So in our last story, we wrote about how to get around in Japan and how to eat well and relatively inexpensively. In this edition, before we get into our car stuff, I wanted to show you some different places you can go in Tokyo to have fun. Now I am not a Tokyo expert but I have been to Japan a few times and I worked in the Tokyo/Yokohama area one summer when I was an engineer at Nissan so I know enough fun places to more than keep you occupied for a short visit. Many car trips to Japan may also include family or a significant other that is not into cars so keeping some entertainment info around can be handy. Let’s talk about our favorite districts in Tokyo that you might want to see.
To the average car guy, Shibuya is best known for the car chase scene in The Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift. The hallmark scene is where they drift through the famous Shibuya crossing, parting the crowd. This is where hundreds of people cross a six-way blend of two intersections at once without chaos. The intersection is right outside the Shibuya train station and is pictured above. The way this is done is so orderly that it looks like a moving carpet of people and only in polite Japan can something like this be pulled off.
Here is a panorama of the intersection and the area around it.
Shibuya is actually the cool spot for younger people nowadays and they are many shops, restaurants, and bars in the area. The shops here generally cater to the younger generation but they do have traditional chain stores too. Shibuya is hopping 24/7.