Japan

Harajuku streets: morning views

I realised that I haven’t blogged about my trip to Japan at the end of 2014Β at all (nor my 2 day stopover in July) and I have a plethora of images from my trip!

There was one morning where I wanted to go shopping in Harajuku but forgot pretty much everywhere opens shop at 10am or later. Are people in Japan just not morning people? ;-;

 

So I ended up walking around Harajuku and just getting lost in the streets.

 

I truly did get lost in the streets. At the end I had to use Google maps to find my way back to La Foret wtf. Thank god for portable wifi!

 

Anyway here are some of the photos I took on my morning walk. The streets were really serene and mostly quite empty. I loved the little gems hidden in the side streets and interesting buildings!

 

steep narrow streets everywhere!
steep narrow streets everywhere!
All about the natural lighting and privacy from the streets!
All about the natural lighting and privacy from the streets!
I love spiral staircases. Apparently they're no longer legal?
I love spiral staircases. Apparently they’re no longer legal cause they’re too dangerous? Maybe just in NZ…
Beautiful floral arch of wedding dreams
Beautiful floral arch of wedding dreams
High rises and overpasses everywhere
High rises and overpasses everywhere
Giant baby doll in a window. Just casually watching everyone on the street
Giant baby doll in a window. Just casually watching everyone on the street
Perfect high tea-looking house
Perfect high tea-looking house
Pretty sure this is an office building
Pretty sure this is an office building
With an interesting leaning wall.
With an interesting leaning wall.
Colossal building.
Colossal building.
Casual walkway park on the side of a main road
Casual walkway park on the side of a main road
Cute buildings with gardens on the small streets
Cute buildings with gardens on the small streets
Looks to be a shop?
Looks to be a shop?
Such contrast between the first and the higher floors
Such contrast between the first and the higher floors
Soba restaurant deep inside a small street
Soba restaurant deep inside a small street
Such a clean and airy feel <3 I love the shops here!
Such a clean and airy feel <3 I love the shops here!
Slightly off a main road - love the illustrated wall
Slightly off a main road – love the illustrated wall
Shovelling snow, or making a sculpture?
Shovelling snow, or making a sculpture?
Main street in the morning
Main street in the morning
Main street in the morning (the other side of the overpass)
Main street in the morning (the other side of the overpass)
Before all the hipster shops popped up. HIPSTER.
Before all the hipster shops popped up. HIPSTER.
Really love this Ralph Lauren store! <3
Really love this Ralph Lauren store! <3
Small garden off a side street
Small garden off a side street
Magical garden!
Magical garden!
Cobblestones and fall colors <3
Cobblestones and fall colors <3

 

Harajuku is actually a really awesome area to explore. I highly recommend spending an hour or two wandering the side streets away from all the tourist attractions! There are so many hidden corners with surprises around~

  • David Wilson

    Very nice pictures! I thought Harajuku was a sub-style of gyaru,I didn’t know it was an area of Japan.It’s kind of odd seeing the streets almost deserted at that time of the morning.Here in the United States freeways start getting packed with rush hour traffic around 6:00 am on weekdays.If you go to our most famous city,New York City,in the summer crowds of people are out walking the streets pretty much all night.you can walk around the main parts of New York City at 3 or 4 in the morning and feel safe because you will always have lot’s of people around you.I enjoy traveling.My favorite things to do during time off from work are flying and road trips. πŸ™‚ Do you have any travel plans for 2016?

    • Harajuku style actually isn’t related to gyaru – it’s completely separate! And of course, it originated from this area – harajuku πŸ™‚

      Although it’s extremely empty in the morning in Japan, it’s still very safe! Even at 2am on the streets when i think it’s kind of scary to go out lone, apparently it’s really safe still!

      I have a few trips lined up. 2016 is going to be a busy year! Have you got any trips planned yet?

      • David Wilson

        Rina,This comment might be a little lengthy,but I think you’ll find it interesting.Yes,I will be doing some traveling this year,but only in the United States. My two favorite activities now are road trips and piloting airplanes.Ever since I got my Toyota I enjoy traveling even more.I’m in the process of getting tires for my car to get ready for this years travel plans,everything else on the car is in fantastic shape.I used to be an alcoholic and drug addict in my younger days.I stopped after starting to go to church and getting prayer.I used to drink and travel with friends.As I got older,and separated myself from all my old drinking and drug friends,I began to find enjoyment and fullfillment traveling alone.I haven’t really traveled with anyone for a long time,until last year some different people from my church wanted to go to New York City with me.They heard me talking about it all the time…New York is my town!!!…LOL.I have now found that I actually enjoy going on trips with people.One of the best trips I ever made was two months ago with a lady I work with and her two grandaughters,who are 9 yrs. old and 10 yrs. old.We went to the Bronx Zoo,Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum at Time’s Square ( the kids wanted to go there ).We spent the night at a hotel in Newark New Jersey,had an awesome breakfast at the hotel and spent day two in Manhattan doing the Statue of Liberty boatride,walked the Brooklyn Bridge,ate lunch and dinner,and went up to the Top of The Rock at night.NYC looks beautiful at night.To make a long story short,those two kids really won over my heart on that trip and their grandma says that they really like being around me.So we’re planning on taking the kids on several trips in 2016.We’re going to Columbus to the Franklin Conservatory,Pittsburgh Zoo and National Aviary,Cleveland Aquarium,and back to New York.We just took the kids to Wheeling,W.Va. last week to the Oglebay Zoo,mansion and Festival of lights.The mother of those kids drinks and does drugs so me and their grandma try to be a very positive influence when they are with us.They are living with their grandma.Whew…finally done..Perhaps I should start a blog^_^.I’m going to email you some pictures I took in New York and West,Va.The best to you!-D.W.

        P.S.-I never knew I would make such a good ” dad “,but when we went to West Virginia I made sure I had a brand new blanket,pillow,and a stuffed animal for each girl waiting for them in the backseat of the car πŸ˜€

  • I love Harajuku! Even though I really do love shopping in Shibuya I always find my self leaning more towards Harajuku the days I just want to walk around and explore what’s going on around me! I especially love cat street during times when there are hardly any people there, so peaceful and nice <3

    • I agree! Harajuku is more off-beat with interesting little places whereas Shibuya doesn’t seem to have much outside of the really popular shopping areas..

  • It’s super easy to get lost in Harajuku! I once stayed at a friend’s place in Shinjuku, and I practically got lost almost every single time on the way back from the station… lol!

    • OMG totally!! One time I got out the wrong exit in Shinjuku and spent an hour walking around to get to the other side. terrifying! Harajuku is so quaint though, very serene!