Harajuku is a neighbourhood of contrasts, home to the Meiji Shrine, which is surrounded by one of Tokyo’s largest green spaces, and a dense network of small streets packed with shops and cafés. Harajuku is a magnet for fashion followers, while Omotesando pulls in tourists and shoppers who come to enjoy the dazzling array of designer outlets.
This Shinto shrine is dedicated to the deified souls of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. Arriving is a journey in itself: the route to the shrine passes through towering gates and a 100-year-old forest.1-1 Yoyogi Kamizono-cho, Shibuya-ku
Snow Peak’s concept shop and café is deeply rooted in the land, highlighting lesser-known places, outdoor wares and products and flavours from around Japan.With Harajuku, 1-14 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
The Kenzo Tange-designed gymnasium has been a prominent feature of the Yoyogi Park area since 1964. With its signature suspension roof, its influence on architecture can be seen around the world.2-1-1 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku
Just a short stroll from Harajuku Station, Afuri is renowned for its yuzu shio ramen. The tiny yellow citrus plays a starring role here, adding a refreshing touch to the signature dish.3-63-1 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku
Stationery, notebooks and office supplies take centre-stage here. Stationery-maker Kokuyo curates some much-loved classics and also develops new releases for the shop. Browse with a coffee from the in-store café.3-62-1 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku