Shibuya is the fashion paradise of young Tokyoites and home to a lot of commercial facilities, from with the famous Shibuya 109 store to established department stores such as Hikarie, Parco, and Marui. The neighborhood’s most iconic meeting place is the Loyal Dog Hachiko in front of the station, a statue of a dog so famous that his touching story has even been turned into a movie.

Overview and history of Shibuya

  • Overview and history of Shibuya
    Famous for its dizzyingly busy scramble crossing and its shopping centers, Shibuya is a place where people of all ages can have fun day and night but only if they are willing to brave the agoraphobia-inducing crowds.
    Most first-time visitors will first stop and say hi to Hachiko, the dog whose love and devotion has been bringing people to tears for almost a century. From a village in the 19th century, Shibuya became one of the most famous Tokyo district. This is especially true among the youth who come to enjoy worldwide renowned fashion department stores, such as the Shibuya 109, located close to the Station. A little further away, along the Dogenzaka area, some of the best nightclubs, restaurants and bars in the city are always attract a diversified clientele.

Introduction of Shibuya area

  • Shibuya Crossing Area

    Shibuya Crossing Area

    One of the most famous landmark in the area is the Hachiko statue, meeting point but also photo spot for tourists. Don’t hesitate to take a moment to watch all the lights turn red at the same time and see the pedestrians surging into the intersection, a sight that never wearies.
    Literally two minutes away from the crossing is the perfect place for those looking for a more traditional experience: Nonbei Yokocho. Meaning literally “drinkers alley”, this Showa retro style street is filled with dozens of traditional taverns.
    In the walkway within Mark City, a famous shopping facility in the area, is a masterpiece by Taro Okamoto, Myth of Tomorrow. This huge mural features the moment of an atomic bomb, and is a powerful artwork to see.
  • Center Gai Area

    Center Gai Area

    Located near the Shibuya crossing, Center Gai is like a never-ending concentration of restaurants, karaoke and bars. It’s in the 1950s that the area started to be frequented by young people, after improvement works were done on the Udagawa River, responsible of several flood damage in the area.
    Close to Center Gai, another street is worth the visit: Spain Zaka. Known for its unique Mediterranean atmosphere, it is full of small shops and restaurants.
  • Dogenzaka Area

    Dogenzaka Area

    At the west of Shibuya station, Dogenzaka is an area where the crowd never seems to dies down, with its streets full of entertainment center, restaurants and shopping facilities.
    At the corner of the street, a visit to the Shibuya 109 is a must-do for any first-timer in the area. More than a hundred stores are located inside this fashion sanctuary, and most of them changes on a yearly basis, a way to follow (and make!) the latest trends.
    Another famous stop by is the Don Quijote discount store. Very popular with foreign tourists and locals alike, it is the perfect place to find souvenirs, clothes, electronics and much more.

Classic events in Shibuya

  • February: Setsubun Festival (Konno Hachimangu Shrine)

    The ritual of driving away evil spirits is a practice that has been carried out since the Heian era .
    It’s thought that evil spirits (demons) appear at the turn of the seasons, and the ritual is conducted to drive these bad entities away.
    This is usually done by saying an incantation while throwing ‘fortune beans,’ then eating one bean for each year of one’s life (or 1 more in some cases) to bring good luck.
  • April: Hanami (Nabeshima Shoto Park, Konno Hachimangu Shrine)

    Japan’s famous springtime tradition of cherry blossom viewing is known as ‘hanami,’ and is centered around the flower which most symbolizes Japanese beauty, culture, and philosophy. Many people come to pray at Konno Hachimangu Shrine, which is dedicated to the guardian deity of the Shibuya and Aoyama areas, and the shrine also offers viewing of Konno cherry blossoms.
    Single and double-petaled blossoms can be found on the same branch with this type of cherry blossom, which is known as ‘Choshu hizakura.’ It’s known as one of Edo’s top three types of cherry blossom and has been preserved until present day.
    A Konno cherry blossom viewing party is held on the last Saturday of March every year.
    Nabeshima Shoto Park is a spacious park with grounds covering 5,012 sqm and features a water wheel and pond. In spring, Yoshino cherry blossoms can be seen at here.
  • May: Shibuya Kagoshima Ohara Festival (Dogenzaka, Bukamura St.)

    The Ohara Festival was started in 1949 in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of Kagoshima City. It is famous as one of the largest festivals in southern Kyushu, with about 20,000 dancers parading through the streets every year.
    The Shibuya Kagoshima Ohara Festival was started in 1998 to promote cultural exchange between Kagoshima and Shibuya, which have deep historical ties.
    Each year on a Saturday and Sunday in mid-May, approximately 2,000 dancers perform dances such as the ‘Ohara Bushi’ and ‘Shibuya Ondo’ for a parade in the streets of Shibuya.
    Kagoshima sightseeing information will be available and exhibits of goods from Kagoshima will be displayed on the streets and at nearby facilities.
  • Firefly Watching

    June: Firefly Watching (Botanical Garden FUREAI)

    The refreshing change in the seasons from spring to summer is the best time for firefly watching. A summer evening spent watching the mystical glow of firefly lights in the darkness is sure to be breathtaking.
    Have an experience that you normally could not have anywhere else.
  • September: Konno Hachimangu Shrine Festival (Konno Hachimangu Shrine)

    Konno Hachimangu Shrine Festival held annually in September is Shibuya’s largest festival.
    This traditional event has been held annually as a festival rite for the Shibuya and Aoyama areas for several hundred years to pray for abundant crops, prosperity of the region, and the sound health of shrine parishioners.
    Fourteen portable shrines from Shibuya town assemblies are brought for a gathering in front of the Shibuya 109 building for an impressive joint procession in which all the portable shrines are hoisted and carried at once.
    At the Konno Hachimangu Shrine in Shibuya, rows of street stalls open up shop on the shrine grounds, and events are also held at the kagura hall.
  • Christmas Illumination

    December: Christmas Illumination (Omotesando)

    With the illumination starting from early December and lasting until Christmas, a Shibuya different than the everyday can be enjoyed with glimmering lights throughout the streets.
    The area of Shibuya is glows with vibrant colors giving it a mystical vibe, especially around Shibuya-koen Street.
    Shopping facilities such as Tokyu and Hikarie each decorate an elaborate tree with their own theme that is different each year.

Access from Shibuya Airport / Main Area

  • Haneda Airport

    28 minutes from Haneda Airport

    Haneda Airport
    ↓ Keikyu-Airport line(16Min)
    Shinagawa Station
    ↓ JR-Yamanote line(12Min)
    Shibuya Station

  • Haneda Airport

    40 minutes from Haneda Airport

    Haneda Airport
    ↓ Tokyo Monorail(22Min)
    Hamamatsucho Station
    ↓ JR-Yamanote line(18Min)
    Shibuya Station

  • Haneda Airport

    45 - 80 minutes from Haneda Airport

    Haneda Airport
    ↓ Airport shuttle bus(45 - 80Min)
    Shibuya Station

  • Narita Airport

    79 minutes from Narita Airport

    Narita Airport
    ↓ JR-Ltd Express Narita Express(79Min)
    Shibuya Station

  • Narita Airport

    69 minutes from Narita Airport

    Narita Airport
    ↓ Keisei-Narita Sky Access line(40Min)
    Nippori Station
    ↓ JR-Yamanote line(29Min)
    Shibuya Station

  • Narita Airport

    120 minutes from Narita Airport

    Narita Airport
    ↓ Airport shuttle bus(120Min)

  • Shinjuku

    7 minutes from Shinjuku Station

    Shinjuku Station
    ↓ JR-Yamanote line(7Min)
    Shibuya Station

  • Ginza

    16 minutes from Ginza Station

    Ginza Station
    ↓ Tokyo Metro-Ginza line(16Min)
    Shibuya Station

  • Asakuas

    34 minutes from Asakuas Station

    Asakusa(Tobu/Toei/TokyoMetro) Station
    ↓ Tokyo Metro-Ginza line(34Min)
    Shibuya Station

  • Akihabara

    21 minutes from Akihabara Station

    Akihabara Station
    ↓ JR-Sobu line(16Min)
    Yoyogi Station
    ↓ JR-Yamanote line(5Min)
    Shibuya Station

  • Tokyo station

    24 minutes from Tokyo Station

    Tokyo Station
    ↓ JR-Yamanote line(24Min)
    Shibuya Station

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