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a busy shopping and business district located near the centre of Tokyo.
Shibuya is popular with the young, visiting the bars, nightclubs and
generally just hanging around with the bright lights of Shibuya.
Highlights of Shibuya
Shibuya Crossing is one of the busiest pedestrian intersections in the world. Check out our videos of Shibuya Crossing.
Hachikō (ハチ公) is a small statue of a dog which has become a famous meeting place for friends meeting up in Shibuya. Hachiko statue is famous for the story of Hachiko the dog who used to travel to Shibuya station with its master and patiently wait for his return at the end of the day. One day the master died at work and never returned. The dog remained at Shibuya station for several years waiting for his masters return until the dog eventually passed away. The statue is located just out the front of the train station next to Shibuya crossing.
Dogenzaka, located just up the hill from Shibuya 109 shopping plaza is one of the red light districts of Tokyo. It is much smaller than the famous Kabukicho in Shinjuku though similar with the small streets line with 'Japanese only' sex clubs. You will see the entrance to Dogenzaka with the large red gates.
If you wonder around Shibuya enough, through the back streets you will still find some traditional Japanese sights. Even within the hassle and bustle of Shibuya there is also some relaxing spots to sit and relax. Here on the back streets, just above the Love Hotel Hill and Dogenzaka is a small shinto shrine marked with it's torii gates. This is a neighbourhood shrine so please show respect and remain quiet when visiting.
Food and Restaurants in Shibuya
Shibuya has hundreds of restaurants to choose from. Here are a selection:
If you are a member of Greenpeace you may want to miss this food shop. Kujiraya – (Dogenzaka 2-29-22 (Bunkamura-dori, just past 109). The specialty is whale meat dishes. For those not a member of Greenpeace you can pick up a pro-whaling propaganda pamphlet.
Bistrot La Cucina Italian Restaurant (reviews) 33-13 Udagawa-cho Shibuya-ku Tokyo Ph: 03-3476 3636. Open Tues - Sun 11.30am - 3pm and 5.30pm - 11pm. Closed on Monday. For restaurant reviews for Bistrot La Cucina Italian Restaurant click here.
Charcoal BBQ Traji Ebisu Garden Restaurant Bldg 2F Tadami 1-6-9
Ebisu Shibuyu-ku Tokyo Ph: 03-3447 4466. Open everyday for lunch Mon-Fri
11:30 to 14:30
Cristiano's Portuguese Restaurant 1-51-10 Tomigaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (03) 5790-0909. Open Tues.-Sat. 6 p.m.-3 a.m. (last order 1:30 a.m.); Sun. & holidays 6 p.m.-midnight. (last order 11 p.m.); closed Mon. Nearest station: Yoyogi-Koen (Chiyoda Line) and Yoyogi-Hachiman (Odakyu Line).
Last updated 24th June 2013
One of the more interesting and traditional places found in Shibuya is Nonbei-yokochō (のんべい横丁) (Drinking Street). In fact Nonbei-yokocho is 2 small lanes ways not far from Shibuya train station which is lined with traditional Japanese Taverns. These taverns only fit around 6 people and each serve a variety of food including yakitori or uden.
Love Hotel Hill Shibuya
Love Hotel Hill is located up the hill from Shibuya train station just behind Shibuya 109 Department store. It is located within the area called Dogenzaka. There are a few alleyways which is lined with sex clubs for Japanese only. Just past these laneways is Love Hotel Hill which is lined with Love Hotels. Most Japanese live at home with their parents until they get married, so Love Hotels are used to get a bit of private time with their girlfriend or boyfriend. These Love Hotels can be hired for a short time or overnight stays.
Shopping in Shibuya
As well as all the big brand names shops that are found in Shibuya there are also some speciality stores like:
Movie Cinemas in Shibuya
Directly across from the Shibuya 109 Shopping Plaza is the Toho Cinemas which shows latest release Hollywood movies and Japanese movies. Tickets prices for a 3D movie at Toho Cinema is 1,400 Yen.
Bank ATMs in Shibuya
It is always difficult to find an ATM (Automatic teller machine) in Tokyo to withdraw cash using a foreign issued card. Most Japanese cash machines only accept cards issued by the Japanese banks. There are a few ATMs in Shibuya that accept foreign issued bank cards which have Visa, Cirrus or Maestro.
On level 7 of the Shibuya 109 department mall there is a 7Bank ATM machine. Take the lift up and turn to the left as you get out and the ATM is right there.
There is also a Citibank branch located 5 minutes walk up the hill, past Shibuya 109, near Dogenzaka. Click here for the Google map location for the Citibank ATM machine.
There are also a few 7 Eleven stores in Shibuya which have ATMs that accept foreign bank cards. Click for Seven Eleven location closest to Shibuya station.
Shibuya Crossing looking down from Starbucks
Shibuya Crossing Tokyo
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