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Kawaii Things To Do in Tokyo: Harajuku, Shibuya, Nippori, Shimokitazawa and Ueno

Konnichiwa Kawaii Travelers!

Kaila here! I am currently on a blogging spree to make up for the months I went inactive last year. For this blog post, I will share some information about my favorite places in Tokyo: Harajuku, Shibuya, Nippori, Shimokitazawa and Ueno!

Please look forward to our “Kawaii Purikura Guide in Tokyo” that we will be sharing in the future as well! ^_^


FIRST STOP: HARAJUKU (原宿)

Harajuku
If you are a huge fan of kawaii culture like we do, a first stop in Harajuku is highly recommended! Don’t go to other places first, lololol. Just kidding! ; )

Whenever I would tour my friends around Harajuku, I’d bring them to purikura machines (neoprint / photo sticker booths), favorite kawaii boutiques, Harajuku crepe & tapioca shops, cutest cafes, and other colorful places (such as Design Festa Gallery).

If I want to be transported in another and more peaceful place, I would just go and walk to Meiji Shrine and enjoy the fresh air and lush green trees. Harajuku = Modern + traditional Japan mixed perfectly!

I love Harajuku because it’s such an inspiring place! Just seeing people pass by flaunting their colorful selves and chid-like beauty is already inspirational for me. Harajuku makes me want “to be me”.


SECOND STOP: SHIBUYA (渋谷)

shibuya

If you’re tired of Harajuku already (maybe after a week of visiting that place, or maybe never…. hahaha), you can just go walk to the Shibuya neighborhood / ward. I think that it’s good exercise after you much on the yummy Harajuku crepes / desserts. Just follow the JR Yamanote Line / rail tracks (Shibuya direction, of course) and enjoy the scenic view! You will be surprised to see a lot of hidden spots + cool graffiti along the way! :)

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The Yamanote Line Tour

Yamanote Line Tour

Original image from TokyoMoob | Illustrations by ChiChi for JLM

“The Yamanote Line (山手線, Yamanote-sen) is Tokyo‘s most important train line. It is a circular line which connects Tokyo’s major city centers. A trip around the whole circle takes approximately one hour.”

(source: www.japan-guide.com)

 

If you’d like to have a no-hassle Kawaii tour around Tokyo, we recommend taking the Yamanote Line and use the train stops as your basis for your itinerary. Our favorite train stops are the following:

  • Shinjuku
    • For: Calico Cat Cafe, Kinokuniya Book Store, My Lord Shopping Mall, Takashimaya, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Alice’s (in Wonderland) Fantasy Restaurant, Ladurée, Bunka, Robot Restaurant, Kagurazaka, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office, Golden Gai, Fire Museum, Shinjuku West Exit Camera Town, Tokyo Toy Museum
  • Harajuku
    • For: Meiji Jingu Shrine, Yoyogi Park, La Foret, Takeshita Street, Vintage Harajuku shops at Ura-hara, Omotesando area, Famous crepes, Freshly-cooked Calbee potato snacks, Q~pot café, LINE store, Pierre Hermé café, Tokyu Plaza, Pompompurin café, Closet Child, Ota Memorial Museum of Art, Cat Street, Rocket, Onitsuka Tiger, KIDDYLAND Harajuku, Niko and ….
  • Shibuya
    • For: Hachiko Statue, Shibuya Crossing / Scramble, Shibuya 109, The Guest Café and Diner, Village Vanguard in Parco, And People Café, Tower Records, Alice (in Wonderland) Dance Land Café, Trump Room, Grimoire, Fake Tokyo, Disney Store, Fujiya Family Restaurant, Loft, Tokyu Hands, Don Quijote, Mugiwara Store, Ichiran Ramen
  • Tokyo
    • For: Beautiful Tokyo Station, Tokyo Imperial Palace, Ginza, Hama Rikyu Gardens, Tokyo Tower, Roppongi, Marunouchi, Daimaru Department Store, Nijubashi Bridge, International Forum, Nakadori Avenue, Kitte shopping complex, Marunouchi Brick Square, Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum
  • Akihabara
    • For: Tax-free Japanese gadgets / electronics, Maid cafés, Don Quijote, Anime merchandise, Otaku culture, Chuo Dori, Yodobashi electronics store, Akihabara Crossfield, Sofmap, Laox, Manga cafés, Anime center, Home Café, Mandarake, Akihabara Dai Building, Radio Kaikan
  • Ueno
    • For: National museums and parks, Ameyokocho, Kawaii pandas, Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo National Museum, Asakusa, Sensoji Temple, Edo-Tokyo Museum, Rikugien, Ueno Park, Tokyo Solamachi, Botanical Garden, Yanaka, Kappabashi, Ryogoku, Sugamo
  • Nippori
    • For: Nippori Fabric Town (Japanese textile, kawaii fabrics), Yanaka, Tennoji Temple, 10 manju shop
  • Ikebukuro
    • For: Sunshine City, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, Electronic stores (Bic Camera, Yamada Denki), Shopping at (Tobu, Seibu, Marui) department stores Loft, Seibu, Otome Road, Namja Town, Sunshine 60 Observatory, J-World Tokyo
  • Shin-Okubo
    • For: Korean town, K-pop fans, Idol Park Cafe, Toppoki, Korean BBQ / yakiniku

For more info about each stop, click here.