It's the neighbourhood that gave us Lolita girls, decora, the pancake boom and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Harajuku has been the epicentre of Tokyo teen fashion (and vintage stores) for decades, and it's still nurturing unorthodox, garish styles even as big-name international retailers like H&M, Forever 21 and American Eagle Outfitters muscle in on the area. Join us on a trip around Harajuku's best restaurants, cafés, gift shops and fashion boutiques – lots of fashion boutiques. And if these 50 things to do in Harajuku aren't enough for you, make sure to check out our guide to Tokyo's very best shops.
Pick up a few cutesy curios
[CLOSED] Overseen by fashion snapper Yasumasa Yonehara, Harajuku's very own souvenir shop is the go-to place for all your kawaii needs, from cute phone covers to clothes and accessories. Moshi Moshi Kawaii Harajuku
Buy your own Chairman Mao
[CLOSED] Leopard-print crockery, Chairman Mao memorabilia – there's no telling exactly what you might find in this cluttered backstreet bazaar, where the unique atmosphere is a draw in itself. Bunkaya Zakkaten