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Yamanote Line
Harajuku Station
August 1, 2013  |  By GaijinPot Blog

Harajuku Station原宿駅・はらじゅくえき (原宿 – field inn) is a small station in a Tudor-esque building in front of Yoyogi Park代々木公園・よよぎこうえん on the grounds of 明治神宮めいじじんぐう・Meiji Jingu Shrine.

The Harajuku neighborhood itself is a mecca for youth fashion styles and attracts fashionistas from around the world. Everything from Gothic Lolita and コスプレcosplay to people dressed up as their favorite anime characters can be seen in Harajuku. Looking for a great Halloween costume, build a collection of a particular style or start your own? The 400m long 竹下通りたけしたどおり・Takeshita Dori shopping street, directly in front of Harajuku Station is a great place to start.

The ショッピングshopping continues onto 明治通りめいじどおり・Meiji Dori Street and Omotesando Avenue表参道通り・おもてさんどうどおり but the stores here are the height of high fashion and come with the high prices commanded by such premium brands. Don’t want to shop? The tree lined 道路どうろ・roads leading from the south南・みなみ end of よよぎこうえん代々木公園・Yoyogi Park back to Shibuya are full of street artists performing a variety of music and street theater.

Once you’ve finished taking in the out-of-this-world fashions, take in some nature. Go for a walk in 代々木公園よよぎこうえん・Yoyogi Park and the grounds of the 明治神宮めいじじんぐう・Meiji Jingu Shrine. The many さくら・sakura trees in Yoyogi Park make it a great location for 花見はなみ・hanami parties in the spring. The lawns at the southern end provide a great place to throw a ball around and the many き・tree provide nice shade to get you out of the blazing hot summer夏・なつ sun.

With the smell of pine needles and greenery, it’s easy to imagine that you’re somewhere in the countryside and not in the middle of the largest city in the world. Need a change from the every day and a breath of fresh air? You can get both at Harajuku Station.

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