Harajuku

Street fashion, not high fashion, in trend-setting Harajuku.

Just a 5-minute train ride from Shinjuku Station, Harajuku is the spot to see and be seen. From extreme teenage street styles to off-the-runway designs, Harajuku reigns as Japan's forward-thinking fashion capital. Window-shop at Omotesandō Avenue's international flagship stores or catwalk through alleyways that pop with polka-dots, plaid skirts, and neon high tops. If the wild pace and fluorescent lights of Harajuku begin to make you feel dizzy, find your center at nearby Yoyogi Park.

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On the Map

Harajuku is within Shibuya District and bordered by Shibuya

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Haneda Airport: 35 minutes by car or 50 minutes by public transit
Narita Airport: 1 hour & 10 minutes by car or 1 hour & 35 minutes by public transit
Shinjuku Station: 10 minutes by public transit
Ueno Station: 35 minutes by public transit
Tokyo Tower: 40 minutes by public transit

Fast-Paced Trend-Setter In the Heart of Tokyo

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Chaotic and cacophonous in central Tokyo, Harajuku's urban fashionistas pack into pedestrian-only Takeshita Street.

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Shoppers looking for a less frenzied feel gravitate to Omotesandō Avenue, Harajuku's commercial corridor that caters to more mature crowds and high-end buyers.

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In Harajuku, today's fashion subcultures become next month's center spreads and advertisers know their audience.

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They're the trendsetters of tomorrow.

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Cosplayers (cos[tume] players) dress in disguises that personify characters or ideas.

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In Harajuku, the street is their stage.

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Trends that start in the neighborhood quickly depart through Harajuku Station and spread throughout the streets of Tokyo.

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They'll leave Tokyo to become trends in global cities that have perhaps never heard of Harajuku.

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It's no matter.

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Harajuku has already moved on.

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One of the most famous streets to visit at Harajuku is “Takeshita” street."

Shopping: Where Street Style Starts

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Getting dressed in Harajuku means harnessing your emotions, not abiding by any rules.

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In Harajuku, you never know what's next.

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Style in the neighborhood is meant as a reflection of the person you are that day.

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It might mean layers and layers of mismatching adornments.

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It might mean simple frocks and slick cuts.

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It might mean bold patterns and textured tights.

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Come as you are.

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Don't miss Harajuku Taproom, which features craft beers, which from our experience seems to be a rarity in Japan."

Ben

Visited in 2012

Eating: Street Food and Plein Air Cafes

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Street food stalls and open air cafes dominate Harajuku's casual dining scene.

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Crepes take the cake in Harajuku.

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Snacks and coffee imbue the neighborhood with a western-influenced feel.

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In Harajuku, it's common to eat high-above, down below, or right in the middle of the neighborhood.

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Walking through Harajuku all the way to the Shibuya crossing was easy, and a perfect nighttime outing. Takeshita dori was a little too much for us, but it was simple enough walking past it and straight on to Harajuku dori where there were less people..."

Maud

Visited in 2013

Playing: After Dark on Takeshita Street

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Takeshita Street's energy never ebbs.

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When the sun goes down, Takeshita Street simply turns its lights up.

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Shoppers, snackers, voyeurs, and cosplayers make believe along Takeshita Street.

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Imagine all the people.

Relaxing: Outdoors In Harajuku

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Although Harajuku's main avenues feel urban and chaotic, the great outdoors are within easy reach of its dizzying streets.

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Yoyogi Park and Meiji Shrine border the neighborhood.

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Their stairs, plazas, and ethereal landscapes offer calm respites from the chaos of Harajuku's core.

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Visit in late March and marvel at the park's cherry blossoms.

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Resting: Harajuku's Residential Side

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Harajuku's urban apartments squeeze as tightly together as pedestrians along Takeshita Street.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Masaru studied Photography at Parsons The New School for Design in NYC. He has 25 years experience photographing social and human rights issues in Asia and South America. After spending many years abroad, he has begun to focus on his own country of Japan. He established Reminders Photography Stronghold in Tokyo in 2013, a curated membership gallery making multi-photographic activities possible. His photographs have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek Japan, and many others.

Masaru Goto

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