When you arrive at Shibuya Station, make sure you take the Hachiko exit. This will put you in the famous spot pictured here. The Hachiko area is a popular meeting spot, so you'll see lots of people standing around waiting. By the way, Hachiko's a dog with a fantastic story – make sure you find his statue!
Shibuya's the hub for Japanese pop and hip-hop, and there's no better place to explore those sounds than the numerous record stores in the area. Start at one of the big stores like Tower Records or HMV, and take advantage of the listening kiosks! CDs are expensive here, but this may be your only chance to pick up a Japanese album, so don't be afraid to splurge on a CD or two. Take your time in the store – there's no rush.
Just like music, Shibuya is huge for Tokyo's fashion scene. As soon as you cross the street from Hachiko Square, you'll come across plenty of department stores, including the teeny-bopping 109 and 01 (which are pronounced "Tokyu" and "Marui," imagine that). Floors and floors of amazingly cool and expensive stuff await from countless big-name designers. Head a bit further into the big complex of shops and you'll find Parco, another big department store with multiple buildings.
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Sure, dinner and drinks may be a regular occurrence during your travels, but how often can you do enjoy them with a fantastic view of Shibuya Crossing? A building across the street from Hachiko Square has a whole host of restaurants, all with a view. Shibuya also has some of Tokyo's Michelin Star restaurants, for those in the mood for some haute cuisine.
Shibuya's most readily apparent music community is the one for hip-hop, and fans of all races converge on the district. But beyond that there's a huge club scene propped up on the pillars of spots like Womb, Atom, and La Fabrique. There's a wide variety of bars that start the party as soon as the sun goes down, but the real action begins at midnight and goes until the early hours of the morning.
This list isn't made to be a "check it off and move on" affair, but rather a loose guideline for a good day in Shibuya. The area is crammed full of tiny shops, restaurants, bars, clubs, and little treasures, and it's in places like those where you can really spend your day. It's an incredibly chaotic place, but that's why you came to Japan, right?