Shibuya Koen-dori Walk

 

I took a walk up koen-dori today and took these pictures while I was out.

The view looking up Koen-dori. Surprisingly not many people out today.

The view looking up Koen-dori. Surprisingly not many people out today.

Docomo building at bottom of Koen-dori with Horikita Maki on her docomo phone.

Docomo building at bottom of Koen-dori with Horikita Maki on her docomo phone.

Walking further up Koen-dori I went past the usual suspects of stores:

Seibu department store - koen dori

Seibu department store - koen dori

Gap - Koen dori

Gap - Koen dori

Parco department store - Koen dori

Parco department store - Koen dori

and then had a look back down the street from half-way:

Looking back down Koen-dori from Paro department store

Looking back down Koen-dori from Parco department store

took in some of the lesser known interesting places:

Three Minutes Happiness - Amusement Variety Store, Koen dori

Three Minutes Happiness - Amusement Variety Store, Koen dori


Is 3 minutes the most they could really squeeze out of the moment? Sounds a bit short.

Tokyo Wonder Site cafe - Koen dori

Tokyo Wonder Site cafe - Koen dori

Coffe & Donut, Koen dori

Coffe & Donut, Koen dori

before getting to the top of Koen dori where the Shibuya kuyakusho and NHK is located

Shibuya kuyakusho - top of Koen dori

Shibuya kuyakusho - top of Koen dori

Clock in front of Shibuya kuyakusho

Clock in front of Shibuya kuyakusho

NHK Hall - top of Koen dori

NHK building - top of Koen dori

Looking back down Koen dori from top

Looking back down Koen dori from top

On the way back down I bumped into the Tobacco & Salt Museum

Tobacco & Salt Museum, Koen dori

Tobacco & Salt Museum, Koen dori

As well as all the stores there are plenty of other sites to see on Koen dori such as the English style telephone boxes:img_0703

and I came across these flowers that are displayed by the Koen dori society which can be found at www.koen-dori.com. The website is in Japanese only, but it has a really good look and feel to it, explaining all about the stores, brands, news etc. For a community website it is quite impressive. I guess the department stores must have chipped in quite a bit to get this working.

They also have a live webcams set up and the location of these is shown on the website.

For English readers, Korean and Chinese versions available also, they have a pdf document that shows all the stores. This can be seen and downloaded from http://www.koen-dori.com/guidebook/ although the file is 2.7MB

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There really was not a lot of people out today, maybe because it had turned cold recently, but it was nice to get out and see Koen dori without being caught up in the masses.

Parco department store - Koen dori

Parco department store - Koen dori

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