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Tokyo - Harajuku & Aoyama (PDF Chapter)
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This is the Harajuku & Aoyama chapter from Lonely Planet’s Tokyo guidebook.
Harajuku is Tokyo’s real-life catwalk, a world-renowned shopping destination where the ultra-chic (and chic-in-training) come to browse and be seen. In Aoyama, there are some swanky establishments that fuel the well-heeled after hours. There are some excellent dinner options, if you’ve planned for a splurge night.
- leave the city behind as you pass through the towering cedar torii (gate), which marks the entrance to the abode of the gods, and follow the wooded, gravel path to Meiji-jingū, Tokyo’s most impressive Shintō shrine.
- gawk at the contemporary architecture on Omote-sandō, the work of Japan’s leading architects, and the eyebrow-raising consumerism along this wide, tree-lined boulevard.
- stretch out on the grassy lawn or catching a food festival at Yoyogi-kōen, the city’s most popular park, which buzzes with life on weekends.
- restaurants & bars
Coverage includes: Neighbourhood Top Five, Local Life, Getting There & Away, Sights, Eating, Drinking & Nightlife, Entertainment, Shopping, Sports & Activities.
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