Takeshita Dori is a pedestrian street in Harajuku that is Ground Zero for Japanese pop culture. Young kids from all over Japan
come here on a pilgrimage of sorts to shop for kawaii
(cute) fashions and knickknacks. Pastel-colored cotton candy and crepes are the snacks du jour. Adults can take refuge from the crowds at Baird Beer Taproom, down a side street. You'll also find a Daiso 100-yen shop that is fun to peruse for unusual gifts to take home. Takeshita Dori can get uncomfortably crowded on weekends when school is out, so come early or on a weekday for a fascinating peek at the innocent youth culture of Japan.