Shibuya is a is an area located about 3 km south
of Shinjuku, and a secondary center of Tokyo are formed here.
The center of the area is JR Shibuya station, and some department
stores, special shops, restautants and cafes concentrate.
Culture and fashion are featured in this area.
There has been many clubs with live music, playhouses, movie theaters
since olden days.
Most of them are not for general public, but for expressing author's
concept or personality.
Shibuya has been a trendsetting town of fashion in Japan along with
Harajuku since the 1970s.
The commercial facilites such as PARCO and 109 has attracted young
women with fashion.
Shibuya area is in the valley.
Shibuya station is at the bottom of the valley, and the west and east
areas are on the upslope.
The topography of this area is complex, so most of the streets are not
straight and have many slopes.
Basically, shopping and amusement district is to the northwest of
And some main streets extend radially from the station.
- Statue of Hachiko /1/
: It is the popular bronze statue of a dog named "Hachi" in front of
the northwest exit of the station. It is a popular meeting spot.
("Hachiko" is the nickname of "Hachi".)
In the 1920s, a professor had kept Hachi, and Hachi had waited for him
to come back from his university at Shibuya station every day. But he
had died suddenly in 1925, however Hachi had come to wait for him there
every day for 10 years.
Hachi's faithful behavior had impressed many people, so this statue was
built in 1934, while Hachi was alive.
- Statue of Moyai /2/
: It is also a popular meeting spot in front of the west exit of the
It was a stone statue built in 1980. Because it is similar to "Moai" in
Easter Island, it is called this name.
- Tokyu Department Store /3/
: A department stores attaching Shibuya station.
- Hachiko Square /4/
: The square in front of Statue of Hachiko. The pedestrian scramble is
is a street extending from Hachiko Square to the northwast.
The width is relatively narrow, and the length is about 350 meters.
Under the street a small river flows, so the street winds a little.
Along the street, there are many restaurants, fast-food shops, game
arcades and various shops.
Many of the visitors are young people in their teens and twenteies.
- QFRONT /11/ : A
commercial complex with cafes, a rental shop of CD / DVD and a movie
- HMV /12/ : A chain
shop of worldwide music business. Here is the first shop in Japan.
is a street one block north of Shibuya Center-Gai street, and extends
to the northwest.
It is gentle slope and the north side of the street is steeper slope.
- Seibu Department Store /21/
: A department store at the entrance of this street. Two buildings are
on the both side of the street.
- Loft /22/ : A
department store specializing in household goods.
- CLUB QUATTRO /23/ :
A club with live music. It has 800 seats.
- Tokyu Hands /24/ : A
department store specializing in hobby, home improvement and lifestyle
It is a street branching
off at one block north of Inogashira street.
It extends to the north-northwest. It is a slope from the intersection,
and the length is about 450 meters.
"Koen-dori" means "Park street", so this street leads to Yoyogi Park.
- Marui City (OIOI) /31/
: A department store of mainly fashion.
/32/ : A department store with many fashion boutique
opened in 1973.
- Supein-zaka (Spain Slope) /33/
: A narrow and steep sloping road from PARCO to Inogashira street, and
the length is about 100 meters. The shops along this road have a South
- NHK Broadcasting Center /35/
: The headquarters of NHK (Japan's public broadcaster). We can tour
inside the broadcaster. (NHK official website)
- Yoyogi National Gymnasium /36/
: An arena built for Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964.
It is famous for its suspension roof design by Kenzo Tange (1913-2005,
a worldwide Japanese architect).
- Yoyogi Park /37/ :
An wide park with many trees. It has an area of 54 hectares.
On the northeast side of this park, there is Meiji Shrine.
is a street extending from Hachuko Square to the west.
It is a slope street, and there are many shops and offices along the
It is the busy street along with Shibuya Koen-dori street.
- 109 /41/ : A
department store of fashion opened in 1979.
It is the popular store with young women in their teens and twenties.
The building jumps to our eye at Hachiko Square, so it is one of the
symbols in Shibuya.
"109" is read as "Ichi-maru-kyuu", and the young girls calls it
"Maru-kyuu" for short.
is a street branching off in front of 109.
There is Bunkamura about 200 meters up the street.
- Bunkamura /51/ : A
commercial complex with the facilities of culture and art. It is next
to the head store of Tokyu Department Store.
It has "Orchard Hall" for concert, "Thertre Cocoon", "Le Cinema" and
some other facilities.
"Bunkamura" means "village of culture".
Scenic or Nature /
Park or Garden /
City, Town or Village /
Quarter or Street /
Temple or Shrine /
Museum or Laboratory /
Market or Commercial facility /
Other Building or Construction /
Historic place /
World Heritage Site
How to get to here
- Shibuya station (Yamanote,
Saikyo, Shonan-Shinjuku Lines).
- Shibuya (Ginza, Hanzomon,
- Shibuya (Tokyu: Toyoko,
- Shibuya (Keio: Inokashira Line)
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