What are your favorite spots for "people watching" in Japan?

Asked by Victoria Vlisides · 4 years ago

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Answered by Martyn Bissett · 4 years ago

Shibuya crossing Starbucks is the first place that comes to mind. I think Shrines and Temples are also interesting places to watch visitors praying and making their wishes for the future. Attending street festivals are great watching all the crazy things going on - especially if there is sake thrown in :)

Answered by Olga Kaneda · 4 years ago

Omotesando and Harajuku area is the top of my list. But it so crowded that I get tired very soon :)

Answered by Sherilyn Siy · 4 years ago

Anywhere with high foot traffic is a good place. Yoyogi often hosts events so you get to see a lot of different people and there usually is a theme. For example, If there's a vegetarian fair, you get to see the people dressed in "granola" (hippie) outfits. But I also recommend Harajuku, Omotesando, and Akihabara. 

Answered by Justin Velgus · 4 years ago

While people watching is usually thought to be done from a cafe or busy area like a mall, I would urge you to consider watching people from a local perspective--with locals. Helping out at a local festival, grilling some seafood at a local market, or relaxing at a park to see how Japanese children play have all been enjoyable ways I enjoyed people watching. These kind of places can be found in cities and small towns.

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Answered by Relinda Puspita · 3 years ago

Along Sanjo and Shijo on Kawaramachi area in Kyoto, are my favorite spot.

Answered by Isabelle Despert Okumura · 3 years ago

If you can go to a "matsuri"  (festival)  with a "mikoshi" (portable shrine) procession,  you'll see Japanse people  in a very diferent way. Some men are half naked, people wear traditional festival clothes and the ambiance is crazy! 

Answered by Jihad Mahmoud · 2 years ago

I think shopping district and train stations.

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