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Shibuya

Where many of Japan's fashion trends come from

About Shibuya

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Tokyo's Cafe Habana

Tokyo's Cafe Habana

If you've seen the 2014 movie "Chef" starring Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara and Scarlett Johansson amongst others, it's likely that you've heard of the Cubano sandwich. Introduced to the United States by Cuban immigrant workers in ..

Melting in the Mouth

Melting in the Mouth

Anyone who has visited Japan in the height of summer knows that the season is hot and humid. There are ways and means to make the heat more bearable, though - and one of the best has to be enjoying a frozen sweet treat. There are plenty of great spot..

Vegan Tokyo: Organic Table by Lapaz

Vegan Tokyo: Organic Table by Lapaz

If you’re a vegan and headed to Tokyo, it may come as a pleasant surprise that more and more eateries are popping up with entirely vegan menus. There are spots dedicated to vegan ramen, vegan burgers, vegan desserts and more, so you’re no..

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Do C Capsule Hotel in Ebisu

Do C Capsule Hotel in Ebisu

Faced with a late night and early next-day departure from Tokyo one time, I decided (as I often do) that it would be easier to stay in town rather than go home then get up early and come back in again for my bus. Not needing luxury I looked for somew..

Fresh Share House Jingumae

Fresh Share House Jingumae

The Fresh Share House Jingumae in Shibuya is one of many beautiful share houses in Tokyo, nestled in a quiet little area ten minutes away from Shibuya crossing. I know- ‘quiet’ and ‘Shibuya’ don’t tend to go together, bu..

Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel Shibuya

Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel Shibuya

This grand hotel towers above its neighbors in the business end of Shibuya. On a fine day you can see Mount Fuji on one side and Tokyo Tower on the other side, and it is just a five minute walk west of the station. It is therefore also only a short w..

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Moyai Statue in Shibuya

Moyai Statue in Shibuya

Everyone knows about Shibuya's Hachiko statue, the most popular meeting point possibly in all of Japan. However, on the southwest side of Shibuya Station, there is another landmark that many people miss: The Moyai Statue. The lone statue looks li..

Hachiko Statue in Shibuya

Hachiko Statue in Shibuya

One of Japan's unofficial landmarks, the Hachiko statue in Shibuya is a homage to the faithful Akita dog who waited at Shibuya Station every day for his master, even after his death. Professor Eizaburo Ueno of Tokyo University adopted Hachiko in ..

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About Shibuya

If you could only choose one place to shop in Tokyo, then Shibuya is the place to be. Famous for its busy and colorful district, packed to the gills with shops, restaurants, clubs and avid shoppers. Shibuya is also famous for its enormous intersection which hundreds of people crossing at any one time. You can even experience this marvelous view from the second story window of the probably most profitable Starbucks in the world.

Just around the corner you will find Center Gai, a busy pedestrian area filled with shops selling the latest wear and accessories. Strolling through this neon lit zone is an experience in itself. For the ladies it would be a sin to miss out on the iconic cylindrical building that is known as Shibuya 109, where you can find hundreds of boutiques spanning ten floors of fashionable goodness. However, do not fear gents, because there is a Shibuya 109 Men opposite from Starbucks, although not as grand as its counterpart.

Over a dozen department stores are dotted around the area, where corporate giants Seibu and Tokyu own the majority of them. As for dining, you are spoilt for choice since you can find pretty much any type of cuisine to suit even the fussiest of eaters. You can entertain yourself endlessly by going the one of the many game centers, indoor sports facilities, cinemas, clubs, bars, the list goes on.

However, do not fear if you are a bit scared of the crowds; there is much more to discover in the surprisingly quiet back streets. I am thinking of the goat cafe just a 5-minute walk from the station. In that same are is a wonderful macrobiotic cafe, run by a young couple, and they serve excellent vegan but very creative food. For a very different bar experience, check out Nonbei Yokocho, or Drunkard’s Alley, also just a stone's throw away from the station—just to give you a few ideas.

Shibuya’s icon is the infamous Hachiko dog statue, situated next to the train station's exit with the same name (Hachiko exit). You can see people taking snaps of the floppy-eared canine with their cell phone cameras at any given moment. This is quite possibly the most famous waiting area in all of Japan, as is evident by the dense crowd that engulfs the area. If you actually want to find someone who is waiting for you in this area, then I advise you to meet in front of the green train carriage adjacent to Hachiko.

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