Harajuku refers to the area around JR Harajuku station to Omotesando, located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. There is a concentration of commercial facilities mainly for younger generation as well as high-end residences. On the west side of JR Harajuku Station, Yoyoki Park and Meiji-jingu Shrine are situated. If you are interested in shopping in Harajuku, you are recommended to go to the east side of the station where you will enjoy the so-called Harajuku Fashion: very unique and showy. In the area, there are Takeshita Dori, a pedestrian precinct, lined by boutiques and shops of clothing and miscellaneous goods targeting teenagers, LaForet Harajuku, a trend setting shopping complex facing Omotesando, and Tokyu Plaza, a shopping mall. When you walk along Omotesando toward east from Harajuku station, you will see Omotesando Hills, a complex of commercial facilities housing Japanese and global brands, residential facilities and a parking lot. Depending on age or taste, you can make a choice among lots of boutiques and shops in Harajuku. For example, Takeshita Dori is recommended for teens and younger generation fond of "showy" fashion, Ura-Harajuku for those who are particular about their dresses but don' t like too busy streets like Takeshita Dori, and Omotesando for those who like expensive brands. It's up to you.
By train, the nearest station is JR East Harajuku station, or Meiji-jingu-mae station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line/Fukutoshin Line. By car, exit at Tokyo Interchange on the Tomei Expressway. Pay parking lot is available in each facility as well as in the neighborhood. It is important to note that all these facilities are always crowded with many people.
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