A forest in the middle of the city. A temple hidden in the forest. That is the magic of Meiji Jingū. Hidden in plain sight, and surrounded by the haste and the noises of the metropolis, this place is a source of peace and silence.
Tōgō shrine is located really close to the usually crowded Takeshita street. If I have to cross from Harajuku station to Meiji street I prefer to take a detour and enjoy a few minutes of peace walking across this shrine. And of course take a couple of pictures.
Originally designed to lead visitors to Meiji Jingū, today's Omotesandō is a mixture of extravagant buildings, expensive shops and long lines of people waiting to get inside in some of the trendiest restaurants in Tokyo. A nice place to visit either if you want to do some shopping or just spend some time delighting a cappuccino.
Meiji Dori is a huge avenue that connects several of the main neighborhoods of Tokyo. You might think that is not really interesting to walk across a street filled with cars and stores, and I would agree. Still I find the alleys and secondary streets along Meiji Dori really interesting and worth visiting
Harajuku is the place to see and be seen. Whether you want to hunt for the latest fashion trends or going for a coffee to a fancy restaurant, walking around Harajuku station never disappoints.
Yoyogi park is a huge park located close to Harajuku station. Usually quite busy on weekends this park can become a showcase of different people practicing all kinds of activities. From jugglers, to live performances, is definitely fun to browse. But if you are looking for a quiet place, Yoyogi park is big enough to enclose several hidden and beautiful places.