A Kawaii Guide to Harajuku

These are some suggestions for non-shoppers who want to spend memorable time in Harajuku: try some tasty foods, go to theme cafés, take unique pictures or enjoy the nature.

Harajuku – a must-go area for travelers in Japan – is known as the heaven for shopaholics as one can easily find stores that fit their taste, whether that are international brands like Gap, Zara, Nike or local Lolita shops. That does not necessarily mean that non-shoppers cannot have pleasant time in Harajuku. In fact, you can spend time enjoying tasty foods, trying theme cafés, taking unique pictures or simply going for a walk in Yoyogi Park, which will surely give you some lovely memories of Japan. 

 

Food

Café

Photo spots

Sightseeing

One-day plan in Harajuku

Food

1. Luke’s Lobster

This is the first store of Luke’s Lobster in Japan: Delicious Maine-styled lobster, crab and shrimp rolls brought to you straight from the United States. You will be able to feel the taste of cold lobster combined with the rich taste of warm buttered toast melting in your mouth. A Canada Dry Ginger Ale makes this combination perfect in a summer day. 

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Address: 6-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Price range: 900-2000 yen

Opening hours: 11:00-20:00

Tips: Expect a 10 to 30-minute queue. Crab rolls may be sold out early in the afternoon. There are not many seats so you may have to stand when the store is too crowded.

2. Totti Candy Factory

Totti Candy Factory features the cute and lively image of Harajuku. Here you can buy not only colorful but tasty cotton candies, cake pops, cute sweets. Are you ready to go back to your childhood? 😉

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Address: 1-16-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Price Range: 300-700 yen

Opening hours: 09:30-20:00 (Weekends and holidays), 10:30-20:00 (Weekdays), 10:30-19:00 (Weekdays in November, December, January)

3. Angel Hearts

If you walk along Takeshita-dori, you will be surrounded by numerous crepe stores with hundred of different choices varying from sweet custard strawberry crepes to cheesy chicken crepes. Also, there are many bubble tea flavors for you to choose from.

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Address: 1-20-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Price range: 400yen ~

Opening hours: 10:30-22:00 (Weekdays), Closed (Weekends)

4. Santa Monica Crepes

Santa Monica shop is quite big compared to other crepe shops. It brings a Western breeze to the Takeshita Street because of their neon name boards and the background music they always play.

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Address: 1-168 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Price range: 400yen ~

Opening hours: 10:00-21:30 (Weekdays), 9:30-22:00 (Weekends)

5. Marion Crêpes

Having been around since 1976, Marion Crêpes has many stores in Japan and even abroad. There are also a lot of options to choose from.

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Address: 1-6-15 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Price range: 400yen ~

Opening hours: 10:30-20:00 (Weekdays), Closed (Weekends)

6. Milk Cafe

It is said that many staffs of Milk Cafe are actually models. Whether that is true or not, the luxurious indoor design and the tasty-looking food in Milk Cafe are enough to satisfy any traveler.

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Address: 6-6-11 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Price range: 900 yen ~

Opening hours: 11:30-23:30

7. Mee’s Pancake

Mee’s Pancake is the perfect for people who have a sweet tooth as pancakes with whipping cream, ice cream and fruits toppings are the best! There are only 2 stores in Tokyo and 1 is located right here in Harajuku.  

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Address: 4-32-13 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Price range: 980 yen ~

Opening hours: 11:30-23:30

8. Eggs ‘n Things

Come and grab some steaks and eggs at Eggs ‘n Things. This will give you a break from Japanese food for a while. The size of the tasty soft whipping cream is impressive and the servings are quite big compared to normal Japanese servings.

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Address: 4-30-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Price: 1000 yen ~

Opening hours: 9:00-22:30 (Weekdays), 8:00-22:30 (Weekends)

Tips: Expect to wait for 30-45 minutes.

9. Calbee+ (Calbee Plus)

This is a great place if you are looking for some light snacks. It’s just chips. I know. But wait for it, it’s actually more than that!

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Address: 1-16-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Price: 220 yen ~

Opening hours: 9:30-20:30

Tips: Expect to stand in the line. Chips with cheese or Royce chocolate topping are loved by everyone 😉

10. Lola’s Cupcakes

Lola’s Cupcakes is orignially from London and was featured on TV before. All of the cupcakes here are cute and not too sweet, some are only sold in Japan (Matcha, Tokyo Vanilla, Mont Blanc, and Yuzu Chocolate).

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Address: 1-10-37 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Price: 250 yen ~

Opening hours: 11:00-20:00

Cafés

Tokyo has countless numbers of theme cafés and many are located just a few minutes walk from Harajuku or Meiji-jingu station. Let’s take a look at some of them!

11. Cat Cafe MoCHA

Not the first cat cafe in Tokyo, neither it is the first shop of Cat Cafe MoCHA brand. However, this shop is the newest and can be notice easily as soon as you walk out of the train station. It is a very creative home for many lovely cats.

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Address: 1-14-25 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Price: 200 yen / 10 minutes. 1200 yen / 1 hour. Drink bar 350 yen. Cat food 500 yen

Opening hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last entrance 19:30)

12. Ra.a.g.f – Rabbit Cafe

Ra.a.g.f is another place for you to enjoy your drink while looking at cute animals. Their rabbits are one of the cutest!

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Address: 6-14-15 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Price: 800 yen / 3o minutes. 1100 yen / 60 minutes. Rabbit food 150 yen

Opening hours: 12:00-19:30 (Weekdays except Fridays), 11:00-20:00 (Weekend), Closed (Fridays)

13. Owl Cafe&Bar – Owl Village

Yes, these are real owls! How often in you life can you be this close to an owl? At Owl Village, you can take a sip of your drink while watching these cute birds.

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Address: 1-21-15 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Price: 1000 yen / 3o minutes

Opening hours: 11:00-19:00

14. Kawaii Monster Cafe

Harajuku is weird! – That’s what everyone said. Your experience of Harajuku will not be completed if you do not go to this special cafe, a colorful world with lively monster staffs. Believe me, you will not be disappointed! 

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Address: 4-31-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Price: 1000 yen / 3o minutes

Opening hours: 11:00-19:00

15. Alice in Dancing Land

Located a bit far away from other cafés listed above, Alice in Dancing Land is 3 minutes by train from Harajuku station. It is one of Alice restaurants in Tokyo where you can get lost in the wonderland.

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Address: 16-9 Udagawa, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Price: 900 yen ~

Opening hours: 11:00-16:00 (Lunch), 17:00-23:30 (Dinner)

16. Pompompurin Café

The theme of this cafe is inspired by Pompompurin – a Sanrio character. Here you can see this big yellow dog with a brown beret on his head everywhere, even in the food you order.

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Address: 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Price: 450 yen ~

Opening hours: 11:00-21:00

17. Double Tall Cafe

This cozy Western-looking café is right next to the exit of Meji-jingu station. If you are a coffee lover, definitely give it a try! Not a very big fan of espresso? Go for mocha or latte because the pictures drawn on top are surprisingly cute 😉

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Address: 1-11-11  Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Price: 450 yen ~

Opening hours: 11:00-23:00 (Mondays to Saturdays), 10:30-22:30 (Sundays)

18. Jill Stuart Beauty & Party Cafe

Everyone knows about Jill Stuart’s clothes and cosmetics. What else do they have? An extremely elegant and stylish cafe where you can take a rest after long hours shopping.

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Address: 4-30-33  Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: 11:00-21:00

19. Coffee & Cake

This is another place for yummy desserts in Harajuku. Besides, they also serve other dishes like Spaghetti and rice. 

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Address: 1-13-11 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: 10:00-23:00

20. DESSERT Collection

Going to café is never just about getting food. The cute interior of DESSERT Collection makes it a good choice for girl hangouts. Similar to other cafés, they offer not only wide range of desserts but also other dishes. 

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Address: Cute Cube Harajuku Building 3F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: 11:00-20:00

Photo spots

Harajuku is also a great place for photo takers thanks to many stores with unique in-door designs and architectures. The following are just a few of them 🙂

21. Line Friends Store Harajuku

Line characters are loved by everyone! At this store, besides purchasing cute souvenirs for your loved ones, you can take a lot of photos with big Brown and other characters as well.

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Address: 4-32-13 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: 11:00-21:00 (Weekdays), 10:00-21:00 (Weekends)

22. Moshi Moshi Box – Harajuku Information Center

In addition to being the place to receive useful information about Harajuku, this unique information center will also be an awesome background for your photos.

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Address: 3-23-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: 10:00-18:00

23. Maison De Julietta – Lolita Photo Studio

Once you’re in Harajuku, it is not rare to catch some girls walking around and dressing up in Lolita fashion. If you want to become one, this studio is your destination!

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Address: 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Price: Basic menu 9980 yen (including dressing up as Lolita, makeup and hair makeover, certain number of photos) 

Opening hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last order 19:40)

Website: http://www.maison-de-julietta.net/english/

24. Kiddy Land

Kiddy Landi is a great place for both kids and adults. In this store, you can whether purchase the toys of your favorite characters or take photos with items and toys on display.

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Address: 6-1-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: 11:00-21:00 (Weekdays), 10:30-21:00 (Weekends)

25. Tokyu Plaza Omotesando

If you want to take a photo with unique fashionable background, this interesting architecture at the entrance of Tokyo Plaza Omotesando is your best bet.

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Address: 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: 8:00-23:30 

26. Harajuku station

Despite being one of the most popular stations in Tokyo, Harajuku station maintains its distinctive old-looking architecture. It totally gives photo takers the feeling that they are really in Japan!

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Address: 1-18-20 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

27. Takeshita Street

Besides Shibuya crossing, Takeshita is another area where you can see a street packed with people. You will not be the only one who takes a selfie in front of this famous street.

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Address: 1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

28. Omotesando Hills

The street in front and Omotesando Hills are excellent spot for photographs both during the day and at night. The decoration in Omotesando Hills changes throughout the year, especially during certain holidays.

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Address: 4-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

29. Harajuku Bridge

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Do not miss this precious view from the Harajuku crossing bridge between Yoyogi Park and Harajuku Station. It is beautiful in any season especially before sunset. 

30. Cute Cube Harajuku

In the middle of Takeshita Street lies Cute Cube Harajuku – a shopping center dedicated to cuteness. You can find many shops as well as cafés here including some that were introduced earlier in this article. That means Cute Cube Harajuku is full of cute stuffs and lovely corners for your photos 🙂

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Address: 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: 10:00-23:00 

Sightseeing

Distinct from the young active Harajuku and the busy Tokyo, these areas of Harajuku will help soothe your soul and charge your energy after a long day travelling.

31. Yoyogi Park

Too tired of the crowd? Come to Yoyogi Park for a walk or picnic among the beautiful nature! Yoyogi Park is also one of the largest parks in Tokyo where many cultural events are held like Vietnam festival, Thai festival, etc. 

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Address: 2-1 Kamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Admission: Free of charge

Opening hours: 24 hours

32. Meiji-jingu Shrine

Meiji-jingu Shrine is a huge Shinto shrine located in the middle of Yoyogi Park. It is so large that it may take a few hours to see everything. Though it is free to enter Meiji-jingu Shrine, as you go further to other areas, some may charge admission fee: Inner Garden, Treasure House (exhibition of Emperor and Empress’s personal belongings)

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Address: 1-1 Kamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Admission: Free of charge

Opening hours: 5:00-18:00

33. Harajuku – Omotesando Architecture Tour

Harajuku and Ometesando are full of outstanding architectures. To get to know more of these and understand the history of this area, you should definitely participate in this day tour. 

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Price: 8000 yen / person. 6000 yen for 2 people or more 

Website: http://beauty-of-japan.com/tour/harajuku-omotesando-architecture-tour/

34. Togo Shrine

In a less crowded area of Harajuku lies the Togo Shrine. This quiet and calm shrine was built in 1940 with a combination of shrine, pond, wooden walking paths.

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Address: 1-5-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Admission: Free of charge

35. Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art

This Museum has an interesting collection of approximately 12000 ukiyo-e woodblock prints which changes monthly and a small rock garden. If you have interest in ukiyo-e – a genre of traditional Japanese art between 17th to 19th century, this is the place to go.

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Address: 1-10-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Admission: 700 yen

Opening hours: 10:30-17:30 (except Monday)

36. Nezu Museum

Located a bit further away but still accessible from Harajuku, Nezu Museum has a huge collection of calligraphy, painting, ceramics and textiles. Following the winding path of the museum, you can enjoy the beauty of the garden as well as lantern, statues.

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Address: 6-5-1 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Admission: 1100 yen

Opening hours: 10:00-17:00 (except Monday)

37. Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum

Located not so far away from Nezu museum, this museum is worth noticing for fascinating abstract artworks created by Taro Okamoto. While admiring his works, you can also get a chance to know how he used to work and make these masterpieces.

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Address: 6-1-19 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Admission: 500 yen (Adult). 300 yen (Students and Seniors)

Opening hours: 10:00-18:00

38. Design Festa Gallery

This gallery is for people who have interest in Japanese local art. The rooms at Design Festa Gallery are rented to artists who want to display their art works to public. Check the website below for the list of exhibitions.

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Address: 3-20-2/18 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: 11:00-20:00

Website: http://www.designfestagallery.com/

39. NHK Studio Park

NHK Studio Park is open to public and visitors can observe how certain television programs are recorded or gain some hands-on broadcasting experience. You can also purchase NHK characters related goods in the souvenir shop.

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Address: 2-2-1 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Admission: 200 yen

Opening hours: 10:00-18:00

40. National Yoyogi Stadium

This enormous stadium is famous for its special ceiling design. At National Yoyogi Stadium, you can watch many cultural and sport events.

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Address: 2-1-1 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

One-day plan in Harajuku

With so many options and choices listed above, you may feel confused and don’t know how to be able to experience everything of Harajuku in one day. Don’t worry, following is my suggestion for you!

Morning: Arrive at Harajuku Station around 10:00, take photos in front of the Harajuku Station, on the Harajuku Bridge or in front of the Takeshita Street. After that, head toward Kawaii Monster Cafe around 11:00 for lunch. 

Afternoon: Go to Maison de Jullieta to dress yourself up in lolita costumes. Around 14:00-15:00, visit Yoyogi Park and Meiji-jingu Shrine, expect to spend about 2-3 hours there.

Evening: Go to Luke’s Lobster for your dinner. The servings are not too big so you can grab some crepes and bubble tea for dessert, or chips at Calbee+ and cupcakes at Lola’s whichever suits your taste while walking along the Takeshita Street. Visit other areas like Cute Cube Harajuku, Omotesando Hills, Kiddy Land or Line Friends Store, chill and enjoy until 21:00-22:00. After a long day, get on the train, go home and reward your a good rest 😉

 

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