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Nothing quite screams Hollywood-does-Japan like Shibuya. Commuters clambering across Shibuya’s Scramble Crossing underneath the two larger-than-life HD screens (all very Lost In Translation) are a sure sign that yes, you are definitely in Tokyo now.

Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan

The traffic lights at Shibuya’s Scramble Crossing change every two minutes to maintain the enormous flow of people and vehicles.

It’s pop-culture credentials don’t just cease there, Shibuya is the pulsating core of some of Japan’s most internationally renowned districts. Teenagers, couples and families can be spotted picnicking in the shade of nearby Yoyogi Park. Students decked out in the latest fashion trend file out of adjacent Harajuku. The older (and richer) make a quick getaway to the posh malls of Omotesando Avenue and healing calm of Meiji-jingu.

Rockabillly Gang Men Jeans Twist Dance Yoyogi Park

Shibuya is just a short walk from Yoyogi Park and Harajuku.

Park yourself outside the Hachiko Exit (named after the famously loyal Shiba-Inu that always met his owner at the station after work) on a Friday or Saturday night and you’re sure to witness the sheer power of Japan’s vibrant youth culture.

Partying in Shibuya

It used to be that Shibuya was the place to party on Halloween in Tokyo. Just grab a couple of cans from a nearby convenience store and revel in crowds of over 1 million people getting absolutely hammered in the street. Yes, in the street.

Shibuya Halloween in Tokyo Japan

Seems like Jason has made some new friends.

Sadly, all good things come to an end—street drinking in Shibuya during Halloween has been banned since someone flipped over a truck and numerous fights broke out amidst the chaos in 2018. This is literally why we can’t have nice things.

If you end up finding love, there’s always Love Hotel Hill for all your lovin’ needs.

If hitting the club scene sounds like your jam though, the most youthful of Tokyo’s wards certainly has a nightlife to write home (or just y’know, a Twitter status) about. The giant disco ball in the center of Womb’s main dance floor coupled with the huge, multi-floored VISION are only two reasons why you could end up having your best night out evaaaa in Shibuya. If you end up finding love, there’s always Love Hotel Hill for all your lovin’ needs.

Two high school girls, single men, single women, are standing at a meeting point at Hachiko.

The Hachiko meeting point is the busiest in the city but somehow people always manage to find each other. Look out for the dog statue opposite the green tourist information bus.

Shibuya’s laid back side

As vigorous as Shibuya can be, there is an array of more laid-back food, sports and art culture well suited for any age or persuasion. Baseball and rugby enthusiasts will be overjoyed by the offerings from the Meiji Jingu and Chichibuomiya Rugby Stadiums.

Cultural hotspots such as the Bunkamura (a museum with outstanding art exhibitions), the New National Theatre Tokyo (or NNTT) or Konno Hachimangu Shrine (once home to the illustrious Shibuya family) will broaden the scope of your itinerary.

Coffee time in rush hour of Tokyo with a blur of people Scrarmble Crossing , Tokyo, Japan

Grab a coffee at the Hachiko Starbucks overlooking Scramble Crossing.

Likewise, foodies will be able to gorge themselves on some of the most varied and delicious cuisine in Japan. For vegans, Nagi Shokudo combines seriously delicious food with fantastic magazines and reading material in English or Japanese.

For film freaks, make a pilgrimage to Gonpachi, the restaurant from Kill Bill. As the base of the hip and trendy, there are also coffee shops galore including the famous Starbucks whose second floor looks out over the world’s busiest crossing.

One thing’s for sure: you could stay in Shibuya for your entire stay and never, ever get bored.

Looking for places to drink around Shibuya and beyond? Check our list of foreigner-friendly bars and clubs in Tokyo!

How To Get There


Unnamed Road, 2 Chome-1 Dōgenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-8319, Japan

By train

Shibuya is one of the biggest train stations in the world and is served by the JR Yamanote Line, JR Saikyo Line and 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.

Where To Stay

Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu
  • 1-12-2 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0043 Japan
  • ¥35,000 - ¥155,600
  • 4.29/5 (1,627 reviews)
  • 0.1 km
Shibuya Stream Hotel
  • 3-21-3 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0002 Japan
  • ¥39,500 - ¥171,000
  • 4.13/5 (176 reviews)
  • 0.3 km
Shibuya Granbell Hotel
  • 15-17 Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0031 Japan
  • ¥13,775 - ¥153,900
  • 0.3 km
Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel
  • 26-1 Seruriantawa-, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-8512 Japan
  • ¥51,865 - ¥260,590
  • 4.56/5 (1,857 reviews)
  • 0.3 km
All Day Place Shibuya
  • 1-17-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0002 Japan
  • ¥35,856 - ¥118,800
  • 4.17/5 (50 reviews)
  • 0.4 km

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