Region
Kanto
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Tokyo
Population
12,059,237

Shibuya

You know you're in Japan when...

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.

Tokyo, Japan - December 23, 2012: Traffic stops for pedestrians crossing at Shibuya Crossing. It is one of the world's most famous scramble crosswalks.

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.

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.

If that sounds like your jam, 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 centre 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.

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.

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How To Get There

Address

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
  • Dogenzaka 1-12-2 Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo 150-0043
  • 8.4/10
  • 0.1 km
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New Room! 5Min Walk from Shibuya St.
  • 2 Chome-6 Dogenzaka 302 Shibuya Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo 150-0043
  • 0.2 km
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Onehome Inn Shibuya Apartment GF811
  • Dogenzaka 2-19-6 Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo 150-0043
  • 0.2 km
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1 Studio Apt Shibuya S3 #007
  • Dogenzaka 2-18-11 Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo 150-0043
  • 7.1/10
  • 0.2 km
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