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Getting to Harajuku from Shinjuku,Tokyo,Asakusa and Airports

Getting to Harajuku from Shinjuku,Tokyo,Asakusa and Airports

Translated by Hanni T.

Written by MATCHA

Tokyo 2015.12.14 Bookmark

We offer various transportation options to Harajuku, a shopping district catered towards youths.

Harajuku is known as the fashion district for youths. You can find Meiji Jingu Shrine, a popular tourist spot located on the west side of JR Harajuku Station. There's also Takeshitaguchi and Omotesandoguchi, station exits that lead to shopping areas.

Photo credit:ロリータさん御用達、原宿「Jardin de LUSEINE」で優雅なティータイムを

We start off with Takeshitadori, which extends east-bound from Takeshita exit. Shops filled with fashion clothing, accessories and desserts catered towards youths line this street. Walking further east of Takeshitadori will bring you to Uraharajuku, where you can find individual fashion brand shops.

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Up next is Omotesandoguchi. Parallel to Takeshitadori, a wide road called Omotesando extends from this exit. Anime goods and unique merchandises can be found at KIDDY LAND; high-end brands can be found at Omotesando Hills. Both are very popular options for shoppers.

There are many ways to get to Harajuku from main train stations. We recommend taking trains rather than buses as a means of transport; taxi fare information is provided for comparison. It is worth paying a visit to Harajuku just to see this huge shopping street!

1.From Shibuya to Harajuku

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When one speaks of Shibuya, one must also mention its iconic "Shibuya Crossing" or "The Scramble"; waves upon waves of pedestrians pouring out into the crossing from various directions as soon as the traffic lights turn green. Though Shibuya is right next to Harajuku and well within walking distance, taking the train or taxi may save you the trouble of getting lost.

Train

Route: JR Yamanote Line (Shinjuku・Ikebukuro bound)
Boarding Station: Shibuya Station
Exiting Station: Harajuku Station
Fare: 133 yen
Timetable: JR Yamanote Line Shibuya Station
Note: Only takes two minutes to reach Harajuku. Not only is this faster than taking a taxi, it is also considerably cheaper.

Taxi

Time required: Around 10 mins
Fare: Around 700 yen

2.From Shinjuku to Harajuku

安心お宿は新宿駅東南口から直ぐの場所にあります

Shinjuku is one of the mega business areas in Japan, with its immense station that's always filled with people. Though Harajuku is only two stations away from Shinjuku Station, their atmospheres are totally different.

Train

Route: JR Yamanote Line (Shibuya・Shinagawa bound)
Boarding Station: Shinjuku Station
Exiting Station: Harajuku Station
Fare: 133 yen
Timetable: JR Yamanote Line Shinjuku Station

Taxi

Time required: Around 10 mins
Fare: Around 1,200 yen

3.From Tokyo to Harajuku

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Tokyo Station is practically the entrance to Tokyo; it gets you to every city in Japan as a hub, and also has Marunouchi, the business district of Japan. Located inside the building is the very popular Tokyo Ramen Street that's lined with tons of ramen shops, as well as Kitchen Street that comprises shops with specialty menus.

Train

Route: JR Chuo Line(Kofu・Matsumoto bound)、JR Yamanote Line (Shibuya・Shinagawa bound)
Boarding Station: Tokyo Station
Transfer Station: Shinjuku Station
Fare: 194 yen
Timetable: JR Chuo Tokyo StationJR Yamanote Shinjuku Station
Note: You can also transfer at Shinjuku Station for the inner circle Yamamoto Line (Shibuya・Shinagawa bound)

Taxi

Time required: Around 30 mins
Fare: Around 2,800 yen

4.From Ueno to Harajuku

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In Ueno, you can find cultural facilities such as the Tokyo National Museum, Ueno Zoo as well as Ameya Yokocho, where many people gather. If you get on the JR Yamanote Line, you can take a straight train directly to Harajuku without transferring.

Train

Route: JR Yamanote Line (Shinjuku・Ikebukuro bound)
Boarding Station: Ueno Station
Exiting Station: Harajuku Station
Fare: 194 yen
Timetable: JR Yamanote Line Ueno Station
Note: There are many transferring routes and all of them take around 30 mins.

Taxi

Time required: Around 40 mins
Fare: Around 3,800 yen

5.From Asakusa to Harajuku

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Asakusa features a retro atmosphere, a throwback to the old ages of Japan. It is not only popular with tourists but also with the locals. From Asakusa Station, you can get to Harajuku with one transfer or Omotesando with a direct train. As for the locals, they prefer to go to Omotesando and then walk to Harajuku.

Train

Route: Tokyo Metro Ginza Line(Shibuya bound), JR Yamanote Line (Shinjuku・Ikebukuro bound)
Boarding Station: Asakusa Station
Transfer Station: Shibuya Station
Fare: 370 yen
Timetable: Tokyo metro Ginza Line Asakusa StationJR Yamanote Line Shibuya Station
Note: You can transfer at Shibuya Station for the outer circle JR Yamanote Line, which takes around 30 minutes.

Route: Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (Shibuya bound)
Boarding Station: Asakusa Station
Exiting Station: Omotesando Station
Fare: 237 yen
Timetable: Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Asakusa Station
Note: It takes around 30 minutes. Walking to Harajuku Station takes 7-8 mins from the A2 exit. You can head straight to "Omotesando" and turn right at the Jingu bridge, and you will see Harajuku Station right in front of you.

Taxi

Time required: Around 40 mins
Fare: Around 4,200 yen

6.Haneda airport to Harajuku

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Haneda airport is generally used more for domestic flights, but recently the number of international flights have been increasing. There is a special corner called Edo Town, featuring Japan's Edo period as its theme where you can buy souvenirs and accessories exclusive to Japan.

Train

Route: Keikyu Airport Line (Keikyu Kamata bound), JR Yamanote Line (Shinjuku・Ikebukuro bound)
Boarding Station: Haneda Airport International Terminal(Keikyu)
Transfer Station: Shinagawa Station
Fare: 572 yen
Timetable: Keikyu Haneda Airport International Terminal StationJR Yamanote Line Shinagawa Station
Note: You can transfer at Shinagawa Station for the outer circle JR Yamanote Line (requires 40 mins). Similar to getting to the domestic terminal, you can transfer at Shinagawa station.

Taxi

Time required: Around 70 mins
Fare: Around 7,000 yen

7.Narita Airport to Harajuku

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The most well-known Japanese airport, Narita, is a little far from the city center but every year sees it gaining more public transportation options and traveling times lessen.

Train

Route: Keisei Narita Airport Line (Keisei Ueno・Oshiage bound), JR Yamanote Line (Shinjuku・Ikebukuro bound)Boarding Station: Narita Airport Terminal 1 Station
Transfer Station: Nippori Station
Fare: 2,659 yen
Timetable: Keisei Narita airport line terminal 1JR Yamanote Line Nippori Station
Note: Transfer at Nippori station of the Yamanote Line (Takes around 75 minutes in total)。

Taxi

Time required: Around 150 mins
Fare: Around 26,000 yen

Information

JR Harajuku Station

Address: Jigumae 1-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo-to
The first train: Yamanote Line 04:39am (Shinjuku・Ikebukuro bound)
The last train: Yamanote Line 01:04am (Shibuya・Shinagawa bound)
Wi-Fi: Yes
Credit card: No
Other languages: -
Menu of other languages: -
Most accessible station: -
Access: -
Price range: -
Religion: -
TEL: +81-50-2016-1600(JR East Japan Information center)
+81-50-2016-1601(JR East Japan Information center for lost and found)
+81-50-2016-1603(JR East Infoline of English, Chinese and Korean)
HP: JR Harajuku Station

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