In one of my favorite movies of all time – Lost in Translation – the Shibuya Crossing represents all that’s different and overwhelming about the Tokyo experience. The neon lights, the gigantic rail station in the back, and the hordes of people crossing any time of day and night is a wonderfully estranging experience for most non-locals.
Aside from that attraction, Shibuya is mainly about food and nightlife. There isn’t that much to do otherwise, but I still decided to check two of the local museums – the Eclectic Energy Museum and the Tobacco and Salt Museum (I know what you’re thinking, how are those even slightly related?).
But first, the crossing…
If you’re based in Hong Kong, then this might seem a bit like Causeway Bay to you crossing over to Sogo. There are actually quite a few Asian cities with similar spots.
Now, to the very local museums. Not much English there, and it’s very Japanese in style, focusing on local aspects.
Here’s the Tobacco and Salt Museum …
Nothing really for you to do there, unless you’re joined by a local, or you’re as bored as I am in search for strange new types of museums.