The Harajuku city where fashionable people come from all over the world is known as the source of fashion in Tokyo. It is the best spot for visiting that you can enjoy shopping around this area, and visit the famous sightseeing spot called Meiji-Jingu which is close to Harajuku train station.
Since this town is known as a source of fashion, there are many kinds of “Kawaii” photo taking spots. If you have chance to visit Harajuku, you should visit following 7 places and take pictures.
1 Entrance of Takeshita Street
After you go through the Takeshita gate in Harajuku station, you can get to the entrance of Takeshita Street. When you look up the gate of the entrance, you can see the LED screen sign said “TAKESHITA STREET” decorated with cute balloons. These balloons changes depending on the season, and this LED screen sometimes shows videos of people walking on this street. You definitely want to take a picture of this entrance to commemorate this occasion.
If you walk about 360 meters, there are a lot of cheap cloth stores for teenagers. Other than that, there are the stores that you can take purikura (photo booth that prints out cards and stickers of the resulting photographs), colorful cotton candy store, shopping malls such as ALTA and CUTECUBE. This street is filled with the all kinds of Harajuku pop cultures.
If you walk about 5 minutes from the entrance of Takeshita Street, you can get to the commercial facility called “CUTECUBE.” There are fashion store called “SPINNS” which is very popular among young kids in Japan and cafés that is collaborated with some popular cartoon characters inside this facility. The thing that is standing in the central of this facility is the monument of Sebastian Masuda. This object which piles up colorful blocks and cubes is very outstanding and unique. There is also similar octopus object that has a lot of colorful blocks on the third floor.
3 MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist information center
When you go through the Takeshita Street and cross the Meiji Street, you can see the vivid blue building in front of you. This is Harajuku tourist information center as known as MOSHI MOSHI BOX. Other than giving information for tourist, there are an exchange counter, free karaoke machines, the stores that sells Japanese souvenir stuff. The building itself is good for taking pictures with, but the art work called “Colorful Rebellion -WORLD TIME CLOCK-” which was made by Sebastian Masuda standing outside of this building is also good photo taking spot. This world clock which decorated with colorful toys and ribbons are representing Japanese Kawaii cultures to the world.
4 MOSHI MOSHI KIMONO Salons
At the “MOSHI MOSHI Kimono salon” on the second floor of MOSHI MOSHI BOX building, you can not only experience wearing kimono, but also you can go out with wearing kimono. There are Harajuku style unique kimonos which have laces and frills, and they have Japanese traditional kimonos too.
If you are interested in Japanese Kawaii cultures, you should visit this MOSHI MOSHI kimono salon and find your favorite styles of kimono coordinate.
5 KAWAII MONSTER Café
You go straight after you left the MOSHI MOSHI BOX, there is building called “YM Square.” The new café called “KAWAII MONSTER Café” on the fourth floor of this building is much talked about.
When the elevator’s door opens, it looks like you are in theme park. The waitress wearing cute and fashionable dress welcomes you, and after you go inside, you can see each pieces of furniture’s that are decorated with cute stuffs. There is merry-go-round in the center of this café, and you can take pictures with that. This café makes you feel like you are in the world of picture books.
Don’t miss the worth photo takings foods that they change every month.
When you go opposite way after leaving KAWAII MONSTER Café, there you can see the monument says “Harajuku” in Chinese characters. This is putting up in front of cloths store called “GALLARIE.” It is good for showing people that you came to Harajuku. This popular store among young people has clothes that have been selected from outside of the country.
7 Illuminations in Omotesando
When you go straight with the GALLARIE to your back, you could see the Zelkova tree-lined in the street. They put up light-ups in every winter on this street.
This place is one of the most popular illumination spot that attaches about fifty millions LED light bulb on these trees.
The light-up starts Thursday December 1st to ends December 25th from sunset to 10:00PM. The light-up on the bushes ends on Wednesday January 4th.
Even though Harajuku is known as the place for young people, there are a lot of place that older people can enjoy visiting. Harajuku is a good place that you can enjoy in any occasion such as traveling with your family, dating, or shopping with your friends.
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