Harajuku (はらじゅく/原宿), between Shinjuku and Shibuya, is a heartland of youth fashion and activity.  It will provide plenty of splendid culture shock for an visitor, young or old.

Budget travel tips

  • Be sure to explore the smaller streets, full of fashion shops and nice cafes.  See the map for a recommended route, but it’s a perfectly nice place to take a random stroll.
  • During the summer, there is often a special event in Yoyogi Park. Cheap Japanese food is often available at these events.

Things to do

Meiji Jingu Shrine (FREE) 

Located next to Yoyogi Park, Meiji Jingu is Tokyo’s biggest and busiest shrine.  Traditional Japanese weddings often take place here in the afternoon, so you may strike lucky!

Takeshita Dori Street

A wonderful street filled with a variety of colorful and crazy fashions.  Has to be seen to be believed!

Yoyogi Park (FREE)

A nice park for playing sports, relaxing and checking out events.  Click here for more details.

Oriental Bazaar (FREE)

One of the best souvenir shops in Japan.  They also have reasonably priced yukatas (traditional Japanese gowns) for sale.


A big 100 yen discount store in Takeshita Dori Street.  Get your drinks, cheap souvenirs and snacks here.

Recommended Hostels and Cheap Hotels

Harajuku is rather expensive, so it’s best to try something in Shinjuku.

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How to get there

From Shinjuku station, take the Yamanote line (light green JR line) to Harajuku station (4 mins, 130 yen).

From Tokyo station, take the Yamanote line (light green JR line) to Harajuku station (26 mins, 190 yen).


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Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who has lived in and visited Japan for over a decade. Having traveled across the country, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel here, and has also worked for many leading tourism companies. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association.