Shibuya and Shinjuku – Tokyo’s neon tigers

Shibuya is home to the “Shibuya Crossing”, one of the busiest intersections in the world. In just one traffic light change, thousands of people criss-cross into the street.
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Shibuya is also home to the Hachiko statue, honoring the dog that came to Shibuya every day to meet his owner, a schoolteacher, even after the man had died. This went on for 10 years.
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Limitless shopping and music rhythm game arcades!
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Jennifer was getting pretty into it.
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Of all the wonderful restaurants, we got the spiciest and best ramen ever! This menu item only had Japanese kana and exclamation points.
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The nearby Harajuku area is extremely trendy, where all the cool kids go to shop and “see and be seen”.
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Even the dogs were trendy. This guy decided old school Converse and chinos. Stylish.
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Then there’s a whole store dedicated to stickers…
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Stores, stores… All the old toys you could ever want! Ninja Turtles, trolls, Chuckie dolls, Simpsons… endless.
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Of course, you have to get a Harajuku crepe. Which would you get?
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As it was too late to visit Shibuya’s Meiji Jingu (shrine, which we will visit tomorrow), we made our way to Shinjuku.
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Shinjuku is Tokyo’s neon capital. Shinjuku Station is Tokyo’s busiest station, drawfing the New York transit system in terms of throughput.
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Most skyscrapers look like Christmas trees. Bonus points if you can spot Godzilla behind them.
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There he is!
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As the night grew longer, the neon really lit up.
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Time for Japanese beer and whiskey in the bar-alley of Golden-gai. We had to go into the bar playing the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack. Love hotels and other “interesting” spots can also be found if you venture far enough into Kabukicho.
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5 thoughts on “Shibuya and Shinjuku – Tokyo’s neon tigers

  1. It is surreal. It looks like all those people are looking for their homes. LOL. Very interesting pictures that reveal the “common” places in Tokyo that we normally don’t see. The fact that you are describing the pictures make them more enjoyable. Awareness! Everybody in Tokyo can see that you are tourists.

  2. First want to say I am enjoying the pictures you are taking. This area Shibuya and Shinjuku reminds me of Times Square with all the neon lights and advertisements. That statue of Hachiko was a tearjerker of a movie.So much to see and eat there. Like the image of Godzilla that’s where he came from cool. Have you tried to speak the Japanese language well enjoy love ya both God bless

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