Shibuya

about Shibuya

Shibuya has been flourished as a town of young culture and youth fashion. The large intersection in front of Shibuya Station now becomes one of the popular intersections in worldwide, which is one of the major sightseeing spots for inbound tourists. There are another major tourism spots such as Harajyuku “Takeshita Dohri” street, Omotesando, and Meiji Shrine here as well, so many of domestic and foreign tourists visit here all year around. Now major renewal is under going around Shibuya Station, beginning with “Shibuya Hikarie”, a new commercial facility, which has just opened up on 2016, further facilities such as shopping buildings, office buildings, Hotels, and park are on construction toward its completion in 2027.

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Shibuya large crossing

Harajuku Takeshita Dohri Street

Meiji Shrine

Omotesandoh

Cyu-Ken Hachi-Koh

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Shibuya large crossing

Shibuya large crossing

It is so called “Scramble” system intersection, which had first been installed in US or Canada in 1960’s, but now this Shibuya large crossing might be noted as the most famous “Scramble” intersection in the world. There are more than 3,000 people across the intersection in just one blue-light period in the most. This huge number of crossing people and how they across it quickly without bumping against each other, make people from foreign counties surprised, and it becomes to be focused as a symbolic landscape of metropolis Tokyo. You can find a lot of foreign tourists observing this landscape at large window of concourse between Keio Inokashira Line and JR, or window seats of Starbucks Coffee located at north of the crossing, which is the position just looking down it.

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Harajuku Takeshita Dohri Street

Harajuku Takeshita Dohri Street

Harajuku Station building is the oldest wooden train station building in Tokyo. It was established on 1924 with British design, and is now attracting attention of inbound tourists as the place to feel good-old Japanese atmosphere. Once you get out from its ticket gate, you can see “Takeshita Dohri” street in front of you. This is the holly ground for young people, especially for teenagers. There are lots of fashion boutiques, sweets shops such as crape shops along both side of the street, and is the home of recent world famous “KAWAII” culture. This about 350m long street is always bustling by Japanese tourists, mostly consist of junior & senior high school students, and by inbound tourists who come to see such landscape.

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Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine

This shrine was established in 1920, to enshrine Meiji emperor and empress. It is the shrine having largest number of worship-visitor in Japan, there are almost 3 million worshipers visiting here just during the 1st 3 days of January. This main hall building had been burn out by 1945 Tokyo Air raid, but was reconstructed in 1958 by a revival fund from all over the country. The “Oh Torii”, big main gate of this shrine, is the largest wooden Torii gate in Japan, and is made of more than 1,500 years old cypress. This shrine site with 700,000 ㎡ is rich in green forest, and covered by quiet and sacred atmosphere, which you cannot guess that there are such quite busy and noisy area of “Takeshita Dohri” street or Omotesandoh just next to this site.

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Omotesandoh

Omotesandoh

“Omotesandoh” originally means the main approach way to shrines, so there are lots of “Omotesandoh” street all over the country where shrines are there. But, if you say just “Omotesandoh”, it normally means this approach way to Meiji Shrine in Harajuku. There are large stone lanterns on both side of street at “Jinguh Mae” intersection, and “Omotesandoh” intersection, which show that this is main approach way to the shrine. So you can feel such historical story when you find them. This street lined with Zelkova, has a lot of famous brand shops along both sides, and is bustling by domestic and foreign tourists. Kiddy Land, which is famous as “Hello Kitty” for foreign people, and also Oriental Bazar where you can find Japanese traditional souvenirs, are standing along this street. They are always busy by foreign tourists. “Omotesandoh Hills”, which is new shopping facility opened on 2006, was reconstructed in replacement of 80 years old big apartment building. This facility is designed by Tadao Andoh, who is a Japanese architect quite famous by his concrete building. It became a new landmark of this area now. This Zelkova lined street is beautifully illuminated during Christmastime, so it becomes a good night view spot then. In addition, Ota Memorial Museum of Art, which is famous by “Ukiyoe”, wood block print, is located at entering a little from the halfway of this street. It is also a popular spot for inbound tourists.

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Cyu-Ken Hachi-Koh

Cyu-Ken Hachi-Koh

This can be said as the symbol of Shibuya Station, “Cyu-Ken Hachi-Koh”, a statue of the faithful dog. This statue was founded in 1934, for a memory of a faithful dog (Akita dog), which had been waiting his dead owner’s homecoming here for 10 years and finally dead. This story became the Hollywood movie starring by famous actor, Richard Gere (Hachi; A dog’s Tale), so its popularity is high in foreign people as well. “In front of Hachi-Koh statue”, is the standard meeting point at Shibuya, and it was so famous and crowded by meeting people that you must appoint exact location finely such as “nose side of Hachi-Koh”, or “Tail side of Hachi-Koh”, or you cannot meet each other. (It becomes a laughing tale because of mobile phone now, though!)

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shops

EBISU HASHI-AN

SEIRO SOBA

¥980

This restaurant is located just a three-minute walk from Ebisu Station, but it is away from the hustle and bustle of town central by one street, It is a great soba dinin...

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UDONIZAKAYA MUSASHINO HASEGAWA

NIKU_JIRU_UDON

¥800

"Teuchi Udon Hasegawa" is known to be the first store to be published in Michelin for 3 consecutive years! Our recommended "Meat soup udon" is a unique dish with its som...

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UDONTEI

TENDON SET

¥830

This store is a six-minute from the Shinjuku station. Udontei, located near the South Shinjuku station, offers various food mainly udon, which also comes in a set with a...

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