Before I came to live here, I would visit Japan every year and one of the places that was always on my visit list was Harajuku.
At the time, I came mainly to buy a load of idol booty - there are many shops selling photos of idols. Theres also a huge toy shop with seven (I think its seven) floors of toys called Kiddy Land. You'll also find that the whole town is flooded with school girls - if you like school girls (no matter what day of the week it is) then you know where to go ^^;
Harujuku is also the place where you can see many live bands playing in the streets - a tradition thats been going on for years.
Harujiku is not the sort of place I normally go to and think I've only been a couple of times the nine years of living here.
Took the opportunity to go when Andy was in town - he wanted to go and see his fave band play. When I have the time, I do meet up with my readers when they are in town. If you would like to meet up when you are over, just drop me a line. Cant always make it however due to work so no promises until a few days before meeting.
Theres a small bridge outside Harajuku station where many cosplayers gather to have their picture taken with gaijin.
Apart from the cosplayers and bands, there is Meiji Jingu temple (read my previous post) and a huge park where people just laze around - its all very peaceful and tranquil.
Harajuku station is on the JR Yamanote line and you can join in on these shenanigans every Sunday. Dont know what goes on when it rains though.