Have you heard of NHK?
NHK stands for Nihon Housou Kyoukai, which means Japan Broadcasting Corporation. This is the national Japanese TV broadcasting bureau supported by the government.
From Shibuya station, it takes about 10 minutes on foot or about 3 minutes by bus to get to the NHK Studio Park . It is next to the entrance to Yoyogi park.
The picture below is of NHK's mascot character, called Domo-kun.
The general public can enter the NHK studio park area by paying a 200 yen entry fee.
There are also occasional free admission days when you can enter for free.
At NHK you take a look at the early morning drama series, samurai dramas and so on that are currently being broadcast in Japan.
You can even take a picture with the cardboard cutouts of the various characters.
There are also various electronic interactive stations (see the pictures below) which are entertaining whether you are by yourself or come as a couple.
The interactive exhibits are especially fun for children.
You can also try your hand at being a newscaster or weather reporter. Who knows, the kids who have this experience when they are young may grow up to be actual newscasters. It's a great way for kids to learn about current affairs.
There is also a cute and colorful rest place.
One of the most popular events takes place on weekdays from 13:00 to 13:30. During this time you can watch an actual live TV program being recorded in front of you (you cannot take pictures).
Of course, the program will be entirely in Japanese, so those who don't speak the language will not understand what is being said, but you can still appreciate seeing how a live TV program is recorded. You might even be able to catch a glimpse of a few famous Japanese personalities!
Depending on the recording schedule, NHK studio park is sometimes closed, so it is best to check with the Aogaeru Tourist Information Center in Hachiko Square before you go.