This is Tokyo’s famous fashion subculture bazaar, where aspiring goths and Lolitas come to shop. The narrow alley is a pilgrimage site...
If it’s a sunny and warm weekend afternoon you can count on there being a crowd lazing around the large grassy expanse that is...
If you’re hunting to take photos of Harajuku’s legendary cos-players (costume players), this is your best bet. Though the scene appears...
Baird’s Brewery is one of Japan’s most successful and consistently good craft breweries. This is one of their two Tokyo outposts, where...
There always seems to be a line for seats outside this Kyūshū-style rāmen (noodles in broth) shop near Harajuku Station, and with good...
1-1 Yoyogi Kamizono-chō · interesting places nearby
Completed in 1920, the shrine was built in memory of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken, though the current structure dates from 1958, as the original was destroyed in WWII. Meiji-jingū is the largest Shintō shrine in Tokyo and boasts the nation's largest torii (shrine gates), made from Japanese cypress. The shrine swells with over a million visitors during the New Year festivities. It's well worth visiting at any time, however; if you're lucky you'll catch a surprisingly sombre Shintō wedding processional, which makes a wonderful photo op.
The shrine's inner garden, Meiji-jingū-gyoen , is almost deserted on weekdays. It's especially beautiful in June, when the irises are in bloom, but it is not by any means the most attractive garden in the city.