Harajuku is where your sugar-fuelled childhood dreams come to life, but there’s a lot more to this neighbourhood than bright pastel colours and human-size candy floss. To discover everything this area has to offer, stay at an Airbnb.
SMI:RE STAY designer home | Courtesy of Aj / Airbnb
One of the most stylish apartments in Harajuku, SMI:RE STAY features a large open-plan design, floor-to-ceiling windows and rustic communal tables. A few minutes from the youth fashion central of Takeshita Dori on one side and the more mature, upmarket neighbourhood of Aoyama on the other, SMI:RE STAY is a shopper’s haven. A top pick for larger groups, the apartment can house up to eight guests, which is a bit of a rarity in Tokyo.
Light-filled Omotesando/Harajuku apartment | Courtesy of Neal / Airbnb
Minimalist concrete walls, classic Japanese shoji doors and plenty of open space, this apartment is a design dream. Located right near the action of Harajuku and the shopping streets of Omotesando, it’s the perfect balance of high-end class and vibrant, youthful energy. Quite large by Tokyo standards, the apartment can accommodate groups of up to five people.
Luxurious flat in Harajuku | Courtesy of Taiyo Team / Airbnb
A stay in this apartment is surely one you won’t forget, thanks in large part to its incredible city views and elegant interior design. Located on the fifth floor of a complex in the ultra-trendy neighbourhood of Cat Street, the 80-square-metre (860-square-foot) apartment can accommodate up to eight people and is surrounded by cafés, restaurants and some of the best retail outlets in the city.
For something a little different, why not consider booking a few nights in this trailer apartment? Far more elegant than it sounds, this unique accommodation is more like an intimate, rustic cabin than a trailer. With its raw-wood panelling and private but light-catching windows, it’s a unique juxtaposition of the elements. The trailer can accommodate two people, making it the perfect hideaway for couples.
Caravan Tokyo | Courtesy of Caravan Tokyo / Airbnb
If you’ve ever wanted to camp in the heart of Tokyo, here’s your chance. Technically located in Omotesando (just a three-minute walk from Harajuku), this camper is positioned in the middle of the action, out the back of the outdoor communal food, bar and creative space Commune 246. Probably not recommended for those who value privacy above all else, it’s still a novel experience worth trying at least once.
With a month rental term, this Airbnb is ideal for those planning a more extended stay in Tokyo. A fully furnished, spacious apartment, the 36sq m (388sq ft) open-plan studio is just an eight-minute walk to Harajuku and Meijijingumae streets, right in the heart of the action. It’s best suited to a single person or couple planning to work in Tokyo, or someone who wants to spend a little longer getting to know the city.
SMI:RE STAY two-bedroom apartment | Courtesy of Aj / Airbnb
This stylish open-plan two-bedroom apartment looks like something ripped straight from the pages of an interior design magazine. Set in a renovated Japanese, it’s within walking distance of Takeshita Dori in Harajuku and the high-end designer boutiques of Omotesando. Minimalist in design but decked out with all the necessities, the apartment can accommodate up to four people.
Spacious central home with a loft
| Courtesy of Tarou / Airbnb
A very family-friendly gem, this bright, sunny home is just a few minutes from the heart of Harajuku and the upmarket Aoyama. Situated in the centre of Omotesando, it is perfect for small travelling groups of up to four, as it houses two rooms with double beds. Throughout the apartment, you’ll find various Japanese design features, including classic tatami-mat flooring and futon bedding options.