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The center of Japanese youth culture, Shibuya is home to the huge Tokyu department store conglomerate and therefore almost every major store in the area has Tokyu in its name. Shibuya is a major center for nightclubs, music, and dancing and offers plenty of izakayas (Japanese pubs). The area is newer than its rival Shinjuku and has a cleaner, safer reputation. Hachikō, a statue of a dog in the big plaza outside the train station is a prime meeting spot that is full of people-watching opportunities.

Center Gai is a narrow street leading away from the station to the left of the giant video screen. Jam-packed with boutiques, music stores, and video game arcades, Center Gai is the birthplace of many of Japan's youth fashion trends.

The NHK Broadcasting Plaza is home to Studio Park, an interactive exhibition and studio tour. Opposite NHK is the Olympic Gymnasium, built for the 1964 games. Visitors can reach Yoyogi Park by crossing the plaza, and by turning right, they will reach the vibrant Harajuku district.

Shibuya has a collection of wonderfully offbeat museums, which include the Tobacco and Salt Museum and the TEPCO Electric Energy Museum, devoted to extolling the virtues of nuclear energy. Bunkamura Theater features an excellent art museum, in addition to hosting film and stage plays.

Two other large shopping districts, Omotesando and Harajuku, are within walking distance, and Shibuya is also quite close to the Meiji Jingu shrine. The area is very well-served by public transport, and a one-seat train service is available from Narita Airport to Shibuya on the Narita Express.

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