The Five Yen of Happiness! Shibuya Nights
- I give in – I need a break (Introduction)
- To Heathrow and The BA Galleries North Lounge
- BA902 London Heathrow to Frankfurt Airport in Club Europe
- Bumbling around Frankfurt Airport with random #AVGeek spotting
- Meeting the A350 and the Air Canada Lounge
- Qatar Airways QR068 Frankfurt to Doha
- The joy of Hamad International Airport, and The Oryx Rotana Hotel
- Qatar Airways Flight QR812 Doha to Tokyo Haneda
- The Hotel JAL City Haneda Tokyo
- Shikansen Adventures to Hiroshima!
- Time in Hiroshima (featuring the ANA Crowne Plaza Hiroshima)
- Hirosihima – 70 years on
- A day trip to Itsukushima
- More Shinkansen fun to Kyoto (Featuring Kyoto Tower Hotel)
- A trip up to Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
- Dinner with The real_jetsetr!
- The JR Central SC Maglev and Rail Museum
- Shinkansen to Tokyo
- The Strings by InterContinental
- Cheap evening – From the Tokyo Metropolitan Building
- The JR East Railway Museum, Saitama
- Shibuya nights
- Akihabara Days
- Gotta Catch them All! A few Pokemon Centres.
- Off to Narita
- Nartia Airport, The JAL Lounge
- Qatar Airways Flight QR807 Tokyo Narita to Doha
- Four and Half Hours in Doha Airport
- Qatar Airways Flight QR067 Doha to Frankfurt
- More time in Frankfurt
- BA8735 Frankfurt to London City Airport (Club Europe)
- And about that Five Yen Coin – The Sensoji Temple, Asakusa
Some parts of Tokyo are best experienced during the day – like palaces and such. Other parts are best left to explore at night.
Shibuya always seemed best to me to explore at night.
Getting there: Yamanote Line, Chou line and a variety of other lines will get you there without any fuss.
Once you exit the station, just follow the signs…. and you’ll be quickly in the madness that is Shibuya.
It’s Hachikō! The story of the patient dog who waited for his master each day – even after his master died. The full story is here.
Of course, once you exit the station, you’re faced with the famous scramble crossing…. and there’s only two things you can do – 1) watch for the green man and 2) go with the crowd.
Once over the scramble crossing, it’s a matter of picking a street – and start exploring along with seemingly a lot of the population of Tokyo, as well as tourists.
Of course, there are plenty of options for food…
For myself, there was one thing I wanted – ramen.
I headed off to the Ramen shop I went to before… to find it had jacked up the prices a fair bit. So it was time to find a new Ramen joint. Thankfully, this wasn’t hard – and I found a place that served Tonkotsu Ramen.
You’re probably thinking… what’s that?
Well you know the word ramen, so let’s focus on the Tonkotsu part.
Tonkotsu Ramen is derived from Pork Bone. It’s made by boiling down pig bones for hours until it develops a cloudy white broth. As a result, it’s rather rich. The Ramen recipe comes from the Kyushu region – from the city of Hakata.
Of course, this being Japan, you have to buy a meal ticket first.
Once I had my ticket, I pulled up a seat in the small restaurant and handed the ticket over.
Soon a steaming bowl of ramen appeared.
When eating Ramen, there are of course procedures to follow namely:
- Admire the chef’s work
- Stir the ramen to mix the noodles and broth to break up the oils
- Taste the broth
- Then dig in!
- And remember – slurping your noodles is allowed (and actually, it’s better as it allows air in when you eat, releasing more flavours). You can ignore what you’ve been taught for so many years…
With a full belly of Ramen, I wandered off again – and this time on a mission.
I was also asked by a friend to get a CD for him whilst out here – and there was only really one shop I could visit – Tower Records.
For those of us of a certain age, I remember going shopping in Tower Records for my music. With Tower Records retreating across the world, it is actually rather to visit a branch that was still alive… and thriving.
With my limited Japanese skills, and a few screenshots – I was ably assisted by some assistants to get the CD’s I was after.
Now, remember that Starbucks from the earlier picture? Well, that Starbucks is inside a record store (so twice the fun). But it’s also possible to head to the first floor of the Starbucks to get a view of the Shibuya scramble crossing.
And providing you position yourself correctly, you can get some great pictures of the crossing at its maddest…
And if you have time to kill, you can also video it – I’ve recorded mine as a Hyperlaspe.
Of course Shibuya is a bit of a party zone, as a party bus passed me..
The Boss and his coffee…
And people giving out free hugs…
Overall: Shibyua is what you make it. Treat it as that, and you can have a whale of a time people watching and getting involved in the madness that makes this place unique.
Next: We’re off to Outaku central as I head off for a morning in Akihabara.
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