When someone ask any recommended sightseeing place in Japan, the first answer must be "Tokyo".
Tokyo, capital of Japn, as well as central or Japanese economics, culture and fashion trend.
※Strictly speaking, due to the abolishment of central establishment in 1956, there is no capital city in Japanese .
I'm guess there are many people who want to visit Tokyo yet Tokyo is too complicated for them.
The various sightseeing places are one of the problem too.
So this time, the author, who is from rural area and now lives in Tokyo, will introduce the sightseeing places to people who had never visit Tokyo before.
Also, for those who are ready to have a trip to Tokyo, please make use the article below.
We will start from the spots in Shibuya.
Tokyu department store and Hachiko statue can be seen at the public square, where just exit from Hachiko exit in Shibuya Station. There are many tourists and foreigners taking photos with the Hachiko.
Nowadays, Hachiko is one of the major rendezvous. The crowd will always be observed around it. Sometime it is challenging to meet up with someone due to that crowd.
Therefore, it is much easier to meet up someone at the green train (Aogaeru) where just opposite the Hachiko.The green train was used as commuter train "5000s" in 1954 by Tokyu electric railroad company.
Sometime it’s called "onigiri train" by the residents because of its shape. Also people call the train "Aogaeru (green frog) train" due to the train colour.
After the train has been abandoned and it has been placed in front of Hachiko.
There is no special relationship between Hachiko and the train.
Do you know the story of Hachiko?
Hachi is Akita dog and he was waiting for his owner.
Eizaburo Ueno, an agricultural scientist in the University of Tokyo, was known as dog lover and he adopted the Akita dog (Hachiko) In 1924.
In the following year, 1925, Ueno died from cerebral infarction during his lecture.
After the death of its owner , Hachi had been waiting for Ueno at the Shibuya station where Ueno used as transportation for his work place.
People were impressed with Hachi's obedience and name him Chuken (faithful dog) Hachiko to salute his act..
In 1934, the Hachiko statue was built and he actually joined the ceremony.
80 years later, Hachi is still the symbol of Shibuya and became the famous tourist attraction and rendezvous.
Moreover, there is the Hachi statue with his owner in the University of Tokyo!
After 80 years of the Ueno's death, professors decided to built the statues in the campus of the department of agriculture. Such a heartwarming and touching story.
The purpose of building the statue is wishing Hachi could meet Ueno to meet again, which did not happen in real life. After the history and story behind Hachi have been told, perhaps you could feel it with deeper emotion.
【Japanese Name】 忠犬ハチ公 (Chuken Hachiko)
【Access】"JR Shibuya station" Hachiko Exit
It is sure that the crossing is the most famous tourist attraction in Shibuya. This is the one of the biggest crossing in Japan, which joins the JR Hachiko exit and Center Street (Basket Street).
Massive amount of people walk across this junction and about 3,000 people are crossing the road each time. The number of pedestrians reaches 500,000 for one day. This hits the highest record among the world.
The impressive picture of people crossing the road is often used in the morning TV shows.
For the place where has high population density became popular among foreigners. Particularly in Tokyo, there are numerous number of Japanese people dress up and behave differently from visitors.
When you actually visit the crossing, you can see the foreigners taking photos with selfie stick and filming. Some take group photo in the middle of the crossing and some take the photo of people crossing the road. It seems a bit dangerous though.
Interestingly, people can walk the crossing without hitting others even there is over 3,000 people cross over the road at the same time. The author’s foreign friends always question, why Japanese people can walk smoothly in the crowd?.
In my opinion, that is because of the unique Japanese spirits, "mutual concession".
Shibuya crossing is one of the hot place where young people gather during events.
For instant, on Halloween, young people wear unique costume and have their party on the crossing.
Another example is the day when Japanese soccer team have a game. People will wear the jersey and support the team.
In both situation, you can feel the power of the young generations and interesting scenes.
On the other hand, sometime it become a social problem and became a news about the crazy young people.
Nowadays, police officers are well prepared for the such event.
One of the famous stories about the crossing is "DJ police". He will be there to warn those who behave badly on the day when Japanese team got chance to go to the World Cup.
After that, he appear every time people over party in the crossing. People praise him on SNS such as twitter.
We need to keep manner and behave well even it is a fun and exciting event.
【Japanese Name】スクランブル交差点 (Sukuranburu Kousaten)
【English Name】Shibuya Crossing
【Address】〒150-0043 TOkyo Shibuya Dougenzakashita
【Access】one minute walk from JR Yamanote line (and others) Shibuya station
When you get out from Hachiko exit and go over the crossing, you can see TSUTAYA.
The TSUTAYA is the one of the model place of the animation movie, "Your Name". Please read the article for more information about the model places for "Your Name".
We are now presenting about the recommended places in Shibuya. Shibuya is known as the place for youth.
Shibuya is especially well-known as the place of trend fashion, as expected, there are many malls and shops.
So we will introduce Shibuya Hikarie.
Shibuya Hikarie is the shopping mall directly connected to the station and the movie theater, the restaurants, the department store and even the company offices are all inside the mall too!
Right now, we will present the recommended ways to enjoy Shibuya Hikarie.
This is the perfect place for dessert lovers.
You can also enjoy Japanese sweet such as Tokyo Banana .
Please visit and enjoy selecting the sweets for surveniors!
【English Name】Shibuya Hikarie/ShinQs
【Address】Tokyo Shibuyaku Shibuya 2-21-1
【Access】Directly connected to the way from Shibuya station of JR line, Tokyo metro Ginza line, Keio Inokahira line. Directly connected to the 15th exit of Shibuya station in Fukutoshin line.
【Close】No regular closed day (except the end and beginning of the year)
Next one is Bunkamura, which only takes 7 minutes walk from the Hachiko exit in Shibuya station.
Bunkamura is the large-scale cultural facility, built in 1989 and perfect place for those who love arts and want to enjoy concert and exhibition.
People who do not usually engage with creative work can also enjoy this place!
You can come and enjoy when you come to Tokyo by yourself.
You can enjoy a lot of things here, but my recommendation is this THEATRE COCOON.
In this theatre, you can enjoy the concert, the drama and other performing arts.
The works of Ebikawa Yukio are often screened!
The distance between the stage and audience seats is so close, as you can feel the enthusiastic performing .
Whether you like theater or not, please come and enjoy!
【Address】Tokyo Shibuyaku Dogenzaka 2-24-1
【Access】7 minutes walk from JR Shibuyastation Hachiko exit
【Open】Depends on the department and project
【Regular Closed Day】January 1st
【Entrance Fee】Depends on the performance. Please cite the official web site.
You can see the behind the scene of popular dramas such as "Amachan" and "Asagakita" in this studio park. You can also experience how the TV shows are been produce.
In the exhibition section, the recent broadcasted drama "Sanada Maru" and other famous dramas are presented.
If you are in the good timing, you can join as the audience of the TV show.
In the Studio Park NEWS, you can experience being a cameraman, a reporter and news caster.
At news studio, you can also experience being a weather forecaster and a cameraman as if you are actually recording the show.
All age group people who love media will able to enjoy the visit to NHK Studio Park.
If you are lucky, you would become news casters!
Please enjoy the rare experience in NHK.
【English Name】 NHK Studio Park
【Address】Tokyo Shibuyaku Jinnan 2-2-1
【Access】12 minutes walk from Shibuya station
【Close】Every 4th Mondays
【Entrance Fees】Above 18 to 65: 200 yen. Under 18 and above 65 : Free
Well known Yoshimoto Shinkigeki is "Nanba Grand Kagetsu" in Osaka, however, we can enjoy performance by commedians of Yoshimoto Kogyo company in Tokyo!
Future famous comedians and popular veteran comedians that you can see on TV show would give amazing performances here.
As you can see from the picture, the front seats are very close to the stage. So you can have a close look or interaction with the comedians.
If there is unsold ticket, the freshman comedians wear happi coat and be burkers.
They will raise their voice so if you pass over you will able to recognize it.
Also, the hall is covered by glasses. So you can see comedians from outside the hall!
When popular comedians give performance, People are crowd around the hall. pass-by will be attracted by the crowd too. However, photo taking is prohibited from the outside!
After the performance, there are many fans waiting for the comedians so you can see how popular they are. It is the perfect spot for those who like comedy.
If you have any chance to come near by the Yoshimoto∞hall, please check who is giving the performance. I will put the link below so if you like comedians, please click it. It might be better if you book the ticket of your favorite comedian beforehand.
【English Name】Yoshimoto Mugendai Hall
【Address】Tokyo Shibuyaku Udagawa 31-2 Shibuya Beam Yoshimoto ∞
【Access】7 minutes walk from the Shibuya station
SHIBUYA109 is fill with the energy of the youth.
The most of the shops in this building is targeting teenage women. There are many cute girls.
I am a male but I often go to SHIBUYA 109 to check the trend among the young women. That is my interest.
The sellers are very friendly so they might teach us how to attract young girls!
By the way, do you know the meaning of "109"?
This name comes from the company called Tokyu Malls Development that arranged this building. They took Tou (means 10 in Japanese) Kyu (means 9 in Japanese) and name 109.
Also, it is related why the open time is from 10am to 9pm.
People who are familiar with this place, they call this building "Marukyu".
The lady's fashion brand called "FIG&VIPER" in B2 sells Neon painting stuff.
These are cosmetic that lights up under the blacklight.
Shibuya has one of the best dance club place so these will definitely useful and all eyes would caught by your appearance !
We can use them for Halloween and other events too.
【Address】Tokyo Shibuyaku Dogenzaka 2-29-1
【Access】3 minutes walk from Shibuya station
【Open】10:00～21:00 (cafe and restaurant), 10:00～22:00(7F cafe ma・mezon), 11:00～22:00(7F Kiriko de Napoli)
In this page, we focused on the tourist attractions in Shibuya where many young people come and enjoy.
The next page will introduce you about the good places in Harajuku.