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The busiest intersection in the world
It's a noisy and crowded place but at the same time it is amazing. Full of lights, shops, restaurants and people.
It is said that hundreds of people cross the street with each change of traffic light. Sit down and enjoy the view of Japanese girls using the ultimate fashion in Tokyo.
Meaning of faithful
In Shibuya district you find the statue of the most loved dog for Japanese: Hachiko, who is remembered for his loyalty to his master.
It is said that this dog waited outside the subway station for his master every day, one day his master died but Hachiko kept on waiting for him every single day until he died 10 years later. Now his statue is a common point reunion where people "wait" for their friends just outside Shibuya station. Sad story!
Kogyaru/Ganguro Shibuya girl spotting
For something out of this World that you will find nowhere else head up Centre-gai st in Shibuya after 7pm,outside the HMV and Printclub parlours by First Kitchen you will see many ganguro and kogyaru.they get more extreme year after year,take photos if you want they will just ignore you,later at night they may let you pose for a picture with them.You will find most of them in the magazine 'Egg'.
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Hachiko and the dinosaur
At the Hatchiko exit of Shibuya station is the world famous cross walk immortalized in Lost in Translation. It is truly amazing to watch. Hachiko is a very popular meeting point and you can people watch for ages. And yes if you wait long enough you should see the dinosaur on the giant screen. You can also cross the road and have a go at trying to get a window seat at the Starbucks.
Bowling, Karoke, Snooker, darts... arcade....
I have to give 2 thumbs up for their bowling facilities in tokyo.
As a smoker and drinker, it is paradise to bowl in tokyo because you can light up, buy cans of heinekens and bowl to UV lit bowling alleys! Can't do that in my country... :)
A great one is located at Shibuya, opposite Shibuya Tokyu Inn at Meiji Street. Look for the large bowling pin on the top of the building like the pic attached. cheap price for renting of shoes, socks and a few games! there are many other floors providing snooker, darts, Karaoke and arcade games! Great for relaxation and to soak in the culture of the youths.
The Crazy Traffic Crossing at Shibuya
Get ready for the busiest junction once you get out of the Shibuya Station. It is people and noise... noise and people everywhere. The busiest traffic crossing in the world is in Shibuya, Tokyo. Try crossing it to any side of the road... you will be amazed! This picture is taken while we were having our Starbucks break... on the second floor facing the crossing. Oh, before crossing the junction, try locating Hachiko, the statue of the faithful dog!
Classical concert in the exceptional Hakuju Hall
On February 17th the great Italian cello master Mario Brunello and the Japanese chorus Vocal Ensemble Cappella will perform together in the extraordinary Hakuju Hall. For all lovers of modern architecture and high-quality music, this is a unique concert experience not to be missed!
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To hang out
If you want to be between young and modern people, you have to come in Shibuya. It's extremely busy all around the day. Full of shoppings around the underground station.
In the square just outside the underground station you can see the statue of Hatsiko - the equivalent of Bobby in Edinburgh (Scotland)!
Shopping in Shibuya
Shibuya is a great place to shop! ...Particularly during the evening/night. The general Shibuya area has tons of great shops. It has everything you could possibly want, so if you want to do some serious shopping, Shibuya is the place to do it!
If you are going shoppping in Shibuya (or even just considering), I would recommend a small map, preferably with some shop names listed for navigation purposes. It is rather easy to get caught up in other things, and some of the streets are angled, making it a little bit confusing to remember where you have and haven't been.
The crossing outside of Shibuya station is a bit overwhelming the first time you experience it. Upon exiting Shibuya station you will see giant television style billboards and lots of people in every direction. Generally Shibuya is popular with Japanese teenagers.
Among the thousands of shops in the Shibuya area. Shibuya boasts many small specialty
a gigantic HMV, and the
largest Tower Records in the world.
It would be easy for anyone to spend hours exploring all of the 8 floors of Tower Records .
Two major department stores, Seibu and Marui, are just as easy to lose oneself in. Both of these stores offer the best quality and most fashionable clothing possible. Also of interest is Tokyu Hands, a hardware store of sorts that encompasses every possible accessory for modern life.
In the area you will find also famous the
studios of NHK,
the Olympic gymnasium,
"Love Hotel Hill"
The building with "Shibuya 109", its a landmark.... The "109" name is clever. The Japanese word for 10 (ten) is "to", for 9 (nine) is "kyu". Join the two words together and you get "Tokyu"...:)
For entertainment most clubs and concert venues are located in the winding streets of the Dogen-zaka area of Shibuya. While classical concerts and museum expositions can be found at the Bunkamura center
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Cheaper than harajuku
IF Omote Sando and Harajuku are not your speed, try shibuya. Tons of people in this area, great fashion and shops, and much better prices. This is a really cute area, and everyone walking around is absolutely fabulous. Fun to watch and take pictures. If you want some of the socks you see the japanese girls wearing, there are sock shops, starbucks, and plenty of shoe stores. Hats are a big thing in Japan, and there are great shops around here. On omote sando, the hats run at least $400.
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Visit Shibuya-cultural and shopping district
Where once there had been tea plantations (circa 1880), Shibuya is now a very leafy shopping & cultural district. It is home to the famous multi-storied bright yellow Towers Record shop, the famous silver roofed Shibuya 109 department store with roof top video studio store, and home to numerous other international fashion brands. What's the pricing like, you might ask - it's more certainly expensive than the same item in HK, Singapore or Malaysia, but take note, the customer service is always excellent, whether you are simply browsing or seriously shopping. Change rooms are large, clean and there's usually a seat to rest your tired feet.
I was here on a Sunday morning and the streets (around Meiji Dori) was really rather quiet, with a few families seated at their favourite Cafe enjoying a leisurely breakfast.
The statue of the faithful dog Hachiko can also be found here- at one of the main entrances to Shibuya JR station (the entrance if named for the dog).
For those with a bit more time, check out the TEPCO Electric Energy Museum (Denryokukan: open Thursdays to Tuesdays from 10 am to 6pm) - it has 8 floors of electrical gadgets for curious adults and children to handle and play with.
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This is one of many entertainment districts of Tokyo. It is located along JR Yamanote Line west of Ginza district. Alight at JR Shibuya Station. The crossing in front of the station will startle you as throngs of people take the trains.
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You have to see it to believe it!!!
Arguably the most busy intersection in the world, Shibuya station is an amazing sight to see as you step off of the subway. A moving mass of thousands of people and advertising. Check it out if you don't mind sacrificing all of your personal space!!!
Shibuya is one of the many entertainment districts in Toyko.
Unlike others it is very much oriented for youthful people. Fashion is big and besides all the big department stores like Marui and Tôkyû you can find anywhere, one is very special. Close to the station is the 109 Department store. On its 10 floors all the latest fashion for girls can be found. Going through it as a tourist perfectly shows how Japanese people like consumption.
Famous is the Tower Records store which is in fact the largest record store in the world.
Other attractions are the Hachiko statue in front of the station and the striking Shibuya Crossing right next to it. It is said to be the busiest crossing in the world, with the most people crossing at one time. When all traffic signs turn red the whole crossing is filled up with a mass of people criss-crossing the streets. This gives a great spectacle best seen from the 2nd floor of Starbucks on the opposite side of the station.
What is more, are the many nightclubs and bars that are unlike Roppongi more frequented by Japanese. Another notorious feature of Shibuya is the Dôgenzaka-Hill with the biggest concentration of Love Hotels in Tokyo.
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