A Helpful Map of Harajuku For Emergencies
NATURAL DISASTERS

A Helpful Map of Harajuku For Emergencies

Tokyo 2015.12.09

On the rare occasions when you run into trouble, this guide will definitely help the Harajuku traveler!

Translated byBriony Dunbar

My name is Briony and I'm a Ravenclaw who loves ramen.

Written by MATCHA

Trouble is an unavoidable part of travel. When you’re struck by injury or sudden illness, when you’ve lost something or a natural disaster occurs, it's not easy finding the police or a hospital in an unfamiliar place. This time round, we will cover the information centers, lavatories, police stations, hospitals and evacuation areas around Harajuku Station.

Details regarding each facility are written at the end of the article.

First, Head to the Information Center

From Harajuku Station, continue down till the end of Takeshita Street and you will find an information center situated at an intersection.

Harajuku Information Center "MOSHI MOSHI BOX"

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Not just serving as an information center, it also aims to promote Japanese pop culture by letting visitors purchase cute souvenirs, as well their signature crepes.

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English-speaking staff are always available to introduce you to nearby stores, Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi Park. Not only that, they are capable of currency exchange, overseas shipping of goods, provide free Wi-Fi, charge your smartphones and even renting out PCs.

Easy-to-Use Western-Style Lavatories

There are various multipurpose lavatories (western-style lavatories which are easy to use for those in wheelchairs and with children) around Harajuku. We will introduce the ones which are comparatively close to the station.

Yoyogi Park Lavatory

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This is a multipurpose lavatory very close to the Harajuku entrance of Yoyogi Park. Note that it is open during 5:00am to 8:00pm in the summer and 5:00am to 5:00pm in the winter. It is a five-minute walk from both JR Harajuku Station and Tokyo Metro Meiji-Jingumae Station.

Jingumae Shibumikku Lavatory

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A 10 minute walk from JR Harajuku Station, exit the station and head straight down Takeshita Street, making a left turn when you arrive at the end. You will see it right after passing Harajuku Police Station.

Head Straight to an Evacuation Area Disaster When Strikes

In Japan, it is recommended you gather in a specified evacuation area when there are disasters such as earthquakes. But instead of immediately evacuating with no knowledge of where to go, it may be safer to follow the orders of store employees or the Japanese people around you. It is important to remain calm, then confirm the condition of your surroundings, and evacuate to the nearest evacuation area.

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Meiji Shrine/Yoyogi Park Zone

Address: 1-1 Kamizono-cho, Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
This area right by Harajuku Station and Meiji-Jingumae Station is designated as the evacuation area in cases of disaster. If you are in Omotesando or Takeshita street, head west.

Emergency Hospitals and Clinics Supporting English

We will introduce hospitals that deal with emergency cases and clinics with English language support, recommended to travelers.

Tokyo Municipal Hiroo Hospital

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This hospital is capable of treating various health problems you may come across during your travels, with orthopedics, dermatologists, ophthalmologists, nose and throat doctors, dental and oral surgeons, etc. Normal visits require a reservation the day before (phone number for reservation - +81-3-3446-8331), but in emergencies they will accept visits 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Even so, it is necessary to call before visiting (+81-3-3444-1181 emergency reception extension 2406). They support English and Chinese, and accept payment with credit cards.

The King Clinic

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This is a clinic which has English language support, which is widely used by both long-term foreign residents and tourists. It is possible to use your foreign insurance here. While it functions fundamentally on a reservation-only basis, try giving a call if you happen to be injured or suddenly fall ill.

Convenient Services You Should Keep in Mind

In cases when you require medical support or have particular preferences for other hospitals, the call center "Tokyo Metropolitan Health Medical Information Center" can assist you.

Tokyo Metropolitan Health Medical Information Center
TEL: +81-3-5385-8181
Hours: 9:00am〜8:00pm
Supported languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Spanish

You might run into difficulty describing your symptoms to drug store staff or hospital stuff who may not understand you. If that is the case, emergency translation services may be of help. Give this service a call and explain your symptoms to them, and they will translate for you.

Emergency Translation Service

TEL: +81-3-5285-8185
Hours: Weekday 5:00am-8:00pm /Weekend/ Holiday 9:00am-8:00pm
Supported languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Spanish

When in Trouble, Head to the Police

In Japan, there are police boxes called koban located in various parts of towns. When you have lost your way, lost something, or run into trouble, you should consult your nearby koban. A kind policeman will gladly assist you.

Jingumae Police Box

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From the elevator exit of Tokyo Metro's Meiji Jingu-mae (Harajuku) Station, head straight and it will be right in front of the first pedestrian overpass.

Harajuku Police Station

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This is the police station placed in charge of Harajuku. It is bigger than police boxes, so you should remember it for the occasions where you run into trouble which police boxes cannot handle, such as losing your passport, large crimes, etc.

For Smokers: Be Aware of the Smoking Areas!

In the Shibuya ward, where Harajuku is situated, there is a rule stating that "Smoking while walking is forbidden. Smoke only in designated areas". If you plan to smoke, locate smoking areas. There are various smoking areas available around Shibuya station, so make sure to smoke in those locations below.

Information

Harajuku Information Center "MOSHI MOSHI BOX"

Address: TsONE Building 1F 3-23-5 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Open hours: 10:00am-6:00pm
Closed: None
Wi-fi: Yes(Free Wi-fi)
Credit card: No
Supported language level: -
Menus in other languages: English
Nearest station: JR East Yamanote Line Harajuku station
Access: Exit the JR East Yamanote Line Harajuku station, Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line/Fukutoshin Line Meiji-jingumae station from the Meiji street/Takeshita exit, and find the closest intersection
Price: Free
Religious information: -
Telephone: +81-3-6447-2225
Official HP: Harajuku information center "MOSHI MOSHI BOX"

Jingumae Ichome Public Lavatory

Address: 1-chome Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo(35.67243, 139.70797)
Open hours: 24 hours
Closed: None
Wi-fi: -
Credit card: no
Supported language level: -
Menus in other languages: -
Nearest station: JR East Yamanote Line Harajuku station
Access: 3 minute walk from Harajuku station, 4 minute walk from Tokyo metro Chiyoda line/Fukutoshin line Meiji Jingu-mae station
Price: Free
Religious information: -
Telephone: -
Official HP: -

Yoyogi Park Lavatory

Address: Yoyogi-Kamizono-cho Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo(35.66895, 139.70011)
Open hours: 5:00am-8:00pm from May to mid October, 5:00am-5:00pm after mid October.
Closed: None
Wi-fi: -
Credit card: no
Supported language level: -
Menus in other languages: -
Nearest station: Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Meiji-jingumae station
Access: 5 minute walk from JR East Yamanote Line Harajuku station, 5 minute walk from the C03 exit of the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Meiji-jingumae station, 6 minute walk from the F15 exit of the Fukutoshin Line Meiji-jingumae station
Price: Free
Religious information: -
Telephone: -
Official HP: -

Tokyo Municipal Hiroo Hospital

Address: 2-34-10 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Open hours: Weekdays 9:00am-5:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm
Closed: Sunday and holidays
Wi-fi: -
Credit card: Yes(VISA, master, JCB, AMERICAN EXPRESS, DinersClub, NICOS, UFJcard, DISCOVER)
Supported language level: English, Chinese
Menus in other languages: -
Nearest station: Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Hiroo station
Access: 7 minute walk from Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Hiroo station
Price: Depends on diagnosis
Religious information: -
Telephone: +81-3-3444-1181
Official HP: Tokyo Municipal Hiroo Hospital

The King Clinic

Address: iori Omotesando B1F 6-31-11 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Open hours: Monday 10:00am-12:45am Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10:00am-12:45am, Saturday 10:00am-14:00pm Reservations only
Closed: Wednesday, Sunday and holidays
Wi-fi: -
Credit card: Yes
Supported language level: English
Menus in other languages: -
Nearest station: Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line/Fukutoshin Line Meiji-jingumae station
Access: 2 minute walk from the number 6 exit elevator of the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda one Meiji-jingumae station, 2 minute walk from the number 7 exit elevator of the Tokyo Mentro Fukutoshin Line Meiji-jingumae station, 4 minute walk from JR Yamanote Line Harajuku station/Omotesando station
Price: Depends on diagnosis
Religious information: -
Telephone: +81-3-3409-0764
Official HP: http://thekingclinic.com/en/

Jingumae Police Box

Address: 4-25-19 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Open hours: 24 hours
Closed: None
Wi-fi: -
Credit card: No
Supported language level: -
Menus in other languages: -
Nearest station: Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line/Fukutoshin Line Meiji-jingumae station
Access: 1 minute walk from the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line/Fukutoshin Line Meiji-jingumae station elevator exit, 6 minute walk from the JR Harajuku station Omotesando exit.
Price: Free
Religious information: -
Telephone: +81-3-3408-0110(Harajuku police station)
Official HP: -

Harajuku Police Station

Address: 1-4-17 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Open hours: 24 hours
Closed: None
Wi-fi: -
Credit cards: No
Supported language level: -
Menus in other languages: -
Nearest station: Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line/Fukutoshin Line Meiji-jingumae station
Access: About a 4 minute walk from the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line/Fukutoshin Line Meiji-jingumae station number 5 exit, about a 7 minute walk from the JR Harajuku station Takeshita exit.
Price: Free
Religious information: -
Telephone: +81-3-3408-0110
Official HP: Harajuku police station

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