Tokyo walk: Harajuku & Aoyama

The Harajuku/Aoyama area is a popular shopping and entertainment district in Tokyo. There are also shrines and a lot of high-end residences.

Above, torii of Togo Shrine.

Above, main hall of Togo Shrine. Although it is dedicated to Admiral Togo, it is also a popular wedding place, with a large wedding hall right next to it.

Above, garden of the wedding hall.

Above, entrance of Takeshita Dori.

Above, Roppongi Hills from afar.

Above, embassy of Brazil.

Above, Harajuku Church.

Above, offices of MTV Japan.

Above, in Sendagaya.

Above, NTT Docomo building in Shinjuku.

Above, Harajuku Police Station.

Above, shoe shop in Harajuku.

Above, H&M building in Harajuku.

Above, entrance of Yoyogi Garden.

Above, Yoyogi National Gymnasium.

Above, inside the Kiddyland toy store in Harajuku.

Above, looking back at Omotesando.

Above, Prada store.

Above, Nezu Museum.

Above, Saint-Grace Cathedral. It is a wedding hall, not an actual church.

Above, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, a (relatively) short walk away from Harajuku.

Hatonomori Hachiman Shrine in Sendagaya

Hatonomori Hachiman Shrine is a shinto shrine in Sendagaya, Shibuya City. Its distinguishing feature is its Fujizuka, called the Sendagaya Fuji. Fujizuka are small mounds that represent Mount Fuji. Fuji worshipers who are unable to do a pilgrimage to the top of Mount Fuji can use one of those instead. There are many other such Fujizuka in Tokyo (for example, at Shinagawa Shrine or Onoterusaki Shrine in Iriya).

Above, the Fuji-zuka mound.

Above, view from the top.

Above, cherry tree just outside the shrine.