Part V: Shibuya and Harajuku

Tokyo might not be as congested as China and Hong Kong, but it is the world's most populous metropolis. So expect this city to be swarming with people particularly in Shibuya and Harajuku. Shibuya is one of Tokyo's most vibrant and busy districts, filled with shopping, dining and entertainment. Tokyu Plaza, Omotesando Hills, Bershka, and Japan's largest record store - Tower Records are just a few buildings that we stumbled upon.
Tokyu Plaza
Omotesando Hills


One of the prominent landmark in Shibuya is the Shibuya Crossing, which is located in front of the Shibuya Station Hachiko exit. It's a large intersection where it gets densely packed with people each time the crossing lights turn green.
shibuya crossing in daylight
extremely adorned by neon advertisements and video screens
shibuya crossing at night
people waiting for a green traffic light at shibuya crossing

Of course, we had to take a walk across this famous intersection, which is also featured in movies like Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, and Resident Evil: Afterlife and Retribution.

Other points of interest in Shibuya is the Hachiko Statue. It's a statue of a loyal dog named Hachiko. According to a famous story, the dog waited for his master everyday in front of Shibuya Station, and continued to do so for years even after his master passed away. It is also one of Tokyo's most popular meeting points. Have you seen the movie titled "Hachi: A Dog's Tale" starring Richard Gere? Oh my God, I cried buckets when I watched this movie.
Hachiko (bronze statue at Shibuya)
near hachiko statue is an old Segataya Line train car
 Harajuku is a district in Shibuya. It is known for most extreme teenage cultures and fashion styles.

One of the focal points in Harajuku is Takeshita Street, a narrow street around 400-meter long dotted by little shops. We just sauntered around here since this place caters more on teens.


We encountered some people in their attractive and eccentric fashion. However, I was only able to take a single photo, not in Harajuku but in Takashimaya Shinjuku. 


I really wanted to see a large gathering of cosplayers in Harajuku but unfortunately we were not able to go there on a Sunday as we had another plan.

Related Posts:
Part I: Konnichiwa Japan
Part II: Konnichiwa Japan (Getting There)
Part III: Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya Jingumae
Part IV: Japanese Food

Till next time... toodles,
June

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