Harajuku is about crepes, cosplayers, trendy fashion, and many students in uniforms. It’s the place where you go to unlease your inner quirkiness. However, there were not so many cosplayers when we were there. I did notice people wearing seriously cool boots, and clothes.
Harajuku refers to the area around Harajuku Station and Omotesando, which is one the centers of Japanese youth culture and fashion. The center is the Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street), where you can find trendy fashion, many crepe shops, cotton candy shop, and murals. The Harajuku Station itself has very unique architecture, too bad I failed to take a documentation of it. There are many international fashion brand flagship store in the area, including Gap Inc., Forever 21, Uniqlo, Topshop and H&M.
Let’s talk about crepes! This road is filled with crepes shops, you just need to choose one, they all look so delicious. I did some Googling before visiting, and some names like Angel’s Heart, Marion Crepes, and Santa Monica Crepes popped up. Angel’s Heart and Marion Crepes have been in the business since 1970s, and they are located just opposite of each other. We opted for Angel’s Heart, and ordered the Salted Caramel Cheese Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream. Seriously, yummy! The filling was just right and the crepes was crispy.
We also tried Beard Papa’s Chocolate Croquant Choux, which we never found in our hometown. The pastry was so crispy, and the chocolate tasted so delicous. I wanted to finish it all by myself, I really didn’t want to share with Papap. LOL! I will definately grab some when they sell this in Jakarta.
Dress up, please! Just unleash whatever quirkiness you have inside. Don’t worry, you won’t be alone. I always have some militry-chic-wannabe inside.
Murals! They have some very interesting murals here and there, you might not notice due to the crowd. It’s a great place to take some photos.
There was this woman bag shop, where the seller kept on advertising with a horn speaker, I find it very interesting.
I found this shop with very cute boots in it. I really wanted to adopt one, but I don’t know where to wear these back home. It would be an overkill to be used only in malls. They also have very interesting clothing shops, and I regret for no buying that kimono style shirt. I still have the image burnt in my mind. Haha!
Baby-friendly level: Low
We brought a stroller and baby carrier, and we survived. It is still possible to use a stroller, despite the crowd. However, it would be more difficult to manuver, than a baby carrier, due to the very crowded street. I still recommend a baby carrier, especially if you have a younger baby. It might be frightening will the amount of stangers around.
Be unique, dress up, and take photos!
Please try Beard Papa’s Chocolate Croquant Choux! You won’t regret it.
You can explore Yogogi Park and/or Omotesando and Aoyama within the same day. We went to Omotesando area after our stroll along Takeshita Dori.
Photos by CameradPhoto