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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 Bistro in Harajuku & Aoyama

Eatrip

Eatrip is one of the big players in Tokyo's farm-to-table organic movement. Working with domestic food producers, it serves up neo-bistro-style dishes that reflect head chef Shiraishi Takayuki's global travels. Samp…
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 Teahouse in Harajuku & Aoyama

Sakurai Japanese Tea Experience

Tea master (and former bartender) Sakurai Shinya's contemporary take on the tea ceremony is a must for anyone hoping to be better acquainted with Japan's signature brew. The course includes several varieties – you m…
Top Choice Tonkatsu in Harajuku & Aoyama

Maisen

Maison is famous for its tonkatsu (breaded, deep-fried pork cutlets) and its setting (an old public bathhouse). There are different grades of pork on the menu, including prized kurobuta (black pig), but even the che…
Top Choice Market in Harajuku & Aoyama

Farmer's Market @UNU

Tokyo's best farmers' market – with colourful produce, pickles and preserves – sets up every weekend on the plaza in front of the United Nations University on Aoyama-dōri. There are always at least half a dozen food…
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Harajuku & Aoyama

House @Mikiri Hassin

Hidden deep in Ura-Hara (Harajuku's backstreet area), House stocks an ever-changing selection of experimental Japanese fashion brands. Contrary to what the cool merch might suggest, the sales clerks are polite and f…