Attractions

Top Choice Shinto Shrine in Harajuku & Aoyama

Meiji-jingū

Tokyo’s grandest Shintō shrine is dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken, whose reign (1868–1912) coincided with Japan's transformation from isolationist, feudal state to modern nation. Constructed in 192…
Top Choice Park in Harajuku & Aoyama

Yoyogi-kōen

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 Yoyogi-kōen. You can also usually find revellers and noisemakers of all stripes, from h…
Top Choice Museum in Harajuku & Aoyama

Ukiyo-e Ōta Memorial Museum of Art

Change into slippers to enter the peaceful, hushed museum that houses the excellent ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) collection of Ōta Seizo, the former head of the Toho Life Insurance Company. Seasonal, thematic exhibiti…
Top Choice Museum in Harajuku & Aoyama

Nezu Museum

Nezu Museum offers a striking blend of old and new: a renowned collection of Japanese, Chinese and Korean antiquities in a gallery space designed by contemporary architect Kuma Kengo. Select items from the extensive…
Top Choice Area in Harajuku & Aoyama

Omote-sandō

This regal, tree-lined boulevard was originally designed as the official approach to Meiji-jingū. Now it's a fashionable strip lined with high-end boutiques. Those designer shops come in designer buildings, which me…
Notable Building in Harajuku & Aoyama

Kawaii Monster Cafe

Lurid colours, surrealist installations and out-of-this world costumes – this is the vision of Sebastian Masuda, stylist to pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, who designed this new cafe. It's an embodiment of the now-reign…
Museum in Harajuku & Aoyama

Watari Museum of Contemporary Art

This progressive and often provocative museum was built in 1990 to a design by Swiss architect Mario Botta. Exhibits range from retrospectives of established art-world figures (such as Yayoi Kusama and Nam June Paik…
Architecture in Harajuku & Aoyama

Spiral Building

The asymmetrical, geometric shape of architect Maki Fumihiko's Spiral Building (1985) may not look very sinuous on the outside, but the name will make more sense upon entry. The patchwork, uncentred design is a nod …
Gallery in Harajuku & Aoyama

Design Festa

Design Festa has been a leader in Tokyo’s DIY art scene for nearly two decades. The madhouse building itself is worth a visit; it’s always evolving. Inside there are dozens of small galleries rented by the day. More…
Gardens in Harajuku & Aoyama

Meiji-jingū Gyoen

On the grounds of Meiji-jingū (accessed via the shrine's main approach) is the strolling garden, Meiji-jingū Gyoen. It once belonged to a feudal estate; after it came under imperial control, the Meiji Emperor himsel…