Aya and I were at the Tsutaya Starbucks at Shibuya Crossing talking about what an important snapshot of Tokyo this is for most visitors. What's higher on the must-see list?
The giant screens on the skyscrapers playing weird commercials and blaring JPop, the obnoxiously dressed kids, the neatly timed stampedes through the giant crossing. It is pretty breathtaking. Everyone remembers that beautiful scene in Lost in Translation when Scarlett Johansson comes here on a rainy day and takes it in.
The Starbucks from which Sofia Coppola shot part of that scene is still one of the absolute best places to people-watch in Tokyo, especially with a friend.
One of the best and cheapest afternoons you'll spend here. It takes ages and nerve to get window seats, but it's worth it, because you can look down and JUDGE THE ENTIRE WORLD.