Shibuya crossing is the busiest intersection of Japan. The area, thanks to the many restaurants and other forms of entertainments, attracts a large crowd. The place is also quite famous among foreigners, who like to take selfies and videos as they cross the intersection multiple times. What’s so special about this crossing is that when the predestrian signal turns white, you can cross in any direction and hundreds of people flood the intersection at the same time.
Every Saturday and Sunday (10:00 to 17:00) the United Nations University campus transforms itself in a farmer’s market. Many organic and locally grown produce are for sale and several food trucks are usually found on site. Once in a while, special events are held such as the sake festival and the beer fest. It is a great place to find and taste different kinds of vegetables, honeys, jams, teas and more…
Harajuku is an unofficial name used to refer to the area surrounding the Harajuku station in Shibuya. It is known for being a place where fashion is pushing the boundaries. One of the most popular place in Harajuku is without a doubt Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) where many trendy shops are located. This place becomes seriously crowded on weekends. To the south of Takeshita Dori is located Omotesando, a famous shopping street featuring leading fashion brands.
The Shibuya crossing is one of the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world. The area surrounding the Shibuya crossing is known as a popular entertainment hub. For those interested in taking pictures or time-lapse videos of the intersection, a new building, the Hikarie tower, offers a fantastic view of the Shibuya crossing. Many interesting dining venues are located on site. Be sure to check the Hikarie building next time you spend some time in Shibuya!
While at Shibuya station, don’t forget to pay a visit to the famous statue of Hachiko, the dog who waited patiently for his owner dsy after day. Nowadays, the statue has become a popular meeting spot in Shibuya.
The Kyu Asakura house, built in 1919, is an historic house that survived the disasters of the Great Kanto Earthquake and the Second World War. The house is open as a museum to visitors and offers a unique feel of the Taisho era. The Mansion integrates beautifully with the garden and landscape rocks. The best time to visit the house and garden is in spring or fall.
Rainy days in Tokyo are better spent inside museums. Thats why we went to the Yebisu beer museum. The museum explains the history of Yebisu beer. Some beer tasting is included in the (paid) guided tour. There is also a souvenir shop with a lot of Yebisu beer products, as well as a snack bar.
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The Shibuya crossing is the busiest intersection in the world. When the pedestrian signal turns green, literally hundreds of people start crossing the road in all directions. This a popular spot for time-lapse photographers which set their cameras on tripods to take photos on a regular interval and then combined them into an accelerated movie. When I got there, the weather was not so great and I struggled to find a good location to take the shots. This blog describes the best viewpoints of Shibuya crossing. I wish I had known before!
The Meiji Jingu shrine, located in the heart of Tokyo, is dedicated to emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. There we met some long time friends of Ayako for a short visit of the shrine. The trip included a visit to a sacred well, which is known to make you famous if you put its picture on your cell phone, so there may be a line of Japanese waiting to take a shot!