Harajuku is a magic town which attracts young and old. As a teenage kid in 80s, Harajuku was mecca for me. I was excited and loved to go to see young people dancing with dressing up in an outrageous costume in Takeshita-dori Street. They were called ‘Takenoko-zoku’ and also hanging around with friends in this street where used to be many shops of idle singers.
Takeshia-dori as a teenage fashion street, still attracts young generation. I don’t know why but we always went to eat Pizza in Shakey’s which is still on the side of Omotesando St.
In my 40s, I am still in love with this magic town. I suggest the things you should see and do in Harajuku for adults. Firstly I suggest you visiting Meiji Shrine 2 min from Harajuku sta. Meiji Shrine is an oasis in the big city, guarded by a forest 170,000 trees.
After Meiji Shrine, you will love to stroll along Ura Harajuku where is on the back streets of Omotesando main street, and also Cat St. which were known as a center of Japanese youth culture and fashion.
I suggest stopping by Ukiyo-e museum ‘Ota Memorial Museum of Art’. The museum is quite small so, it would take you 1 hour to enjoy looking at the Ukiyo-e.
There are many small, independent boutiques fancy shops, also the world’s well-known brand shops and cafes in this area. Oriental bazaar where you can find Japanese antiques, furniture, kimono and other fancy goods. If you are interested in Buddha statues as interior decorations, suggest stopping by isumu where you can find many small Buddha statues.
If you are looking for quiet restaurants, I suggest Ukai-tei (Teppan yaki- stak) which you can savor premium quality grilled dishes in the elegant and stately 150 year old merchant house portraying a perfect harmony between traditional Japanese and western beauty.
Masuda in Aoyama also on the backstreet of Omotesando is a fine sushi restaurant. The chef Rei Masuda worked at Sukiyabashi Jiro for nine years before opening his restaurant in 2014. You can enjoy their two-hour dinner slot in a more relaxed atmosphere. (close at lunch time)
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