Tokyo Day 1: Visiting Hackiko and the famous Shibuya Crossing

After roaming around the streets and playing claw machines in Akihabara, we headed to our second destination – SHIBUYA!

Our plan for this visit is to 1) See Hachiko statue 2) Watch people crossing at Shibuya Crossing and 3) Eat Dinner at Ichiran Ramen

Shibuya is known for it’s popular shipping and entertainment center in Tokyo. One of the famous landmark of Shibuya is the largest intersection which is surrounded by vibrant and bright screen with advertisements.

The crossing is actually functional and there are indeed a large number of people crossing the intersection during rush hour.

HOW TO GET TO SHIBUYA

Shibuya Station can be reached by riding trains from: JR Yamanote Line (Green line) or JR Chuo-Sobu Line (yellow line) from Akihabara. The easiest line with no transfer is via JR Yamanote line (Green line) but the fastest but with transfers is via JR Chou-Sobu line local (Yellow line).

OPTION 1: via JR Yamanote Line
The easiest line with no transfer is via JR Yamanote line (Green line). Ride JR Yamanote line from Akihabara and travel fro 12 stations until you reach Shibuya. Travel time is around 27 minutes and costs around YEN 200 for regular tickets / YEN 194 for IC holders and FREE for JR Pass Holders. Check out our instructions on how to avail and use Japan Rail Pass for tourists.

Shibuya station is just 12 stations away from Akihabara via JR Yamanote line
OPTION 2: via JR Chuosobu Line local to JR Yamanote Line
The fastest line but with transfers is via JR Chuosobu line.

From Akihabara, ride JR Chuosobu Line local then transfer after 8 stations to Yoyogi. From Yoyogi station, transfer to JR Yamanote line and travel for another 2 stations until you reach Shibuya.

Travel time is around 22 minutes and costs around YEN 200 for regular tickets / YEN 194 for IC holders and FREE for JR Pass Holders. For instructions on how to avail and use Japan Rail Pass, check it here.

JR Chuosobu is more faster than JR Yamanote if you’re from Akihabara but this has transfer required.

For me, I suggest to use JR Yamanote if you’re from Tokyo or from Akihabara since this is the easiest and requires no train transfer at all.

THINGS WE’VE TRIED IN SHIBUYA

#1 Visited Hachiko’s Statue

Hachiko’s statue outside Shibuya station

Right after the Hachiko Exit of JR Shibuya station lies the statue of the most loyal dog in Japan – HACHIKO!

The story of Hachiko tells about how the faithful dog waited for his owner everyday in front of today’s Shibuya station. The dog continued to wait outside even after his owner passed away. Today, the statues is surrounded and is known as meeting point for most locals.

The movie is really a tearjerker especially for pet owners. If you haven’t see the movie, better check it out before heading to Shibuya.

#2 Watched people crossing the famous Shibuya Intersection

The famous Shibuya Crossing

A few meters from Hachiko’s statue is the famous Shibuya Crossing. During peak hours, the intersection is filled with people crossing all together. It is actually a great scene to watch. One of the greatest spot to relax and watch the lights turn green for the people to cross is at the window view of Starbucks Coffee Shop located on the 2nd floor of Tsutaya building.

#3 Dinner at Ichiran Ramen

Ichiran Ramen

At 6:00PM, we started to queue outside Ichiran Shibuya to try their famous Ramen. The queue may took more or less 40 minutes but the wait is worth it. Ordering process is easy, you just need to select your Ramen and your topping of choice in the designated machine, retrieve your order stub and wait for your seats to be available. The seating arrangement is also unique since you can enjoy your Ramen on your own separated booth! This kind of setup is the best for solos who just want to eat without companion.

Check our Ichiran Ramen experience on a separate blog post!

Anello Bags at Ober Tashe

We’ve also visited Ober Tashe at Shibuya 109 building to check Anello bag. Though the price for those bags seems to be the same price here in Manila and styles are also limited so we don’t bother to buy one.

On our 6th day in Japan, we’ve visited Mega Don Quijote and Shibuya Gyoza which are also nearby the famous Shibuya crossing.

You might want to check other activities in Shibuya that you can book online:

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