JAPAN LOCAL's guide to Shibuya, Tokyo

Welcome to Shibuya: the frenetic crossing
of niche and mass market

On the surface Shibuya is a neon-bathed urban hub, with swarms of high-schoolers and business people flocking to mega department stores, multi-story complexes and fast-fashion stores. But take to the side streets beyond the bustling main arteries and you’re entreated to a rich collage of boutique shops, underground music scenes and quirky specialty stores. So after taking requisite shots of the crossing and Hachiko, explore the best eats and all there's to do in this vibrant metropolis.

Not just fine, but amazing dining.

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For all budgets: 12 restaurants to eat in Shibuya

The size of the city means there's an overwhelming number of places to choose dine at, be it sushi, yakiniku-style Korean BBQ, izakayas or fast-food, with budgets ranging from shoe-string to ultra-high end. We've picked out the best places that reflect the local color, from the dingy to the exquisite.

Play, with more than go-karts.

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11 things you can only do in Shibuya

Here are 11 selected by resident foodies, partygoers and socialites who call Shibuya their playground, including bars, clubs, and sightseeing spots.

Shop savvy.

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9 shopping spots to hit while in Shibuya

Here are nine shops big and small that sell goods you won’t typically find at other metropolitan hubs.

Stay in the center of it all.

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7 chic places to stay overnight in Shibuya

Among the typical Shibuya-zy things to do, actually staying in the heart of the raucous city may not sound enticing. But if you dig around and plan ahead, you can find great lodging experiences, from the cheap and personable to the extravagant and majestic.

9 shopping spots to hit while in Shibuya
Shibuya is an overwhelming spectacle from the moment you step out of the station--throngs of tourists, business people and high-schoolers amassing ...
11 things you can only do in Shibuya
Shibuya’s appeal for many ends a couple hundred feet out of the JR station--see the dog statue, the Moai and gawk at the billboards and giant LED a...
Book Lab Tokyo cafe provides a recharge, refuge from the mayhem at Shibuya scramble
There’s no shortage of shops or cafes in the heart of Shibuya, but one surprisingly difficult commodity to find is a reprieve—a quiet, comfortable ...
Finding a pocket of rare natural solace in Shibuya
Serene, historic: probably the two words least likely to be associated with Shibuya.New York City has Central Park, Shinjuku has the Gyoen national...
Cutting-edge Fake Tokyo is both friend and foe of Shibuya fashion
Shibuya is ever-transforming as megaplexes like Shibuya Cast crowd out young, experimental fashion boutiques, and unique street styles like B-boys ...
Shibuya’s T4 Tokyo serves hardcore ping pong, mixed reality and fine dining
In the midst of the fury of Shibuya’s scramble with bright, stadium-sized LED screens vying for your attention, finding cutting-edge hangout spots ...
Standing bar with 135-year history hidden in plain sight in Shibuya
Even by Tokyo standards Shibuya is a city quick to move on, whether in continually rotating fast-fashion, or even with larger businesses that get l...
Budget souvenirs that don't suck at Shibuya's Maruara
Plastic katanas—the Japanese canary in the coal mine for kitsch souvenir shops.For years I’d walk down Inokashira street, one of the arteries of Sh...
Kurosaki: the best Michelin-rated sushi in Shibuya you’ve never heard of
Ask what’s the ultimate sushi in Japan and you’ll largely get two different responses—Sukibayashi Jiro for those abroad, and Sushi Saito for Japane...
Raw Tokyo is a flea-market haven for vintage and recycled street fashion
While farmer’s markets have boomed in the Americas and Europe thanks to a swell in demand for locally sourced organic produce, flea markets haven’t...
7 chic places to stay overnight in Shibuya
Snapping selfies amidst swarming pedestrians at the crossing, shop at imposingly large department complexes—among the typical Shibuya-zy things to ...
Tokyo gift shop showcases unique local goods from all 47 Japanese prefectures
Even if you’ve been to mega malls around the world, the scope and number of department complexes in Shibuya, Tokyo is staggering—you have the two T...
Forget Ichiran—try ramen at these two popular local spots in Shibuya
Ichiran has become to ramen in Tokyo what Shake Shack is to burgers in New York City. The popularity of the ubiquitous chain has taken a life of it...
Michelin-rated affordable French bistro is buried in a Shibuya back alley
234: That’s the latest number of Michelin-rated restaurants in Tokyo according to the 2018 guide, more than doubling second-place Osaka and third-p...
For all budgets: 12 restaurants to eat in Shibuya
Dining in Shibuya is a double-edged sword for visitors. On one hand, the scale and density of the city means there’s no shortage of restaurants, wh...
Thousands go underground at this nightclub when clock hits midnight
From dingy dives in Roppongi to the random joints scattered in Shinjuku, it’s daunting to find the best clubs in Tokyo, let alone Shibuya, where th...
The dingy restaurant that serves some of the best yakiniku BBQ in Shibuya
Pictures speak a thousand words. And if you’re prone like myself to getting visually seduced, all the mouth-watering macro shots of marbled beef ou...
Campy signs you may encounter when you visit Iwate in Japan
According to the Japan Tourism Agency, Japan has reached 20 million oversea visitors in 2017, and we’re two years away from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics...
Vanquish: Men’s Shibuya-style fashion in a post-gyaru generation
Embroidered on the back of a flashy jacket is the lascivious tale of the Shibuya from a bygone era. A businessman full of cash and short on scruple...
Instragrammer captures a forgotten, real Tokyo
Nowadays we see Tokyo through the social-media lens of what's "likeable," whimsical or quirky, whether it's the controlled chaos of the Robot Resta...