This week I’m wrapping up our Tokyo Travel Guides with a roundup of my other favorite places to eat, shop and explore in Shibuya Tokyo.
Tsutaya Books is like a bookstore out of your dreams. It’s seemingly endless with three beautiful, separate buildings and specialist camera, bicycle, pet and toy shops on the Tsutaya campus/complex. In a world where e-books and digital music seem to be taking over, it’s incredible to see such a large bookstore with curated architecture, art, and fashion sections. At Tsutaya, not only do DVDs still exist but there’s an entire music and DVD section. You’ll also find a Starbucks, lounge and cocktail bar.
Peter and I literally lost each other in this shop and spent hours browsing.
Daikanyama Tsutaya Books
Opening hours: 1/F 7am-2am; 2/F 9am-2am
For my fellow sneaker fans (or if you’re Peter, sneaker addicts), the Nike shop in Harajuku is 3 stories and nearly 10,000 square feet of sneaker heaven.
Harajuku – Crowded and a bit of a sensory overload but worth strolling through for some street food and to witness the unique, wild Harajuku street style (including the mysterious and honestly, unsettling, lolita style)
Shibuya Crossing – Outside the Shibuya station, Hachiko exit, is a famous busy intersection. All the lights at the junction turn red at the same time, cueing pedestrians from all sides to spill into the streets. It was a little anticlimactic for me coming from Hong Kong where every central intersection seems to be this crowded, but it’s a treat to see the organized chaos and it reminded me of the busy 5 point crossing in Hanoi that I love so much.
Yoyogi Park – Oh how I wish we had a park space this large, beautiful and vibrant in Hong Kong. There were hundreds of picnickers, frolickers, friends, pets and family enjoying spring in Tokyo–Not to mention a few lively park performers.
An old-school curry shop serving rich black curry with a mountain of rice. We loved the homemade pickled ginger and to top it off- they serve Blue Moon (Peter’s favorite!).
Croquant Chou ZakuZaku Harajuku
Cute Cube Harajuku 1/F
Not your typical choux pastry but all the buttery, creamy goodness you’d expect and love