Harajuku Tour + Kawaii Monster Cafe

In this video, we take you on a Harajuku Tour and also go inside the famous Kawaii Monster Cafe!

Harajuku is one of the best-known neighbours in all of Tokyo and it is synonymous with shopping, youth culture and fashion. We walked the full length of Takeshita Street, the beating heart of Harajuku, to give you a taste of what this place has to offer.

Along the way, we visited outdoor vending stalls, cute boutiques, candy stores and cosplay shops where you can find costumes and wigs in every colour of the rainbow.

Takeshita can get very crowded – we discovered that the first time we visited on a weekend – so for this video, we came back on a weekday morning when there were fewer people. It was a far better experience as this time around we could actually browse the shops and explore Harajuku a bit more leisurely.

One place that we didn’t want to miss on our Harajuku tour was the Kawaii Monster Cafe, which is quite unusual as far as themed cafes and concept cafes go. This place feels a bit like a nightclub set in a children’s fantasy land. It is loud, colourful, and dizzying – basically one of those experiences that you can only have in Japan!

We found the Kawaii Monster Cafe fascinating at first because we had never seen anything quite like it, but the charm wore off soon enough. The food was mediocre and eating there was expensive. We had to pay an admission fee of 500 yen per person to enter the cafe, and on top of that, each person had to order one meal and one beverage. It came to around $40 USD, and well, we’ll let you judge the food at Kawaii Monster Cafe base on our footage.

After eating at the cafe, we returned to Takeshita Street to continue our tour of Harajuku. We browsed through a few more shops, picked up some souvenirs, and sampled some candy along the way – have we mentioned that there are a lot of candy stores on this street?!

And that pretty much sums up our visit to Harajuku. Hopefully, this video gave you an idea of what Takeshita Street and the surrounding area have to offer.

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This is part of our Travel in Japan video series showcasing Japanese food, Japanese culture and Japanese attractions.

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