My Tokyo List: Crossing Off Popular Districts and Streets
July 29, 2017

Shibuya Crossing Tokyo

I love exploring cities on foot (e.g., Gion in a yukata and geta sandals). I can walk for hours and still want more, and this is true even under the sweltering sun. The only exception is if the heat is too much to bear, or if it’s raining.

I chose to spend the remaining two days of my Japan trip in Tokyo, walking some of its popular streets and districts. Here’s a list of where my feet have taken me.

Nakadori Avenue

From HiSUi Tokyo, I decided to check out the East Garden. On my way there, I passed by Nakadori Avenue, a tree-lined shopping street of Maranouchi, Japan’s “most prestigious business district.”

I’m glad that there weren’t a lot of people because I was able to enjoy one of the cleanest streets I’ve ever walked on.

Nakadori Avenue

Tokyo Station

Several steps away is Tokyo Station’s 100-year-old red-brick facade. Had I visited at night, the lights would have given it a more beautiful, dramatic look.

The Tokyo Station Hotel

Shibuya Crossing

Time.com says your trip to Tokyo is not complete without taking a walk across Shibuya Crossing. There’s nothing really special about it, in my opinion, but the reaction of the people is what makes it interesting. It’s one of those let’s-do-it-because-everyone-else-has-done-it experiences.

The moment the lights turned green, a man had to run so that he could out-walk everyone for a nice selfie in the middle of the crossing. At Starbucks, the second floor is filled with tourists (including me) who just sat there to watch other people walk across the street.

Hachiko Statue

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Hachiko Statue

Takeshita Dori

I was dying to see the current youth fashion in Japan at Harajuku’s Takeshita Dori. Unfortunately, it was a school day when I was there, so I didn’t get to see boys and girls showcasing their unique style.

While I was able to check out the merchandises, it would’ve been a lot better if they were worn by an actual person.

Takeshita Dori Harajuku

Kabukicho

Kabukicho is about 1.5 kms. from Nine Hours Shinjuku-North, the hotel I stayed when I was in Tokyo. From an online guide, Kabukicho is described with the words “night life,” “walking street,” and “entertainment.” But these words really mean “red-light district.”

Warning: Some promoters can be quite aggressive.

Kabukicho

Golden Gai

It’s hard to believe that amidst the neon-lighted entertainment districts of Tokyo, a place like Golden Gai exists. This six-alleyed area in Shinjuku is home to at least 200 tiny, ramshackle bars and restaurants that can seat only a few.

Golden Gai

Yunika Vision Building

Dubbed “The New Landmark of Shinjuku” by the same company who owns the building, Yunika Vision Building has three giant LEDs used for advertisement and promotional purposes.

Yunika Vision Building

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