Sayonara Harajuku Station!
Harajuku Station to be demolished after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics
24 Nov 2020

East Japan Railway Company decided to demolish Harajuku Station after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, after three years of consultation with local retail association Shibuya.

Harajuku train station / Edomura no Tokuzo
Harajuku train station / Edomura no Tokuzo

Built in 1924, this historic European-style building is Tokyo's oldest wooden station. Many people want this building to be preserved, but for safety reasons, especially the risk of fire because this building is not fireproof, JR East finally decided to demolish the building.

The station will be moved to a new building nearby which is scheduled to open March 21, 2020. JR East said that the new building will have a wooden design like the old station and a new entrance for the Meiji Jingu side of Harajuku.