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First time in Shibuya Tokyo? Here's Your Easy Guide to Exploring the Shibuya and Harajuku Area!

First time in Shibuya Tokyo? Here's Your Easy Guide to Exploring the Shibuya and Harajuku Area!

Date published: 19 September 2018
Last updated: 1 October 2019

Harajuku and Shibuya, Tokyo, where the young converge. The streets that constantly give rise to new trends are a must-see if you want to experience Japanese culture. There is an abundance of shops that sell clothes and other items, so shopping is the way to discover these towns.

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    2. Spain-zaka: Shopping in the stylish backstreets!
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    3. The Jinnan area: Sophisticated boutiques surrounded by greenery with carefully selected items
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    4. Harajuku Takeshita Street: A must-see if you are in Harajuku!
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    5. Ura-Harajuku: Trendy fashion space
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    6. Shibuya Souvenirs: When you want to purchase Japanese crafts in Shibuya

In this article:
1. Shibuya Center Gai: Street where you can experience Shibuya culture
2. Spain-zaka: Shopping in stylish Shibuya back streets!
3. The Jinnan area: Sophisticated boutiques surrounded by greenery with carefully selected items
4. Takeshita Street: A must-see if you are in Harajuku!
5. Ura-Harajuku: Trendy fashion space
6. Shibuya Souvenirs: When you want to purchase Japanese crafts in Shibuya
7. Other articles about Shibuya

1. Shibuya Center Gai: Street where you can experience real Shibuya culture

1. Shibuya Center Gai: Street where you can experience real Shibuya culture

One of Shibuya Tokyo's main streets, Center Gai, is just across the scramble crossing from Shibuya Station. It is always crowded with people, especially the young, and is lined with restaurants, fast-food chains, record stores and shops selling a variety of different items. It is one of the streets supporting young Japanese culture.

  • Shibuya Center Street
    Shibuya Center Street
    渋谷センター街
    • Address New Shibuya corporate house 311 (the Shibuya center mall promotion association secretariat), 12-3, Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0042
    • Nearest Station Shibuya Station (JR Shonan Shinjuku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Saikyo Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line / Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line / Tokyu Toyoko Line / Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line / Keio Inokashira Line)
      3 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3461-3314
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2. Spain-zaka: Shopping in the stylish backstreets!

2. Spain-zaka: Shopping in the stylish backstreets!

Spain-zaka (Spanish Hill) is a narrow sloping street connecting Center Gai to Parco Part-1, a shopping building. Shops selling miscellaneous goods and clothing and restaurants line the street with a back-alley feel. It is a street where you can experience the now of Shibuya Tokyo, with many small shops carrying trendy items such as smartphone covers and e-cigarettes.

  • Spain-Zaka
    Spain-Zaka
    スペイン坂
    • Address Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0042
    • Nearest Station Shibuya Station (JR Shonan Shinjuku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Saikyo Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line / Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line / Tokyu Toyoko Line / Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line / Keio Inokashira Line)
      5 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3463-1211
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3. The Jinnan area: Sophisticated boutiques surrounded by greenery with carefully selected items

3. The Jinnan area: Sophisticated boutiques surrounded by greenery with carefully selected items

The Jinnan area, which is about 10 minutes on foot from Shibuya Station, has many fashionable shops for young people. DAILYSHOP, a calm shop surrounded by greenery, is particularly popular. It sells basic but trendy items for men and women in their 20s and 30s. It focuses on elegant clothes for everyday use and carries a wide selection of items such as vintage small fashion items and accessories.

  • Daily Shop
    Daily Shop
    • Address 1F, T-HOUSE, 1-2-5, Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0041, Japan
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4. Harajuku Takeshita Street: A must-see if you are in Harajuku!

4. Harajuku Takeshita Street: A must-see if you are in Harajuku!

The entrance to Harajuku Takeshita Street is right outside Harajuku Station's Takeshitaguchi exit. Right in front of your eyes are shops selling miscellaneous goods and accessories and fast food restaurants lining the street. Sprinkled among them are stores selling items for the unique fashion called Harajuku style. Some of the customers, most of whom are teenagers, are dressed in their unique, individual style.

  • Takeshita-dori Street
    Takeshita-dori Street
    原宿竹下通り
    • Address 1, Jinguumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0001
    • Nearest Station Harajuku Station (JR Yamanote Line)
      1 minute on foot
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5. Ura-Harajuku: Trendy fashion space

5. Ura-Harajuku: Trendy fashion space

VACANT, which is nestled in Ura-Harajuku, has shops selling a variety of items and a coffee stand on the 1st floor and a free space that holds events such as art exhibitions, live performances and plays on the 2nd floor. It also has an abundance of flyers for art-related events so why not drop in to get information on Tokyo's cultural events?

  • Vacant
    Vacant
    • Address 3-20-13, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0001, Japan
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6. Shibuya Souvenirs: When you want to purchase Japanese crafts in Shibuya

6. Shibuya Souvenirs: When you want to purchase Japanese crafts in Shibuya

Finally, here is a place to drop in for Japanese souvenirs in Shibuya Tokyo. Wa-zakka Shibuya Maruara Watanabe, where you can purchase traditional Japanese items. The shop carries many items such as geta which are Japanese-style sandals, and yukata, which is a kimono for the summer. All items are carefully selected by the shop owners for their Japanese-style charm.

  • Maruara Watanabe
    和雑貨 渋谷丸荒渡辺渋谷本店
    • Address 16-8, Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0042, Japan

Also Recommended:

  • Tokyu Department Store Hon-ten
    Tokyu Department Store Hon-ten
    東急百貨店本店
    • Address 2-24-1, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0043
    • Nearest Station Shibuya Station (JR Shonan Shinjuku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Saikyo Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line / Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line / Tokyu Toyoko Line / Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line / Keio Inokashira Line)
      7 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3477-3111
  • Tokyu Hands - Shibuya
    Tokyu Hands - Shibuya
    東急ハンズ渋谷店
    • Address 12-18, Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0042
    • Nearest Station Shibuya Station (JR Shonan Shinjuku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Saikyo Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line / Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line / Tokyu Toyoko Line / Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line / Keio Inokashira Line)
      7 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-5489-5111
  • Shibuya Chikamichi Lounge
    Shibuya Chikamichi Lounge
    渋谷ちかみちラウンジ
    • Address Tokyo Metro Shibuya Station B1 floor, 2-1-1, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0043
    • Nearest Station Shibuya Station (JR Shonan Shinjuku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Saikyo Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line / Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line / Tokyu Toyoko Line / Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line / Keio Inokashira Line)
      1 minute on foot
  • KAWAII MONSTER
    KAWAII MONSTER
    KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU
    • Address YM square building 4F,4-31-10, Jinguumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0001
    • Nearest Station Meiji-Jingumae (Harajuku) Station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line / Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line)
    • Phone Number 03-6854-8729
  • Laforet Harajuku
    Laforet Harajuku
    ラフォーレ原宿
    • Address 1-11-6, Jinguumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0001
    • Nearest Station Harajuku Station (JR Yamanote Line)
      5 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3475-0411
  • Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum
    Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum
    岡本太郎記念館
    • Address 6-1-19, Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0062
    • Nearest Station Omotesando Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line / Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line)
      8 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3406-0801

Spots showcased in the article

  1. Shibuya Center Street
    渋谷センター街
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    Spain-Zaka
    スペイン坂
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    Daily Shop
    Daily Shop
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    Takeshita-dori Street
    原宿竹下通り
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    Vacant
    Vacant
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    Maruara Watanabe
    和雑貨 渋谷丸荒渡辺渋谷本店
  7. Tokyu Department Store Hon-ten
    東急百貨店本店
  8. Tokyu Hands - Shibuya
    東急ハンズ渋谷店
  9. Shibuya Chikamichi Lounge
    渋谷ちかみちラウンジ
  10. KAWAII MONSTER
    KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU
  11. Laforet Harajuku
    ラフォーレ原宿
  12. Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum
    岡本太郎記念館

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