It will be a total-loss for you if you visit Tokyo without experiencing the famous intersection in this city, the Shibuya Crossing. This is an unquestioned must-visit here in Tokyo, thus this place has to be first in your list (with dramatic emphasis!)
Shibuya’s sprawling scramble intersection itself is something that is already beyond amazing. Imagine an intersection with around 2500 people crossing on every change of the rush-hour traffic signal- insanely beautiful, isn’t it?! No wonder this is considered as the world’s busiest pedestrian walk. What’s more breathtaking is the feeling of crossing it yourself. In just a heartbeat, you’ll able to feel the Tokyo spirit just in the middle of one single square. Believe me when I say you’ll definitely fall in love with this city in an eyeblink!
Aside from the beautiful mess in action, the business establishments around the city adds gloriousness to Shibuya. Advertisements, lights… and more lights are everywhere! Big televisions and advertisements with neon lights are just the perfect supplement of that ideal city vibe. Personally speaking, I’m not a city person- I don’t usually like the vibe of a busy city- but seeing Shibuya City is totally an exception.
Tip: To get an overlooking view of Shibuya Crossing, there is a 2-storey Starbucks cafe right across Shibuya Station. They have tables and chairs which offers a good view of the intersection which is just the perfect time to shoot or probably just chill and enjoy the busy view. (Make sure to visit the cafe before the rush hour starts to get a good seat!)
Shibuya City itself is also known as one of the famous shopping and entertainment district in the city. Every corner is filled with business establishments. Everything you need can be found in this spectacular city; restaurants -ranging from 100 JPY to the fanciest priced ones, shopping stores -from electronic shops to fashion brands, bars and clubs, hotels, and manga cafes (interesting!) are everywhere. You’ll definitely spend your heart’s content on these!
Since I’m a shopping (kinda) addict, here are some of the shops that took my heart away:
- Shibuya 109: For the latest and cheapest fashion trends (girls will love this!)
- Address: 2-29-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0043
- Shibuya Hikarie: For the elegant and classy fashion ones!
- Address: 20-15 Udagawacho | Humnax Pavillion Shibuya Koen-dori, Shibuya 150-0042
- Tokyu Hands: For unique finds! This shop offers a massive variety of everything.
- Address: 12-18 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0042
- BIC Camera: For cheap gadgets.
- Address: 1-24-12, Shibuya, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0002
- Disney Store: For disney fans out there, there’s a store specially dedicated for you!
- Address: 20-15 Udagawacho, Shibuya 150-0042
Just beside Shibuya Station and at the corner of the busy Shibuya crossing lies the memorial of Japan’s most famous dog, Hachiko. This statue doesn’t just serve as a popular tourist destination for over 50 years, but also an inspiration for everyone of us as this dog portrays what true love and loyalty really is. Way back 1924, Hachiko is a helper to his owner Ueno, where he always waits for him to pick him up at the nearby station. This practice is lasted for one year, until one day his owner died. The poor Hachiko still continued this practice and still waited for his owner for 9 long years- even though his owner never showed up. This story never failed to amaze me.
- Access: Drop off Shibuya Station. It can be access by any of the following train lines: JR Yamanote Line, JR Shonan Shinjuku Line, JR Saikyo Line, Tokyu Toyoko Line, Keio Inokashira Line, Hanzomon Subway Line, Fukutoshin Subway Line, Ginza Subway Line, Tokyu Den-Entoshi Line, and Narita Express.
- Possible Expenses: Starbucks Drink: 420 JPY
- Wifi Connection is a MUST: 4g Wifi
- Unlimited Subway ride: Tokyo Subway Ticket
- Traveling to more than ONE city in Japan: Get your JR Pass
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