Shibuya (ĆaĺJ) 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.
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 spot.
Shibuya Station and surroundings are currently undergoing major redevelopment, lasting almost two decades. Several new buildings have opened over recent years, including Shibuya Hikarie (in 2012), Shibuya Stream (2018) and Shibuya Scramble Square (2019), and more will be opening until works are completed around 2028. In addition, the flow of pedestrian traffic around the station will be greatly improved.
Famous Streets and Districts
The birthplace of many Japanese fashion trends, Center Gai is a busy pedestrian zone in the heart of Shibuya lined by stores, boutiques and game centers. In the evenings the street is crowded with young people heading to night clubs, restaurants and bars, or just loitering around.
Koen Dori, lit. "Park Street", is a popular shopping street leading from the Marui department store to Yoyogi Park. It was named after Parco department store (parco is Italian for park) and the fact that the street leads to Yoyogi Park.
Spain Slope (Supeinzaka) is a narrow, approximately 100 meter long pedestrian street with stairs leading up the slope to the Parco department store. It is lined by boutiques, cafes and restaurants, and was nicknamed for its resemblance to a Spanish street scene.
Love Hotel Hill
This area of Shibuya has a high concentration of love hotels, which offer couples a private room for a 2 to 3 hour "rest" during the day (usually around 5,000 yen) or an overnight "stay" (usually around 10,000 yen).
Tokyu Affiliated Shopping
Shibuya Scramble Square
Shops: 10:00 to 21:00 Restaurants: 11:00 to 24:00 Observation Deck Hours: 9:00 to 23:00 (entry until 22:00) Observation Deck Admission: 2000 yen (1800 yen if purchased online)
Opened in November 2019, Shibuya Scramble Square rises 230 meters above Shibuya Station. The skyscraper's lower 14 floors offer shops and restaurants, while the top floors feature an excellent observatory with open-air deck.
Shops: 10:00 to 21:00 Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00
Shibuya Hikarie is a high rise complex with cultural space just east of Shibuya Station. Besides a theater and exhibition floors, it offers office space on its upper floors and shopping and dining on its lower floors.
Hours: 10:00 to 21:00 Restaurants: 11:00 to 22:00 Closed: January 1
Shibuya 109 is a trend setting fashion complex for young women and an icon of the Shibuya district with more than one hundred boutiques on ten floors. Usually pronounced "Shibuya ichi maru kyu", the complex's name can also be read as "Shibuya to kyu", identifying the complex as part of the Tokyu Group.
Magnet by Shibuya 109
Hours: 10:00 to 21:00 Observation Deck: 11:00 to 23:00 Closed: January 1
Formerly known as Shibuya 109 Men's, this complex specializes in fashion for men and is located on the northeastern corner of the Shibuya crossing. Of interest to a general audience is the observation deck on the building's rooftop that looks down onto the famous crossing.
Restaurants: Typically 11:00 to 23:00
Opened in 2018, Shibuya Stream features a collection of interesting restaurants on its first three floors, a hotel, and the offices of the Google Japan headquarters. Next to the building, the Shibuya River emerges from the underground, and a pedestrian promenade follows the river for several hundred meters.
Shibuya Mark City
Hours: 10:00 to 21:00 Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00 Closed: No closing days
Shibuya Mark City is a small city within the city, located just next to and connected with JR Shibuya Station. It consists of a wide range of stores and restaurants, the Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu, office space, a bus terminal and the terminal station of the Keio Inokashira Line.
Hours: 10:00 to 21:00 Closed: No closing days
Promoted as a "Creative Life Store", Tokyu Hands has everything from do-it-yourself, interior, hobby, crafts, outdoors, travel goods, stationery and more. The Shibuya store spans eight floors.
Seibu Affiliated Shopping
Hours: 10:00 to 21:00 (Sundays and holidays until 20:00) Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00 Closed: No closing days
The Shibuya branch of the Seibu department store chain consists of nine floors, featuring mainly fashion goods and some fashion boutiques. Restaurants can be found on the top and bottom floors.
Hours: 10:00 to 21:00 Closed: No closing days
Loft is Seibu's answer to Tokyu Hands, and also offering a large array of products related to interior, hobby, crafts and gifts, but with less emphasis on do-it-yourself products. The Loft Shibuya branch consists of seven floors.
Shops: 10:00 to 21:00 Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:30
Parco is an 11-story shopping complex with an emphasis on youth culture, art, music and fashion. The complex was rebuilt in recent years and reopened in November 2019.
Hours: 11:00 to 21:00 (Sundays and holidays until 20:30) Closed: January 1
Marui Department Store is a leading fashion retailer with branch stores in almost all of Tokyo's major districts. Their Shibuya branch stores specialize in men's and women's fashion and are found north of the station around Koen Dori.
Other Points of Interest
A statue of a loyal dog named Hachiko. According to a famous story, the dog waited for his master every day in front of Shibuya Station, and continued to do so for years even after his master had passed away. It is one of Tokyo's most popular meeting points.
Museum: Typically 10:00 to 18:00 (until 21:00 Fridays and Saturdays) Shops: Typically 10:00 to 20:00 Restaurants: Typically 11:00 to 21:30 Closed: January 1
Located directly next to the Tokyu department store (main store), Bunkamura, lit. "culture village", consists of a concert hall, a theater, two cinemas, an art museum, and a few shops and restaurants. In 2023, the entire complex is scheduled to close, and Bunkamura is expected to undergo extensive renovation works.
Situated in Tokyo, 400 metres from Hachiko Statue, The Millennials Shibuya is an adult only accommodation. The property has a terrace and rooms with free WiFi access. Popular points of interest nearby include NHK Studio Park, Shibuya Center Town and Meiji Jingu Shrine. The accommodation offers a shared kitchen and a shared lounge for guests. Each room has a shared bathroom with free toiletries. Bread and pastries are served each morning at the property, along with coffee and green tea. The hotel offers a business centre for guest use. Nezu Museum is 1.6 km from The Millennials Shibuya. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 13 km from the accommodation.
Centrally located in Shibuya, Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel offers spacious rooms with panoramic city views. The hotel features a fitness centre and a range of dining options. The Cerulean Tower is just a 5-minute walk away from Shibuya Station, providing access to many train and subway lines. From there it is a 2-minute train ride to Harajuku and the Meiji Jingu Shrine. Overlooking the greater metropolitan area, all rooms are located on the 19th floor and above. They feature air conditioning, a desk, flat-screen TV and minibar. The private bathrooms have a bath, shower and free toiletries including toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner and body soap. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Guests at Tokyu Hotel Cerulean Tower can unwind in the sauna or hot tub, or enjoy a treatment in the beauty salon. The many other facilities include a pastry shop and a nursery. Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel boasts 8 restaurants, serving Japanese, Chinese and French cuisine. Beverages can be savoured at the top floor bar, the Garden Lounge and the Jazz Club.
Located a 11-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station, Trunk (Hotel) offers free WiFi throughout the property. A bar and 2 dining options are available at this non-smoking hotel. A designated smoking area is provided on site. A 24-hour front desk at this hotel offers concierge service and free luggage storage. Guests can unwind in the shared garden and terrace or shop for souvenirs at the gift shop on site. All carpeted rooms come with air conditioning, soundproofing and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. For guests' comfort, a minibar, free toiletries and bathrobes are provided. Some units include a private terrace or balcony with views as well as a private outdoor dining area. Meiji Jingu Shrine is a 11-minute stroll from Trunk (Hotel), while Roppongi Hills is a 10-minute drive away. Nezu Museum can be reached with a 15-minute bus ride and walk.
Located in Tokyo, 500 metres from Konno Hachimangu Shrine, Shibuya Stream Excel Hotel Tokyu provides accommodation with a restaurant, private parking, a fitness centre and a bar. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and a shared kitchen, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is close to popular attractions like Shibuya Mark City, Hachiko Statue and Shibuya Center Town. All units in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. At Shibuya Stream Excel Hotel Tokyu, each room includes air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. A buffet breakfast is available daily at the accommodation. Popular points of interest near Shibuya Stream Excel Hotel Tokyu include Moyai Statue, Shibuya Scramble Crossing and Ancient Egyptian Art Museum. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 13 km from the hotel.
Directly connected to Shibuya Train Station, Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu offers easy transportation links, 2 high-floor restaurants and comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi access and a satellite flat-screen TV. Overlooking Shibuya Scramble intersection, the hotel is just a 3-minute walk to the famous Shibuya 109 Building. The Harajuku area and Yoyogi Park are a 15-minute walk away. Shibuya Stationüfs 6 train lines and 3 subway lines offer convenient transport. Rooms at Hotel Shibuya Excel feature a calm, sophisticated decor. Each is fitted with a satellite TV, minibar and en suite bathroom with hairdryer. Guests can sip a fresh cup of tea and enjoy city views. Excel Tokyu Shibuya Hotelüfs 24-hour front desk offers fax/photocopying services and luggage storage. Guests can relax with a massage or sleep in and have an in-room breakfast. The lobby has free Wi-Fi. Shunsai Japanese Restaurant and French Restaurant A Bientot offer fine dining with panoramic 25th-floor views of Tokyo. The spacious and bright Estacion Cafe serves coffee and cake.
Conveniently set in the centre of Tokyo, Turn Table Hostel provides air-conditioned rooms, a bar and a terrace. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a shared kitchen and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hostel features family rooms. Popular points of interest near the hostel include Shibuya Center Town, Kon Ichikawa Memorial Room and Shunichi Atsumi Museum. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 13 km from Turn Table Hostel.
Renovated in February 2016, Shibuya Hotel En offers comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi. It features 2 dining options and massage services. The property is located just a 7-minute walk away from Shibuya Station. Rooms are air-conditioned and furnished with a flat-screen TV, an electric kettle and a seating area. A trouser press is available for the convenience of guests. Shibuya Hotel En has a 24-hour front desk with complimentary luggage storage. Laundry service is available. Shibuya Hotel En is situated amidst shops and restaurants, while Shibuya Station offers many public transport connections. It is a 5-minute walk to the 109 Building and Shibuya Scramble Crossing, and a 15-minute walk to Yoyogi Park.
Ideally situated in the Shibuya Ward district of Tokyo, Nadeshiko Hotel Shibuya (Female Only) is situated 500 metres from Kon Ichikawa Memorial Room, 600 metres from Shunichi Atsumi Museum and 600 metres from The Shoto Museum of Art. With a shared lounge, the 1-star capsule hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space for guests. At the capsule hotel, the rooms have a wardrobe. At Nadeshiko Hotel Shibuya guests are welcome to take advantage of a hot tub. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Shibuya Center Town, Sugekari Park and Saigoyama Park. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 13 km from Nadeshiko Hotel Shibuya (Female Only).
Hotel Emit Shibuya features rooms with free WiFi in Tokyo, conveniently set an 8-minute walk from Shibuya Center Town. Hotel Emit Shibuya features furniture from ACME Furniture. Meiji Jingu Shrine is a 10-minute walk away. All rooms at Hotel Emit Shibuya are equipped with a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a refrigerator. Some rooms also boast a balcony. Guests can borrow a trouser press, ironing facilities and air humidifier. Speaking English, Japanese and Vietnamese, staff are ready to help around the clock. The nearest Station is Shibuya Station, located a 10-minute walk away. Meiji Jingu Stadium is 1.9 km from the accommodation. Tokyo Haneda Airport is 14 km away.
A 5-minute walk from Meiji Jingumae Subway Station, the completely non-smoking Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya-jingumae features modern accommodations with a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. Guests can request for massages or relax in the sauna rooms. The air-conditioned rooms feature carpeted floors, a fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags. The en suite bathroom comes with shampoo, conditioner and a hairdryer. Shibuya-jingumae Premium Dormy Inn is a 10-minute walk from Yoyogi Park and Takeshita Street. Shibuya Station and JR Harajuku Train Station are both a 10-minute walk. A spacious public bath is available for guests to relax in. A coin-operated launderette and drink vending machines are available on-site as well. Guests can rent a humidifier or DVD player to use in their rooms. A Japanese/Western breakfast is available at Hatago. Free Yonaki Soba ramen noodles are catered at night.