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Shibuya

ShibuyaShibuya mapShibuya 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 Shibuya station.
And some main streets extend radially from the station.

Tokyo, Shibuya scramble crossing

Near Shibuya 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 station.
    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 famous.

Along Shibuya Center-Gai street

Shibuya Center-GaiIt 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 theater.
  • HMV /12/ : A chain shop of worldwide music business. Here is the first shop in Japan.

Along Inokashira street

Inogashira streetIt 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 products.

Along Shibuya Koen-dori

Shibuya Koen-dori streetIt 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.
  • PARCO /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 European air.
  • 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.

Along Dogenzaka street

Dogenzaka streetIt is a street extending from Hachuko Square to the west.
It is a slope street, and there are many shops and offices along the street.
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.

Along Bunkamura street

Bunkamura streetIt 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".
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How to get to here

By JR

  • Shibuya station (Yamanote, Saikyo, Shonan-Shinjuku Lines).

By subway

  • Shibuya (Ginza, Hanzomon, Fukutoshin Lines)

By private railroads

  • Shibuya (Tokyu: Toyoko, Shin-Tamagawa Lines)
  • Shibuya (Keio: Inokashira Line)



Statue of Hachiko in front of Shibya station
Statue of Moyai
Pedestrian scramble in front of Hachiko Square
pedestrian scramble in the evening
Entrance of Shibuya Center-Gai street
Shibuya Center-Gai street
Inogashira street around Seibu Department Store
Inogashira street
Inogashira street around Tokyu Hands
Intersection to Shibuya Koen-dori
Shibuya Koen-dori
Around PARCO on Shibuya Koen-dori
NHK Broadcasting Center Yoyogi National Gymnasium
Yoyogi Park 109 from Hachiko Square
Dogenzaka street Bunkamura street

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