Living in Tokyo, I would be delighted to show you around my cherished Shibuya area.

Right in the center of Tokyo is the vibrant Shibuya neighborhood. 

With the world's greatest pedestrian traffic and the setting for well-known films like "Lost in Translation," Shibuya's scramble crossing is a global icon of Tokyo, the capital city. I can sense Tokyo's strength just by strolling around here!

Even though I reside in Tokyo, the ever-changing face of Shibuya never ceases to astound me because of its once-in-a-century massive reconstruction projects, which have resulted in the construction of many high-rise structures.  

The busy retail centers, a variety of eateries, and cafés housed in these tall buildings are always adding to the choices for enjoying the Shibuya district.

With several areas leading the way in music and fashion trends, Shibuya has been regarded as the epicenter of youth culture since the 1970s.  

Famous for its nightlife as well, I think it's lovely how the neighborhood's vibe varies from day to night. Evenings bring clubs alive with young individuals who love music.

Apart from its urban charm, the Shibuya neighborhood provides me with opportunities to appreciate nature and culture by wandering through huge parks and historical landmarks like Meiji Shrine.

An other feature is Shibuya Station, which, after Shinjuku, is the second busiest station in Japan in terms of daily passenger flow. The station is enormous since it is situated in a valley, and because other lines run above and below, it is worth visiting and referred to as a "dungeon" by locals.

I'll go over the best parts of the Shibuya area, which I've visited a lot and really like, in my shibuya guide. I'll cover a lot of ground, from the sights of downtown Shibuya that you really must see to suggested restaurants, retail districts, nightclubs, and maps.

Thus, go peruse this guide and discover the delights of the Shibuya area, which I, a native, love!  

Table of Contents  
You will completely grasp the attraction of the Shibuya region after reading this article. Please feel free to navigate to any area from the table of topics below if you just require certain information.

- Basic Information about Shibuya Neighborhood
I use a map to explain the Shibuya neighborhood's five zones.

- Must-Visit Highlights in Shibuya
I go over the sights you really must see in the Shibuya area.

- 6 Popular Restaurants in Shibuya, Tokyo's Trendsetting Neighborhood  
I introduce chic and attractive eateries that are well-liked in the Shibuya district.

- 3 Photogenic Popular Cafes in Shibuya Neighborhood
I show you Shibuya eateries with lovely views and opulent pastries.

- 5 Spots in Shibuya Neighborhood to Enjoy Shopping and Feel the Trends
I introduce recommended shopping areas in the Shibuya district.  

- 6 Nightlife Spots to Fully Enjoy Shibuya Neighborhood
I introduce recommended places to enjoy nightlife in the Shibuya area.

- Other Highlights to Visit Near Shibuya Neighborhood  
I introduce other places worth visiting in addition to the highlights.

- FAQ about Sightseeing in Shibuya Neighborhood
I've put together frequently asked questions and answers on Shibuya area sightseeing.

- 3 Tours to Enjoy Shibuya Neighborhood
I introduce tours with local guides leading you through Shibuya.

Shibuya Neighborhood Basic Information

Here, I'll explain basic information about each area of the Shibuya neighborhood with maps and how to access it.  

Shibuya Neighborhood Zone Map

The Shibuya neighborhood can be broadly divided into the following five zones on this map:

Around Shibuya Station Area: The commercial zone known for the scramble crossing

Shibuya Guide Scramble Crossing

Major commercial complexes as well as well-known sites like the "scramble crossing" and the statue of the devoted dog Hachiko are located in this neighborhood. It's Shibuya's busiest neighborhood.

Dogenzaka & Maruyamacho Area: Nightlife District

Dougenzaka Shibuya

Nightlife is very much alive in this part of the Shibuya district. Here are numerous nightclubs, live music venues, and taverns. Popular among visitors and young people, it represents Tokyo's nightlife.

Center Gai Area: Lively Youth District 

Center Gai Entrance

Called "the hub of Tokyo's youth culture," Center Gai is home to a plethora of stylish apparel and accessory stores in addition to fast food eateries and other informal dining options. Appealing is the laid-back, pop vibe of this place.

Miyamasuzaka & Omotesando Area: Stylish Cafe Street

Omotesando

Compare to the other casual zones, this chic boulevard on National Route 246 east of Shibuya Station is ideal for taking a leisurely stroll among chic cafes and high-end brand stores.

Harajuku Area: Pop Culture, History & Nature Fusion

Takeshita Dori
Source: Wikipedia

Famous for Takeshita Street, a gathering place for young people, this region stretches north of Shibuya Station. Street fashion's cutting edge unique stores line it. Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi Park are two large historical sites on the west side of Harajuku that let you to simultaneously enjoy pop culture, history, and nature.

Access to Shibuya Neighborhood from Other Areas

Tokyo Station → Shibuya Station: You can go directly from Tokyo Station to Shibuya Station on the JR Yamanote Line. It takes around 25 minutes.

Shinjuku Station → Shibuya Station: Using the JR Yamanote Line, you can arrive at Shibuya Station from Shinjuku in about 7 minutes.  

Ueno Station → Shibuya Station: You can also access Shibuya Station from Ueno Station in about 30 minutes using the JR Yamanote Line.

Narita Airport → Shibuya Station: You can take the Narita Express train directly from Narita Airport to Shibuya Station. The travel time is approximately 90 minutes.  

Haneda Airport → Shibuya Station: First, take the Keikyu Airport Line from Haneda Airport to Shinagawa Station, then transfer to the JR Yamanote Line to Shibuya Station. The total travel time is around 30-40 minutes.

Must-Visit Highlights in Shibuya Neighborhood

In this section, I'll introduce four must-visit spots in Shibuya where you can feel the "metropolitan and youth culture" vibe.

Scramble Crossing: Shibuya's Landmark

Shibuya Scramblecrossing
Source: Wikipedia

One must-see tourist attraction in the area is the well-known "scramble crossing" of Shibuya.  

Right close to the Hachiko Exit of Shibuya Station, cars stop suddenly from all directions at this crossing, enabling a sizable number of pedestrians to cross the intersection at the same time.

Every time I visit Shibuya, even as a resident of Tokyo, I am still taken aback by the number of people that pour into the crossroads from all directions. People instinctively tangle around one another without running into each other. You'll undoubtedly have the same reaction when you go through it!  

You can experience the real Shibuya craziness that you've only seen on YouTube or in movies by crossing the real crossroads. Walking while filming is quite acceptable, but watch out not to run into others.

Address: 2-24-12 Shibuya, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0002

Hachiko Statue: "Dog History” Next to the Station

Shibuya Hachikou
Source: Shibuya City Libraries

Situated directly outside the Hachiko Exit of JR Shibuya Station, the statue of the dog "Hachiko" is as iconic to Shibuya as the scramble crossing.

This statue is well-known since it was fashioned after Hachiko's loyal posture and this dog waited for its departed owner's return at the same location for ten years.  

When I was younger, as a native of Tokyo, I assumed it was merely a dog statue. But after reading the backstory and seeing Hachiko devotedly waiting for his master to return year after year, I understood that this was a really touching place.

Since it's so close to JR Shibuya Station, the Hachiko statue has grown to be a favorite gathering place for locals like me—I've caught up with friends here a lot. For visitors, it's the ideal photo opportunity, so make sure to stop by!

Address: 2-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0043

Shibuya Scramble Square: Spot to Overlook the Metropolis

Shibuya Scramble Square
Source: Google Map by Meg A.Y.

In Shibuya area, the 2019 opening of "Shibuya Scramble Square" is a must-see new landmark.

Although the "SHIBUYA SKY" rooftop observation deck on the 47th floor, 230 meters high, is the facility's high point, offering a 360-degree panoramic view of the Shibuya cityscape, with admission a little pricey at 2,500 yen (2,200 yen if booked online), the view is spectacular from evening to night.

The shimmering Shibuya skyline lit by the sunset glow astounded me when I visited this observation platform myself last summer.  

Although it was cloudy when I visited, I hope to return on a clear day when you can even see Mount Fuji, the tallest mountain in Japan.

The observation deck's enormous popularity means that there are frequently lines to ride the elevator up, but the breathtaking view makes the wait worthwhile.

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Address: 2-24-12 Shibuya, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0002
Closed: None  
Phone: 03-4221-4280
Hours: 10 AM–9 PM
Website: https://www.shibuya-scramble-square.com/sky/

Center Gai: Feel Tokyo's Youth Culture

Shibuya Center Gai
Source: Wikipedia

Tokyo's young culture at its cutting edge can be experienced at the vibrant "Center Gai" in the Shibuya district.

The draw is the vast range, from "kawaii" charming things to unique goods and trendy fashion items. This area is dotted with distinctive second-hand clothing stores, select businesses, and street brand fashion boutiques.

I live in Tokyo, therefore on the weekends I usually just go over to Center Gai to look over the various things that are available.  

With so many eating options—from restaurants to fast food joints where you can get a quick lunch—Center Gai is also well-known. When I go to Shibuya with companions, we usually stop there for informal dining.

Situated conveniently between three and five minutes on foot from Shibuya Station, it is also conveniently close to important shopping buildings like Parco and 109.

The vibrant Shibuya area can be fully experienced at Center Gai, which offers fashion and products that are ahead of the trends.  

Access: 28-6 Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 154-0042

6 Popular Restaurants in Shibuya, Tokyo's Trendsetting Neighborhood

Here I'll introduce 6 restaurants popular with locals in the trendsetting Shibuya neighborhood of Tokyo.  

Shibuya Shokudo Ventuno Tokyo: "Adult Kids Lunch" Popular on Weekends

Shibuya Ventuno
Source: Tabelog by Shibuyashokudo Ventuno Tokyo

Recommended in Shibuya, "Shibuya Shokudo Ventuno Tokyo" serves casual Western cuisine with a Japanese touch.

The "Adult Kids Lunch" is without a doubt their most well-known menu item. In Tokyo, the "Kids Lunch" is a popular children's lunch where a variety of kid-friendly dishes are presented in little portions on one plate.  

A dish of small hamburger steak, pasta, salad, and other items makes up this restaurant's adult-sized "Kids Lunch."

I immediately wondered, "Is this a menu item for kids?” But when I actually ate it, I was stuffed and thoroughly delighted because every item was well-seasoned and substantial.

Weekends only offer the 1,800 yen "Adult Kids Lunch"; weekdays provide pasta or curry rice for between 1,000 and 2,000 yen.

I heartily suggest this well-known neighborhood restaurant, which serves excellent, proper meals at fair costs.

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Address: B1F Takagi Building (IKEA Shibuya), 24-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0042
Closed: Sundays  
Phone: 03-3477-1199
Hours: 11:30 AM–3:30 PM, 5–10 PM 
Hours (Sundays): 11:30 AM–3:30 PM, 5–9 PM
Website: https://ventuno-tokyo.owst.jp/

Pepper Parlor: Served by Robot "Pepper"

Pepper Parlor
Source: Pepper Parlor Official Website

I suggest the quite interesting Shibuya eatery "Pepper Parlor," where you are truly served by the humanoid robot "Pepper"!

Each table has a Pepper as soon as you walk in who takes your order, strikes up a conversation, and assists the human employees.

Being served by a robot originally baffled me, but as soon as I spoke with Pepper, I became accustomed to its cute gestures and answers!

With moderately priced pasta, pizza and other items ranging from 1,000 to 1,300 yen, the food menu is very enticing.  

Additionally suggested desserts are the trio of gelato and the 980 yen pancake set.

Ordering from Pepper is a fun experience, and snapping a picture together makes for a funny keepsake that will make kids smile!

<Store Information>
Address: B1F Takagi Building (IKEA Shibuya), 24-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0042
Closed: Sundays
Phone: 03-3477-1199  
Hours: 11 AM–11 PM
Hours (Sundays): 11 AM–10 PM
Website: https://www.pepperparlor.com/

Ichiran: Must-Try Tonkotsu Ramen in Japan

Shibuya Ichiran
Source: Ichiran Official Website

"Ichiran" is a ramen shop in Shibuya that cannot be missed, especially for its delicious tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen. This restaurant is renowned not just for its taste, but also its unique way of serving ramen.

The biggest feature of Ichiran is that you slurp your ramen in a private booth-like counter seat. This blocks you from others' view, allowing you to fully concentrate on the flavors.

At first I thought, "I'm here with friends but I have to eat confined by myself?" But when I actually sat at that seat and ate, I could really focus on the deliciousness of the ramen.

Of course, the ramen itself tastes amazing too. The tonkotsu soup has a rich yet refreshing flavor with an exquisite balance. Customizing your ramen also allows for various arrangements to enjoy.  

I recommend ordering the seasoned egg (140 yen) along with it. The runny yolk blends in beautifully, enriching the ramen's flavor.

A simple bowl of ramen is offered at a reasonable 980 yen. I definitely recommend experiencing the taste and unique serving style.

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Address: Iwamoto Building, B1F, 1-22-7 Jinnan, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0041
Closed: None
Phone: 050-1808-2546
Hours: 12–6 AM, 10 AM–12 AM
Website: https://ichiran.com/shop/tokyo/shibuya/  

KINKA Sushi Bar Izakaya: Stylish Sushi Bar

Shibuya Kinka Sushi Bar
Source: KINKA Official Website

Fresh seafood sushi is the speciality of this restaurant, and a well-liked dish is "aburi sushi," or seared sushi.  

Once I had KINKA's aburi sushi, I was enamored with it. For example, the salmon is seared to highlight its aroma, and the anago (conger eel) is cooked to perfection, giving you a fluffy texture and rich flavors when the sushi toppings are seared.

The restaurant offers an omakase (chef's choice) of six piece nigiri sushi starting at 2,200 yen, which is reasonably priced for quality sushi. At lunch, you can enjoy "kaisen don" (sashimi rice bowls) with various seafood toppings ranging from 1,200-1,500 yen.

Though there's usually a queue when I go, I love coming back since their sushi is really good and filling, so the wait is worth it.

Experience this real sushi bar in Shibuya, I heartily suggest it.

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Address: 2F. 3-10, Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0042
Closed: None  
Phone: 03-6452-5258
Hours: 11:30 AM–2:30 PM, 5–11 PM  
Website: https://kinkasushibarizakaya.com/jp/

Restaurant A bientot: French Cuisine with a View of Shibuya

Shibuya A Bientot
Source: Tabelog by Restaurant A bientot

If you want a special dining experience in Shibuya, I recommend "Restaurant A bientot."

At this premier restaurant, you can indulge in a spectacular night view of Tokyo from the 25th floor of a hotel, along with French course meals made with seasonal ingredients - allowing you to enjoy a luxurious time in Shibuya.

I had dinner here before and was stunned when I was seated by the window, with Shibuya's glittering neon nightscape sprawled right before my eyes. Each dish was artistically plated and high quality, leaving me in awe. To be honest, the breathtaking view made it hard to focus on the food!

The dinner course starts at 6,500 yen, which I think is well worth it for this incredible view coupled with high-grade French cuisine. It feels like the perfect place to splurge in Shibuya.  

It's popular among Tokyo locals too for special occasions like anniversaries and birthdays, giving it an elegant ambience. If you want to savor French flavors while gazing at Shibuya's lively nightscape, I highly recommend visiting.  

However, not all tables are by the window, so I advise arriving at opening time if you want a window seat.

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Address: 25F Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu, 1-12-2 Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0043
Closed: None
Phone: 03-5457-0132
Hours: 11:30 AM–3 PM, 5:30–9:30 PM
Hours (Tuesdays): 11:30 AM–3 PM  
Website: https://www.tokyuhotels.co.jp/shibuya-e/restaurant/abientot/index.html

Barbacoa Grill Shibuya: All-You-Can-Eat Churrascaria Style

Barbacoa Shibuya
Source: Tabelog by Barbacoa Grill Shibuya

If you're searching for an all-you-can-eat restaurant in Shibuya, I suggest the Brazilian eatery "Barbacoa Grill Shibuya," where you can eat as much churrascaria-style (Brazilian barbecue) pork skewers as you want.

Here, they serve a range of premium cuts such filet mignon and chicken and will come around to your table with enormous skewers of grilled meats for you to enjoy as much as you like.  

Though the meat is excellent in and of itself, I would suggest the wide salad bar where you may freely sample a range of fresh vegetable dishes that go well with the meats.

I believe it's worth a visit even though the lunch costs are a little high—4,800 yen on weekdays and 5,600 yen on weekends; dinner is 7,500 yen.

I had the wonderful churrascaria when I came here for a family birthday, and I highly recommend it if you want to savor fine meat meals.

<Store Information>  
Address: 7F, HUMAX Pavilion Shibuya Koen-dori, 20-15 Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0042
Closed: None
Phone: 050-1807-6960  
Hours: 11:30 AM–3 PM, 5:30–10 PM
Hours (Saturdays, Sundays): 11 AM–4 PM, 5–10 PM
Website: https://barbacoa.jp/pages/shibuya

3 Photogenic Popular Cafes in Shibuya Neighborhood

Shibuya has many cafes where you can enjoy photogenic scenery and luxurious sweets that will make you want to post on Instagram. Here are 3 recommended cafes.

Starbucks Coffee SHIBUYA TSUTAYA 2F: Relax with a View of the Scramble Crossing

Shibuya Starbucks TSUTAYA 2F
Source: Tabelog by Ayachiho

From "Starbucks Coffee SHIBUYA TSUTAYA 2F," you can overlook Shibuya's iconic "scramble crossing" from above.  

When I visited with a friend and sat at the counter seats, the entire scramble crossing was sprawled right before our eyes, allowing us to fully take in the vibrant atmosphere of Shibuya's crossing. Sipping coffee while gazing at the flow of cars and people was truly an experience of feeling the essence of Tokyo.

While the menu is the standard Starbucks fare, they offer an abundance of Japan-original Starbucks merchandise, making it worthwhile to buy souvenirs.  

Being located right next to Shibuya Station, it's convenient whether you want to linger for a while or just stop by for a break.

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Address: 2F QFRONT, 21-6 Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0042  
Closed: None
Phone: 03-6416-3857
Hours: 7 AM–10:30 PM
Website: https://x.gd/sFSKA

EDW yellow Shibuya: Signature Voluminous Pancakes

EDW Yellow Shibuya
Source: Tabelog by EDW yellow Shibuya

If you're looking for photogenic sweets in Shibuya, I recommend "EDW yellow Shibuya." This cafe is popular among Tokyo locals for its photogenic and massive servings of sweets and dishes.

Their signature pancakes start at 1,600 yen, a bit pricey but truly enormous, with thick pancakes topped with plenty of cream. I felt like two people could easily share and be satisfied.

In addition to the sweets, they also offer hearty dishes like omelettes.  

However, being a popular spot, there's often a wait. On my first visit, I waited around 20 minutes, but the delicious and photogenic sweets made the wait worthwhile.

<Store Information>  
Address: 2F QFRONT, 21-6 Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0042
Closed: None  
Phone: 03-6712-7844
Hours: 11 AM–10 PM
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/edwyellow_shibuya/

Zenkashoin: Enjoy Photogenic Japanese Sweets

Shibuya Zenkashoin
Source: Tabelog by Cafemoca otoko

If you want to indulge in Japanese tea and sweets in Shibuya, I recommend "Zenkashoin." This popular cafe hailing from Kyoto offers matcha (green tea) made with premium tea leaves from Uji, as well as visually stunning and delicious Japanese-style sweets.

The interior has a relaxed, modern Japanese vibe. While the focus is on Japanese confections, each item is incredibly photogenic, and the taste doesn't disappoint either. Rather than being completely traditional, I felt the sweets had a creative, stylish twist which was appealing.

Prices range from around 1,500-2,000 yen which is a bit steep, but the set includes a drink and the portions are quite generous, so I think it's good value to fully enjoy lavish Japanese sweets.  

It tends to be crowded on weekend afternoons, but you can likely be seated right away if you visit on a weekday evening. If you want to take a relaxing break with Japanese tea and sweets during your Shibuya sightseeing, I highly recommend stopping by.

<Store Information>
Address: Shibuya Hikarie ShinQs 5F, 2-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-8509  
Closed: None
Phone: 03-6434-1517
Hours: 11 AM–9 PM
Website: http://www.zen-kashoin.com/

Shibuya has many major shopping areas where you can feel the pulse of Tokyo's trends. Here, I'll introduce 5 shopping spots in the Shibuya neighborhood that are particularly noteworthy for visitors.

Shibuya 109: Popular Shopping Mall Among Youth

Shibuya 109
Source: Wikipedia

The iconic "Shibuya 109" is a wildly popular building, especially among youth in Shibuya neighborhood. This cylindrical commercial facility with a distinctive elevator design is filled with kawaii (cute) fashion items catered to teens and women in their 20s.  

I personally often stop by 109 with my female friends to browse. Inside, you'll find rows of unique and trendy fashion items ranging from cute styles to street casual wear.

One shop that stuck in my memory even sold cosplay maid outfits. While not exactly daily wear, it exemplifies the "kawaii" culture of fashion you can experience in Tokyo.

With new items arriving constantly, 109 is a place where you can truly feel Japan's youth culture, especially the vibrant "kawaii" trend. It's fun to simply wander around, not just shop.

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Address: 2-29-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0043
Closed: None
Phone: 03-3477-5111
Hours: 10 AM–9 PM  
Website: https://www.shibuya109.jp/

Shibuya Parco: Subculture Floor is a Must-See

Shibuya Parco
Source: Wikipedia

"Shibuya Parco" is a shopping destination rich in variety, from fashion to food and entertainment. 

The 6th floor is my personal recommendation. Here you'll find a concentration of shops related to famous Japanese franchises like the Pokemon Center, Nintendo's official store, and the Capcom store.

There's also a free observation space on the rooftop with a popular view of the Shibuya cityscape. The basement area even has unique restaurants serving things like edible insects.

If you're interested in Japanese subcultures, be sure to explore the unique array of shops at Shibuya Parco.

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Address: 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-8377
Closed: None  
Phone: 03-3464-5111
Hours: 11 AM–9 PM
Website: https://shibuya.parco.jp/

MAGNET by SHIBUYA109: Subculture Facility Themed on "Stimulation"

Magnet by Shibuya 109
Source: ONE STOP! SHIBUYA

"MAGNET by SHIBUYA109" is a place themed on "stimulation" where you can experience the cutting edge of Tokyo's subcultures.

From the 1st to 7th floor and even the rooftop, shops related to street culture and subcultures line the floors. There are also restaurants and cafes in the basement area to take a break.

I visited with a friend recently, and the anime and game-related shops on the 5th and 6th floors were incredibly stimulating. With popular game figurines, limited-edition goods, and more, it's a must-visit for game fans.  

Compared to Parco's subculture floor, this place feels more niche and focused on subcultures.

Additionally, each floor hosts fashionable casual and street style boutiques, allowing you to feel the fashion trends of Shibuya as you wander.  

On clear days, I recommend visiting the rooftop observation deck to gaze at the scramble crossing while sipping a drink (a 1,800 yen ticket includes one drink) and taking in the lively atmosphere.

This fusion of subcultures and fashion creates a unique experience for sightseeing in Shibuya, so I definitely recommend stopping by.

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Address: 1-23-10 Jinnan, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0041
Closed: None
Phone: 03-3477-5111
Hours: 10 AM–9 PM
Website: https://magnetbyshibuya109.jp/

Shibuya Station & Shibuchika Underground: Shop While Exploring the "Dungeon"

Shibuchika
Source: Shibuchika Official Website

Shibuya Station is a massive hub, the second busiest station in Tokyo and Japan in terms of daily passengers, with crowds of people coming and going every day.

While the scramble crossing is located aboveground surrounded by major commercial facilities, the station itself and underground areas sprawl into a surprisingly vast space.

Even as a Tokyo local, whenever I visit the "Shibuchika" underground area, I feel like I've stumbled into a labyrinth. Descending from the entrance, long corridors and countless branches extend out, lined with dense rows of shops and restaurants on both sides.

However, it's not an ominous or dangerous labyrinth at all. Rather, it gives me the exciting feeling of exploring a "dungeon" from a game world.

I encourage you all to embrace potentially getting lost as you explore this "dungeon" of Shibuya while window shopping.

Access: 2-2-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0043

Cat Street: Unique Vintage Shops and Cafes Line the Street

Shibuya Cat Street
Source: Wikipedia

Cat Street is a street located between Shibuya and Harajuku, nicknamed the "backside of Harajuku." Compared to the youth hub of Takeshita Street in Harajuku, this street has a slightly more relaxed atmosphere.

It's named as such because the neighborhood's residents used to feed stray cats here, resulting in many cats gathering.

The street is lined with unique vintage clothing stores and select shops, perfect for finding one-of-a-kind items. 

Cat Street is also dotted with stylish cafes and restaurants. If you get tired from shopping, I recommend taking a break at one of the tasty cafes over a nice coffee.

As a fashion enthusiast, I can't help but feel inspired just strolling down this street lined with eclectic vintage boutiques.

Whenever I'm in Harajuku, I make sure to pass through Cat Street. I enjoy casually peeking into vintage stores and pausing at cafes as I leisurely make my way towards Shibuya.

If you're looking to enjoy a more laid-back street atmosphere compared to the lively Takeshita Street in Harajuku and Shibuya, Cat Street is highly recommended.

6 Nightlife Spots to Fully Enjoy Shibuya Neighborhood

Shibuya is also an ideal place in Tokyo to enjoy nightlife with its abundance of pubs and clubs. Here, I'll introduce recommended nightlife spots in the Shibuya neighborhood, divided into 3 categories.

Popular Drinking Alleys & Yokocho in Shibuya

Here are 3 recommended spots in Shibuya to enjoy food and drinks.

Nonbei Yokocho: Time Travel to a Retro Drinking Alley

Shibuya Nonbei Yokocho
Source: Nonbei Yokocho Official Website

In stark contrast to the bustle of Shibuya is "Nonbei Yokocho," where the atmosphere of old Tokyo remains thick. Whenever I step into this narrow alley, I feel like I've time-slipped into the past.

Despite living in Tokyo, I wasn't aware of this place's existence right near Shibuya Station when I was a child.  

It wasn't until I became an adult looking for drinking spots that I ventured down this alley, only to be surprised by the retro wooden buildings lined with old-fashioned izakaya pubs and bars.

At night, Nonbei Yokocho is bathed in the glow of lanterns, giving it a cinematic ambiance. Since the alley is quite narrow, you can feel the lively atmosphere inside the pubs just by walking past.

The charm of Nonbei Yokocho is how this separate world-like space coexists right in the heart of Shibuya.

However, most establishments here only open in the evening from around 6 PM. While the alley is quiet during the day, it bursts with energy at night. It's the perfect spot to enjoy drinks while immersed in the atmosphere of old Tokyo.

Address: 1-25 Shibuya, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0002

Shibuya Niku Yokocho: Meat Dish Themed Drinking Alley

Shibuya Nikuyokocho
Source: Google Map

"Shibuya Niku Yokocho" is a meat lover's paradise. Various Japanese meat cuisine restaurants have gathered here, creating a space like a meat-themed amusement park. The biggest draw is being able to freely wander between the diverse eateries.

When I visited Niku Yokocho, every shop was packed with lively crowds. With yakitori, yakiniku, steak and more, the variety of meat dishes was so abundant that it took me quite a while to decide what to eat.

What left a particular impression was the sushi made with premium Japanese beef. The melt-in-your-mouth texture was divine!

At Niku Yokocho, you can also enjoy a wide selection of alcoholic beverages that pair well with the meat dishes, like beer, highballs, and Japanese sake.  

However, the lively atmosphere may not suit those preferring a more relaxed setting for conversation. But it's an ideal spot for friends to indulge in a variety of meat dishes over drinks.

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Address: Chitose Kaikan, 2F, 13-8 Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0042
Closed: None
Phone: 03-6416-4099
Hours: 5 PM–3 AM
Website: https://nikuyokocho.jp/

Dogenzaka & Hyakkendana: Lively Local Nightlife Street

Shibuya Hyakkendana
Source: Google Map by Masaki Sato

The Dogenzaka area represents Shibuya's vibrant nightlife district. This area used to thrive as the center of Shibuya and still retains traces of old Tokyo with a drinking alley called "Hyakkendana."  

When I first visited this area, I was struck by its gritty atmosphere. The alleyways are lined with classic izakaya pubs, bars, and love hotels - definitely an adults-only area not suitable for children at night.

For first-time visitors, some of the establishments in "Hyakkendana" may seem intimidating with their aged signs and dimly-lit interiors exuding a distinctly unwelcoming vibe. However, this slightly seedy drinking quarter does have its own charm for night strolls.

While it's an underground spot, those interested in experiencing a glimpse of the old Shibuya should make a point to visit at night.

Address: 2-18-16-2 Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0043

Spots to Enjoy Nightclubs in Shibuya

Here are recommended places in Shibuya to enjoy music and drinks.

Maruyamacho: Nightclub Central of Shibuya

Shibuya Womb
Source: Google Map by WOMB

Maruyamacho in Shibuya is known as a premier nightlife area in Tokyo, where many young people and music fans gather. Especially on weekend nights, the beats of club music reverberate through the alleys, creating an energetic atmosphere.

The first time I visited Maruyamacho was when a music-loving friend invited me to a club. Our destination was one of Maruyamacho's most famous clubs, "WOMB." Although overwhelmed by the long line at the entrance, I still vividly remember being enveloped by the music and dazzling lights inside.

"WOMB" is renowned for hosting many famous DJs from Japan and abroad, allowing you to experience the latest music in their spacious dance floor.

There are also clubs in Maruyamacho with dedicated women-only seating areas, such as "ATOM TOKYO," ensuring a secure nightlife experience for female guests in this area known for aggressive guys.

The appeal of Maruyamacho lies in the diverse range of clubs, from famous hotspots to underground haunts, catering to various music genres like EDM, hip-hop, and techno. You can bar-hop to discover clubs that suit your taste.  

However, as the center of Shibuya's nightlife scene, caution is necessary regarding safety. Women especially should be wary of issues like harassment or pickpocketing and avoid going alone if possible. I recommend visiting with trusted friends.

If you enjoy nightlife, Maruyamacho is a spot I highly recommend experiencing, while being mindful of potential troubles.

Unique Photogenic Izakaya in Shibuya

I'll introduce two unique, photogenic izakaya (Japanese pubs) in Shibuya that will make you want to take pictures of not just the food, but the establishments themselves. Both offer great ambiance and delicious food!

Zauo Shibuya: Izakaya Where You Can Catch Your Own Fish

Shibuya Zauo
Source: Tabelog by Zauo Shibuya

While located right in central Shibuya, "Zauo Shibuya" offers an experience that makes you feel like you've arrived at a fishing port. This is an izakaya where you can actually catch your own fish!

The appeal of Zauo Shibuya is being able to have the fish you caught prepared however you like - sashimi, salt-grilled, tempura, and more. Eating extremely fresh fish that you reeled in yourself provides a unique joy. Of course, you can also order other menu items besides what you catch.

Whenever I bring friends visiting Shibuya for the first time, I always take them to this restaurant. The fishing experience is sure to bring smiles, especially if kids are involved, making for great photo memories of your Tokyo sightseeing.

If you're looking for a different experience in Shibuya or coming with family, I definitely recommend visiting Zauo Shibuya. It's sure to create wonderful memories.

<Store Information>
Address: B1F Hymanten Jinan Building, 1 Chome-19-3 Jinnan, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0041
Closed: None
Phone: 03-6427-0207 
Hours: 5PM–11 PM
Hours (Saturdays, Sundays): 11:30 AM–3 PM, 4–11 PM
Website: https://www.zauo.com/

Gorionyasan: Kushiage Skewers So Photogenic You'll Want to Snap Pics

Shibuya Goryonsan
Source: Tabelog by Gorionyasan

"Gorionyasan" in Shibuya specializes in creative kushiage (deep-fried skewers). The moment you step inside, the colorful array of skewered vegetables and meats behind the counter always makes me want to whip out my camera for a photo.

Gorionyasan's signature item is their imaginative veggie-wrapped skewers. Skewers with fresh vegetables like cabbage or asparagus wrapped in pork or beef are not only visually striking but also whetting your appetite.

To fully enjoy Gorionyasan's cuisine, I recommend the 4,500-5,000 yen per person course menu. You can indulge in a variety of skewers, plus appetizers, dessert, and an all-you-can-drink option for great value.

Not only are they photogenic, but the flavors are also outstanding. The skewers pair exquisitely with alcohol, and I always end up munching away whenever I visit.  

While it's a popular spot with frequent waits, these delectable and photogenic Shibuya-style skewers are well worth trying.

<Store Information>
Address: B1, Villa First Shibuya, 1 Chome-6-3 Shibuya, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0002  
Closed: None
Phone: 03-6712-6700
Hours: Wednesday, 5–11:30 PM  
Hours (Saturdays, Sundays): 11:30 AM–3 PM, 4–11 PM
Website: https://teyandei.com/?page_id=3123

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Other Highlights to Visit Near Shibuya Neighborhood

Venturing slightly beyond the Shibuya Station area, this neighborhood also offers spots to experience Tokyo's history, nature, and hub of pop culture. Here are 5 highlights worth visiting in conjunction with the Shibuya neighborhood.

Meiji Shrine: Vast Historic Spot Amidst the City

Meiji Jingu
Source: Wikipedia

If you move from Shibuya Station to Harajuku Station on the JR Yamanote Line, you'll find a lush, forested area that feels completely removed from the urban landscape. This is Meiji Shrine, dedicated to the Emperor Meiji who reigned over Tokyo more than 100 years ago.

The precincts are vast and surrounded by nature in a way that makes you forget you're in the heart of Tokyo. As a Tokyo local, I often visit here in the late morning on holidays to get away from the daily hustle and feel spiritually refreshed.

Note that the opening hours are aligned with sunrise and sunset, so they change by season. In summer it opens around 5 AM, while in winter it's around 6:40 AM. Taking a stroll through the serene early morning atmosphere is sure to start your day feeling revitalized.

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Address: 1-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 151-8557
Closed: None
Phone: 03-3379-5511
Hours: 6:40 AM - 4 PM (hours vary by season)
Website: https://www.meijijingu.or.jp/

Yoyogi Park: Enjoy the Changing Seasons

Yoyogi Park
Source: Wikipedia

Adjacent to the aforementioned Meiji Shrine is Yoyogi Park, an oasis-like presence amidst the city.  

Yoyogi Park's highlight is the beauty of nature that changes with each season. The cherry blossoms in spring and vibrant foliage in autumn are particularly breathtaking.

While quite expansive, making a full loop of the park takes considerable time. If you visit Meiji Shrine in April or November, I recommend swinging by Yoyogi Park as well to bask in the transition of the seasons in a leisurely atmosphere.

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Open 24 hours
Address: 2-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 151-0052
Phone: 03-3469-6081
Website: https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/yoyogi/

  

Takeshita Street in Harajuku: Pop Culture Hub

Takeshita Dori
Source: Wikipedia

"Takeshita Street" located west of Harajuku Station, just one stop from Shibuya Station on the JR Yamanote Line, is the hub of Tokyo's youth pop culture. This colorful, roughly 350-meter long pedestrian street exudes a vibrant, pop atmosphere.  

The appeal of Takeshita Street lies in its countless unique shops at the forefront of Tokyo's fashion scene. As you stroll, you'll be immersed in the latest trends showcasing adorable designs, affordable accessories, and more, giving you an exciting feel.

As a place where you can experience Japan's iconic pop culture, I often bring foreign friends here.  

Delicious sweet treats like crepes are another draw of this lively street. I'm always tempted by the sweet aromas wafting through the air, indulging in snacks along the way.

If you want to experience Tokyo's vibrant pop culture, be sure to visit Harajuku in conjunction with Shibuya.

Address: 1-16-6 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001  

MIYASHITA PARK: Rooftop Park Overlooking Shibuya

Miyashita Park
Source: Wikipedia

This area near Shibuya Station used to be a regular park but has been transformed into a modern complex that is now gaining attention through its redevelopment.  

In particular, the rooftop park is a hidden gem-like spot that I highly recommend amid the city bustle.

My favorite way to spend time here is to buy a drink at the Starbucks on the rooftop, and relax on the lawn gazing at Shibuya's high-rises and open sky.

As a multipurpose complex, MIYASHITA PARK also houses various shops offering fashion, miscellaneous goods, cuisine, and more inside the building.  

If you get tired from shopping around Shibuya, be sure to take a relaxing break at the serene rooftop of MIYASHITA PARK, away from the noise.

Access: 6-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001

Daikanyama: Stroll the Stylish Neighborhood

Daikanyama
Source: Wikipedia

A bit south of Shibuya Station lies the fashionable neighborhood of Daikanyama, lined with stylish cafes and boutiques.

The appeal of Daikanyama is its refined ambiance, in contrast to the more dynamic vibes around Shibuya Station. Here, chic cafes and shops create a sophisticated atmosphere.

My personal favorite spot is the "Daikanyama T-SITE" complex at the heart of the neighborhood. Centered around a bookstore, it's a space filled with cafes and shops where you can relax surrounded by the warmth of wood and scent of books.

While the vibrant, eclectic ambiance is charming around Shibuya Station, I recommend you also explore this area offering a more elegant, tasteful atmosphere and collection of high-end shops and restaurants.

FAQ about Sightseeing in Shibuya Neighborhood

Here I've compiled some frequently asked questions and answers that travelers often have about sightseeing in the Shibuya area.

Where's the best spot to photograph the Scramble Crossing?

To capture the entire Scramble Crossing, I recommend the Starbucks Coffee SHIBUYA TSUTAYA 2F store. From this vantage point right next to the crossing, you can get a nice overhead view of people crisscrossing in all directions.

Where can I enjoy night views in Shibuya?

For paid night views, the "SHIBUYA SKY" observation deck in the Shibuya Scramble Square area is highly recommended. However, it's an extremely popular spot so there are often lines to take the elevator up to the deck. If you're pressed for time, the rooftop of Parco is a free option to enjoy the Shibuya night scenery.  

Is there a place to get sightseeing information in Shibuya?

You can obtain tourist information about Shibuya at the "Shibuya Chikamichi Information Center." Check out the details at the link below:

Website: https://tokyotouristinfo.com/detail/M0257

Are there any precautions when visiting Shibuya?

There are two main points to be aware of:

1) The Dogenzaka and Maruyamacho areas are nightlife districts with many love hotels and adult shops, so families should exercise caution when visiting these areas at night.

2) At some local eateries in Shibuya, English menus may not be available. I recommend checking menus in advance or using a translation app like Google Translate to communicate with staff.

3 Tours to Enjoy Shibuya Neighborhood

Lastly, I'll introduce two short food tours to experience Shibuya's cuisine, as well as one half-day walking tour covering Harajuku and the Shibuya area.

"Shibuya Bar Hopping Night Tour in Tokyo" by Magical Trip

Shibuya Tour Magical Trip
Source: Magical Trip

Merits of this tour:
- 3-hour tour departing from near Shibuya Station, visiting 3 hidden izakaya  
- Enjoy Japanese cuisine like meat dishes, sushi, and sake
- Food and drink costs included for around $99, cheaper than other tours

Demerit of this tour: 
- Covers fewer locations compared to the other two tours

If you want to fully experience Shibuya's food scene, I recommend our "Shibuya Bar Hopping Night Tour in Tokyo" by Magical Trip. On this 3-hour tour departing from near Shibuya Station, you'll visit 3 hidden izakaya pubs.

A highlight is stopping by the famous Shibuya Niku Yokocho, where you can savor fresh sushi, Japanese sake, and more, fully immersing yourself in Japan's food culture.

Vegetarian options are available too, so vegetarians can join with peace of mind. With food and drink costs included in the around $99 tour price, you can fully enjoy Shibuya's nightlife without worrying about extra expenses.

While it covers fewer locations than the other two tours, you can leisurely savor each izakaya stop, making it ideal for those wanting to deeply experience Shibuya's food highlights. I highly recommend joining the "Shibuya Bar Hopping Night Tour in Tokyo."

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"Best of Shibuya Food Tour" by Arigato Japan Food Tours

Shibuya Tour Arigato Travel
Source: Arigato Travel

Merits of this tour:
- 3-hour tour to fully experience Shibuya's food culture 
- Efficiently visit 5 hidden food spots in back alleys
- Covers more locations than other tours

Demerit of this tour:
- At 24,000 yen (around $155), it's a bit pricier  

If you want to deeply explore Shibuya's food culture, I recommend the "Best of Shibuya Food Tour." Over 3 hours, you'll visit 5 hidden eateries tucked away in Shibuya's back alleys.

Covering more locations than the other tours is a highlight, allowing you to extensively experience local food spots. While the 24,000 yen (around $155) price tag is a bit steep, food and drink costs at each establishment are included.

For those looking to sample as many of Shibuya's secret local cuisine spots as possible in an efficient manner, the "Best of Shibuya Food Tour" is highly recommended.

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"Harajuku & Shibuya Half Day Walking Tour" by GoWithGuide

Shibuya Tour Go With Guide
Source: GoWithGuide

Merits of this tour:
- Half-day walking tour covering Meiji Shrine, Harajuku, and Shibuya neighborhood
- Experience both historical and modern sides of Shibuya in 4 hours  
- Efficiently cover famous Shibuya sights with a guide

Demerits of this tour:
- Only visits Hachiko Statue and Scramble Crossing in Shibuya Station area

If you want to efficiently explore the popular areas of Harajuku and Shibuya, I recommend the "Harajuku & Shibuya Half Day Walking Tour." After strolling through Meiji Shrine and Harajuku, you'll head to Shibuya Station over this roughly 4-hour walking tour.

In the Shibuya Station area, you'll only see the Hachiko Statue and Scramble Crossing with the guide. However, this allows you to explore other parts of the Shibuya neighborhood at your own pace afterwards.

With a guide leading the way, you can efficiently experience the highlights of Harajuku and Shibuya's historical and modern sides. If you prefer to discover the Shibuya Station area independently after the tour, the "Harajuku & Shibuya Half Day Walking Tour" may be the perfect option.  

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Known for its iconic Scramble Crossing, Shibuya is a vibrant district that stands in for Tokyo.  

High-rise buildings with vibrant shopping districts, restaurants, and cafés are always adding to the alternatives for enjoying the Shibuya neighborhood while large-scale reconstruction is ongoing. As a resident of Tokyo, I have thoroughly explained the things to see and eat in this often changing neighborhood in this guide.

By using this guide, I believe visitors will be able to fully enjoy the many beauties of Shibuya that I have personally experienced.