Lively Shibuya


The Shibuya crossing again. It’s located just outside the West exit of the Shibuya station (if I’m not mistaken) and has appeared on a number of dramas and movies. It’s comparable to NYC’s Times Square in a way — with all the large screens and neon lights. I love watching people cross the roads when the traffic light turns red. That many people seemed to come out of nowhere.



We headed to Starbucks (again) to rest and grab some hot chocolate. The cafe is strategically located in front of the crossing. Another place gaijin (foreigners) usually go to when they head to Tokyo. Customers order drinks at the ground floor and drink at the upper floor. The seats are limited, considering how many people go there. We were lucky to get seats in the middle of the cafe, though taking photos of the crossing from Starbucks is now prohibited.


Just beside Starbucks, there’s Tsutaya, a music store with loads of Japanese music. You can also grab a hold of international music here, usually limited edition with a couple of extra tracks, which was cool. Around Shibuya there’s a lot of shops and I really mean a lot! From standalone shops, flagship to department stores. walk around any lanes near the crossing and you’ll be mesmerized by the choices.


Also the place to find Hachiko.

Possibly my favorite place in Tokyo.

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    February 11, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Love your Japan diaries. I’m heading to Yokohama/Tokyo for the second time in April and looking forward to check out the places you went to! By the way, have you been to Ghibli Museum before. What a magical place.

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    ain syakirin hanaffi
    February 11, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    Hachiko the loyal dog… Pernah tgk cerita a dog’s tale? Movie pasal hachiko… Sedey..

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    February 12, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Thanks. I’ve read and thought of going to the Ghibli Museum before, but never made it. Good, I shall add that to my next itinerary. Enjoy your April trip!

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    February 12, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    maju betul Jepun.. Hope I will go there one day 🙂

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