Shopping at Shibuya Fukuras and Parco

A Pikachu fit for Shibuya

Shibuya is a well known tourist destination, and it is home to iconic Tokyo landmarks like the Shibuya Scramble Crossing and the Hachiko dog statue outside Shibuya Station. There have been ongoing renovations in the area around Shibuya Station, and new exciting openings have been coming up ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Schauwecker visited the newly opened Shibuya Scramble Square back in October, and reported that the highlight of the new skyscraper was its rooftop observation deck, Shibuya Sky, which provides excellent views of the bustling city.

I went to check out Shibuya Fukuras and Shibuya Parco, which were newly reopened recently after undergoing renewal works over the last few years.

Tokyo City, and a view of the New National Stadium

Shibuya Fukuras

Shibuya Fukuras is an 18-story mixed facility building located across from the west exit of Shibuya Station which opened on December 5. The commercial building contains seven floors of shopping and dining, office floors, and a rooftop garden and sky bar.

Shibuya Fukuras
Tokyu Plaza shopping complex
Looking down the main atrium

On street level is a bus terminal, the Shibuya-san tourist information center as well as a few cafes and restaurants. As a tourist information hub, there are many facilities and services available here, which may be of interest to foreign visitors. Offering luggage keeping, concierge services and sightseeing information, Shibuya-san aims to be a one-stop shop for those entering the neighborhood. What is more, the tourist information hub opens till 23:00, which is much later compared to many places and is reflective of Shibuya's vibrant night scene.

Bus terminal on the left, Shibuya-san on the right
Inside Shibuya-san

The second to eighth floors of the building are occupied by the Tokyu Plaza Shibuya shopping and dining complex, the main tenant. There were a couple of shops I found particularly interesting when I was there, namely Pepper Parlor and Beams Japan. The former is a cafe staffed by Pepper robots who take your order, and the latter is a lifestyle shop carrying unique Made-in-Japan products.

Digital Hachiko at the entrance on the second floor
A really cute traditional snacks store where you can customise your own snack box
Beams Japan and its collaboration products with all 47 prefectures in Japan
Get your unique Made-in-Japan souvenirs from here
Inside Akomeya, a Japanese food and lifestyle shop
Akomeya Shokudo serves up delicious Japanese meals
Spectacles shop from Sabae in Fukui Prefecture
More shopping
A custom scent store. There's a Shibuya scent too which smells lovely
Going between floors
Restaurant floor
Pepper Parlor staffed by Pepper robots. You order using the tablets on the counter
Cafe interior
Pepper can suggest a waffle item for you based on your facial expression
Pepper agrees that I'm a hard worker. Hope my boss sees this :P

The 17th floor is where Shibu Niwa, the rooftop garden, is located, and affords views of Shibuya Station and its surroundings. The iconic scramble crossing can also be seen from here. A restaurant and a cafe round up the 17th floor, and a sky bar on the 18th floor offers patrons a meal with a view.

The 17th and 18th floors of Shibuya Fukuras
Looking down the scramble crossing from Shibu Niwa

Shibuya Parco

Shibuya Parco first opened in 1973 as the second Parco shopping complex in Japan and closed its doors in mid 2016 for a much needed refresh. The renewal works took just over three years, and in November 2019, Shibuya Parco reopened with a new and improved look that keeps up with the times.

Shibuya Parco is about a five minute walk from the station and stands at the top the Spain Slope. It is a comparatively compact 11-story shopping complex with an emphasis on youth culture, art, music and fashion.

Shibuya Scramble Crossing
Shibuya Parco
Parco's thoroughfare on the ground floor

The basement floor is aptly named Chaos Kitchen, and it is where visitors can find a jungle of restaurants and shops. Some popular names in the local food scene include Kiwamiya, a teppanyaki Japanese hamburger shop which had long lines when I was there, deli.fu.cious, a Japanese-style burger joint, and Jikasei Mensho by the ramen group Menya Shono.

Chaos Kitchen
The hamburgers at Kiwamiya look so good
There's always time and space for ramen
Hamanoya Parlor, retro kissaten cafe by day, dry bar by night

Floors 1-5 carry a plethora of fashion and music. Each floor has a theme and an appropriate name that reflects the theme. The brands that can be found on these floors rival the ones at the nearby upscale shopping districts of Omotesando and Aoyama. I thought that the products had a slightly edgier designs, and there were lots of bright, striking colors.

Outdoor space on some of the floors
Futuristic shopping
Loud and bright colors

Cyberspace Shibuya, the 6th floor, was easily my favorite floor by far. It is a floor dedicated to games, anime and character goods. Shops on this level include Capcom Store Tokyo, Jump Shop, Nintendo Tokyo and Pokemon Center Shibuya. Note that there may be extremely long lines to enter some of these shops, so either go early or be prepared to wait in line!

Capcom, Jump and Nintendo. Need I say more?
The Jump Shop was pretty big
Best Pokemon Center ever
It was an hour's wait to get into the Nintendo store when I was there. I heard it was six hours the weekend before...

Moving up, we can find a restaurant floor, a theater, cinema and gallery floor and an event space on the 7-9th levels. Finally, the rooftop park is located on the 10th floor. The view is not as amazing as the ones from some of the nearby skyscraper buildings, but it affords a slice of open sky and views of the neighboring area.

Theater and gallery floor
Rooftop park
View from above