Japan’s Journal #2: Lost in Harajuku, Found the Way in Shibuya

Harajuku and Shibuya, two places that have become the symbol of Japan in the eyes of non-Japanese or non-Japanese enthusiast, and it becomes the real intro of our journey in Tokyo.

After spending a night in the airport, me and my friend, Risky, can not get in contact with our Airbnb host even though we have called him via payphone (Thank God for payphone!), and that is really worrying. But of course we don’t want to spend all of our holiday in the airport like Tom Hanks in The Terminal, so we took the leap of faith and left the airport to Tokyo. Beside, what’s the best thing to do to kill time? Get lost in translation and get lost literally of course.

We left all of our baggage in a locker room at Hamamatsucho Station and only bring the most important thing for us: mobile Wi-Fi, smartphone, camera, and 3DS (of course you have to bring 3DS everywhere in the Land of Streetpass).

As a duo with limited Japanese language skills and also a limited internet connection, it’s not hard for us to get lost by picking the wrong train. But we’ve planned to get lost anyway, so without any plan, we left the train at Harajuku Station. All we did was walking at a really colorful part of an already colorful town. We came around 9 or 10 pm, and most of the shops are still closed. But we are not here for shopping anyway.

Time skip to a few hours after we started our journey in Harajuku, I decided to check on our Airbnb host again, this time he replied! After a small chat, turns out we need to go back to Hamamatsucho to get our baggage, and then take some trains to our Airbnb place. To get to Hamamatsucho again, we didn’t backtrack and choose to walk 1 km to Shibuya station, another adventure that’s filled with cute girls on the sidewalk, a random market in the middle of the town, and a payphone call to get our direction to the Airbnb place.

That’s all for now. It sounds boring with text, so I will let pictures do the talking. Don’t forget to check other stories through this link!

Japan's Journal - Harajuku Station
The entrance to Harajuku Station.

 

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Yuck!
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A boy is lost.
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That’s for bike boy! Not pedestrian.
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They pay to be vandalized?
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You know what game they are playing.
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Even the foods are colorful.
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Entering the madness.
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Everyone is fashionable here!
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Not creepy at all.
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Cat is love.
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Early crowd.
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The other part has better art, it’s too explicit though.
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The other gate of Harajuku Station.
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There’s this unexplainable thing about Japan’s alley.
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Art or vandal?
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JUST LOOK AT THE DOG!

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“Come in kids, hehehe.”
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These guys look familiar.
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Another magic of Japanese alley.
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Shopping with style.
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Lines everywhere.
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The Doctor is here.
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Bean.
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Still alley.
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What’s this?
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ANOTHER LINE?

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Another part of the town.
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Yeah Brother…
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Run, everyone!
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Funny.
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We’re all killers.

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Please answer, we’re already late.
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20th Century Boys.
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No, this is not the famous intersection.
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