A Walk in the Neighbourhood

Tokyo is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with a population of over 13 million people; Shibuya is known for being a bustling centre of nightlife and youth culture and also home to the famous Shibuya Crossing.

Knowing this, one of the observations I was most struck by when we first arrived here was how quiet our neighbourhood in Shibuya-ku is.  We live very close via metro to the tourist centres of Shinjuku and Shibuya Station. However, don’t let the colourful signs fool you — our neighbourhood in itself is actually very peaceful. There are barely any cars, and at night, all you can hear is the sound of cicadas. It’s definitely the safest place in which I’ve ever lived.

This is the street we take to get to work each morning.

It is really safe here; seeing young children (like this boy) walking about town by themselves is a common sight.

Another testament to the safety of this neighbourhood — no one locks up their bike! Conversely, back in Santa Monica, my bike was stolen within a week of moving into our old apartment.

Total environment reference shot.

Entrance to a tiny park.


In spite of how narrow the streets are, they are shared by drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians alike.

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4 thoughts on “A Walk in the Neighbourhood

  1. redbellphoto says:

    thanks for sharing these photos and words. I am traveling to Tokyo in November for a few weeks & cant wait to go exploring. Its nice to know it is so safe.

    • Eh, Bueno! says:

      You’re very welcome! Tokyo is amazing, I’ve been here for two weeks and I’ve barely scratched the surface of what there is to see and do in the city.

      • redbellphoto says:

        I am curious if I will have any difficulty navigating the city – I don’t speak Japanese but I’m trying to learn some basic phrases. Thanks for any insight!

  2. Eh, Bueno! says:

    I wouldn’t worry about it, Tokyo is a very foreigner-friendly city. There are signs in all the major tourist areas written in English (or if not in English, at least in Romaji). I’m ashamed to say that I also don’t speak Japanese (yet!) but so far it has been quite easy to get around with the limited Japanese that I do know. Also, people here are super friendly and really go out of their way to help you out should you have any questions.

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