As the shopping district that symbolises Japanese pop culture, Harajuku is a must-visit for any tourist. But anyone who’s jumped into the shopping fray will tell you it can be a little intimidating. Which is why you’ll be pleased to hear about this new tourist information centre that opened on December 25, right in the heart of the area. Moshi Moshi Box is run by Asobisystem and provides sightseeing information for the entire Shibuya area, as well as essential information and services such as courier services, a foreign currency exchange machine and free Wi-Fi.
But that’s not all – aiming to serve as an entertainment centre in itself, it’s a place where overseas visitors can experience J-pop culture through activities like karaoke. There’s also a souvenir shop where you can get rare and unique items, and an eatery serving snacks, such as character-themed crepes.
The first floor serves as an event space and has exhibits on Japanese culture such as the well-known sushi, rice cakes and calligraphy. And you can find a selection of handy maps and guidebooks (including Time Out Tokyo’s guide maps) to make your journey easier and more fun. Look out for the centre’s symbol – a big, colourful world clock designed by Harajuku kawaii impresario Sebastian Masuda (below), which represents Harajuku and the arrival of the new era.
Moshi Moshi Box is open from 10am to 6pm every day. Click here for map and contact details.
Art director Sebastian Masuda
The clock designed by Sebastian Masuda serves as the centre’s symbol
And more sushi souvenirs
And, hey look, our guide maps are there too