Shibuya is a crowded with people, shops, restaurants and game centers. The famous cross walk, Shibuya crossing is so busy and crazy. The lights turn red at the same time and when they do, traffic stops completely and pedestrians spill out from every direction. It didn’t seem that busy when I was there. Below is my photo and then a comparative photo when it gets really busy.


Coming out of the train station is the Hachiko statue. According to a famous story, the dog waited for his master every day in front of Shibuya Station, and continued to do so for years even after his master had passed away.


Shibuya crossing – many of the buildings have giant video screens on them and there are also sounds coming from everywhere.



A restaurant where you purchase a meal ticket from a vending machine outside then go inside and hand the ticket to the staff.


The concept of a love hotel was explained to me in Nojiri as we passed one and I was asked if we have them in the US. Well yes, but they’re shady and likely involve illegal acts. There’s a high concentration of these hotels in Shibuya. Love hotels are a type of short-stay hotel which exist in order to give Japanese couples privacy and intimacy – especially if they still live with their parents at home. I’m sure shady encounters happen as well. Each hotel seems to have its own theme.



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