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.
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.
Our guide was wonderful but the tour was not good value as it is easy to get around on your own in Harajuku.
A good snap shot of Harajuku. If you want to shop you have plenty of time to do that after the tour
Thought it would be more than it was. I know how to shop and I know how to walk, so I am not sure what the tour was about. I know it was frustrating walking for 5 minutes then stopping for 10 minutes at each shop. No culture or interesting landmarks/people. We left after 30 minutes. AWFUL