Start at Harajuku Station
Your day begins in Harajuku, the center of Japanese youth culture and home of Japan’s most eclectic fashions. You’ll find no shortage of independent shops, boutiques, and cafes, as well as international chains, luxury brands, and fast food, too. From Harajuku Station, you’re in walking distance to famous sights like Meiji Shrine, and the internationally known shopping avenues of ritzy Omotesando and trendy Takeshita Street.
Wander Takeshita Street and Snack on Marion Crepes
There’s plenty to see and do in the area surrounding Harajuku Station, but your visit isn’t complete unless you try to squeeze your way down Takeshita Street. At times, this street can be so congested, it feels like you’re moving against your will! All that walking will surely make you hungry so keep an eye out for the Marion Crepes storefront on your left. Get something sweet or savory and pair it with one of the tapioca drinks as you continue walking around.
Check out Good Morning Cafe & Grill Kyuri
It’s time for lunch, so head on over to the Good Morning Cafe Grill Kyuri. Don’t let the name fool you- you’ll find everything from brunch, lunch, dinner and in-between on this menu. Located on the 3rd floor of Q Plaza, a shopping plaza with 18 unique shops and restaurants, the Good Morning Cafe & Grill Kyuri has terrace seating and and delicious coffee. For lunch, try the vegetable plate, a bold and colorful dish that contains the recommended daily serving of vegetables.
AddressQ PLAZA Harajuku 3F, Jingu-mae, 6-28-6, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001
Explore Cat Street
Burn off those calories as you get lost in the dizzying maze of Harajuku’s backstreets. While you won’t find many feline friends on Cat Street, you’re bound to come across plenty of trendy restaurants and cafes frequented by equally trendy and fashionable people.
Get mesmerised by Illuminations on Omotesando
Forget Ginza — Omotesando is home to luxury- every storefront seems to boast some designer brand: Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Celine, are just a few of the high ticket items you’ll encounter here. But you’re not here to (window) shop, it’s time to partake in one of Japan’s most celebrated winter activities, the viewing of winter lights. Brave the cold as the sun sets and be dazzled at the nearly 1 million champagne colored LED lights that illuminate the avenue.
Dine at Omotesando Hills’ Fratelli Paradiso
Your tour of Harajuku and Omotesando ends with dinner at the award-winning restaurant, Fratelli Paradiso. Created by two Italians offering you the finest in authentic Italian cuisine, Fratelli Paradiso also has an extensive list of wines. Despite its glamorous Omotesando location, the atmosphere is relaxed and the fare pleasantly priced. Buon appetito!