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The most famous crossing in the world – Shibuya Center-gai

Hello readers, let me tell you something about my impressions in Shibuya.

I always thought New York is the craziest city but then I visited Tokyo. It really amazed me and has exceeded all my expectations. I mentioned in my last blogpost that I met my best buddy Brian in Tokyo. He flew from Switzerland to Tokyo with a stopover in Honkong. We booked an airbnb in Tokyo. It was in the middle of Shibuya, more precisely, right on the most famous and busiest crossing in the world. 2500 people walking in five different directions at the same time with about 60 seconds to cross the whole street. The crossing was surrounded with many restaurants, bars and shops. Everywhere were shining billboard advertisings. Here’s something going on! I didn’t know where to look. The first impression of Tokyo was overwhelming. I already fell in love with this place.

The most loyal dog in the world – Hachikō

Hachikō, the dog, well a bronze statute of the dog, is located directly at Shibuya Station. Me as an absolute dog fan had to visit this monument. Many people were just waiting for their turn to take a picture with it while a whole bunch of people were just standing in front of you and pushing forward. It was like at a red carpet event photoshoot 🙂
If you don’t know the story of this dog, you won’t pay attention to this statue. It is very small and in the crowd you will overlook it easily. But whoever knows the story behind this legendary dog, should make a short stop.
So my personal advice: If you don’t know the story of Hachikō make sure you fill yourself in before you battle the crowd to get a pic! Incidentally, the story of Hachikō was even filmed. Watch the trailer here.
P.S.: If someone can tell my why these two cats were laying there, I would be very grateful if you can write me the reason in the comment box.



Short summary of the Hachikō story: Hachikō (ハチ公, November 10, 1923 – March 8, 1935) was an Akita dog born on a farm near the city of Ōdate. Hachikō would wait for his owner, a college professor, every day at the Shibuya Station. One day the college professor passed away at school and Hachikō was left waiting at the station, where he waited patiently and loyally for almost 10 years. His dedication and perseverance earned him that statute.


The quiet place in Shibuya – Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city life. The shrine is located in the district of Shibuya, in the middle of a huge green area. It  was on our must do list. So we visited it first.
The terrain of the Meiji Shrine is very spacious. The associated forest and park landscape have most impressed me. The shrine itself is breathtakingly beautiful. We took a lot of pictures with my camera and we even saw a Japanese wedding. We spent about an hour at this historical object of interest.



Meiji Shrine (明治神宮 Meiji Jingū) is the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife.


The dark woods and elaborate decorations make the shrine look very restrained.



My personal highlight – Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a large park and garden in Shinjuku and Shibuya. As we walked in we could see all the major gardens: English Landscape, French Formal, Japanese Traditional (with teahouse) and the curiously named Mother and Child Forest (Haha to Ko no Mori). There’s also a lovely Taiwan Pavilion. Everything looks very well maintained. The people enjoy the peace and quiet that prevails there. I also saw many Japanese doing yoga. I can imagine that this garden looks even prettier in spring when the cherry blossom time comes up. There seems to be over 60 different cherry blossom tree species. But even in the autumn season is the park beautiful. Colored leaves and wonderful, warm weather made the visit unique. Brian and I spent the whole afternoon there. We just enjoyed walking around, watching people and eating delicious green tea ice cream. Ok, Brian didn’t like the green tea ice cream but I loved it.



Always with me – my beloved camera.


Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (新宿御苑 Shinjuku Gyoen) was originally a residence of the Naitō family in the Edo period. Afterwards, it became a garden under the management of the Imperial Household Agency of Japan. It is now a national park under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Environment.


The garden, which is 58.3 hectares in area has circumference of 3.5 km.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

The park contains a number of connected ponds.


Also a beautiful, large greenhouse can be found in the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.


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