Explore the teen fashion hub of Harajuku
In Tokyo’s Harajuku district, the kids are in charge. The obsession with cutesy kawaii; the out-there fashion culture; the rainbow grilled cheese sandwiches and the conveyor-belt dessert bars: all these trends were born in Harajuku, and there’s always something new just around the corner.
Arrive into the mock-Tudor Harajuku Station and then take a walk down Takeshita Street. Pop into the famous Daiso 100 yen store (amazing for souvenir-shopping), grab a crêpe piled high with strawberries and cream. Get lost in a five-floor toy shop, dive into a monster thrift store, or tackle the chaotic bastion of lolita fashion that is the 13-storey Laforet department store. Be sure to swing by Reissue, where the resident latte artist will recreate a picture of your choosing on top of your coffee, and make a stop at Dog, where Lady Gaga has been known to visit incognito.
Of course, the real draw of Harajuku is the people-watching. Come on the weekend, when the city’s teen army descends in all their candy-coloured, gothic, neo-punk, accessory-spangled glory, and you’ll get to see what this little slice of Tokyo is all about.