Harajuku Station (原宿駅,) is a Tokyo train station on the JR Yamanote Line. It is located betweeen Yoyogi Station and Shibuya Station on the Yamanote circle route. Harajuku Station is in Harajuku right next to Meiji Shrine, though you cannot exit the station in that direction. To reach the shrine or Yoyogi Park from Harajuku station you exit and walk South and then West acrossed the bridge over the train tracks.
The two ways in and out of Harajuku Station are the South or Omotesando Exit and the North or Takeshita Exit.
During the Japanese New Year holiday, when tens of thousands of Japanese people visit Meiji Shrine for their annual Hatsumode, a special platform is opened up on the West side of Harajuku Station where crowds can enter directly from Meiji Shrine and board Yamanote Line trains heading toward Shinjuku.
There is a small bridge (sometimes called Harajuku Bridge) that runs over the train tracks located just to the South West of the Omotesando Exit (South) of Harajuku Station. You cross over the bridge to access Meiji Shrine, Yoyogi National Stadium, and Yoyogi Park from the station. Sometimes called Harajuku Bridge, it is famous for the large groups of Japanese cosplay fans and lolita fashion kids who hang out there on weekends.