Harajuku Station

Coordinates: 35°40′13″N 139°42′10″E / 35.670162°N 139.70269°E / 35.670162; 139.70269


Harajuku Station building in July 2016
Location 1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Operated by JR East
Line(s) Yamanote Line
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 4
Opened 30 October 1906
Passengers (FY2013) 70,866 daily
Location within Japan

Harajuku Station (原宿駅 harajuku-eki) is a railway station in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan, operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East). The station takes its name from the area on its eastern side, Harajuku.


This station is served by the circular Yamanote Line. It is also adjacent to Meiji-Jingumae Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda and Fukutoshin Lines, and is marked as an interchange on most route maps, although there is no physical connection between the two stations.

Station layout

Yamanote line platform with platform edge doors, 2016

The station consists of a single island platform serving two tracks. An additional temporary platform is located on the west side of the station usable by trains traveling towards Shinjuku which is used when major events occur in the area, especially around New Year when many people visit Meiji Shrine.

The main entrance is at the southern end of the station. A smaller entrance leading to the centre of the platform is convenient for Takeshita Street, a famous area in Harajuku. Takeshita Street is a popular shopping street and the Takeshita Street entrance to Harajuku Station is often very crowded. This congestion creates a bottleneck on weekends when scores of tourists and locals arrive and leave the shopping areas in and around Takeshita Street.

Outside of the Imperial train platform

To the north of the station there is a separate platform serving a loop on the east side of the freight line for use by the Imperial train. The platform has not been used since 2001, in part because the opening of the Shonan-Shinjuku Line has made it more difficult to schedule special charters on the Yamanote Line corridor (the most recent use of the official Imperial train, in 2008, was to and from Ueno Station). The points, signals and rails incidental to the platform are in disrepair, making it impossible to use the platform without some refurbishment.[1]

Platform edge doors were installed on the platforms in November 2014, and brought into operation from December.[2]

The station is set to be rebuilt by JR East, in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics. A new station building is expected to be built at the station's Meiji-Jingu entrance, and the temporary platform used during busy periods will become the permanent platform for trains heading north through the station.[3][4] It has not been determined if the old station building at the Takeshita entrance will be retained.[5]


1  Yamanote Line for Shibuya and Shinagawa
2  Yamanote Line for Shinjuku and Ikebukuro

Adjacent stations

Yamanote Line
Shibuya - Yoyogi


The station opened on October 30, 1906.[6]

Proposed replacement

In June 2016, JR East announced plans to rebuild the station ahead of the 2020 Olympics due to alleviate overcrowding.[7]

Passenger statistics

In fiscal 2013, the station was used by an average of 70,866 passengers daily (boarding passengers only), making it the sixtieth-busiest station operated by JR East.[8] The daily average passenger figures (boarding passengers only) in previous years are as shown below.

Fiscal year Daily average
2000 71,364[9]
2005 73,446[10]
2010 71,456[11]
2011 69,750[12]
2012 71,472[13]
2013 70,866[8]

Surrounding area

See also


  1. "原宿駅の北、宮廷ホームひっそり 皇室専用、9年不使用". Asahi Shimbun. 2010-08-31. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  2. 山手線原宿駅に可動式ホーム柵が設置される [Platform edge doors installed at Yamanote Line Harajuku Station]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 12 November 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  3. "駅改良の工事計画について" [Station Improvement Construction Plans] (PDF) (Press release) (in Japanese). East Japan Railway Company. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  4. "JR East to rebuild Tokyo's Harajuku Station amid tourism boom". The Japan Times. 2016-06-07. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  5. McGee, Oona (2016-06-08). "Japan's Harajuku Station to be rebuilt ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics". RocketNews24. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  6. 日本国有鉄道停車場一覧 [JNR Station Directory]. Japan: Japanese National Railways. 1985. p. 28. ISBN 4-533-00503-9.
  7. 駅改良の工事計画について [Station rebuilding plans] (PDF) (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  8. 1 2 各駅の乗車人員 (2013年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2013)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  9. 各駅の乗車人員 (2000年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2000)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  10. 各駅の乗車人員 (2005年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2005)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  11. 各駅の乗車人員 (2010年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2010)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  12. 各駅の乗車人員 (2011年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2011)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  13. 各駅の乗車人員 (2012年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2012)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
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