- Walking tour of Harajuku, the center of Japan's street fashion
- See Japanese teenagers in cosplay (costume play)
- Shop for a bargain at one of Tokyo's largest 100 yen stores
- Browse Omotesando Hills shopping mall with its luxury designer brands
- Visit Kiddy Land toy store famous for its celebrity clients
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
A must-do for fashionistas, this tour takes you to Japan's fashion epicenter, Harajuku, where you'll see young people dressed up in costumes, shop dollar stores and get your fill of local color.
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What You Can Expect
Start you Harajuku discovery by meeting your guide in the morning at the Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku, where you’ll board a train like local and travel the short distance to the nearby Harajuku district. This fascinating district is a worldwide epicenter of urban fashion trends, playing host to a rotating cast of Japanese cosplayers, colorfully-dressed fashionistas and unique subcultures that come to the area to show off for the locals and foreigners alike.
Begin your walking tour on Takeshita Street, a large thoroughfare with nearby side streets that are packed with vintage clothing shops, high-end boutiques and retail stores from up-and-coming designers. Make sure to stop by a 100-Yen shop, Japan’s version of a dollar store, where you can dig for bargains, and then keep your eyes out for the area’s resident cosplay performers, who dress up like Japanese anime (cartoon) characters and pose for the cameras.
After Harajuku, head to the upscale shopping area at Omotesando Hills, a mall featuring many of Tokyo’s high-end fashion stores like Prada and Louis Vuitton, among others. Take a look at Kiddy Land, a well-known toy store that has called the Omotesando area home for several decades, then continue walking to Jingu Crossing, home base for discount fashion brands like H&M and Forever 21.
Finish your tour back at Harajuku Station, catching a train back to your starting point in Shinjuku.
Great way to get to know Harajuku and some of the quirky lanes.
I am giving this tour a high recommendation more for the quality of the guide than for the tour itself--we had a sharp, young male guide who was very well informed. However, much of this tour is just walking past the stores in the Harajuku area, so there wasn't much for him to inform us about. The part of the tour we enjoyed more than Harajuku was the Otosando area, with its swanky stores and great people watching.
My daughter loved it.
John M USA
This was a fantastic tour. I took my daughter to Japan as a college graduation present, and she loved the shopping and food in Harajuku. Our tour guide Meka was truly wonderful. Meka was knowledge and friendly and even helped us with navigating the subway and the Japan Rail (JR) lines. If you are going to Japan you should take this tour, and ask for Meka.
Takako was our guide, and she was quite polite and knowledgeable. She met us promptly at the designated meeting point (Shinjuku Keio Plaza Hotel lobby). We then took the train to Harajuku to what around the area. We started at Takeshita Street and wondered through a variety of stores and streets, with Takako asking us for inputs as to what we wanted to see. Unfortunately, my 10-year old son wasn't in the mood for this type of tour. Had my wife been there, she probably would have enjoyed it more. It was earlier in the day, so not many cosplay kids around. If you wanted to shop, it would have been more enjoyable. Overall, the sightseeing was good. The stores we visited, from 100 yen stores to high-end, name brand stores, and large malls, were worth checking out. I'd recommend not going with a young kid unless it's later in the day when more cosplay kids are out and about.
it rained so bring umbrella. Short walk with ice cream. crowded.
Our guide was wonderful but the tour was not good value as it is easy to get around on your own in Harajuku.
It was worth doing solo.
A good snap shot of Harajuku. If you want to shop you have plenty of time to do that after the tour