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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 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 Tonkatsu in Harajuku & Aoyama

Maisen

You could order something else (maybe fried shrimp), but everyone else will be ordering the famous tonkatsu (breaded, deep-fried pork cutlets). There are different grades of pork on the menu, including prized kurobu…
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…
Top Choice Dumplings in Harajuku & Aoyama

Harajuku Gyōza-rō

Gyōza (dumplings) are the only thing on the menu here, but you won’t hear any complaints from the regulars who queue up to get their fix. Have them sui (boiled) or yaki (pan-fried), with or without niniku (garlic) o…
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…
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…
Beer Garden in Harajuku & Aoyama

Beer Terrace Sekirei

The elegant Meiji Kinenkan is one of the city's most sought after wedding venues. In summer evenings, from mid-May to mid-September, however, the neatly clipped lawn opens to all for the annual beer garden. Food and…