Shibuya, Tokyo's neighborhood of fashion and youth culture, doesn't have to be expensive to explore. From a planetarium to an art gallery, colorful Shibuya has many spots to offer that you can enjoy for very little money. Let's look at the four best, unbelievably cheap sightseeing spots!
Shibuya Fureai Botanical Garden Center: Lush, Exotic Nature for a mere 100 Yen!
Shibuya is home to the Fureai Botanical Garden Center, said to be the smallest of its kind in all of Japan. That doesn't make the botanical garden not worth seeing, however - around 500 different kinds of plants inhabit the downtown park. Throughout the year, you can look forward to exploring a lush, green wonderland of nature, filled with tropical plants, succulents, carnivorous plants, and herbs. For an entry fee of 100 yen per person, this botanical garden is open for exploration!
One highlight of the Shibuya Fureai Botanical Garden Center is the "Green Garden" greenhouse. Relax next to the little streams, where the pink banana blooms and the baobab trees grow. The blue fish tank in the center showcases animals that once inhabited the area of Shinjuku, such as the killifish or the loach.
The second floor is home to the "learning area" and its book section, where over 700 different books on plants, gardening, insects, and more can be used freely by every visitor! Pick the one you like and relax in the green oasis in the middle of Shibuya.
Also, make sure to stop by the herb garden on the third floor? You'll be surprised by how aromatic and fresh the air smells!
Of course, the Shibuya Fureai Botanical Garden Center is an indoor facility and thus a great choice especially on rainy days.
Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (entry until 5:30 p.m.)
Closed: Mondays (or the following day if Monday is a national holiday), New Year's (December 29 to January 3), temporary holiday possible
Entry: 100 yen
2-25-37, Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0011
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）
- Address 2-25-37, Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0011
A Sky Full of Stars at the Cosmo Planetarium Shibuya
Cosmo Planetarium Shibuya is just a short 5-minute walk away from the busy Shibuya Station and lets you explore the universe in the middle of the metropolis. Adults only pay 600 yen for the full planetarium experience, which is a steal compared to a lot of other such facilities.
A dome of 17 meters in diameter displays breathtaking images of a starry sky. Here, different screening programs are held, ranging from scientific explanations about the galaxy to entertainment-focused shows to relax at. The program changes every season, so look forward to new content every time you visit!
If you need a break from shopping and sightseeing, the Cosmo Planetarium Shibuya definitely is the place to go.
1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. on weekdays
11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays
Each projection lasts 40 minutes. (30-minute projections at 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays)
Entry from 5 minutes before the projection starts.
Closed: Mondays (or the following day if Monday is a national holiday)
Cosmo Planetarium Shibuyaコスモプラネタリウム渋谷
- Address SHIBUYA CULTURAL CENTER OWADA 12F, 23-21 Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo-to 150-0031
8/ ART GALLERY, Shibuya's Free Art Hot Spot
8/ ART GALLERY, pronounced "hachi" in Japanese, occupies the 8th floor of Shibuya Hikarie and directly connects to Shibuya Station.
The creative space unites shops and art galleries where free events regularly take place, and as such makes for one of Shibuya's greatest multi-purpose spaces.
The event space COURT in the middle of the floor hosts workshops, discussions, markets, exhibitions, and all sorts of creative get-togethers, while the lease gallery CUBE1,2,3 showcases art and exhibits from creative minds of Japan and all over the world. The exhibition changes every two weeks, so you surely won't get bored even when visiting regularly.
In the center of 8/ is the Tomio Koyama Gallery showcasing Japanese and international artists. It is directed by 8/ as well and does not only exhibit contemporary art, but also antique pieces, and crafts. If you have a culture craving, 8/ is a must-see.
Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (certain stores are open until 11:00 p.m.)
Closed: always open
※8/ ART GALLERY and the Tomio Koyama Gallery are closed on days when the exhibition changes. (both galleries are open throughout exhibition periods)
- Address Shibuya HIKARIE 8F, 2-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo-to 150-0002
Nabeshima Shoto Park: So Peaceful, You'll Forget that You're in Shibuya
The quiet and calm Nabeshima Shoto Park is a 10-minute walk away from Shibuya and is perfect for spending a relaxed time. Plenty of benches and playground equipment all around the pond invite to forget the hustle and bustle of the big city for a while, and the atmospheric water mill seems to be in a wonderfully stark contrast with the skyscrapers around the park. Maple and camellia trees provide cool shade in the summer, while the many cherry trees blossom beautifully in spring. The scenery is always worth the visit!
Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (entry until 7:30 p.m.)
Nabeshima Shoto Park鍋島松濤公園（なべしましょうとうこうえん）
- Address 2-10-7 Shoto, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo-to 150-0046
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