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Shibuya

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1. Hachiko Statue

 
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The first Hachiko Statue was build in 1934 to honor the loyalty of the dog Hachiko to its master Hidesaburou Ueno. It was in 1934 when Hachiko was still alive and the people valued the loyality of this little akita inu. The sculptor was Teru Ando who died in 1945. 

But the statue was not for long at it's place. During the World War II it got melted down for war purposes.

The new statue was dedicated in 1948 - 3 years after World War II. The sculptor this time was the son of Teru Ando - Take­shi Ando. 

 

💳  Admission:  -

🕒  Open: All day long

 

🖥  Homepage: Hachiko

2. Shibuya Crossing (The Scramble)

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The most famous crossing in the world. Known for movies like Resident Evil: Retribution and Afterlife" or The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift. It's also called the "Scramble". There are up to 1,000 pedestrians within a single green phase. It's the busiest interception in the world.

 

There are a couple of good spots from where you have a nice view to the crossing. The Starbucks is one of these spots. There is also a big building in the back and is called the Scramble Square which also has an accessible rooftop the Shibuya Sky! (price: 2,000 ¥) Find another one on the top of the Magnet by 109 MEN next to the railways (price 600 ¥).

💳  Admission:  -

🕒  Open: All day long

3. Shibuya Center Street

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There are several shopping opportunities in this commercial district right behind the Shibuya scramble crossing. It reminds strongly on an old-town. Next to all the shops it's famous for its restaurants, nightclubs and bars. You can even find an authentic Okinawa restaurant named "Yanbaru Okinawa soba". If you keep on walking you will be nearby the famous building "Shibuya 109" (Ichi maru kyu). Give it a try!

💳  Admission:  -

🕒  Open: All day long

4. Mega Don Quijote

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The store is well known in Japan and Singapore and is often referred to by its shortened name Donki (ドンキ). Distinctly, Don Quijote tends to keep very late hours for Japanese retailing (to 3 or 5am, or even 24 hours) and it packs its goods from ceiling to floor in a distinct merchandising strategy. (Wikipedia)

 

It's the biggest Supermarket chain in Japan and the biggest Don Quijote in Tokyo. It's a maze with tons of good including sex toys. Also there are moraines in the display window!

💳  Admission:  -

🕒  Open: All day long

🖥  Homepage: Donki

5. Shibuya 109

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Built in 1979 the "109" is one of the "landmarks" in Shibuya. The entire building is full with small shops for girls. There is another 109 at the Shibuya Crossing and it's for men. 

 

109 is owned by the Tōkyū group. The name 109 (Japanese: ichi maru kyū) is probably an allusion to the numbers 10 (Tō) and 9 (Kyū) which you can also pronounce like this.  

💳  Admission:  -

🕒  Open: 09:00 - 23:00

🖥  Homepage: Shibuya 109

 

6. Shibuya Scramble Square

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The new skyscraper in Shibuya. Finished in the end of 2019 the scramble Square Tower offers you a bunch of restaurant and a rooftop area in 229 m high with an amazing view to the Shibuya Crossing. The entry for the tower is free. To visit the observation area you have to pay 2.000 ¥. Online purchase 1.800 . If you want to save money you can also visit the restaurant area which has also a view to the crossing.

💳  Admission: 1.800 - 2.000¥

🕒  Open: 09:00 - 23:00

🖥  Homepage: Scramble Sq Tower

 

7. Miyashita Park

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Just finished in 2020 is the new shopping mall Miyashita Park. There are up to 90 unique flagship stores like Prada or Louis Vuitton. On the rooftop is the Miyashita Park what is a real park to relax. A wonderful place to get 5 minutes of rest!

💳  Admission: -

🕒  Open: 08:00 - 23:00

 

🖥  Homepage: Miyashita Park

8. Cat Street

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In this neighborhood you can find many small stores to buy fashion. One rule here, get lost and walk around. So many hidden spots in this local area with a bunch of little side roads. A dream for every discoverer.

The offer also includes used designer clothes if you are interested. You can find them in the store called Ragtag. For people who are into the pet cafes its probably a must to visit the bunny cafe around. For the rest just eat at Luke's Lobster a bread, line up for a pancake at "flippers" or try at "Oreryu" a really good Ramen.

💳  Admission: -

🕒  Open: stores closing at 21:00

9. Omote-Sando

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Use your time to go on a shopping tour in Omote-Sando. There are many high end designer stores locaded. Just walk down the street and find stores like Dior, Louis Vuitton or Prada. Also if you're lucky you may be able to see the Street Kart tour with the funny costumes. Or you can check out the Kiddyland with ton of small and big toys for kids like Pokemon or the Anime's from Ghibli.

💳  Admission: -

🕒  Open: stores closing at 21:00

10. Small street fashion street

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On the other side of the Omote-Sando Street is a hidden little side street which offers you a lot of street fashion. This is a part of Harajuku's hipster scene. If you are looking for some new rare Jordans, limited edition or other urban clothes, this is the place to be. Also in this side street the unspoken rule applies, get lost and discover the unique urban stores Harajukus.

💳  Admission: -

🕒  Open: stores closing at 21:00

 

11. Tokyu Plaza

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The Tokyu Plaza in Harajuku is one of the best Places to make an insane picture especially on a sunny day. There for go into the Plaza. After you passed the first escalator you have to turn around and voila you found the best spot for another wonderful Instagram pic!

Furthermore and absolutely not visible for tourists is a hidden Starbucks ob the 6th floor of the Tokyu Plaza. there you can find a hidden Starbucks with a wonderful rooftop chill lounge. Perfect if you need a short break from walking around. Your feeds will thank you!

💳  Admission: -

🕒  Open: 11:00 - 21:00

🖥  Homepage: Tokyu Plaza

12. Line & Friends, Kawaii Monster

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Discover the participants from the local messenger app "Line". "Line" is original from South Korea and is like "Whatsapp" for western countries the common messenger in Japan. For sure like everything else in Japan really Kawaii (Cute). Go line up for the picture with the huge teddy bear!

💳  Admission: -

🕒  Open: 11:00 - 21:00

🖥  Homepage: Line & Friends

13. Takeshita Street

 
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A super crowded shopping street for sightseeing goods. On your way you'll find a lot of extraordinaire food like famous rainbow cotton candy or many exotic types of Crepes. Or maybe you are more interested in animal cafes? Good for you, here you can enjoy your cafe while pleasing a micro pig or a Mameshiba. Prices are around 10 $ for around 30 mins. Or better just a T-shirt or Japanese hand fan? No worries here you will find everything! Take your time and enjoy the busy street.

💳  Admission: -

🕒  Open: stores closing at 21:00

14. Harajuku Station

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The Harajuku district could see a great renewal in 2020. Probably because of the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 (2021). Part of the renewal was among others the new shopping mall, including IKEA and UNIQLO and on the other side of the street the new Harajuku Station.    

💳  Admission: -

🕒  Open: 11:00 - 20:00

🖥  Homepage: Harajuku Station

15. Meiji Shrine

 
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The big Torii (gate) symbol the entry of the Meiji Shrine area. Common among Japanese people is to bow before entering and after leaving the shrine area. The area is around 70 hectares big and full of forest. Open from sunrise to sunset. It was build from 1911 to 1920 and was for the souls of the Meiji-Tenno and his wife Shoken-Kotaigo. Unfortunately  Got destroyed during World War II and rebuild in 1958 by volunteers. There are special ceremonies at April 11 and July 31 and the biggest festival at November 3 for 5 days. It's also a place for wedding of nobles.    

💳  Admission: -

🕒  Open: 05:00 - 18:00

16. Yoyogi Park

 
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Top place for Cherry Blossom. During Cherry Blossom many Japanese people celebrate here Hanami. It's the biggest public park in Tokyo you can visit for free. There is No connection to the Meiji Shrine from this point.    

💳  Admission: -

🕒  Open: 24 h