Hi, everyone! Ellie here from the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.
Today, we’re going to take a look at some of the most popular spots in Harajuku that we get asked about a lot at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX. These are actual spots tourists have enquired about with us, so this is information about said spots based on the voices of the people!
Shops selling ‘squishies’
One of the biggest questions that has been raised since spring 2017 by people who stop by the MOSHI MOSHI BOX is about “squishy” toys. This boom has lit a fire over on YouTube and is hugely popular with teenage girls. There are many shops that sell these squishies, but the most famous one that everybody knows is the “Nihon Squeeze Center.” One of the store’s most popular products are the squishies made in collaboration with Tokyo Bakery. You can’t buy these at any other shop. Newer squishies have an odor to them, but the squishes at this shop don’t have that factory smell – they have the scent of the real thing!
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/60451
ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY
“ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY” is a hugely popular roll ice cream shop in Omotesando, Harajuku. Roll ice cream was originally created in Thailand. This shop serves up their own original brand of cold plate ice cream in the New York style. The roll ice cream is made in front of the customers on a cold plate at -10℃. You can choose the ice cream, toppings and fruits you want eat. It’s super fun to watch the staff make the ice cream as they roll it together along with various sweets and fruit. It’s a perfect store for Instagram feeds, so it’s become popular with young girls in Japan.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/57051
KAWAII MONSTER CAFE
The KAWAII MONSTER CAFE is an iconic and immensely popular concept restaurant in Harajuku. The restaurant is packed with all the Harajuku-esque décor you could ever want, and the menu too is something you could only expect from a place like Harajuku. A popular item on the menu is the “Colourful Pop Burger” (￥2,700). It takes the form of a cute hamburger topped with narutomaki to make dizzy-looking eyes. The patty is divinely juicy and is sure to fill you up.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/64484
If we’re talking Instagrammable spots in Harajuku, then the instantly-recognizable world clock at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center is a good starting point! As well as functioning as an information center for tourists, we offer money exchange, we do free karaoke, we have a Japanese souvenir shop and more. We’re always bustling with people from all around the world. The building itself photo-worthy, but it’s the “Colorful Rebellion -WORLD TIME CLOCK-” created by Sebastian Masuda that’s the main event. Many people visit to take a picture of it.
More Spots: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/24293
ASOKO is a variety store selling countless kawaii items at a cheap price. From colourfully cute ball pens to eye-catching masking tape, the store offers a range of stationary goods, stylish kitchenware and more. All designs in this shop are unique. If you’re looking for a souvenir from Harajuku to buy for someone, then look no further. ASOKO is always packed with tourists.
Kiddy Land Harajuku
Kiddy Land is a landmark of Omotesando in Harajuku. Established in 2012, the store celebrated its 5th anniversary in July 2017. From the bottom floor to the upper 4th floor, Kiddy Land is lined with merchandise themed around popular characters loved by Japanese kids and adults, and even people overseas. It’s truly a character merch theme park! The store also sells limited edition items only available in the Harajuku branch, so it’s always bustling.
Did you enjoy our picks for January? We hope our selection proves useful for your trip to Harajuku so you can visit all of the most popular spots!