Monday, November 26, 2012

Tokyo Trip - Shibuya 渋谷

This is a series of the places I have visited in Tokyo when Kless and I were there in October.

Shibuya 渋谷, is a center for youth fashion and culture, and its streets are the birthplace to many of Japan’s fashion and entertainment trends. Over a dozen major department store branches can be found around the area catering to all types of shoppers. Most of the area’s large department and fashion stores belong to either Tokyu or Seibu, two competing corporations.

A prominent landmark of Shibuya is the large intersection in front of the station’s Hachiko Exit. The intersection is heavily decorated by neon advertisements and giant video screens and gets flooded by pedestrians each time the crossing light turns green, making it a popular photo and movie filming spot.

How to get there
Shibuya Station is one of Tokyo’s busiest stations. It is served by the JR Yamanote Line, JR Saikyo Line, JR Shonan Shinjuku Line, the Hanzomon Subway Line, Ginza Subway Line, Fukutoshin Subway Line, Tokyu Toyoko Line, Tokyu Den-Entoshi Line, Keio Inokashira Line and the Narita Express.

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When we were there, we exited from the wrong station exit and was looking at a bus interchange instead of the famous intersection. For a moment we thought we were at the wrong place or remembered wrongly.

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The doubt was deepen when all we could see were just small stalls along the streets selling flowers or fruits.

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Thank God we persevered and walked towards what we believe was the center of the attractions. Perseverance paid off handsomely when we finally found the intersection everyone has been talking about. Took quite a lot of shots but here are the better ones after adjusting everything I know about aperture and shutter speed.

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Shibuya is truly the haven for shopping. You can find anything and everything if you have the money. Things are not cheap but when you are there, there is this magical thing that will pull you to take out your wallet and pay for it.

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I bought the red cap in the middle. Peace!

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Mind you the streets are still crowded with shoppers even after 10pm. A shopping haven that never sleeps.

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Just like other shopping areas in Tokyo, one of the highlights in Shibuya is the sex-related business.

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Dinner was settled in one of the small ramen shop. I might have said this a million times, but every ramen stall in Tokyo serves the best ramen!! Nothing fanciful, just the noodle, soup, an egg and a few pieces of pork. Incredible!

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While Kless was in the Disney shop buying gifts for the girls, I was taking photos of the people passing by. An idea of Japanese fashion.

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Cosplay is sometimes seen on the roads too.

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Dragon Ball – Goku!!

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Finally ending the long night with latte and cake.

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3 comments:

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    1. Thanks! Shibuya is one of my favourite in Tokyo! Looking forward to go back again, and any part in Japan will be nice. =)

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