Shibuya with its surrounding trendy areas of Harajuku and Daikanyama makes it number one spot for young people to hang out. It is often said that many of Japan's fashions and fads start here. It is a great place for finding the latest clothes and music or just sitting back and watching the latest Japanese youth culture.
Places to go
Immediately exiting the 'Hachiko' Exit at JR Shibuya station you will see the bronze statue of the dog, Hachiko. Hachiko is the most famous dog in Japan. The dog waited patiently every day for his owner to come back from work even though his owner had passed away. The area around Hachiko is always crowded as it is the most popular place for meeting people in Shibuya.
Crossing the intersecton from Hachiko, and heading towards the left street of Starbucks, you find yourself in an area called "Center Gai". It has numerous music and clothing shops for young people. Many young Japanese hang out on the street. It is a good place to see the latest and craziest Japanese fashions.
Taking the street up the hill towards the Shibuya 109 building you will find yourself in Dogenzaka. The area is famous for just one thing - its Love Hotels. Couples rent rooms for 2 hours, a "rest time", or overnight usually from 10 or 11 p.m. Room selection is made from an illuminated board showing pictures of the rooms and money is often passed through a small window, as they attempt to make everything as discrete as possible.