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Travel: Harajuku, Tokyo (+ Johnny’s shop)

23:30 JST February 7, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Arashi billboard at KDDI au mobile shop (photo area 1)

Finally, I think I have enough material to write about my favourite place in Tokyo!  Harajuku!

I have quite a few photos so I’ve posted a Google Map of Harajuku at the end and have marked some places with a number to represent the area where I took photos.

Harajuku station (JR Yamanote line) (photo area 3)

Johnny’s Shop

The one place every Johnny’s fan needs to check out is Tokyo’s Johnny’s shop:

  • Where: the shop is a short walk away from Harajuku JR station and the Meiji-jingu-mae subway station.
  • You can walk to the Johnny’s shop yourself, but sometimes they tell me it’s full and I have to line up or get a ticket at the nearby park.

Small park where to line up for Johnny’s shop (photo area 3)

  • So, go to the park (see above photo) and you’ll see a Johnny’s shop staff member there wearing a jacket or vest with the “Johnny’s Shop” logo on it.  He or she will either tell you to join the queue, or they’ll give you a ticket that will have a specific time written on it.  You need to come back to the park by the time written on your ticket in order to get into the shop.  E.g. if your ticket says “11:30am”, come back to the park by 11:30am to join the group of other 11:30am-ers.  A staff member will check your ticket and escort you to the shop.

The Johnny’s shop is a short walk down this street (photo area 3)

  • Once in the shop, it’s down to business.  The main attraction is the hundreds of Johnny’s talents photos, as well as memorabilia.
  • What to do: grab a pen and an order form from inside the shop.  You need to fill out one order form for each Johnny’s group.  In other words, if you want to buy photos of Arashi and KAT-TUN, you need to fill out one form for Arashi, and another form for KAT-TUN.  Write the name of the group you’re buying photos of at the top (I’ve marked it red in the photo).

Johnny’s shop order form

  • Every photo has a code number, which can range from #1 – 800.  Find the photo(s) you want, find it’s code number on the order form, and then write down how many of copies of that photo you want to buy next to the code number.
  • Cost: Each photo costs 150 yen.
  • Line up at the cashier, hand over your order form(s) and a staff member will get all of your photos for you.

Photos I bought today (I thought I did pretty well…only 10 photos)

  • Shop hours: 10am – 7pm daily
  • Address: 1F Il Sarche building, 1-14-21 Jingu-mae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001

Places to shop in Harajuku

The most famous street in Harajuku is 竹下通り, Takeshita street (photo below)

Takeshita Street, Harajuku (photo area 2)

You’ll find a lot of cheap and fun clothing shops, crepe shops, restaurants, and a few ticket offices here.

It’s pretty safe here, but do watch out for some guys who will try to invite you into their stores.  They’re kind of like street hawkers, and as far as I can see, they try to invite you into their restaurant.  I wouldn’t say they’re doing anything illegal, it’s just that they can get annoying when they start walking with you and asking you more questions.

12 May 2012: Walking down Takeshita street (photo area 4)

When you get out of Takeshita street, you’ll see the KDDI au mobile shop.

Feb 2011: I liked it when there were Arashi posters up (photo area 1)

From here, there are a lot of other places to shop:

  • La Foret is a huge shopping mall down the road from the KDDI au shop, close to the large intersection between Omotesando and Meiji dori.  Across the road, Tokyu Plaza just opened up in May 2012.  Behind these places there are huge H&M and Forever 21 shops.

12 May 2012: La Foret (left) and Tokyu Plaza (right)

  • The back streets of Harajuku have an infinite number of shops.  Behind the KDDI au mobile shop, you’ll find women’s clothes, mens clothes, shoes, hats, yukata (summer kimono), gothic lolita shops, and a number of other cool shops (photo area 5).  A lot of shop attendants have told me that they spot Johnny’s talents shopping around Harajuku from time to time.  One pointed out a shop TOKIO’s Tomoya Nagase had shopped at once, and someone else told me they’d seen KAT-TUN’s Koki Tanaka hanging around Harajuku a few times.

12 May 2012: Photo area 5

 

  • I’ve noticed that the backstreets (photo area 6) on the other side of the main street, Omotesando, have a lot of international labels (DKNY, Paul Smith, Anna Sui, Adidas, etc.) as well as local brands.  For toy lovers, KIDDYLAND has moved to this area temporarily because they’re re-building their Omotesando shop (still as of May 2012).

Feb 2011: Photo area 6

  • Omotesando is a main street, one down from Takeshita street.  I’ve heard it been called Japan’s Champs-Élysées.  There are some cool shops here (ZARA, Lacoste, Puma, etc), but also a lot of expensive labels (Chanel, Bulgari, Missoni, Ralph Lauren, Dior, etc).  Again, a generally safe place to hang out, there’s a police station just outside the Ralph Lauren shop down Omotesando.  People who are mildly annoying are hairdressers and talent scouts.  Sometimes someone might approach you asking, “have you cut your hair recently?  I’m a hairdresser in a salon nearby…”.  They’re not aggressive, and they’ll kindly leave you alone if you say, “no thanks”, so don’t worry.  The other people who might approach you are talent scouts.  I know some of them are genuine scouts, but the others aren’t as genuine so watch out.  These people aren’t aggressive either and they’ll leave you alone if you say, “no thanks” or just shake your head.

12 May 2012: Omotesando (photo area 7)

12 May 2012: Don’t forget to explore the small streets away from the main road (photo area 7)

That’s it for now!  If I think of anything else I’ve forgotten, I’ll update you🙂 (added a few things on February 8 )

Map thanks to Google maps

  • Areas neighbouring with Harajuku: Shibuya, Aoyama, Shinjuku
  • Other significant places around Harajuku: Yoyogi Park, Yoyogi Dai-ichi Taikukan (concert venue for a lot of Johnny’s concerts), Meiji Shrine, Omotesando Hills

* This post was updated 19 May 2012.

Categories: Travel
  1. nadie
    04:03 JST February 8, 2011 at 4:03 AM

    ciao,
    I’m Italian
    I’m a fan of Kat tun and News, Nakamaru and Massu especially,
    thanks for your blog, is interesting, has a lot of precious information, is very important for people who love Japan
    sorry for my bad english

    • 10:53 JST February 8, 2011 at 10:53 AM

      @nadie:

      Thank you for coming by today!

      Your English is fine, don’t worry!🙂

      I love the combination of Nakamaru and Massu too v(>v<)/

      Momo xoxo

  2. Yan
    10:09 JST February 8, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    One day – ONE DAY – I shall go to Japan!
    😛

    • 10:53 JST February 8, 2011 at 10:53 AM

      @Yan:

      I’m sure you will!!! Go!!!

      Momo xoxo

  3. joan
    22:17 JST February 8, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    oh! another travel update. hihi🙂
    will include this on my journal maybe tomorrow or when i’m free. i only udate KT’s & yamapi’s today.
    i still have lotsa paper works to do. *sniffs*

    thanks momo!
    i miss talking to you sweetie *hugs*

    take care ne?

    • joan
      22:19 JST February 8, 2011 at 10:19 PM

      omigad.. so many typos. haha😀
      sorry about that.
      i’m actually really sleepy. i wanted to leave you a comment before i sleep so yeah🙂

      good night dear~

      • 12:53 JST February 9, 2011 at 12:53 PM

        @joan:

        You’re better than me, I chose sleep! Lol

    • 12:52 JST February 9, 2011 at 12:52 PM

      @joan:

      Thanks! You take care too!

      Still go to your live journal blog every day😉

      Momo xoxo

  4. jana
    22:55 JST February 9, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    Oh, I should definitely go to this shop, I heard about it but hadn’t the slightest idea there’s a time schedule when you want to visit it :))) Thanks so much for a detailed description!

    • 23:24 JST February 9, 2011 at 11:24 PM

      @jana:

      You’re welcome!

      I wouldn’t say there’s a time schedule every day…but weekends tend to be the busiest time.
      Depending on what day you’re there, maybe go when it’s about to open?

      Momo xoxo

  5. michelle
    21:26 JST March 6, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    I was just in harajuku yesterday to get my hair cut and i met
    (1) annoying “street hawker”
    (2) mildly annoying hairdresser (and I just had my hair cut too -_-” for a moment, it made me wonder if my cut was bad and i LOOKED like i needed one)
    (3) possibly dubious? talent scout (though he did want to give me a business card…hmm *shrugs*)
    (4) a tv crew who were grabbing people to interview! i managed to avoid them *phew*

    All in all, Harajuku’s FUN xD I like going there when I feel restless. I always return home satisfied and more than a little amused~

    • 09:47 JST March 8, 2011 at 9:47 AM

      @michelle:

      I love going there too😀

      Thanks for commenting!

      Momo xoxo

  6. sakura girl
    17:52 JST October 22, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Hello there, I’m Malaysian…a big fan of yamapi and ryo-chan..
    It was very interesting travel, thank you for the information especially about Johnny’s shop…hope to visit there someday…

    what else is sold in the shop??? another item eg. poster, photobook, calendar? how about the price? is it reasonable? tq very much~

    • 13:49 JST October 25, 2011 at 1:49 PM

      @sakura girl:

      I must update those travel posts…
      Hmmmmm

      The shop is mainly just polaroid-like photos of all the Johnny’s talents, either as a group, solo photos, pairs, etc.

      They have a few bits and pieces of merchandise, but I’ve found it’s mainly Johnny’s Jr. stuff.
      They seem to push fans to buy group merchandise at concert venues.

      Hope that helps!

      Momo xoxo

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