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Getting Around: Your Guide to Harajuku's Stations

Getting Around: Your Guide to Harajuku's Stations

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Harajuku Station has many exits, each one leading to a different experience. For newly-arrived tourists, this can be overwhelming. Let us at MATCHA guide you!

Translated by Shannon McNaught

Written by OsawaKimie

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.

1. JR Yamanote Line "Harajuku Station" Omotesando Exit

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The JR Yamanote Line's "Harajuku Station" is famous worldwide. The Omotesando Exit, towards Shibuya and Shinagawa, is teeming with shoppers and travelers from afar.

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Upon exiting the station, you'll be greeted by rows of gingko 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."

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5 minutes down Omotesando towards Aoyama, you'll find the fashion center that stands 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.

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The Center of Kawaii Culture, Laforet Harajuku!

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."

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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 80's. It's a popular destination for those crazy for fashion and music even today.

The Cat Street Leading from Shibuya to Harajuku

2. JR Yamanote Line "Harajuku Station" Takeshita-dori Exit

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Harajuku Station's Takeshita-dori Exit leads towards Shinjuku and Ikebukuro. You can see the famous street right as you exit the ticket gate.

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Before you stretches "Takeshita-dori," a youth-populated street where 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.

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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. Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin and Chiyoda Line's "Meiji-jingumae Station"

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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.

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You can reach the famous Meiji Jingu Shrine by walking just two minutes from Exit 1 or 2. Get away from the hustle and bustle for a bit along this quiet path.

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This is Yoyogi Park, located next to Meiji Jingu. This park, the 5th largest in Tokyo, is frequented by runners and picnickers. Its abundant greenery heals both body and soul. Take a break here on your way back from shopping.

[BONUS] Tokyo Metro Ginza, Chiyoda, and Hanzomon Line's "Omotesando Station"

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Though they're within walking distance of each other, Harajuku and Omotesando 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 Tokyo Metro's "Omotesando Station."

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Then there's Omotesando Hills, a top-class shopping spot for both men and women. Its main entrance is a 5-minute walk from the A2 exit.

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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.

Information

JR Yamanote Line Harajuku Station

Address: Tokyo-to, Shibuya-ku, Jingumae 1-chome
Business hours: first train-last train
Closed: -
Wi-Fi: OMO-FREE
Credit cards accepted: -
Main languages: Japanese, English
Other languages offered: -
Access: JR Yamanote Line
Price range: -
Phone: -
Official website: Harajuku Station

Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line "Meiji-jingumae Station"

Address:
Business hours: first train-last train
Closed: -
Wi-Fi: Yes
Credit cards accepted: -
Main languages: Japanese, English
Other languages offered: -
Access: Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
Price range: -
Phone: 03-3407-8328
Official website: Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Meiji-jingumae Station

Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line "Meiji-jingumae Station"

Address: Tokyo-to, Shibuya-ku, Jingumae 6-30-4
Business hours: first train-last train
Closed: -
Wi-Fi: Yes
Credit cards accepted: -
Main languages: Japanese, English
Other languages offered: -
Access: Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line
Price range: -
Phone: 03-3402-5008
Official website: Tokyo metro Fukutoshin Line Meiji-jingumae Station

Tokyo Metro Ginza, Chiyoda, Hanzomon Line "Omotesando Station"

Address: Tokyo-to, Minato-ku, Kiya-aoyama 3-6-12
Business hours: first train-last train
Closed: -
Wi-Fi: Yes
Credit cards accepted: -
Main languages: Japanese, English
Other languages offered: -
Access: Tokyo Metro Ginza, Chiyoda, Hanzomon Line
Price range: -
Phone: 03-3401-2554
Official website: Tokyo Metro Ginza, Chiyoda, Hanzomon Line Omotesando Station

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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