Shibuya

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya in the Shibuya-ku Ward of Tokyo is one of Tokyo's most colorful and busy districts, and also known as the center of youth culture and youth fashion in Japan. Shibuya Station is one of Tokyo's busiest railway stations, and the popular shopping and entertainment area surrounding it is birthplace to many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends.

Aside from the fashion and shopping, Shibuya also features many parks, museums, art galleries and serves as a major nightlife area with a wide range of restaurants, cafés, bars and nightclubs.

Shibuya Attractions

Hachiko Statue

Hachiko Statue, Shibuya Attractions, Tokyo, Japan

Hachiko Statue, one of Shibuya's landmarks, is a statue of Hachiko the faithful dog of a Tokyo university professor, who kept waiting for his master outside the station, long after the professor had passed away. Hachiko's remains are now preserved in the National Museum of Nature and Science. Hachiko square with Hachiko Statue remains a popular rendezvous at Shibuya Station to this day, and this is also a good starting point for first time visitors who wish to explore the Shibuya area.

Nearest Station: Shibuya Station (Hachiko Exit)

Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya Crossing, Shibuya Attractions, Tokyo, Japan

The five-way scramble crossing in front of Shibuya Station (Hachiko Exit) is another of Shibuya's landmarks. The Shibuya Crossing is the world's busiest pedestrian crossing and the location is famous for having the highest density of cell phones anywhere on earth. It is a remarkable view, each time the traffic light turns green, to see the amazingly large crowds of pedestrians from every direction scramble across madly until the light goes red again. Neon advertisements and giant video screens are mounted on the nearby buildings overlooking the crossing.

Nearest Station: Shibuya Station (Hachiko Exit)

Center Gai

Center Gai, Shibuya Attractions, Tokyo, Japan

Center Gai in Shibuya is famous for its music stores, boutiques, shoe stores, and video game arcades. This is a good place to go if you get a feel of the Shibuya atmosphere. The narrow street is approximately 120 ft. long and starts from Starbucks Coffee by Shibuya Station.

Nearest Station: Shibuya Station (Hachiko Exit)

Koen-dori

Koen-dori, Shibuya Attractions, Tokyo, Japan

Koen-dori is another popular shopping and walking street in Shibuya. The street starts from the Marui Department Store and ends at Yoyogi Park. Koen-dori, a focal point of Japanese hot trends, is home to many department stores, fashion boutiques and entertainment venues.

Nearest Station: Shibuya Station and Harajuku Station
Telephone: +81 3-3462-5181
Website: http://www.koen-dori.com

Bunkamura

Bunkamura, Shibuya Attractions, Tokyo, Japan

Bunkamura literally means “cultural village” and consists of an art museum, a concert hall, two cinemas and a theater. Bunkamura is the first and largest multi-media, cross-cultural complex of its kind in Japan. This is the place to visit for world class music, drama, cinema and art! On the basement floor there's an art and design bookstore as well as a branch of Paris' famous Les Deux Magots café. Bunkamura is located just a 7 minute walk from Shibuya Station, next to the Tokyu department store.

Address: 2-24-1, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shibuya Station (Hachiko Exit)
Telephone: +81 3-3477-9111
Website: http://www.bunkamura.co.jp
Opening Hours: Sun-Thu 10:00 to 19:00, Fri-Sat 10:00 to 21:00
Admission: Fees are charged for respective facilities, see website for info

Dogenzaka - Love Hotel Hill

Love Hotel Hill, Shibuya Attractions, Tokyo, Japan

The hillside to the left of Dogenzaka area in Shibuya is known as Love Hotel Hill due to its high concentration of so called love hotels. The main purpose of love hotels is to provide couples with a room to spend some undisturbed time together. A private room for a 2-3 hour "rest" during the day is usually around 5,000 yen; an overnight "stay" is usually around 10,000 yen. Love hotels are found all over Japan and they can usually be recognized because of their strange looks, with their mock, romantic, Italiano facades, and Verona style balconies.

Nearest Station: Shibuya Station (Hachiko exit)

Supeinzaka

Supeinzaka, Shibuya Attractions, Tokyo, Japan

Supeinzaka, also known as the Spain Slope is a narrow pedestrian street with stairs leading up the slope to the Parco department store. Supeinzaka, located in Udagawa-cho of Shibuya, is approximately 100 meters long and is lined by restaurants, cafés and boutiques. The name Spain Slope refers to its resemblance to a Spanish street scene.

Nearest Station: Shibuya Station (Hachiko exit)

NHK Studio Park

NHK Studio Park, Shibuya Attractions, Tokyo, Japan

Nippon Hoso Kyokai (Japan Broadcasting Group) is Japan's public television and radio broadcaster. NHK Studio Park is a part of the NHK Broadcasting Center, located in Shibuya, next to Yoyogi Park. NHK Studio Park is open to the public and provides an interactive exhibition and guided tours of the studios. It gives visitors a chance to look behind the scenes of television broadcasting.

Address: Jinnan 2-2-1, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Harajuku Station on the JR Yamanote Line and Meiji Jingu-mae Station on the Subway Chiyoda Line
Telephone: +81 3-3485-8034
Website: http://www.nhk.or.jp/studiopark/ (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 daily
Admission: 200 yen (children under 12 free)

Tobacco and Salt Museum

Tobacco and Salt Museum, Shibuya Attractions, Tokyo, Japan

Tobacco and Salt Museum gives you an insight in the history of tobacco and salt in Japan and throughout the world. This peculiar institution owes its existence to Japan's peculiar government monopoly on these two substances. The website advises that "dangerous substances are not permitted within the museum".

Address: Jinnan 1-16-8, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shibuya Station
Telephone: +81 3-3476-2041
Website: http://www.jti.co.jp/Culture/museum/
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (closed Mondays)
Admission: 100 yen

Shibuya Shopping

Shibuya 109

Shibuya 109, Tokyo Shopping, Japan

Shibuya 109 is a major shopping center near Shibuya Station, with more than one hundred boutiques on ten floors. This trend setting fashion complex is very popular among young women, and is known as the origin of the kogal subculture. Kogals typically wear platform boots, miniskirts, copious amounts of makeup, hair coloring (usually blond), artificial suntans, and designer accessories.

Address: 2-29-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shibuya Station
Telephone: +81 3-3477-5111
Website: http://www.shibuya109.jp
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 21:00 daily

PARCO

PARCO, Shibuya Shopping, Tokyo, Japan

PARCO is the dominant department store operator in Shibuya, with an emphasis on fashion. The shopping complex contains five buildings jam-packed with clothing shops, boutiques and restaurants catering to teenagers and young adults. Many designer brand and imported brand items that can't be found anywhere else in Tokyo.

Address: 15-1 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shibuya Station
Telephone: +81 3-3464-5111
Website: http://www.parco-shibuya.com
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 21:00 daily

Zenmall

Zenmall, Shibuya Shopping, Tokyo, Japan

Zenmall in Shibuya is a branch of the Sakazen chain, known for its large selection of shops with fashionable clothing for men. Here you will find the latest trendy items originating from Shibuya as well as international fashion. Zenmall has a wide range of big-size men's wear and casual brands, including their very own brand B & T Club. Whether it is general men's wear, business wear or formal wear, all stores keep up with the latest trends and are well-stocked with directly imported brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Versace, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein and so on.

Address: Zenmall Building 29-4 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shibuya Station
Telephone: +81 3-3770-1641
Website: http://www.sakazen.co.jp (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: 11:00 to 21:30 daily

Seibu

Seibu, Shibuya Shopping, Tokyo, Japan

Seibu department store in Shibuya consists of nine floors and houses everything imaginable. Numerous boutiques with the latest fashion can be found in this popular shopping mall. There are restaurants on the top and bottom floors.

Address: 21-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shibuya Station
Telephone: +81 3-3462-0111
Website: http://www2.seibu.jp (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: Sun-Wed 10:00 to 20:00, Thu-Sat 10:00 to 21:00

Tokyu Hands

Tokyu Hands, Shibuya Shopping, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyu Hands, located at the end of Center Gai is an eight-floor emporium of DIY and hobby related products. This department store has an amazing product lineup and is the place to go if you are looking for home decorations, interior, hobby, crafts, outdoors, stationery, or even really odd hard-to-find items. Plan to spend a day cruising the large array of lifestyle shops at Tokyu Hands.

Address: 12-18 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shibuya Station
Telephone: +81 3-5489-5111
Website: http://shibuya.tokyu-hands.co.jp (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 20:30 daily

Tower Records

Tower Records, Shibuya Shopping, Tokyo, Japan

The Tower Records in Shibuya is the grand temple of music in Tokyo. Located just a few minutes walk from Shibuya station this seven-floor, bright-yellow-walled structure contains one of the world's most extensive collections of music CDs on sale. Tower Records provides whole amazing floors devoted to classical music and jazz, a big space for hip hop, soul and R&B, separate floors for Japanese and western pop/rock, and so on. In these days of Amazon.com and MP3's, Tower Records Shibuya is a place where you can still feel the thrill of going into a record store and getting lost in row after row of music discs. The top floor is dedicated solely to English books and magazines, especially useful if you want to quickly browse through a few Tokyo city guides without having to buy one.

Address: Jinnan 1-22-14, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shibuya Station
Telephone: +81 3-3496-3661
Website: http://tower.jp/store/shibuya/ (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 23:00 daily

Shibuya Restaurants

Shunju

This upscale lounge/bar by renowned designer Takashi Sugimoto is a typical modern izakaya - a sophisticated blend of modern and traditional. The food is good with many creative touches. Shunju specializes in seasonal contemporary Japanese cuisine, with a heavy focus on locally produced farm-fresh ingredients. They are also famous for their sake list, which includes a lot of unique bottles.

Address: 1F Fontis Building, 2-23-12 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shibuya Station
Telephone: +81 3-3770-0019
Website: http://www.shunju.com/ja/restaurants/ (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: 18:00 to 23:30 daily

The Pink Cow

The Pink Cow, Shibuya Restaurant, Tokyo, Japan

The Pink Cow is a restaurant, art bar and funky space where you can enjoy homemade international dishes, a wide selection of wines and beers, art and music and fun events in a relaxing setting. The Pink Cow is located midway between Shibuya and Omote-Sando, across from Aoyama Park Tower and caters to the young foreigner crowd, with regular English-language events such as improv comedy.

Address: B1F Villa Moderuna, 1-3-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shibuya Station (Hachiko Exit) and Omote-Sando (Exit B2)
Telephone: +81 3-3406-5597
Website: http://www.thepinkcow.com
Opening Hours: 17:00 until late (closed Mondays)

Jam Jam Drag on the Market

This restaurant, commonly called JD2, features two rooms with distinct styles. The first room has a DJ booth, plush couches and dim lighting, in other words the perfect chill-out space for young hipsters. The second is more sophisticated with white walls, attractive furniture and a relaxed vibe. The drink menu includes a variety of unique cocktails to go along with some rather strange food dishes as well. The Dragon Sando with peanut butter, banana, and spam is particularly noteworthy, although try with caution. Other dishes are of a more standard fare and are sure to please. Jam Jam Drag on the Market is located midway between Shibuya and Daikanyama stations.

Address: 1-3 Uguisudanicho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shibuya Station and Daikanyama Station
Telephone: +81 3-3461-9099
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 11:00 to 01:00, Fri-Sat 11:00 to 04:00

The Lock Up

The Lock Up, Shibuya Restaurant, Tokyo, Japan

The Lock Up is a jail-themed restaurant with several branches around Tokyo. On entering this prison-style restaurant you will be handcuffed by a waitress and escorted to your dining table inside a stone cell. The menu consists of izakaya-style food and lots of odd drinks that come in test tubes, beakers and syringes. Food and drink in the dungeon are pure entertainment, but it's the presentation and the overall experience that makes it special. The Lock Up is popular for private parties and also a great choice for an entertaining date.

Address: B2F Shibuya Grand Tokyo Building, 33-1 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shibuya Station
Telephone: +81 3-5728-7731
Website: http://www.kitanokazoku.jp/lockup/ (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: Sun-Thu 17:00 to 01:00, Fri-Sat 17:00 to 05:00

Mikura

Mikura, Shibuya Restaurant, Tokyo, Japan

Mikura is an emotional and culinary oasis amid the excitement and noise that epitomizes the neighborhood around Shibuya Station. The restaurant specializes in casual Kyoto cuisine and traditional soul food like tonyu-nabe (soymilk hotpot), seasonal tempura vegetables, and saikyo-yaki (fish marinated in Kyoto miso). The food at Mikura restaurant is reasonably priced and served in plates and bowls as beautiful as the presentation.

Address: 4F Shibuya Mark City West, 1-12-5 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shibuya Station
Telephone: +81 3-5459-4011
Website: http://www.fukunaga-tf.com/mikura/ (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: 17:00 to 23:00 daily

Den Rokuen-tei

Den Rokuen-tei, Shibuya Restaurant, Tokyo, Japan

Den Rokuen-tei Restaurant is located on the eighth floor of the Parco Part 1 department store, just a 5 min walk from Hachi-ko exit of JR Shibuya station. This modern izakaya offer healthy seasonal Japanese food and dishes are matched with an array of wine, beer and sake cocktails. Private tatami (woven floor matting) rooms are available, but the best seating is found on the spacious terrace with dark-wood interior and decorative plants overlooking downtown Shibuya.

Address: 8F Parco Part 1, 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: JR Shibuya station (Hachiko Exit)
Telephone: +81 3-6415-5489
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:00 to 16:00, Dinner 17:00 to 22:30

Doma Doma

Doma Doma, Shibuya Restaurant, Tokyo, Japan

Doma Doma is a classic izakaya establishment in Shibuya, near the Marui Young store and across from Marui City department store. It has a communal table, or private booths or hori-kotatsu (low tables with a well in the floor for your legs). The extensive menu at Doma Doma offers a variety of Japanese dishes, while the real focus is typically the sake, nama biiru (draft beer), and other beverages. Japanese businessmen often come here after work to relax.

Address: B1F Minagawa Building, 1-22-10 Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shibuya Station (Hachiko Exit)
Telephone: +81 3-5728-1099
Website: http://www.doma-doma.com (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: 17:00 to 05:00 daily

Shibuya Nightlife

Legato

Legato, Shibuya Nightlife, Tokyo, Japan

Legato, located on the 15th floor of the imposing E-Space Tower in the heart of Shibuya, is a favorite hangout for expats. This bar features fantastic views of Shibuya and a decorative interior with hundreds of balloon-style lights hanging from the ceiling. The superb wine list has over 20 different international wines on offer, and the friendly bartenders are always happy to make cocktail recommendations. The atmosphere is chic, drinks are reasonably priced and the service is excellent, for any occasion Legato is sure to please.

Address: 15F E-Space Tower, 3-6 Maruyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shibuya Station
Telephone: +81 3-5784-2121
Website: http://www.legato-tokyo.jp
Opening Hours: Sun-Thu 17:30 to 02:00, Fri-Sat 17:30 to 04:00

Vive la Vie

Vive la Vie is a stylish little lounge bar with a relaxing and friendly atmosphere. Relax on the sofas and enjoy “Japanese soul food”, quality cocktails and good music. The walls are available for artists - both local and foreign - to book for solo exhibitions of their works.

Address: B1F Sanzen Building, 2-4-6 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shibuya Station (Miyamasu-zaka Exit)
Telephone: +81 3-5485-5498
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 19:00 to 01:00, Fri-Sat 19:00 to 03:00 (closed Sundays)

Womb

Womb, Shibuya Nightlife, Tokyo, Japan

Womb is a trendy nightspot in Shibuya and one of Tokyo's largest clubs. Womb was ranked second for "The World's Top 10 Killer Clubs" by an English club magazine. This Tokyo nightclub has three floors full of lounges, bars, VIP rooms and dance floors, great lighting, a state-of-the-art sound system, cutting-edge DJs and what claims to be Asia's largest mirror ball. For those who like clubbing, Womb is a must-visit.

Address: 2-16 Maruyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shinsen Station and Shibuya Station (Hachiko Exit)
Telephone: +81 3-5459-0039
Website: http://www.womb.co.jp (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: 22:00 to 05:00 (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

La Fabrique

La Fabrique, Shibuya Nightlife, Tokyo, Japan

La Fabrique nightclub doubles as a restaurant during the day time and has music and dance events in the evenings. It's a slightly upscale club and oriented toward an older crowd. The food is good, including many vegetarian options, but a little pricey. La Fabrique is located in the basement of the Zero Gate building, a ten minute walk from the Hachiko exit of JR Shibuya station.

Address: B1F Zero Gate, 16-9 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: JR Shibuya station (Hachiko Exit)
Telephone: +81 3-5428-5100
Website: http://www.lafabrique.jp
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 11:00 to 02:00, Fri-Sat 11:00 to 05:00, Sun 11:00 to 23:00