Shibuya is the most crowded, bustling and famous shopping area in Tokyo, Japan, and also the place where the cherry culture of the cherry country originates.
This is the largest temple in Shibuya, where many people visit for the New Year. In 2012, the temple entered the top 20 Japanese tourist spots with 3 Michelin stars.
The Meiji Temple campus is 73 hectares wide with about 100,000 trees of all kinds brought from all over Japan, creating a green, peaceful landscape. The temple will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding in 2020.
Meiji Temple is the ideal place to start your journey to discover Shibuya, open only during the day and close the evening. The best time to visit the temple is in the morning, when the air is fresh and cool.
It is believed that the Meiji Temple brought luck to those who came to the bridge because the temple was the resting place of Emperor Meiji and Queen Akinori.
Takeshita-dori, Harajuku – home of kawaii culture
Leaving Meiji Temple to Takeshita-dori, visitors will enter a completely opposite space with thousands of fashion stores and shops. This is the birthplace of Japan’s kawaii culture, attracting teenagers everywhere in Japan and around the world.
“Kawaii” in Japanese means cute, lovely. Kawaii culture of Japanese youth is famous all over the world, covering J-pop background, entertainment, fashion, toys … From Hello Kitty cats with funny pink, to the type of makeup with big cute glitter eyes, innocent round faces … all have the mark of Kawaii culture.
The two most famous shops are Mameshiba Cafe and Hoot Hoot Cafe, where guests can play and cuddle with pets.
The world-famous faithful dog Hachiko is erected outside Shibuya station. Hachiko is a Shiba breed. In Mameshiba cafe, visitors can play with small Shiba dogs. In Hoot Hoot, there are more than 10 types of owls, with 4 seasons in Japan.
Visitors can buy tickets for 1,400 yen (about $12) for adults and 1,000 yen ($9) for children to visit both shops.
Latest fashion trends at Shibuya Cat Street
The Omote Sando area is considered the Elysées of Japan. The street here is famous for the world’s best brand stores.
Some shops at Cat Street are old-fashioned but renovated into shops and exhibits. Visitors can wander the street of nearly 1km to select items in these luxurious shops.
Lunch at one of Shibuya’s most famous sushi bars
Genki Sushi is a very popular place for foreign tourists to Japan. The menu in the restaurant is written in English, Chinese and Korean. The dishes are prepared by the chef and delivered to customers by conveyor.
Popular dishes here include tempura rolled shrimp, ebifuraimaki fried shrimp, eel porridge. Those who cannot eat fresh seafood will also have many choices.
Senta Gai – Shibuya’s iconic street
Young people often gather at Genta Gai, where many young fashion trends are born. Especially on Halloween, they flock here to show off their unique costumes.
When pedestrian lights turn green, about 3,000 people cross the street at this intersection at the same time, making it one of the most popular Japanese tourist destinations in Tokyo. Many foreign tourists are excited to witness the “flood flow” of pedestrians pouring in different directions without colliding.
For a panoramic view of the intersection, visitors should visit the Crossing View at the top of the Magnet by Shibuya109 building opened in April 2018.