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My Favorite Tokyo Metro Stations (Part 2)

Part 1 of this post talks about two of my favorite stations: Shinjuku and Harajuku. This one discusses two of my other favorites: Shibuya and Akihabara.

Shibuya: Shibuya is known for it busy intersections and limitless shopping opportunities. We visited several malls, which are different from American ones. Rather than entering individual stores within a mall, the stores”” are just set up in one open space. I almost felt like I was in one giant department store. To get some peace and quiet in Shibuya, I loved going into the nearby Starbucks and watching the people cross the streets down below. In the evening, we rented a karaoke room for a few hours.

Of course, one can’t mention Shibuya without sharing the story of Hachiko, the dog. A bronze statue devoted to Hachiko stands outside Shibuya Station. In the 1920s, the dog used to wait at the station for his owner to return from work. One day, his owner passed away and never returned to the station. Hachiko kept waiting for him, and continued to show up to the station at the same time every day until his own death in 1935.

DSC04942Hachiko Statue

DSC04946Alex at Shibuya Crossing

DSC04950Inside One of the Malls

DSC05761More Crepes!

DSC05774View of Shibuya Crossing from Starbucks

DSC05782Karaoke Microphones and Menus

IMG-20120310-01121Light Projections on the Karaoke Room Walls

IMG-20120310-01122Alex Singing Karaoke 

Akihabara: The Electronics District. Great place to buy electronics and appliances. Also known for its many arcades and anime-themed stores.

DSC05307Akihabara Arcade

DSC05308Claw Machine Games

DSC05318Cosplay Restaurant “Maid”

DSC05324Me in the Akihabara District

DSC05325Stores and Arcades

I highly recommend taking some time to explore the metro stops on your own. You may find some great new neighborhoods, and never know what you will come across!

My Favorite Tokyo Metro Stations (Part 1)

Tokyo has a fantastic transit system. It’s orderly, fairly easy to navigate, and always runs on time. One of the best parts of our trip was exploring the city and stopping at random subway stops. Here are some of our favorites:

Shinjuku:  I really liked Shinjuku for a few reasons. First, our hotel was near this station, and I felt really comfortable and safe in the area. Second, Shinjuku is a great place for shopping. You can find so many stores and shopping centers right outside of the station. It’s also home to a nighttime red light district called Kabukicho. Most importantly, however, Shinjuku is a major station in Tokyo. If you want to get around the city, you will more than likely make transfers at Shinjuku and would be wise to get familiar with it!

DSC04834Shinjuku Station

DSC05333Kabukicho District near Shinjuku

DSC05337Kabukicho

DSC04835Shinjuku Shopping Outside the Station

Harajuku: Most Pop music fans are already familiar with this iconic neighborhood, referenced in Gwen Stefani’s “Harajuku Girls”. The neighborhood is famous for it’s kooky fashions. Walking around Harajuku, we did see some crazy styles, but also found some amazing crepe shops, clothing stores, and a Tamagotchi store. In nearby Yoyogi Park, the Meiji Shrine is a must-see.

DSC04839Harajuku Station

DSC04843Typical Clothing Shop in Harajuku

DSC04850Takeshita Dori (A Pedestrian Street)

DSC04856Tamagotchi

DSC04857Fortune Teller at Tamagotchi

DSC04890My Fortune- Can Anyone Translate?!

DSC04858Tamagotchi Donut Shop

DSC04867Alex at one of the Crepe Shops

DSC04921Sake Casks at the Meiji Shrine

DSC04927Traditional Wedding

DSC04932Meiji Shrine