie bits, we will have to take a trip!

  5. I have never been to Japan but it is high on my list. I find their fashion so quirky there but love seeing how everyone dresses. I bet the people watching is so fun. I had no idea that everything was so expensive so thanks for the heads and for the tips on where to find less expensive pieces. Wonder what my husband will think of this place when I drag him here 🙂

  6. Takeshita Street is where I’d head for some budget buys. I’m by no means a fashionista, but Harajuku looks so fascinating. Thanks for the tip about Sundays; I’d make time to visit!

  7. Even more reasons for us to visit Japan–to see Harajuku! The variety of costuming and clothing is stunning. I don’t know if I’d be able to avoid spending money here… I rarely buy souvenirs, but how could you not take home some of this amazing fashion? 🙂 We would definitely have to go on a Sunday, though, to see the cosplaying. (Also, omg, that metro ticket machine is SO CUTE. Why don’t we have those? Haha.) Thanks for sharing!

  8. I’d love love love to go to Japan, and Harajuku really looks like fashion heaven! I’d head straight to Takeshita Street for those bargains as I know Japan is expensive. I’d also take your advice and go on a Sunday when it’s less busy!

  9. I haven’t been to Japan yet , but I love their fashion statements. Tokyo is always considered as one of the fashion hub and I don’t wonder if you get the best of fashion accessories and clothing in Harajuku. I am sure that it would be a great shopping experience whenever I visit there. I loved the cover shot of yours.

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