Power Spot Meiji Jingu & TOP 10 Harajuku Sweets
2016-05-13
Meiji Jingu is a Shinto shrine, dedicated to the souls of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken in 1920. This place is known to be Japan's most visited shrine in the New Years, and as a popular sight-seeing spot in Tokyo.

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A Premier Power Spot Almost a 100 years from its establishment, Meiji Jingu has transformed into a natural forest. According to Feng Shui, its location is said to be the gathering point of powers flowing from Mt. Fuji towards the Imperial Palace, and this is why the greens surrounding the shrine has grown so fast. Although the entire landmark is considered to be a power spot, it is believed that the Kiyomasa Well (清正井) in the Inner Garden is especially powerful.Just visiting the well is said to bring good luck, and many take photos to set is as wallpaper on mobile phones.

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Desserts to follow After charging yourself with the best of luck, satisfy yourself with a variety of delish and kawaii Harajuku Sweets! See our list below for hot places in the Takeshita Steet and La Foret Building area:-

#01. Marion Crepes Restaurant Crepes are originally from France, with a simple sugary butter taste. Marion Crepes, established over 40 years ago, is the pioneer of crepes in Japan. They were the first to come up with the Harajuku-style crepes - using fruit and ice cream toppings. With over 70 types of crepes to choose from, the current popular flavors include the classic 'Banana Chocolate Special' and 'Custard Chocolate Special'.


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#02. Eggs'n Things Restaurant An 'All Day Breakfast' concept welcomes you to enjoy Hawaiian breakfast menus at Eggs 'n Things, including pancakes and eggs benedicts. Both of which are loved by the younger locals in Tokyo. Since their grand opening in 2010, the 'Strawberry Whip cream and Macadamia Nuts' pancake has been one of the most popular menus.


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#03. LOLA’S CUPCAKES Restaurant Located inside Cascade Harajuku, LOLA'S CUPCAKES is a cupcake shop from the UK, with over 18 shops across London and its surround areas. All cupcakes are handcrafted by patisseries who had passed training in the London headquarters. Its pop and colorful looks have definitely captured the hearts of the Japanese people!


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#04. Yuki no Hana Restaurant In the back alleys of Takeshita Street lies Brahms Lane, filled with small European style cafes and boutiques. Dessert Cafe Yuki no Hana is one of them. Originally from Korea, this shop serves the Korean shaved ice dessert 'Pappins', using soft and fluffy ice as light as snow.


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#05. CANDY A GOGO Restaurant CANDY A GO GO imports up to 150 types of cute candy around the world, which are sold collectively by weight. The Harajuku shop's fun interior design portrays a pop foreign city, with staff wearing matching pink maid dresses and wigs!


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#06. Cookie Time Restaurant New Zealand's organic cookie brand, Cookie Time offers healthy and delicious cookies - no food additives and coloring. Its signature menus include the freshly baked 'Chocolate Chunk Cookie' and 'Cranberry White Chocolate Cookie'. The fresh cookies are soft and chewy!


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#07. SWEETS PARADISE Restaurant Sweets Paradise is a casual dessert buffet found across Tokyo, constantly serving over 30 differnt kinds of desserts.Their seasonal limited sweets for May (2016) are the 'Matcha Tart' and 'Sour Orange Milk Coconut Jell-o'. Eat all the cakes, jell-o's, wagashi, seasonal tarts and other desserts you can ever think of!


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#08. KAWAII MONSTER CAFE Restaurant Stuffed with all the KAWAII things around Harajuku, the all-new concept restaurant KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU represents the crazy and colorful side of Tokyo. Produced by artist Sebastian Masuda, creator of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's music videos, guests are welcome to enjoy 4 different atmospheres:- MUSHROOM DISCO, MILK STAND, BAR EXPERIMENT, and MEL-TEA ROOM. Each with a different style of cuteness and color. *English and Korean speaking staff available


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#09. Croquant Chou Zakuzaku Restaurant Opened as the Flagship store, Harajuku's Croquant Chou Zakuzaku sells cream puffs made with crunchy sugar-coated almond batter. The name "Zakuzaku" expresses the sound effect when biting into the freshly baked cream puff. The shop is originally from Sapporo, and a large proportion of the ingredients used are from Hokkaido. At the Harajuku store, you can try the Harajuku limited 'Zakuzaku Soft serve Ice cream'.


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#10. TOTTI CANDY FACTORY Restaurant TOTTI CANDY FACTORY is a candy store which opened in Harajuku last August. Its pop interior, jewel-like gummy, and colorful candy create one cute atmosphere. Candy sold here are from various brands overseas, and sold by weight. Apart from candy, its currently popular menus are the colorful giant cotton candy including the 'TOTTI 3-Colored Cotton Candy' and 'TOTTI Heart Cotton Candy'.


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Harajuku Information Centers Lost? Want shop reccomendations? Get around Harajuku the smooth and smart way by visiting these Harajuku's Infomation Offices! 1. Moshimoshi Nippon's 'MOSHI MOSHI BOX'

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Since 2014, MOSHI MOSHI BOX has been officially run by the Shibuya Ward Tourist Association, partnering with Harajuku' store associations. Offering you with tourist information, original souvenirs, and Japanese cultural workshops - this is the place to go for a memorable Harajuku experience!
【Info】Moshimoshi Nippon's 'MOSHI MOSHI BOX' Address: 1/F, 3-23-5, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Opening Hours:10:00-18:00 every day http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/box
2. The 'Harajuku Tourist Information Center'

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A 30-second walk from Harajuku Station Takeshita Exit, this information center offers help in 18 languages* - of which English, Chinese and Thai speaking staff are always at the office to help you around Harajuku. You can also take 'Samurai Training' classes (7,000JPY) and make your own ramen (2,500JPY), or dress up like a Harajuku Lolita girl (9,980JPY)! *18 languages include English, Chinese, Korean, Italian, French, Portugese, Bengali, Burmese, Thai, Swahili, Spanish, Vietnamese, Nepalese, Tagalog, Hindi, Sinhalese, Tibetan, and Malay.
【Info】Harajuku Tourist Information Center Address: 1/F, 1-19-11, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Closed during the New Years) http://www.his-j.com/japan-tourist/tyo/harajuku/
Keyword
Harajuku
Meiji Jingu
Shrine
Temple
Power Spot
Worship
Luck
Takeshi-dori
Takeshita Street
Dessert
Sweets
La Foret
kawaii
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