Translated by Shannon McNaught
Harajuku Train And Subway Stations: Guide To Navigating Tokyo's Trendiest Spot
Written by OsawaKimie
Harajuku Station has many exits, each one leading to a different area, like Takeshita Street or Meiji Jingu. There are also subway stations separate from Harajuku Station convenient for getting to this trendy, fashionable area of Tokyo. Read for a complete guide to navigating the neighborhood.
Train Stations in Harajuku, Tokyo
In Harajuku, you can visit huge fashion buildings populated by young adults and teenagers, or you can explore the backstreets to find thrift stores and cafes. This area is popular not only for its shopping but also for its proximity to Meiji Jingu Shrine and Yoyogi Park.
Many trains cross paths in the Harajuku area. If you want to maximize your time in the area, you'll want to plan which station and which exit to use in order to make the travel process smoother. We'll tell you how to do just that, by introducing Harajuku's train stations and exits.
The following passes and tickets are essential to saving time and money on travel in and around Harajuku and the rest of Tokyo: Tokyo Subway Ticket (24, 48, and 72-hour passes available), Japan Rail Pass, Suica IC Card Reservation
1. JR Harajuku Station - Yamanote Line
JR Harajuku Station was remodeled in March 2020.
Harajuku Station is famous worldwide. The Omotesando Exit heads toward Shibuya and Shinagawa and is teeming with shoppers and travelers from afar.
Upon exiting the station, you'll be greeted by rows of ginkgo trees that line the path to Meiji Jingu Shrine. "Sando" (参道) refers to a path leading to a shrine or temple. That's why this area is called "Omotesando."
Head 5 minutes down Omotesando towards Aoyama and you'll find the fashion shopping center that acts as a beacon of youth culture, Harajuku Laforet. You can shop for anything from reasonably-priced brands for students to mode fashion like Vivienne Westwood.
This is the crossroad in front of Meiji Jingu Shrine. On the right is a somewhat narrow street. This street actually connects Shibuya to Harajuku in what is known as "Cat Street."
The essence of Urahara fashion (a subculture born on the backstreets of Harajuku) is packed into Cat Street's shops. This type of Japanese street culture arose in these backstreets during the '80s. It's a popular destination for those crazy for fashion and music even today.
2. JR Harajuku Station - Take Takeshita-dori Exit for Major Harajuku Areas
Harajuku Station's Takeshita-dori Exit leads towards Shinjuku and Ikebukuro. You can see the famous street right as you exit the ticket gate.
Before you stretches Takeshita-dori, a youth-populated street where Tokyo's trends are born. This narrow street is home to fashion boutiques, souvenir shops, sweets stands, and more. You can shop to your heart's content due to its close proximity to the station.
This is Brahm's Komichi, a walking path along Takeshita-dori's backstreets. In this European-inspired corner, you can find cozy cafes and boutiques. If you're in the area, we recommend you keep an eye out for this little-known section.
3. Meiji-jingumae Station -Tokyo Metro Chiyoda and Fukutoshin Lines
When it's rainy outside, you can still get to your destination by using Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin and Chiyoda Line's Meiji-jingumae Station, which has more exits than JR Harajuku Station.
You can reach the famous Meiji Jingu Shrine by walking just two minutes from Exit 1 or 2. Separate yourself from the hustle and bustle for a bit along this quiet path.
This is Yoyogi Park, located next to Meiji Jingu. This park, the fifth largest in Tokyo, is frequented by runners and picnickers. Its abundant greenery will soothe your body and soul. Take a break here on your way back from shopping.
Omotesando Station - Tokyo Metro Ginza, Chiyoda, and Hanzomon Lines
Though they're within walking distance of each other, Harajuku and the neighboring Omotesando area are very different. High fashion brands like Chanel and Louis Vuitton are sold here, giving the area its refined air. The glass-walled Apple Store is located right next to Exit A2 of Omotesando Station, which runs on the Tokyo Metro's Ginza, Chiyoda, and Hanzomon lines.
You can also access Omotesando Hills, a top-class shopping spot for both men and women. Its main entrance is a 5-minute walk from the A2 exit.
From skyscrapers to ancient temples, to forest green parks, Harajuku has much to offer. Take your time to take full advantage of this area that transforms completely between station exits. You're bound to find something you weren't expecting.