Last summer I spent part of my trip to Japan in Tokyo with some friends for 10 days. Here is part 1. Just a warning that this post is very picture heavy
We decided to visit 原宿 (Harajuku) on our first day. We went on a weekday so it wasn’t as busy as it usually is.
Our first stop was Meiji Jingu, a very popular shrine in the heart of Harajuku. At most, the walk to the shrine from the entrance took 10 minutes. Thanks to the beautiful trees, we got to have a shaded walk that protected us from the immense heat.
えま(Ema) are wooden plaques that you write your wishes/prayers on. It cost us (i think) 600円 for a single plaque. We also picked up a few good luck charms at the store as well.
Here’s a great guide that explains all the steps that you’ll need for your shrine visit
Be sure to have some change to throw into the offertory box!
Since Meiji Jingu is so close to the station, that meant our next stop was the oh so famous,竹下通り(Takeshita Street). It’s impossible to not find the street because it’s the first thing you see as you exit the station.
There are lots of different stores in the street but be sure to wander outside as well! Many other great shops and cafes exist so give em some love After you get to the end of the street, if you cross to the other side, you’ll be able to find the LINE store. There were so many cute LINE goods with my faves, Cony & Brown, on them. Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s still a great place for cute pictures
We then just stopped at some ramen place in the area to grab some lunch and headed off to our next destination, Kiddyland. This place was really paradise. If you are a fan of character goods, you NEED to come here. I wish that I could have bought it all Our group just decided to meet up after an hour or so since we all have our different biases. Needless to say, we all did major damage…..
We then chilled at a Starbucks to cool off from the heat. Be sure to check the Starbucks out! Japan is big on limited-edition items and that applies to food. During our stay, the special drink at the time was a Peach Frappucino. It was SOOO good, even though the price was a bit much. No worries though, they also have the standard drinks as well.
That’s the end for our first day in Tokyo! There will be other posts coming as well (not sure when bc school)
Here were the highlights and spots for the day
- Meiji Jingu
- Takeshita Dori
- LINE Store
- Ramen Lunch
- Japanese Starbucks
Thanks for reading! I’m happy to answer any questions that you have about Japan so feel free to ask them