Historic Harajuku Station building to be demolished

On November 19, JR-East announced that they will be demolishing the historic Harajuku Station building after the 2020 Summer Olympics. Built in 1924, this is the oldest surviving wooden station building in Tokyo.

The station is notable for its European style design and has welcomed people to Harajuku for 95 years. JR-East is in the process of upgrading the station, with the new, adjoining station building scheduled to open in March 2020.

The area around the station is designed as a fire-prevention district, making the old wooden building non-compliant with current fire safety codes. It will be replaced with a fireproof building with a design that may be inspired by the original building.

Harajuku Station opened in 1906. It had very few passengers until 1920 when the nearby Meiji Shrine opened. The station had an average of 75,000 daily passengers in 2018

Sources:
NHK, November 19, 2019.
The Shibuya Keizai Shimbun, November 20, 2019.

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