This page is a little out of date. I will be updating these area guides soon but until then, please visit my Tokyo Shopping Guide for my favourite shops and My Japan Trips page for sightseeing ideas and lots of Japan links and guides.
Shibuya Crossing at night. Photo by yoboy.
Shibuya is probably my favourite area of Tokyo – there’s a huge range of shops and restaurants and it’s always buzzing with people. With the late night shopping, neon lighting and video screens, it’s an exciting place to be after dark and really feels like the Tokyo of films. It’s also not a big area so if you get tired out it’s more likely because you spent 2 hours in Loft, not from walking between shops. Luckily, there are plenty cafes and restaurants to take a break in too – look out for set lunch deals.
My Shibuya Highlights
My favourite branch of Loft – it’s got the best selection of homeware, stationery, toys, accessories, headphones and much more, plus it’s open late! See my full post.
A large branch close to Loft where there are floors and floors of stationery, homeware and novelty gifts. See my full post.
Excellent book and magazine shop in the basement of Parco department store. See my full post.
There is a small franchise of this high end washi shop inside the Tokyu department store. See my full post.
Technically a record store (which means you can pick up all the J-Pop you can carry), but also has an excellent foreign language floor at the top with English/US magazines and books – American magazines were cheaper here than in the UK! Open until 10pm so great for jetlag!
A strange top tens shop where they showcase the ten most popular snacks, perfumes, chocolates, cosmetics etc. for you to buy. It’s in the Mark City shopping mall next to Shibuya Station, which is also home to our favourite (but sadly expensive ) hotel, the Tokyu Excel.
A new discovery for us on our last trip – the food is fast and cheap but good and they have an English menu. I especially loved their lime soda and there are good options for vegetarians too.
What else to see?
There are two famous sights just outside the station – there’s no way to miss the infamous Shibuya Crossing where hundreds of pedestrians all cross together in a mass of humanity. And make sure to take a moment to say hello to Hachiko, the faithful dog – his statue is a popular meeting place. If shopping is your thing, you’ve got your pick of department stores, plus places like the 109 building which is full of trendy fashion stores. The smaller streets are packed with convenience stores, pachinko parlours and random little stores and definitely worth a wander. If you’re missing your friends, pop into the Apple Store to take advantage of their free wifi and computers!
Shibuya station is a pretty big hub and connects to JR lines, private railways and subway.