Shibuya is known as Tokyo's hot spot for fun and modern youth culture, a must-visit for everyone who comes to - or lives in - Tokyo. It's a wonderful place to explore as a group but just as great to enjoy all by yourself, with lots and lots of options to have an amazing time. Let's look at some of Shibuya's highlights for solo travelers!
d47 MUSEUM - Explore the Charms of all of Japan's 47 Prefectures
Located on the 8th floor of Shibuya Hikarie is d47 MUSEUM. The d stands for ""design,"" while the number 47 represents the 47 prefectures that make up Japan. Their distinctive features can be discovered thoroughly in this admission-free museum, introducing a whole variety of designs and creations. From arts and crafts to food, fashion, and environment, experience the many local cultures of Japan without setting foot out of Tokyo.
If you feel a bit hungry after your tour through Japan's prefectures, why not head over to the d47 shokudo (canteen)? Every month, a new local dish is offered as a set menu, such as the fried horse mackerel set (1,550 yen) from Nagasaki. The spacious tables and the counter seats invite to stay for a relaxed, slow mean all by yourself. The d47 design travel store, on the other hand, sells all sorts of daily necessities from all over Japan, handpicked by the editorial staff of the d design travel guide. Take your time and discover Japan's many local charms, all in one building!
Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Holidays: closed for exhibition changes. New Year's holidays are in accordance with Shibuya Hikarie.
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- Address 2-21-1, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-8510
Beauty Pedia - Experiencing Shibuya's Beauty Trends First-Hand
Beauty Pedia has gained a reputation as Shibuya's hottest beauty hot spot recently. This beauty Mecca can be found at Shibuya Hikarie's shopping area called ShinQs from B3F to 5F, and is actually a resting space for women where various cosmetics and beauty products can be tried out for free. Why not stop by to fancy yourself up before your next meeting?
The Recommendations & Trends Corner offers an especially lavish selection of exciting new products, such as the aroma oil blender that'll let you mix your very own aroma blend right on the spot. Additionally, over 200 different books on topics such as beauty and lifestyle are free to be read by anyone who decides to stop by, providing just the right entertainment for a little break.
Special seats for fixing up one's makeup are also provided.
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- Address 2-21-1, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-8510
Hachiko Bus - Shibuya Sightseeing, the Comfortable Way
Hachiko Bus is Shibuya's unique community bus. Since it has a pre-set fare of 100 yen, you can conveniently use it to not only get from one place to the other but also as an incredibly cheap sightseeing bus around the area! There are four routes in total:
● The Yukake Koyake Route (or Sunset Route; red-colored bus)
This route starts at the City Office and runs circular via Shibuya, Ebisu, and Daikanyama. There are many shopping hot spots on the way, so this is the perfect bus to take for a shopping spree!
● The Jingu no Mori Route (blue-colored bus)
Both ideal for shopping and sightseeing, this bus route takes you to Harajuku, Omotesando, Sendagaya, and Yoyogi. Don't miss out on Omotesando's beautiful illuminations in the evening!
● The Haru no Ogawa Route (or A Stream in Springtime Route; orange-colored bus)
A circular route for Tomigaya, Hatsudai, Honmachi, and Sasazuka.
● The Uehara - Tomigaya Route
Visiting manu museums on the way, this bus goes bck and forth between Yoyogi and Shibuya Station.
This bus isn't just for the lazy - we're sure you'll discover one or the other path that you've never walked before. Go on ahead and explore Shibuya by Hachiko Bus!
Shibuya Publishing & Booksellers - A Paradise for Book Lovers
To escape the hustle and bustle of Shibuya, head over to a much quieter, sophisticated area called Oku-Shibuya. There, you'll find a wonderful book store called Shibuya Publishing & Booksellers, a shop that isn't only built upon the concept ""life with books,"" but also offers a wide variety of genres, such as classic novels, essays, comic books, children's literature, and more. On top of choice publications, this bookshop also sells simple but intriguing accessories and statonery themed around our favorite hobby: reading.
The works found in the Original Selects section are all equally intriguing, promising little discoveries that wouldn't be made quite so easily in a chain bookstore. The cookbook corner doesn't only showcase classic recipe books but also works on the topic of cooking, food, and nutrition itself, with international works as well as independent ones.
This one is for all you bookworms out there - we're excited what new favorite you're going to discover!
Hours: 12:00 p.m. - midnight (Mon - Sat)
12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Sun)
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- Address Terrace Kamiyama 1F,7-13, Kamiyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0047
1Kara - Set Your Inner Singer Free!
Called One-Kara, this unique karaoke parlor chain specializes in providing karaoke fun - for one person! This is the perfect place to go for everyone who loves to sing their hearts out, all by themselves.
Every One-Kara booth is equipped with high-quality headphones and a condenser microphone, allowing you to sing hands-free and feel like a professional who is recording their next big hit. The headphones let you listen to the song as well as your own voice in an astonishingly clear quality as well.
There's also a women's only area to be found at One-Kara, featuring a powder room and self-locking doors - there's absolutely no need to worry about being interrupted or disturbed during your singing adventure. One-Kara cannot only be found in Shibuya, but also in Kawasaki, Ueno, Koenji, Akihabara, Shinjuku, Kanda, Ikebukuro, and Sendai.
Hours: open 24 hours
Closed: always open
Fee: 450 yen per 30 minutes (tax excluded)
- Address Sibuya-chitose kaikan Bld.5F, 13-8, Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0042
Written by : Chiaki Ishibe