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)

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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)

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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! :)

For my list of recommendations, here’s the list below! Many thanks to the kawaii buddy Ashley for the photos and help!

Things to do when in Shibuya:

  • Take a photo at Shibuya Crossing (only when the green light is on! Haha!)
  • Shibuya Center Gai
  • Take a photo with the iconic Hachiko statute
  • Shop at SHIBUYA 109
  • Tower Records (and Tower Records Cafe)
  • Dine at Genki Sushi for a fun sushi experience
  • Try the desserts at Fujiya Cafe (matcha parfait, strawberry shortcake, and so much more!)
  • Have dinner at “and people cafe” (a super cozy & whimsical cafe)
  • Visit Parco Art Museum (Shibuya Parco)
  • Have a memorable experience dining at Alice in Wonderland Restaurant
  • Recommend MALLS: Shibuya Hikarie, Shibuya Mark City, Parco, Seibu, etc.
  • For unique Japanese souvenirs, go to LoFT & Village Vanguard.
  • Take purikura with friends / family at CLUB SEGA. You can also try on kawaii costumes to level up your purikura game!
  • Walk around Koen Dori / Spain Slope (more info: www.japan-guide.com/e/e3007.html)

SPECIAL: Spend the Halloween with friends in Shibuya! It will be the most memorable / craziest Halloween experience you’ll ever have!


THIRD STOP: NIPPORI (日暮里)

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Nippori can be easily accessed using JR Yamanote Line. If you’re into creating, crafting, and designing, then this is indeed your fabric paradise. I used to do a lot of Kawaii D.I.Y. before so Nippori was my second favorite after Harajuku. :)

Dubbed as “Fabric / Textile Town of Tokyo”, this place will make you go crazy with all the cutest buttons, #OnlyInJapan fabric prints (lolita-themed, character patterns, wagara style, etc.), and everything you will need for your fashion design project.

Most students who attend fashion schools in Tokyo frequent this place because the stores have everything that they need. Let’s not forget the quaint streets and small cafes around the town that makes it more charming to visit.

Before visiting this place, make sure you bring enough money! You’ll never know the extent of your hoarding, haha!

For more info, you may read our separate article here.


FOURTH STOP: SHIMOKITAZAWA (下北沢)

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If you want to spend a quiet and relaxing afternoon in Tokyo, I highly recommend Shimokita. Lots of stylish & unique cafes, one-of-a-kind fashion boutiques and vintage shops, artsy corners and instagram-worthy sceneries.

I toured my friend Abbey here when she visited me and we dressed up in a schoolgirl-inspired #ootd. It was a fun day! :)

Read more about our Shimokitazawa adventure here.


FIFTH STOP: UENO (上野)

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Ueno is absolutely one of my favorite places in Tokyo because it has everything that I love: nature and trees, cheap food stalls, toy stores, museums, beautiful facade, kawaii panda-themed food / merchandise, purikura machines, UFO catchers, outlet stores, and more!

What makes it my instant to-go place when I just want to go out is that it’s a very interesting place to document / take photos of.

During summer / spring / special weekends, there are lots of food stalls where you can eat yakitori, matsuri food, crispy chicken karaage, watame (cotton candy in cute packaging!), kawaii character-shaped lollipops, jaga bata (grilled potato with lots of butter), and more!

Ueno park is one of the loveliest spots to visit when it’s the peak of Cherry Blossom blooming.

If you’d like to see more photos of Ueno, here’s my summer photoset from before.


If you enjoyed this kind of post, please do let us know! Do look forward to our next kawaii travel round-up series for Akihabara, Daikanyama, Shinjuku, Shin-okubo, Koenji, Nakano… and more!

Lots of love,

Kaila & Ashley




Broken Doll Kawaii Shop in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo


Going to Shimokitazawa to shop? Don’t forget to check out the Broken Doll Store!

Here are some photos of the shop. Enjoy scrolling! : )

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Broken Doll Kawaii Fashion Store

Broken Doll FB Page

2-10-15 Shimokitazawa Marche 2F
Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
155-0031
Japan

e-mail: brokenmail@brokendoll.jp




Cafés Worth the Visit When in Shimokitazawa


16230105758_61eebef696_bShirohige’s Cream Puff Shop is famous for their Totoro-shaped choux creams. They have various flavours for their choux creams such as custard and cream, strawberry cream, peach cream, maron and maron (chestnuts) cream, chocolate cream, caramel banana cream, and matcha cream. Totoro’s hats and head accessories sets the labels for the flavours.

Address: 3-21-21 Takaidohigashi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3334-4689
Business Hours: 10:30am-7:30pm (Close Mondays)
Homepage: http://www.shiro-hige.com/

 

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Darwin Room – Where you can find a real otter, zebra, butterflies among many other animals preserved. They also have a small cafe area where you can dine.

Address: 5-31-8 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 155-0032
Phone: 03-6805-2638
E-mail: darwinroom@me.com
Business hours: 12:00n-8:00pm

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Inspired by Starbucks is like Starbuck’s older sibling when it comes to style and coffee. They have a bakery section that offers freshly baked scones, apple pie wedges and brownies. For drinks, they have beer and wine. It’s definitely not your ordinary Starbucks branch.

Address: 5-8-13 Daizawa Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 155-0032

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Village Vanguard Diner is best for their loco moco and hamburgers.

Address: 2-10-15 Kitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo, 155-0031

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If you love dreamy and kinfolk-like atmosphere, try Sunday Brunch. They’re offering organic eats and desserts. Although their name suggests Sunday Brunch, spending afternoon tea with friends seem perfect here as they have wide range of cakes and teas.

Address: 2-29-2 Kitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo, 155-0021

Phone: 81-3-5453-3366

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Usagi no Ehon (Rabbit Picture Book) Café is not your ordinary rabbit café because they’ve also teamed up with The World of Peter Rabbit as if we’re not dying about about their rabbits already. Although the area is small, it’s hard to resist this whimsical place.

Address: Kitazawa 3-30-1, K Bldg 2F. Open 1-6pm. Closed Mondays, Thursdays.

Business Hours: 1:00pm-6:00pm (closed on Mondays and Thursdays)