This will be quite the itinerary. Be prepared, wear comfortable walking shoes, have a water bottle handy and make sure your phone is charged. We’ll be location hopping between Shibuya, Shinjuku and Tokyo Dome City.

Location: Shibuya
Activity: Hachiko the loyal dog, Shibuya Crossing, Resident Evil: Retribution zombie scene movie location footstep, another movie reference search, Oriental Market (Oriental Bazaar) and Meiji Jingu.

Hachiko Memorial Statue
Hachiko Memorial Statue Credit: Honey and Fox

Hachiko Memorial Statue 
The Hachiko Memorial Statue is a popular meeting stop and photo op. It was made in honor of the loyal dog who waited for his master every day even after his death. Getting a photo with Hachiko is a must do when visiting Shibuya.

Shibuya Crossing
Shibuya Crossing Credit: Unsplash, Timo Volz

Shibuya Crossing (Shibuya Scramble)
Another ideal photo op and Shibuya must do is walking through the Shibuya Crossing also referred to as the Shibuya Scramble. This 3-way intersection is filled to the core with people the moment the crosswalk turns green. Taking pictures above or in the mayhem are both wonderful.

These two locations are extremely close to the JR Shibuya Station.

We met up with a friend we later learned was a film buff. While hanging out we watched a scene from Resident Evil: Retribution in which a zombie attack occurs in Shibuya. Being sure not to draw too much attention we followed the movie’s footsteps. We also looked for another movie reference that’d be on top a building but it was taken down.

Oriental Bazaar entrance
Oriental Bazaar entrance Credit: Honey and Fox

Oriental Market (Oriental Bazaar)
We wouldn’t have known about this place if it wasn’t for our friend. It’s a nice spot to partake in some quick shopping. What we enjoyed the most from it was the walk to get there. We passed through a quaint neighborhood, Cat Street, with lovely buildings like the Paul & Joe store.

Now, walking from Hachiko, through Cat Street, and to the Oriental Market wasn’t too bad. Consequently, We even got to spot a school in progress while doing so. The next destination, Meiji Jingu, made us glad we had sensible shoes on. Certainly even more, when we walked from Shibuya to Shinjuku. In addition to continuing on to Tokyo Dome City, and no worries we took the train for this one.

Meiji Jingu
Meiji Jingu Credit: Honey and Fox

Meiji Jingu
Take a break from the city while stepping into the past. The Meiji Jingu is enclosed in a nice forest and is a tranquil spot. Enter through a large torii gate, follow the paths and visit the many buildings inside. We took awesome pictures here.

Location: Shinjuku
Activity: Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (+Greenhouse)

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden's grounds
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden Credit: Honey and Fox

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
There is an admission fee to enter this park and the day we visited it was 200 yen (roughly $2.00), not bad. In addition to being a great spot for cherry blossom season it’s also a botanical garden. There was even a rose garden. Inside their greenhouse were tropical and subtropical plants. So many plants, so much walk, a bunch of trails and a lot to see.

Location: Tokyo Dome City
Activity: Jump Shop and Big O Karaoke Ferris Wheel.

After hopping on a train we arrived at Tokyo Dome City. The first thing we did was visit the Jump Shop. Anytime we spotted one we had to go inside, especially since they each had different displays (i.e. One Piece and Naruto) to take pictures with.

Tokyo Dome City sign
Tokyo Dome City Credit: Honey and Fox

Tokyo Dome City
This giant complex has a baseball stadium, amusement park, shops, restaurants and even a hotel. We booked it to the amusement park and rode the Big-O. Entered the arcade to play games and later ate at a restaurant that was still open late.

Big-O Karaoke Ferris Wheel at Tokyo Dome City
Big-O Karaoke Ferris Wheel at Tokyo Dome City Credit: Honey and Fox

Big-O Karaoke Ferris Wheel
Karaoke + Ferris Wheel = Fun.
We’ve ridden it before and still find it to be enjoyable. This is the world’s first karaoke ferris wheel. And we love singing our hearts out while looking out to the starry sky and lit up cityscape.

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Both Shibuya and Shinjuku are popular shopping districts. If shopping until you drop is your hobby then you’ll have a lot to enjoy. Close by is the equally popular Harajuku. Another shopping district with a very particular look. There are a few well-known neighborhoods in Shibuya that are worth taking a look through. Neighborhoods such as Shibuya Cat Street and Center Gai.

A first-person view, walk through Cat Street

Take a walk via Tokyo Explorer

Though this day was long it was fulfilling. We defiantly got in touch with nature and took in a lot of fresh air. Transitioning from calm serene outdoor activities to ending with lively adventure was a good move.

Addresses

Hachiko Memorial Statue
1-2 Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0043, Japan
[1 Chome-2 Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0043, Japan]
Across from the northwest side of JR Shibuya Station Exit

Shibuya Crossing (Shibuya Scramble)
Japan, 〒150-0042 Tokyo, Shibuya City, 1 Chome−22, 道玄坂
Across from the northwest side of JR Shibuya Station Exit

Oriental Market (Oriental Bazaar)
5-9-13 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
[5 Chome-9-13 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan]
Hours operations are 10:00 – 19:00 (10 am – 7 pm) and closed on Thursday.

Meiji Jingu
1-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 151-8557, Japan

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0014, Japan

Tokyo Dome City
1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo City, Tokyo 112-0004, Japan
[1 Chome-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo City, Tokyo 112-0004, Japan]
Hours operations are 10:00 – 21:00 (10 am – 9 pm).

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