The ever-energetic Shibuya is one of the most iconic places in Tokyo. The giant two-story TV screen that greets those leaving Shibuya ... more »station is featured in the movie "Lost in Translation" and is often what we imagine when we think of Tokyo: over-the-top technology, bright lights and people, people, people. The multidirectional crosswalk in front of the station and TV screen is something every tourist must experience--walking across can feel like swimming through crowds of people. I'll never forget the time I parted ways here with one of my friends. We said goodnight and started walking in opposite directions. I looked back less than 10 seconds later and she was gone--vanished into the crowd.
Shibuya is very much alive at night and is home to many popular nightclubs, in addition to "love hotel hill." A love hotel offers garishly decorated rooms by the hour, or by the night, and is the perfect place to spend the time between dancing until you drop and waiting for the trains to start running again (around 5am). Of course, you can also go to McDonalds and sleep on the table counter, as many Tokyo youth do, but for those looking for "Only in Japan" adventure, the love hotels are just that. less «