Shibuya, in Tokyo, is a mecca for its shopping, dining, entertainment, youth culture, and bustling nightlife. Before heading to Tokyo I made sure to research the top destinations for young tourists staying in the city and Shibuya definitely turned out to be the most popular choice.
Having only visited Shibuya twice during my 4-day stay in Tokyo, I quickly found out that locals and tourists swarm the district at all hours of the day, thus making Shibuya’s crossing, or intersection, one of the busiest around globe.
And I don’t just mean busy, I mean ridiculously insane. I was completely blown away by the hundreds of pedestrians in the area crossing the street while, at the same time, a multitude of bright and colorful LED lights lit up the main shopping hub on the opposite corner.
I was so infatuated with all the glitz and glamour of Shibuya that I had to grab a seat on a blockade perched on the sidewalk to take it all in.
Later, I’d make my way to the 2nd floor of the Starbucks located at the Shibuya crossing to get a grand view of the organized chaos from above. Seriously, it was a pretty awesome experience!
Furthermore, any and everyone in Tokyo knows that Shibuya is the top destination to experience a bustling nightlife scene. Even though I was a solo traveler I thought, “Ok, I’m in Tokyo, Japan. I don’t know if I’ll ever visit the city or country again, but what the hell, I want to hit a Hip-Hop club!”
With that, I made a late night trip to Shibuya and ended up on a popular alleyway loaded with bars and clubs where I met a group of foreigners from Korea and Sweden that invited me to drink and party with them at a hip-hop club in the area. How awesome is that!? And honestly, I wasn’t surprised; after all, I had already learned from my time in China about the plethora of cool things that can just work out sometimes when you’re living abroad!
Not only were we the life of the party in the club, but we also managed to party hard into the wee hours of the morning. I’ll remember my night out in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan, as one of the most memorable experiences I’ve had during my travels in Southeast Asia.
As a side note, though, just know that I felt terribly sick sleeping in the confines of my capsule hotel over the few hours that followed. If you plan to get wasted in Tokyo, just make sure you have a normal bed and hotel to sleep in afterwards!
Directions to Shibuya in Tokyo: Hop on a subway line to Shibuya Station.