Shibuya (渋谷) is one of the best places to shop, eat, drink, and party in Japan. No wonder it is a favorite for many students and young people, especially fashion-conscious teenagers. This shopping mecca is not only the trendiest place to be in the country but also serves as a sanctuary for hidden shops and cafes. If you’re a traveler and you find yourself in Shibuya, you might want to check out these three fun spots which can help you in your travel.
Hands Cafe (ハンズカフェ) is a coffee shop located on the 7th floor of Tokyu Hands (東急ハンズ), a popular one-stop shop. It is decorated in a mesh of something hippie and techie yet cozy. It is the best place to sit down and have a snack after going around Shibuya.
What makes the place useful is its desktop computer which you can freely use and its free Wi-Fi access. They also offer several kinds of foods such as sandwiches, fries, waffles, coffee, soft drinks, and more. The cafe’s atmosphere is very casual which makes it a comfortable place to stay whether you’re by yourself or with friends.
Calla Lily is a large arcade which is dedicated to purikura, a type of Japanese photo booth. The booths allow customers to add writing, stickers, and special effects to their photos. The machine also allows you to edit your photos by making your eyes bigger, your body thinner, your legs longer, your hair shinier and your skin whiter.
You may also borrow some costumes to do a little bit of cosplay. The lending fee is 400 yen per costume. You can even send your photos to your smartphone and post it on your social networking feed. You can even use the special white studio if you make more than three photos, rent a cosplay costume, and buy a studio ticket.
This is a high-class atmosphere cafe which offers several useful features for travelers. If you step inside, you will find several manga comics; there’s a huge collection of it. There are also magazines, internet terminals, and televisions for you to use.
There’s even a theater room where you can relax and watch your favorite movies on a 42-inch TV with awesome surround sound. You may also order some food and drink while watching. The hourly rate is 575 yen then you have to add 100 yen every 10 minutes thereafter. For women traveling alone, they may rest in a ladies-only seating booth which consists of hair curlers, makeup, and massage cushions for free.
These three useful spots will surely help travelers out if ever they need anything. There are so many interesting things to check out in Shibuya which might catch travelers’ interest. If you happen to travel to Shibuya in the near future, do make use of these useful spots so you get to enjoy watching movies, taking photos, and freshening up.