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Harajuku (原宿) refers to the area around Tokyo's Harajuku Station, which is between Shinjuku and Shibuya on the Yamanote Line. It is the center of Japan's most extreme teenage cultures and fashion styles, but also offers shopping for adults and some historical sites of interest.

The focal point of Harajuku's teenage culture is Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) and its side streets, which are lined by many trendy shops, fashion boutiques, used clothes stores, crepe stands and fast food outlets geared towards the fashion and trend-conscious teens.

Just south of Takeshita Dori and over twice its length is Omotesando, a broad, tree-lined avenue sometimes referred to as Tokyo's Champs-Elysees. Here you can find famous brand name shops, cafes and restaurants for a more adult clientele. The stylish Omotesando Hills complex was opened in 2006 and targets fashion-conscious urbanites in their 30s and 40s, while Kiddy Land has hundreds of unique toys for kids of all ages.

Harajuku is not only about teenage culture and shopping. Meiji Jingu, one of Tokyo's major shrines, is located just west of the railway tracks in a large green oasis shared with the spacious Yoyogi Park. Beautiful ukiyo-e paintings are exhibited in the small Ota Memorial Museum of Art, and the Nezu Museum has an impressive collection of various Asian art as well as a traditional Japanese garden.

Famous streets

Takeshita Dori

Shops along Takeshita Dori tend to be open daily from 11:00 to 20:00.

Omotesando

Shops along Omotesando tend to be open daily from 11:00 to 20:00.

Shopping

With Harajuku

Hours: depend on shops, typically at least 11:00 to 20:00

Omotesando Hills

Shops: 11:00 to 21:00 (Sundays until 20:00)
Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00 (Sundays until 22:00).

LaForet Harajuku

Hours: 11:00 to 20:00

Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku

Shops: 11:00 to 20:00
Restaurants: 8:30 to 22:00

Daiso Harajuku - 100 Yen Shop

Hours: 9:30 to 21:00

Kiddy Land

Hours: 11:00 to 20:00

Louis Vuitton

Hours: 11:00 to 20:00

Other attractions

Meiji Shrine

Hours: Sunrise to sunset
Closed: No closing days
Admission: Free

Togo Shrine

Closed: No closing days
Admission: Free

Nezu Museum

Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Mon (or next day if Mon is a holiday), New Year, between exhibitions
Admission: 1400 yen (or 1600 yen for special exhibition)

Ota Memorial Museum of Art

Hours: 10:30 to 17:30 (entry until 17:00)
Closed: Mon (or next day if Mon is a holiday), New Year, between exhibitions
Admission: Typically between 800 and 1200 yen depending on exhibition

Yoyogi Park

Facilities are typically open from 9:00 to 17:00.

National Yoyogi Stadium

Getting there and around

Harajuku Station is a station on the JR Yamanote Line, two stations south of Shinjuku and one station north of Shibuya (150 yen from either station).

Only a short walk from Harajuku Station is the subway station Meijijingu-mae Station, which is served by the Chiyoda and Fukutoshin subway lines. At the eastern end of Omotesando is Omotesando Station, which is served by the Chiyoda, Ginza and Hanzomon subway lines.

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