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Harajuku Railway Station

Harajuku ( Japanese 原宿 ) is the common name for the district around Harajuku Station in the Japanese capital Tokyo . The name is not found on most maps - the area officially belongs to the Jingumae ( 神宮 前 ) district of Shibuya District .

Harajuku is particularly popular with young Japanese people and, with its many shops and boutiques, is one of the most important fashion centers in Japan. The small shopping street Takeshita-dōri and the Harajuku section of Meiji-dōri are the main shopping areas. The somewhat punk-heavy youth fashion mainly offered here gave its name to its own style, Harajuku-Kei .

On Sunday afternoons, the small bridge between the train station and the entrance to the Yoyogi Park is the largest regular meeting point in Japan for lavishly and imaginatively disguised young cosplayers , especially so-called lolitas . There are often as many photographers as there are photographed people. In the adjacent part of the park, many young bands of different, mostly rock music styles play on the paths on Sunday afternoons.

This district is becoming popular in the western world, primarily through international artists. This is how the Harajuku dance project was named and the district is also sung about by Gwen Stefani , SISMA and Belle and Sebastian .


The shopping street Jizō-dōri ( 地 蔵 通 り ), which is popular with the elderly, can be seen as a contrast to Takeshita-dōri, which is dominated by young people . This is in the Toshima district , north of Sugamo Station . In the vernacular of the area around the Jizō-dori is also Grandma's Harajuku ( おばあちゃんの原宿 , Oba-chan no Harajuku called).

The Ōta art museum for Ukiyo-e is located in the village .

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Commons : Harajuku  - collection of images, videos, and audio files

Coordinates: 35 ° 40 ′  N , 139 ° 42 ′  E