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Feb 10, 2010 11:38 AM

2 Days in Tokyo (Shibuya)

What would you do if you had 2 days around Shibuya? Looks like there are tons of options and I don't even know where to start.

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    1. re: Uncle Yabai

      Ooh, you beat me to the snark on that one....Suggest Ebisu, Naka-Meguro, or Shimokitazawa, which are hoods one regular or one express stop away. Shibuya is not an ideal dining destination, despite the volume of options.

      1. re: Silverjay

        Oh come on, Nakame and Shimo-kita might be more trendy, but there's plenty of good dining in Shibuya: Kyushu, Gyossantei, Sakanatei, Okinawa and Dogen, Horaitei, Tamoiyanse, Tharros, Bongout Noh, Sawasdee, Gomaya, La Rochelle. Plus two Belgian beer bars, a Brazilian bar, a microbrew bar or two. And at least five depa-chika.

        1. re: Robb S

          Visited Sakanatei the other night. Christ it was hard to find, but when I got there, I was the only one in the place! Had great conversation with the owner and server and the food and sake was amazing. Had leeks and cucumbers with Miso dipping sauce. Unreal, the miso sauce, more like a paste was so sweet and savory and flavorful. Also tried Blue Whale Sashimi, which had hints of beef flavor and was meaty but tender. Very good too.

    2. I was there alone for 3 nights with no translator on the way back from a business trip to China. Had never been to Japan. I wandered around the city 12 hours a day in the middle of summer hadrly spoke to anyone. Stayed a few blocks south of Shibuya station at an inexpensive boutique hotel - Granbell Hotel. Was on a small quieter street than the surrounding. I Wandered aimlessly for hours until I was completely lost. Went to some random nieghborhood Izakayas and got strange looks, did some shopping in little boutiques. So, ummm, I guess I don't have much advice to give but I had a really interesting trip.

      I live in NYC and if someone asked me what to do in Times Square I'd have the same response as Uncle Yabai. However there is not one redeemable thing within 10 blocks of Times Square, but I found interesting side streets and Ramen shops a few blocks away from the Square outside Shibuya station. And that pedestrian shopping street was worth walking down, neat buildings, and the smaller residential streets off it were pretty, tho it was July and everything was green, flowers on peoples steps, all that junk. I'm not talking about the one with all the little girls hello kitty type stores, that was an absolute nightmare.

      OK I'll stop now cuz my input is fiarly worthless.

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      1. re: 2slices

        To be fair, it's not as bad as Times Square (NYC version) and the further you get away from the station, maybe toward Yamate-dori where some of Robb's recs are, there are better options.

        I went to this good seafood restaurant in Shibuya about a year and a half ago. It's called Yoshinari--> . It's up Aoyama-dori toward the UN building and Aoyama Gakuin. They have an excellent shochu selection on top of good seafood.

      2. There's a Harusame (yam noodle) shop called Maratan (though the name is only written in Kanji on the shop and sign above) that's one building north of Hotel Granbell Shibuya, right next door to the hotel, to the left if your facing the hotel entrance.

        I think they're a chain. I really love the concept, a refrigerator with veggies, dumplings, and meats that you pick and place in a colander. You hand the colander to the chef and they cook it in a broth with the noodles.

        Really clean, simple flavor, added some garlic to it and it was fantastic, very tasty! Very healthy meal and also inexpensive at 980 yen, and that was after I went over the allotted amount of items (I believe it's 3 items and it's additional cost for anything over).