Let’s walk and drop in special spots in a metropolis Tokyo!!

Let’s walk and drop in special spots in a metropolis Tokyo!!

Let's walk the area of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics 3.

Harajuku Station→
Sendagaya Station

Start from Harajuku’s most famous spot, Takeshita Street where you can enjoy super instagrammable sweets and fashion goods. Fashion area of Sendagaya, so-called “Dagaya-sando”, we will visit the historic Hatonomori Hachiman Shrine. Walking east, viewing the symbolic National Stadium on your left, we will head for the Japan Olympic Museum. Learn and feel the Olympism by the elaborately planned exhibitions looking forward to the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

Start 

Harajuku Station(JR Yamanote Line

Goal 

Sendagaya Station  (JR Chuo Line, Sobu Line

Distance 

about 3.6

Hours 

about 50mins

Standard time for stopover places 

1.5 hour
60 minutes
30 minutes
60 minutes

Standard Time of this route 

about 4hours 50mins

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Walking routes in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic area3
Start from Harajuku’s most famous spot, Takeshita Street. Fashion area of Sendagaya, so-called “Dagaya-sando”, we will visit the historic Hatonomori Hachiman Shrine.Walking east, viewing the National Stadium, we will head for the Japan Olympic Museum.Look forward to the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. 

Route Description

4mins 250m

10mins 650m

3mins 240m

4mins 260m

5mins 300m

6mins 450m

LinkIcon Japan Olympic Museum

Fountain, Rose garden, Olympic memorial lodging.

15mins 1.1km

Route Guide

Go out from the East Exit of JR Harajuku Station LinkIcon  and go to the left. When you get to the Harajuku-takeshita Exit, cross the traffic signal on your right. Go through the flashy colorful entrance arch and you are on theTakeshita Street LinkIcon . 360 meters long street is lined by many trendy shops where you will enjoy discovering inexpensive and fashionable clothes and goods.  Drop in at cotton candy, crepe and other popular sweets shops, too. 
Hitting Meiji Street, go to the left. Turn left at the Sendagaya Elementary School intersection and take the alley at the first corner on your right. This area is called “Dagaya-sando”. Recently, it is focused for its unique interior shops and stylish cafés on a quiet cozy alley inviting you to step inside. Café LORANS. LinkIcon adjoined to the flower shop is one of the must spots. Enjoy pretty and healthy food in the atmosphere full of flowers. Go along the alley and you will get to the Sendagaya 3-chome intersection at Meiji Street again. You will see the pink wall of the Tea Stand NANA LinkIcon  across the street. Let’s choose your favorite tea drink at the stand to refresh your-self. Go straight and there stand the Torii Gate of Hatonomori Hachiman Shrine LinkIcon  at the right corner of Hatonomori-hachiman Shrine intersection. After the worship at the main shrine, let’s try the pigeon shaped fortune lot and climb the small “Mt. Fuji”. Leaving from the back Torii Gate, go to the right, turn left at the Jingumae 2 intersection and go straight.
Going through the Sendagaya Tunnel to the Senjuin intersection, a huge Japan National Stadium LinkIcon  jumps into your eyes on your left. As you go along the street, you will get to the Nihon-seinenkan intersection.  Japan Olympic Museum LinkIcon  is located at the right corner of this intersection.  Let’s take a picture in front of the five-ring Olympic symbol and learn and experience different aspects of Olympics from the exhibion inside the facility.
Go counter-clockwise along the New Japan National Stadium and you will reach the goal,JR Sendagaya Station LinkIcon .  Toei(Metropolitan) subway station, Kokuritsu-kyogijo Station is right in front.

Guide of Drop-in Spots

Symbols

見どころ・遊び場
highlight. Entertainment
レストラン・食事処
restaurant
カフェ・ドリンクスタンド
cafe
買い物スポット
shopping spot
宿泊施設
accommodations

見どころ・遊び場
highlight. Entertainment

レストラン・食事処
restaurant

カフェ・ドリンクスタンド
cafe

買い物スポット
shopping spot

宿泊施設
accommodations

LinkIcon Harajuku Station START

Harajuku Station of JR Yamanote line, East Exit
Meiji-Jingumae for Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line and Fukutoshin Line, No.2 Exit

Station for JR Yamanote line. This station is always crowded with the people visiting the mecca for teenagers, Hrajuku and for worshipping at Meiji Shrine. The new station building was opened in March, 2020. Bright and spacious station building makes the flow of the passangers smooth and speedy compared to the old one. The retro-style old station building with a spire built in Taisho period had been popular for a long time, however, it was demolished in August, 2020.

The new station building has been used since March, 2020.

We will use the East Exit today. Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line station is right next to it.

LinkIcon Takeshita Street

Epicenter of “Kawaii” culture of Tokyo

This is the street where the “Kawaii (cute, pop and shionable)” culture had started in Harajuku, or in Tokyo. Before the spread of COVID-19, it was crowded with teenagers and young people from all over the world. It is a must spot for Tokyo sightseeing and is a mecca for the girls who loves “Kawaii”. Teenagers grab crepe, sweets and fast food in their hands walking the 360-meter pedestrians paradise (vehicle-free) has become their trendy style. Side streets are lined by many fascinating shops like “Kawaii” fashion boutiques, trendy shops and cafés. There is so much to see and do that time flies when you are at Takeshita Street!

Takeshita Street entrance arch balloon decorations change regularly.

Unique spray arts on shop shutters.

Every part of the street is “Kawaii”.

Girls from all over the world gather for the “Kawaii” fashion items.

There are café for mame-shiba (Shiba Inu), mame-buta (pig) and owls.

Takeshita Street

Address

1 chome Jingumae Shibuya-kuv

Access

1 min walk from Takeshita exit of JR Harajuku Sta.

TOTTI CANDY FACTORY in Harajuku

Must in Takeshita Street is to taste rainbow color cotton candy! 

Fluffy cotton candy shop. They make 45cm diameter huge cotton candy using different flavor and colored granuated sugar. Flavors are plain, strawberry, lemon, melon, soda and grape. The most popular is the Harajuku Rainbow limited to the Harajuku shop. First floor is the fashionable strawberry candy shop “Strawberry Fetish”. Fresh strawberry covered with candy is the new trendy sweets in Takeshita Street. The big strawberry- shaped coach is a perfect photo spot.

Cute pink dotted design.

Shop full of pastel colors. You can have cotton candies in a pail or a cup for take out. Animal cake-pop is also popular.

So exciting to watch the procedure of making huge cotton candy, getting bigger and bigger!!

Harajuku shop limited “Rainbow” cotton candy ¥950.

Strawberry Fetish on the first floor is full of strawberry displays.

Ichigo-ame (Strawberry candy) long ¥750.

TOTTI CANDY FACTORY Harajuku Shop

Address

1-16-5 Jingumae Shibuya-ku

Tel

03-3403-7007

Closed

No holiday

Hours

11:00-20:00
*for the time being Regular holiday and Business hours are subject to change for prevention of coronavirus infection. Please contact the shop in advance.

Website

http://www.totticandy.com/

THANK YOU MART in Takeshita Street

All ¥390 “Kawaii” goods shop

Like all 100 yen shop, this is all ¥390 (tax not included)shop. Many used clothes and imported goods are sold and not only for the good “cospa” (cost performance) but for the cute characters, goods and color you can only find here makes this shop so popular among girls. It has a large selection of fashion items such as bags and small articles, also stuffed animals, cushions, towels, stationaries, smart phone cases, etc. It is always crowded with the people coming to get the items you can only get here. 

Eye-catching logo sign at the Takeshita Street shop.

The most popular “Pure Girly Series”. Cute pastel color and skelton type pass case and pochette, tote bag, handy fan, etc.

The top selling is “Pien cushion”. The big hit emoji (emoticon) “pien” character is used for the goods.

Regular popular item No.1 is the “Hair Iron”. Small but high quality. ¥390 of course.

Cute smart phone cases line up.

Colorful socks in wide variety.

THANK YOU MART in Takeshita Street

Address

175bankan Building B1F, 1-7-3 Jingumae Shibuya-ku

Tel

03-3479-2664

Closed

No holiday

Hours

10:00-20:00

Website

http://www.390yen.jp

LinkIcon LORANS. social flower & smoothie shop Harajuku

Enchanted by the beautiful smoothie and open-sandwitches

Café adjoined to the flower shop. They serve wide variety and high quality food such as open-sandwiches, dry curry with poached egg, white tomato risotto and different kinds of fruit granola. There are seven standard smoothies using fresh fruits and vegetables. Each smoothie is in vivid color with title of flower name. The meals and drinks served here use natural ingredients and no additives. Each menu item is arranged beautifully with the sense of flower designing. In order to contribute to the social role, the 3/4 of the employee is the people who is living with a disabilities. It is a enchanting place to enjoy lovely and healthy foods surrounded by flowers.

A lot of greenery welcomes you.

Shop full of flowers. There are tables and counters facing the street.

Strawberry open sandwich with edible flowers ¥792.

Seven standard smoothies ¥550~880. Rose Bouquet using edible rose and rose extracts ¥1320.

Refreshing flower fregrance fulfill the shop. Many people come to buy the flowers.

Representative of the shop, Mizuki Fukuju, a flower designer and also has a teacher’s license for the special support school.

LORANS. social flower & smoothie shop Harajuku

Address

3-54-15 Sendagaya Shibuya-ku

Tel

03-6434-0607

Closed

No holiday

Hours

11:30-19:00(18:30L.O.)

Access

5 min walk from Takeshita exit of JR Harajuku Sta.
5 min walk from 2 exit of Tokyo metro Fukutoshin-line Kitasando Sta.

Website

https://www.floran-jp.com/harajuku/

LinkIcon Tea Stand NANA

Drinks, shaved ice, etc. Exciting Tea Menu welcomes you

Drink stand with baby-pink wall. It is a take out shop where specially blended tea and tea-drinks by the “Kocha Oji (Tea Prince)” from the Tea Specialty Shop “Tea room NANA” in Saitama City are served.
Blended tea menu changes each month with its own story. At the adjoining shop “Kooriya Kimiko”, you can taste tea-flavor shaved ice and Ochazuke (rice in tea).The gorgeous shaved ice is covered with the tea blended by the “Kocha Oji”, syrup, abundant seasonal fruits and nuts. Ochazuke has a specially selected topping and it comes with small side dish makes you quite full. The aromatic flavor of each menu leads to a rediscovery of the tastefulness of tea.

Take out only shop. Order and receive here.

Royal Milk Tea Float ¥730. Benches outside.

“Koriya Kimiko” has a small eat-in space. Reservation required.

Cute pink cup is nice to carry around.

Tea flavored shaved ice comes with a cup of tea ¥1350 (tax not included).

At the eat-in space, there is a Onigiri (rice ball) menu and you can order a heart-shaped Onigiri, too.

Tea Stand...7

Address

3-14-3 Sendagaya Shibuya-ku

Tel

03-5413-0578

Closed

Irregular holidays

Hours

11:00-18:00
Kori-Ya Kimiko 12:00-17:00(Reservation is required on weekdays.)

Access

2 min walk from 2 exit of Tokyo metro Fukutoshin-line Kitasando Sta.

Website

http://www.kouchaouji.com/shop.html

LinkIcon Hatonomori Hachiman Shrine

Old Shrine in Sendagaya where you can climb a miniature Mt. Fuji

Founded in 860, the shrine has been enshrined as the Sochinju (local Shinto deity) in Sendagaya area. In the precinct, there is a Fujizuka, a mound created to imitate Mt.Fuji for the people who cannot climb the real Mt.Fuji to share the spiritual light of the god. It is one of the great Fujizuka of “Edo Hachi-fuji (Eight miniature Mt Fuji of Edo) and by climbing it, you can learn and feel the Mt Fuji worship service among the people in Edo period.
Shogi Kaikan building, the headquarters of the Japan Shogi Association, is right across the shrine. In the hexagon shaped Shougi-do, the “Okoma”, Noa large Japanese shogi piece, dedicated from the association is displayed. There is also Nohgaku-do (Noh theater) and Hatonomori Takiginou, Noh theater performed at night in the torchlight, is performed once a year. (additional fee charged)

The main entrance is at the corner of Hatonomori-hachiman Jinja intersection.

The main building made of all Japanese cypress. Flowers and daily items are painted on the ceiling.

Fujizuka was made in 1789 and is the oldest one in Tokyo.

At the summit, there is a Okunomiya (rear shrine) of Sengen Shrine like the summit of real Mt. Fuji.

Cute pigeon shaped Omikuji or a written fortune . English version is also available.

You can have Goshuin (Red Stamp Seal) for a fee on your Goshin Stamp book that you carry from both Hatonomori-hachiman Shrine and Fuji Sengen Shrine.

Many Shogi players come to Shogi-do to pray for the improvement of their skill.

Votive tablets(Ema)for improving the skills are dedicated at the Shogi-do.

Hatonomori Hachiman Shrine

Address

1-1-24 Sendagaya Shibuya-ku

Tel

03-3401-1284

Closed

No holiday

Hours

The precinct is free

Admission Fees 

Free

Access

5 min walk from JR Sendagaya Station
5 min walk from Kitasando Station for Tokyo metro Fukutoshin line
5 min walk from Kokuritsukyogijo Station for Toei Oedo line

Website

http://www.hatonomori-shrine.or.jp/publics/index/135/#googtrans

LinkIcon Japan National Stadium

Main Stadium for Tokyo Olympics & Paralympics

Japan National Stadium for the Tokyo Olympics was completed in autumn 2019. The Stadium is flat-roofed and it makes the height less than 50 meters which allows the structure to blend in with the surrounding Jingu Gaien environments. It is constructed with the world-class state-of-the-art technologies to make the building sustainable for a century. Imposing the traditional beauty of Japan and making the audience area environment comfortable using natural principles, high-spec field maintenance and effective flow-line of people.
The new stadium was constructed on the ground after the old stadium was demolished. It comprises five levels above ground and two levels below with 60,000 seats. It will serve as the main stadium for the Tokyo Olympics. Stadium is now under the preparation for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics that it closed for the observation. You can see the stadium from the sidewalk outside of the fence.

Aerial photo of the Japan National Stadium.You can apparently see that it is located in the green belt from Meiji-jingu-gaien, Shinjuku-gyoen, Akasaka Goyochi, and to the Imperial Palace.
(Copyright:JAPAN SPORT COUNCIL)

Large monument is at the South side of the Japan National Stadium.
(Copyright:JAPAN SPORT COUNCIL)

woods from 47 prefectures are used for the surrounding eaves of the Stadium.

From Gaien-nishi Street, you can see the Japan National Stadium on your left.

Walking toward the goal, Sendagaya Station, viewing the Japan National Stadium on the right-hand side.

Japan National Stadium

Address

10-1 Kasumigaokamachi Shinjuku-ku

Admission Fees

By Ticket only

Access

1 min walk from Kokuritsukyogijo Station for Toei Oedo line
5 min walk from JR Sendagaya & Shinanomachi Station

Website

https://www.jpnsport.go.jp/corp/english/tabid/382/Default.aspx

LinkIcon Japan Olympic Museum

Museum you can experience the world of Olympism  

Olympic Museum was opened in autumn, 2019. You can not only learn the history but also experience Olympic with the exhibitions in the facility. It gives you an opportunity to “know”, “learn”, “feel”, “challenge” and “think” about Olympics. The wonderful and impressive exhibitions introduce the relationship between Japan and Olympics, contribution and life of the Olympians and the works of the staff behind-the-scene. There is a corner where you can experience the high physical ability of the athletes. Shops and café are in the Welcome Area on the first floor.

The Olympic Symbol is in the Monument Area in front of the entrance.

Replica of the cauldron of the Olympic Games Tokyo 1964 is displayed in the square.

Replica of the cauldron of the Olympic Winter Games 1972.

Welcome area on the first floor. Giant vision projecting the images of Olympic events and the wall with Olympic Symbol.

Olympic-torches used in the past Olympic Games are exhibited.

Impressive costumes used at the Olympic Flag Handover Ceremony at the previous host country. The flag was handed over to Tokyo from Rio de Janeiro.

There are corners to experience the motions of events and challenge the physical abilities of Olympians.

Glass Skelton wall with the names of the past Olympians engraved.

Life-size panel of Jigoro Kano who had devoted himself to the first participation of Japanese athletes to the Olympic Games.

Variety of original goods are sold at the Museum shop. Cool towel for watching sports events (It feels cool when it’s wet) ¥2000.

Japan Olympic Museum

Address

4-2 Kasumigaokamachi Shinjuku-ku

Tel

03-6910-5561

Closed

Monday(Next weekday if Mon is holiday)

Hours

10:00-17:00(Reservation is required now, Last Admission 16:00)

Admission Fees

¥500

Access

5-minute walk from Exit 3 of Gaienmae Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line

Website

https://japan-olympicmuseum.jp/en/

LinkIcon Sendagaya Station

Use Sendagaya Station of JR Chuo Line and Sobu Line
Use Exit5 of Kokuritsu-Kyogijyo Station for Toei-Oedo Line

Only JR Chuo Line and Sobu Line stop here. Right above the ticket gate of the station runs the capital expressway. There is a spacious space in front of the station and will be nearest station to the Japan National Stadium for Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. 

Entrance of Sendagaya Station is under the capital expressway.

Only one ticket gate.

You can see the roof of Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in front of you.

Entrance to Kokuritsu-kyogijo Station for Toei Oedo line is across the street.