When you visit Tokyo, you don’t want to miss the chance to spend a day in Shibuya, especially if you’re Instagram lovers. How often do you get to see the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world? Get out your iPhone or your camera, your Shibuya photo tour is about to start!
Take a selfie with Hachiko
It’s impossible to talk about Shibuya without mentioning Hachiko. Maybe you and your partner already know Hachiko’s story from the famous Hollywood movie with Richard Gere.
Hachiko was a Japanese Akita, better knows for its extreme loyalty to his owner. His notoriety is due to the fact that, despite his owner was missing many years before, Hachiko kept going to wait for him at the station for hoping of his return.
In honor of his loyalty, his statue was placed where he used to wait, in front of Shibuya Station.
Nowadays, Hachiko statue is the meeting point for many people that want to meet in Shibuya and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Tokyo.
When you visit Shibuya, you need to take a selfie with Hachiko.
Shibuya Scramble Crossing
Located in front of Shibuya Station, the most famous scramble crossing in the world is the one of the most iconic spots you can find in Tokyo. More than 3,000 people can cross the intersection every green light – to 500,000 every day.
It’s so fascinating that you could spend hours looking at it, maybe with a cup of coffee. The Starbucks Shibuya Tsutaya is the prefect place to take photos of the scramble and it’s very easy to find. While you’re crossing the scramble, you should find it very easily. If you’re lucky enough to find a seat in the second floor, you’ll find one of the best places for enjoying and snapping the Shibuya scramble crossing. We suggest you to stand in line for the coffee while your partner looks for a seat upstairs. If you can’t find a seat in Starbucks, there are other cafes that you can try: Estacion Cafe, located on the 5th floor of the Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu; L’Occitane Cafe, located at the second floor, above a cosmetic shop; or Hoshino Coffee, located in the 109 MEN’S building.
Nonbei Yokocho is easily reachable from the Hachiko exit of Shibuya station, you just need to cross the underpass, then turn left. Similar to Golden Gai in Shinjuku, this small street is full of izakaya and yakitori shops where you can enjoy cheap food and drinks.
Also known as ‘Drunkard’s Alley’, this street could look not so romantic, but it can offer you a taste of the Shibuya of the past and you can go back home with good memories.
Yoyogi Park and Meiji Shrine
Located 15 minutes by walk from Shibuya Station, the Yoyogi Park is a relaxing oasis for nature lovers. With its 54,1 hectares of land, this park offers countless paths, green meadows, ponds and ginkgo forests.
Inside the park, you can also find the Meiji-jingu, one of the most important Shinto temples of Tokyo. You may also witness the procession of a Shinto wedding. It’s very romantic!
Takeshita street is located near the Harajuku Station and 15 minutes by walk from Shibuya station. This street is the hub of Tokyo’s youth fashion where you can find countless shops, cafes and sweet shops – is also the best place to find Japanese crepe shops. Don’t forget to take a snap at the entrance!