Its crossroads is already a legend. Almost no documentary about Japan or movie taking place in Tokyo where you can´t see masses of people almost mesmerizingly making their way to the other side of the road.
It´s quite difficult to label Shibuya, as it´s a synonym for a variety of leisure time activities. And indeed, just like perhaps Shinjuku and Ikebukuro, Shibuya is one of the big centres of Tokyo. There are many (fashion) shops, department stores, electronic shops, game centers, karaoke bars, cafés and restaurants to be found in the streets around the station.
After nightfall however, Shibuya changes its pace and look completely, turning it from shopping district into some sort of entertainment magnet for the younger generation, seeking fun, recreation and pleasure in one of the many bars, sports bars, restaurants or love hotels that seam the streets around Shibuya.
In order to enjoy your Shibuya experience, take the “Hachiko Exit.” The small square in front of the station with the world famous dog statue (“Hachiko”) even got its own Hollywood movie in between. The story about a dog waiting for his owner at the station day by day, even after his death, is just heartwarming. The statue serves as meeting point and popular photo motif in between.
As soon as the traffic lights turn to green, an almost hypnotical mass will make its way to the other side of the street. You can also visit one of the world´s most famous Starbucks stores and have a coffee including a great and definitely unique view.
After nightfall, Shibuya completely changes its pace and look, turning it from being a crowded shopping district into some sort of entertainment magnet for the younger generation that´s seeking fun, recreation and pleasure in one of the many bars, sports bars, cinemas, internet cafés, restaurants or love hotels that seam the streets around Shibuya.
Doraemon-grafitti art in one of Shibuya´s side streets:
Shop ´til you drop. No matter if HMV, BookOff, Don Quichote, Mandarake, Sega Game Center, McDonalds, Starbucks, Loft, record shops, fashion shops, department stores…there´s almost nothing you can´t buy over here.