Things to do in Shibuya (Shibs)
Things to do in Shibuya (Shibs)
Here are some of the top things to do in Shibuya.
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1. Shibuya Scramble Crossing
As you all may know, Shibuya is most well-known for its scramble crossing. It is right across the Shibuya station Hachiko exit. It is said that there are over 1000 people that cross the scramble crossing during peak times. It has been an iconic site that has been featured in multiple Hollywood movies.
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2. Shibuya Starbucks
One of the best spots to overlook the scramble crossing is from the Starbucks located across Shibuya station. Although it is often very crowded, you can get a spectacular view of all the people crossing the Shibuya crossing.
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3. Hachiko Statue
Another extremely famous spot in Shibuya is the statue of Hachiko, which is located near the Shibuya crossing. Hachiko was a dog that was adopted by a man named Eizaburo. Eizaburo and Hachiko soon became best friends and they were said to be inseparable. As Hachiko grew older, he would walk to Shibuya station with his owner to send him off to work and in the afternoon he would go back to Shibuya station to pick him up as he returned from work. On May 21st, 1925, Hachiko had been waiting at his usual spot in Shibuya station but this time his owner never showed up. Eizaburo has suffered a stroke and had died unexpectedly while at work. But for the next 8 years, Hachiko continued to go every morning and afternoon to the train station waiting for his owner to return. And from then Hachiko had become famously known as the faithful dog that never gave up on his owner. The story of Hachiko inspired people all over the country and even all over the world. In 1934, the statue of Hachiko was built and Hachiko even attended the unveiling ceremony.
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4. 109 Department Store
Enjoy some shopping at the 109 department store in Shibuya. The building was built by Tokyu in 1979 to create a fashion community targeted for women in their 30s. Although it was originally aimed at targeting women in their 30s, with the gyaru boom it became known as a shopping department for young women.
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5. Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Another place that is popular in Shibuya is the Samurai Armor Photo Studio. At this photo studio you can experience wearing a Kacchu armor, which is a Samurai’s protective armor. With the Kacchu armor, you can either shoot in the studio or shoot outside.
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6. Mocha cat cafe
Mocha cat café located in shibuya is a fancy café where you can spend some time with cats while having coffee. If you are a cat lover this is a place that you will really enjoy visiting. They have 26 different cats at this cat café and you can take a look at all the cats on their website.
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7. Cafe Bohemia
Café Bohemia is a Turkish inspired cage that has terrace seating. There is food, coffee, shisha and alcohol available at this café.