New Skyscraper opens in Shibuya

Shibuya Stream is the latest skyscraper to open in Tokyo's Shibuya district on September 13, 2018. It is part of a massive redevelopment project of the Shibuya Station area which started a few years ago and won't be completed for another decade. Shibuya Stream is 180 meters tall and features an attractive collection of restaurants on its lower three floors, an event hall, an Excel Tokyu hotel on the 9-13th floors and office space on the floors above which will house Google Japan's new headquarters.

An entrance on the 2nd floor
The plaza on the 1st floor
The plaza on the 1st floor
A pedestrian passageway leads through the building's 2nd floor, allowing for new traffic flows around Shibuya Station
The pedestrian passageway is lined by several interesting restaurants and a deli market
Appetizing selection of meals at the Precce Shibuya deli market...
... alongside a nice selection of local craft beers
The third floor features additional, attractive restaurants
Among them, the Xiringuito Escriba specializes in paella...
... while the atmospheric Kushitei specializes in deep-fried skewered dishes (kushikatsu)
Reception desk at the Shibuya Stream Excel Hotel Tokyu on the 9th floor

Shibuya Stream was built on land that became available after the Tokyu Toyoko Line had been moved underground in 2013 and its former elevated tracks and terminal station at Shibuya had been demolished. This railway-related history of Shibuya Stream is commemorated in a few places around the complex.

A partial replica of the well loved "kamaboko"- roofed, former Tokyu station building at its former location
Train track decorations mark where the trains formerly ran

Few people know that Shibuya is home to a river of the same name, but Shibuya Stream is intent on changing that. A new pedestrian promenade, which opens at the same time as the skyscraper, follows the river for several hundred meters after it emerges from the underground next to the skyscraper.

Shibuya River emerges next to Shibuya Stream
A new pedestrian promenade leads from Shibuya Stream for several hundred meters along the river

At the opposite end of the river promenade stands Shibuya Bridge, another new, smaller development that will also open on September 13. Shibuya Bridge is a long, curved, low-raise complex that contains a nursery, some office space, a bar and the Mustard Hotel Shibuya. The complex is also built on land on which the Tokyu Toyoko Line formerly ran.

Shibuya Bridge
Bar & Patisserie Megan inside Shibuya Bridge

Upcoming afterwards in the redevelopment of the Shibuya Station area is the opening of the district's tallest new skyscraper. Scheduled to open by spring 2020, the 230 meters tall Shibuya Scramble Square East Building will sit on top of the station and feature an open-air observation deck on its top floor. In 2023, another skyscraper will follow southwest of the station, while the 13 floors tall Shibuya Scramble Square West Building is scheduled to conclude the district's redevelopment by spring 2028.

Shibuya Hikarie (left, opened in 2012) and the Shibuya Scramble Square East Building (right, to open by 2020)