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Harajuku Tourist Information Center - Your Friendly Travel Guide

Harajuku Tourist Information Center - Your Friendly Travel Guide

Translated by Verity Lane

Written by Mikako Utsunomiya

Tokyo 2016.02.27 Bookmark

This article presents the services offered by the Harajuku Tourist Information Center.

"I'd love to experience something authentic Japanese!"
"How do I rent pocket Wi-Fi?"
"I got lost!"
These are just some of the concerns that you may have during your travels. There is a handy institution in Harajuku that can solve all of your travel-related needs.
This place is known as the Harajuku tourist information center.

Just 30 Seconds from Harajuku Station, Takeshita Gate

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The Harajuku Tourist Information Center (HTIC for short) is located very near to Harajuku Station. When you exit the Takeshita gate, cross the street and head to the left. Harajuku TIC is located in the third building on your right. It takes about 30 seconds to reach it after you exit the station, and it will be easy to spot due to its English language signboard.

The center provides guidance in 18 languages (※1). Staff that can provide language support in English, Chinese and Thai are permanently stationed within the center.
※1…English, Chinese, Korean, Italian, French, Portuguese, Bengali, Burmese, Thai, Swahili, Spanish, Vietnamese, Nepali, Tagalog, Hindi, Sinhala, Tibetan, and Malay.

The 7 Main Services of Harajuku TIC

1. Taking Part in a Tour that Offers an Authentic Experience of Japan

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Wouldn't you like to experience something that is unique to Japan? The Harajuku Tourist Information Center can make your dreams come true, as they offer several tours that let you have an authentic Japanese experience .

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(1) Experience the world of Lolita by taking part in a fashion photo shoot, where you can enjoy dressing up in Lolita-style fashion and make-up (9,980 YEN), (2) Samurai Training Sessions, where you can train to become a Japanese warrior (7,000 YEN), or (3) the Ramen Experience, a tour that allows you to make these fabulous Japanese noodles with your own hands. These are just some of the many tours that Harajuku Tourist Information Center offers.

These unique tours will definitely leave you with fantastic everlasting memories, so please give them a go! You can make on-the-day bookings if the tour has any vacancies, but it's highly recommended that you book up 2 to 3 days in advance.

2. Reasonably Priced Pocket Wi-Fi Rental

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Being able to use Wi-Fi on your phone or computer while travelling around Japan is a complete godsend. Here, you can rent a Wi-Fi pack for just 700 YEN a day!

3. Purchase Domestic Souvenirs

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There are many souvenirs that evoke the spirit of Japan, which are on sale here.

You can purchase souvenirs from the various regions of Japan, including Samurai bottle covers from Fukuoka Prefecture (7,020 YEN), glass cups crafted with a wooden base from Hokkaido (3,240 YEN), as well as souvenirs from Tokyo.

4. Foreign Currency Exchange ATM

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In Japan, places where you can exchange money are extremely limited.

At Harajuku TIC, there are Foreign Currency Exchange ATMs which allow you to change cash hassle-free. You can exchange up to 8 different currencies (this includes the US dollar)(※2).
※2… USD, CNY ,KRW, TWD, GBP, Euro, AUD.

5. If You Have any Trouble, You Can Ask the Friendly Staff for Advice

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If you have any concerns that cannot be resolved (by guide book or on the net), then please talk to the members of staff at Harajuku TIC. The staff speak a wide range of languages including English and Chinese, so they will be happy to assist you. If you do get lost, then they will be able to use a map to show you just how to get to your destination of choice.

6. Purchase Various Tickets

If you're planning to travel within Tokyo, then it's best to start with the Tokyo Metro. It's not only cheap, but it also allows you to travel around a larger area.

Do you know about the Metro 1 Day Open Ticket? This ticket allows you unlimited travel for a fixed price. There are 3 varieties: 1 Day, 2 Day or 3 Day, and they are sold at the Harajuku Tourist Information Center.
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Tickets for traditional performing arts like Kabuki or tickets for the airport express bus can also be purchased here. If you have any questions, just go ahead and ask!

7. They Will Look After Your Heavy Luggage

It's fairly difficult to navigate the crowded streets of Harajuku straight from the airport with your large suitcase in tow. In times like these you want to be able to leave your luggage in a safe place, so that you can kick back and enjoy roaming about the area care free. At Harajuku TIC they will look after your luggage for the fee of 500 yen!

What do you think about the Harajuku Tourist Information Center? This establishment will help you out in times of need, and listen to all of your travel queries. They have the same service operating in Shibuya, so please take a look the next time you happen to be in Japan!

Information

Harajuku Tourist Information Center

Address: Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Jingūmae 1-19-11 Harajuku Ash Building 1F
Opening Times: 10:00 - 18:00
Closed: It is closed over the New Year period.
Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi available
Credit Card Information: VISA, Master, UnionPay, AMEX, Diners Club International, JCB.
Language Support: English, Chinese, Thai
※ They can also assist you in the following languages providing the staff members are on duty: Korean, Italian, French, Portuguese, Bengali, Burmese, Thai, Swahili, Spanish, Vietnamese, Nepali, Tagalog, Hindi, Sinhala, Tibetan, and Malay
Information Provided in Other Languages: -
Nearest Station: JR Harajuku Station
Access: A 30 second walk from JR Harajuku Station, Takeshita Street Exit
Price: -
Religious Considerations: -
Telephone: +81-03-5770-5131
Official Homepage:
Harajuku tourist information center

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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