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