The gently curving street stretches into the distance, pointing to the high rise buildings of Shinjuku. It protects the Meiji Jingu shrine from the bustling area of Harajuku where youth meets fashion, art and creativity.
Famous for its triangular roof topped by a weathercock, the oldest wooden train station in Harajuku was built in a Western style called half-timbering. It was completed in 1924 mainly for use by visitors to nearby Meiji Shrine, which was built in 1920. The station, one of 30 on the Yamanote Line run by East Japan Railway Co. (JR East), survived World War II but was replaced by the new Harajuku Station building in March 2020.