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Perfect for Families on a Budget! Top 5 Places in Shibuya you Can Enjoy For Free

Perfect for Families on a Budget! Top 5 Places in Shibuya you Can Enjoy For Free

Date published: 17 May 2019
Last updated: 16 August 2019

Shibuya is known as the “young people’s town” and because of its easy access from any part of the city, it is an area offering great places to shop, eat, and just have fun.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a day or night person, there is something for everyone and it is especially popular with foreign visitors. And did you know that this area has several fun spots that don’t cost any money? We will tell you about some of these 5 free places in Shibuya that you definitely will not want to miss!

Yoyogi Park - Soothing spot in Shibuya!

Yoyogi Park - Soothing spot in Shibuya!

You can walk to Yoyogi Park from Shibuya Station in about 15 minutes. This park is an oasis of tranquility in a natural setting that you would not imagine to be in the center of such a huge metropolis and only a short walk away from the hustle and bustle of Shibuya Center Gai and the scramble intersection. In terms of land area it is the fifth largest park in all the 23 wards of Tokyo.

There is no admission fee, so you can enjoy it freely, and on certain times there are flea markets, performances, and fairs held in its vicinity.

There are also shops inside the park where you can get refreshments or you can buy takeout in nearby shops to take into the park for a picnic.

  • Yoyogi Park
    代々木公園
    • Address 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizono-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0052
    • Nearest Station JR Harajuku-eki, Tōkyō metoro meijijingūmaeeki kara toho yaku 12-bu
      25/5000
      About a 12-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station and Tokyo Metro Meiji Jingumae Station
    • Phone Number 03-3469-6081

    Open: Always (facilities in the park are closed at the end of the year)
    Entrance fee: Free (some pay facilities available)

NHK Studio Park - Experience Japanese media!

NHK Studio Park - Experience Japanese media!

NHK Studio Park is located along the street lined with Zelkova trees leading to the Yoyogi Park entrance when you are coming from the direction of Shibuya Station. While there is a 200 yen admission fee for adults (children get in free) on several days during the month admission is free.

Here you will find the Media Wall that gives an overview of all the programs that have been broadcast on NHK in the past, and also displays of props and costumes used in new and old long-running dramas and other series shown in the Drama Library.

For foreign visitors I especially recommend NHK World, a program that broadcasts news about Japan and its culture throughout the world. Also, if the timing is right, you can also look at the radio studio where programs in many languages are recorded.

The Studio Park NEWS is especially worth seeing as you can experience how NHK news is created by putting yourself in the shoes of newscasters and reporters.

  • NHK Studio Park
    NHKスタジオパーク
    • Address 2-2-1 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
    • Nearest Station 12-minute walk from Shibuya Station
    • Phone Number 03-3485-8034

    Closed: Every Tuesday (June 2019)
    Hours: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (last admission 5:30 pm)

Shibuya Hikawa Shrine - Pray for love at the oldest shrine in Shibuya!

Shibuya Hikawa Shrine - Pray for love at the oldest shrine in Shibuya!

Shibuya Hikawa Shrine is said to be the oldest shrine in Shibuya. It is especially popular with women for its reputed ability to grant wishes regarding marriage and having children.

Located about a 15-minute walk from Shibuya Station it is situated in a quiet area enveloped in an air of tranquility.

Here in the precinct grounds, which also include Hikawa no Mori Park, their combined area covering more than 13,200 m2, you can get a feel of Japanese history and culture in this rich natural setting

There is no cost to enter the shrine precincts, however, if you make an offering of 300 yen you can receive a Goshuin which is a scarlet sacred seal. There is a book called a Goshuin-cho of blank pages which is used for having scarlet seals stamped in it at any shrines you visit.

  • Shibuya Hikawa Shrine
    渋谷氷川神社
    • Address 2-5-6 Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
    • Nearest Station 1-Minute from the Kokugakuin University bus stop when riding the bus going to the Japan Red Cross Center that leaves from Shibuya Station.
    • Phone Number 03-3407-7534

CUBE - Experience the latest in art! Shibuya Hikarie 8

CUBE - Experience the latest in art! Shibuya Hikarie 8
ⓒShibuya Hikarie

Shibuya Hikarie is a high-rise commercial complex that opened in 2012. It is connected to Shibuya Station and has not only shops and restaurants, but also a space for concerts and other events. When you come to Shibuya, this is one place you certainly will want to visit. And of course you can enjoy it at no cost at all!

Let’s first look at CUBE, a gallery space that can be leased, on the 8th floor. Since Hikarie opened in 2012 it has held many kinds of exhibitions as a place where art of all forms can be displayed.

Generally there is no admission charge and periodically the exhibitions are changed. This is a good place to drop by when shopping or eating in Hikarie. (*Depending on the exhibition content, there may be an admission charge)

  • Shibuya Hikarie Creative Space 8 / CUBE
    渋谷ヒカリエ Creative Space 8/ CUBE
    • Address 2-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8510
    • Nearest Station Directly connected to Shibuya Station via Exit No. 15 when using the Tokyu Toyoko Line, Denentoshi Line, Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, and Fukutoshin Line. When using the JR line and Tokyo Metro Ginza Line and Keio Inokashira Line, you can go directly to Hikarie via the 2nd floor causeway.
    • Phone Number 03-6418-4718

    Hours: 11:00 a.m. ~ 8:00 p.m.

Shibuya Hikarie Sky Lobby - Perfect views of Shibuya!

Shibuya Hikarie Sky Lobby - Perfect views of Shibuya!

Our last destination is the Sky Lobby on the 11th floor of the same Shibuya Hikarie. There is no charge and the Sky Lobby is open until 1:00 a.m. and is popular with tourists for the excellent view of Shibuya it affords. It is about 60 meters above ground level and affords not only a good view of Shibuya, but also the forest of skyscrapers in Shinjuku, too. And on a fine day you can also see Mt. Fuji! The night view of the colorful lights in Shibuya is also quite beautiful.

There is also a space there for relaxing, so it is the perfect place to go when you want to take a break from your sightseeing activities.

  • Shibuya Hikarie Sky Lobby
    渋谷ヒカリエ スカイロビー
    • Address 2-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8510
    • Nearest Station Directly connected to Shibuya Station via Exit No. 15 when using the Tokyu Toyoko Line, Denentoshi Line, Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, and Fukutoshin Line. When using the JR line and Tokyo Metro Ginza Line and Keio Inokashira Line, you can go directly to Hikarie via the 2nd floor causeway.
    • Phone Number 03-5468-5892

    Closed: January 1
    Hours: 11:00 a.m. ~ 1:00 a.m.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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