Attraction Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan Published on: 10-04-2016

3 hours
05:00 PM
08:00 PM
First-time visit
Must see
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Shibuya (渋谷; [1]) is a shopping and eating district popular with a lot of young Tokyoites. It's within walking distance from two other large shopping districts - Omotesando and Harajuku.

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Why Shibuya is special ?

Shibuya (渋谷) is one of the twenty-three city wards of Tokyo, but often refers to just the popular shopping and entertainment area found around Shibuya Station. In this regard, Shibuya is one of Tokyo's most colorful and busy districts, packed with shopping, dining and nightclubs serving swarms of visitors that come to the district everyday.

Shibuya is a center for youth fashion and culture, and its streets are the birthplace to many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends. Over a dozen major department store branches can be found around the area catering to all types of shoppers. Most of the area's large department and fashion stores belong to either Tokyu or Seibu, two competing corporations.


What to explore at Shibuya?

A prominent landmark of Shibuya is the large intersection in front of the station's Hachiko Exit. The intersection is heavily decorated by neon advertisements and giant video screens and gets flooded by pedestrians each time the crossing light turns green, making it a popular photo and movie filming spot.

Shibuya Station and surroundings are undergoing major redevelopment over the coming years. On the east side of the station, a new large culture, shopping and office complex, the Shibuya Hikarie, opened in spring 2012. A year later, the Tokyu Toyoko Line platforms were moved underground, enabling through-traffic with the Fukutoshin Subway Line.

Furthermore, a major redevelopment of the Shibuya Station building is now underway, including the construction of a new, 230 meter tall skyscraper to be completed by around 2020 and the move of the platforms of the JR Saikyo Line next to the platforms of the JR Yamanote Line. In addition, the pedestrian plaza on the west side of the station will be enlarged and made more pedestrian friendly in combination with a rearrangement of the bus and taxi stops. The entire project is scheduled for completion around 2027.


How to get to Shibuya?

Shibuya Station is one of Tokyo's busiest stations. It is served by the JR Yamanote Line, JR Saikyo Line, JR Shonan Shinjuku Line, Hanzomon Subway Line, Ginza Subway Line, Fukutoshin Subway Line, Tokyu Toyoko Line, Tokyu Den-Entoshi Line, Keio Inokashira Line and the Narita Express.


Selling points

  • A typical ward of Tokyo
  • You can find anything here
  • A bustling place
  • The combination of old and modern features
  • Youthful and lively center
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  • Lost in the enormous crowds waiting for friends at Hachiko square is a small statue of the famous dog who gives the square its name. Hachiko was a dog who waited at Shibuya station each day for his master. He continued to wait each evening after his master passed away.
    What to see
  • Dogenzaka is one of Shibuya's main streets that's a good direction to walk for dining and nightlife options.
  • For Shibuya is really crowd, you need to pay attention to your personal belongings. Especially those who go with kids, keep eyes on your kids when you are in the Shibuya Station.
  • Shibuya Crossing is the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world. It's one of the best spots to photograph Japan.
    Things to do
  • Shibuya's restaurants and bars start to get busy around 7 pm (any night of the week). They stay busy until last train. Tokyo people generally stay out until their last train.

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