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Shibuya… the most outstanding shopping district in Tokyo, no, the world. Discover a different side to the famous neighbourhood by strolling off the beaten path and exploring its past, present and future – from the days when Hachiko waited faithfully for his owner outside the station to what the area is likely to look like by the time the 2020 Olympics roll around. (Note that some areas featured are out of cellphone range.)
Shibuya Station is currently used by three million people daily as they journey around the city. Choose your own journey through Shibuya now, by either going back in time, or forward into the future…
There are plenty of new shops to explore. For example, Log Road Daikanyama, the new shopping mall that opened its doors in spring. There’s already a queue forming outside the first Japan branch of San Francisco’s Tartine Bakery & Cafe.
The concrete jungle is still growing, but this new building, found on the way to Harajuku, provides some wonderful respite with its greenery and cafés. The upper level is home to a mix of international creatives who stay up all night exchanging new ideas. Did you hear they
may have come up with a concept for
a time machine that
Shibuya Station South District has been built in an area surrounding a group of old train tracks. It’s a place where creative types gather; where hipsters sip coffee while tapping away on laptops. Also, there’s an airport bus stop at the west gate of the station and you can feel a distinct international atmosphere seeping into the city.
The city is swept up in Olympics excitement. The east building, just in front of the station, is complete (but there’s more to come in 2027). It is Shibuya’s tallest and largest office and commercial complex. Overhearing the conversation of people walking by, it sounds like last night’s 100m Olympic gold winner was... whoops, can’t give that away,
Shibuya Station’s passageways have been expanded and, taking advantage of the area’s basin-like terrain, there’s a Sky Deck that connects the 4th floor plaza with Dogenzaka or the top of Miyamasuzaka hill. Now that’s convenient. What, you want to travel back in time already?