I met up with one of my Japanese friends who I haven’t seen in 9 years at the Hachiko statue in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. Hachiko is a well-known meeting place in Japan and features a statue of a loyal akita inu dog that had returned to Shibuya train station every day for 9 years to wait for his master to get off his usual train, not knowing he had died of a cerebral hemorrhage at work and never got to go home.
(I had no idea it would take me 9 years to get back to Japan, and I only found out Hachiko had been waiting 9 years when I researched this article!)
My friend took me to a nearby bakery cafe where the ground floor (level 1) had many types of bread available. I didn’t feel like eating anything (I need to avoid any dairy or gluten!) so I chose a black coffee. She paid for the purchases and we took a lift up to level 2 where there was seating available. It was a nice view of the surrounding area of Shibuya and it reminded me that the Japanese really know how to make even eating and drinking snacks a great experience. Even if it is just coffee.
Afterwards she took me to Hikarie, a newly built business building with shops and restaurants on some levels, and a viewing platform on level 11. See this post:
I then met my partner at Hachiko and we went to iBeer. See this post:
I then met another friend from 9 years ago at Hachiko. See this post:
After that it was back to Hachiko to pick up my bags where I had left them in a locker.
Hachiko is definitely THE place to meet people in Shibuya!