Harajuku & Aoyama 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 Street in Harajuku & Aoyama

Omote-sandō

This broad, tree-lined boulevard is lined with boutiques from the top European fashion houses. More interesting are the buildings themselves, designed by some of the biggest names in Japanese architecture. There's n…
Top Choice Museum in Harajuku & Aoyama

Ukiyo-e Ōta Memorial Museum of Art

This small museum (where you swap your shoes for slippers) is the best place in Tokyo to see ukiyo-e (woodblock prints). Each month it presents a seasonal, thematic exhibition (with English curation notes), drawing …
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…
Street in Harajuku & Aoyama

Ichō-namiki

This boulevard inside Jingū-gaien (the public outer gardens of Meiji-jingū) is lined with gingko trees. For a couple of weeks around late November and early December, the trees – which for some reason in Tokyo are a…
Gallery in Harajuku & Aoyama

Design Festa

Design Festa has long been a champion of Tokyo’s DIY art scene and it's maze-like building is a Harajuku landmark. Inside there are dozens of small galleries rented by the day. More often than not, the artists thems…
Street in Harajuku & Aoyama

Takeshita-dōri

This is Tokyo’s famous fashion bazaar. It's an oddly mixed bag: newer shops selling trendy, youthful styles alongside stores still invested in the trappings of decades of subcultures past (plaid and safety pins for …
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 …
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…