Shibuya

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  • eat 먹다
  • shop 가게
  • stay 머무르다
  • see 看到 看到 만나다
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●Town Info

Shibuya is one of the busiest and crowded places in Tokyo. There are shops in every nook and cranny, and the more “colourful” personalities can be found mixed among the corporate dressed people and young adults. It’s like a festival everyday out here.

 

There are no castles, temples, or any other cultural hotspots, so if you’re into that kind of thing, you’re absolutely in the wrong prefecture (perhaps Kyoto?).

 

What this place does offer is a sample size of modern Japan: the unique with the squares, vibrant colours and enough giant TV screens to make you feel sick (or excited), and the latest fashion from hair style and makeup to shoes and bags.

 

With its unique (read crazy and confusing) street layout, you’ll soon realize you’re lost in the unfathomable number of fashion related shops (heavenly for girls) and how in the world the young, cute, and glamorous females (and guys) find their ways around. Staring…no, viewing, could end up being one of the highlights of your trip.

 

Lastly, Shibuya is a town of the young, therefore many of the restaurants here are much more affordable than other areas in Tokyo.

 

The location of Shibuya is prime. Surrounding Shibuya within a station are Harajuku, Omotesando, Meji-jingumae, Ebisu, Nakameguro, and Daikanyama. They’re all clumped in the same neighbourhood making it a good idea to visit a few of these places in one go.

 

As stated earlier, Shibuya can be tough to get around, but Shibuya station is surrounded by uphill land, so when in doubt, go downhill.

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●Access

Shibuya is a major railway station connecting different train companies.

Getting around is actually quite complicated, and you’ll most likely get

lost. Be particularly careful when trying to use the JR Saikyo Line and Shonan-

Shinjuku Line, because of their distance and terminal location, it can be

difficult to find. It’s not a bad idea to take the more convenient Yamanote

Line to Ebisu station and transfer there for those lines.

 

Railway
① JR:
Yamanote Line, Saikyo Line, Shonan-Shinjuku Line, and Narita Express

 

② Private Railway:
Tokyu Railway: Tookyu-Toyoko Line, Denentoshi Line
Keio Raiway: Inogashira Line

 

③ Metro:
Tokyo Metro: Ginza Line, Hanzomon Line, Fukutoshin Line

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●Recommended

Enjoy the food (restaurants, cafés, bars, sweets), and the entertainment (clubs, game centers/purikura photo booths, karoke, etc.). Remember, it’s pretty cheap to eat in Shibuya, but it’s not the highest of culinary quality Tokyo has to offer.

 

Shopping in Shibuya is for the younger generation where the masses head for SHIBUYA 109, PARCO, MARUI, and other large scale department stores and roadside boutique shops. With everything that’s being sold, you’re sure to find something for yourself, if you look hard enough.

 

Shopping isn’t for everyone. Still, Shibuya is pretty exciting especially if you walk around Center Street (the awkward yet famous street in front of the station), Dougenzaka, Spain Street, and Miyamasuzaka, to the pulse of the young Japanese people. At those particular areas you’ll again see an infinite number of shops, restaurants, game centers/purikura, karaoke, and cafes. If you wonder off the beaten path, you may even come across something you can only witness in Tokyo.

 

As a young, hip place to be, you shouldn’t be surprised that there are no shortages of clubs rampant with young Japanese folks. You’ll also find other foreigners venturing the same path as you, so it’s not like you will be alienated.

 

Take a look at the sight below for some tips and reviews of where to go.

 

Shibuya Clubs

http://www.sunnypages.jp/search/shibuya/tokyo_nightlife/dance_clubs

http://iflyer.tv/en-jp/#kanto

 

Tokyu Food Show, and Tokyu Noren street are also a must go place. As you can expect, this building’s basement floor sells everything from sweets to premium quality food (seafood, lunch box sets, side dishes, and sweets) from all across the country at a reasonable price. Whether you go mid day or in the evening, this place is always packed with people, it’s like you’re at some kind of market.

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●Check It

First and foremost, if you are a girl, SHIBUYA 109 is the place to be. A total of 10 floors (2 basement floors) house the current trends of young girls ranging from clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories that dazzle with colors and glitz with silver and gold; you will be entertained as you shop with a mix of Western and Japanese pop songs blasting throughout the building. It’s the fashion icon of Shibuya, for that reason many celebrities find their way here during their stay.

 

Don’t think everything in Tokyo is expensive, the fashion goods lined up here are affordable, a perfect match a girl in need of a shopping spree.

 

But wait there is more…not sure how to coordinate according to Tokyo fashion trends? No problem. All of the staff available are dressed to impress, just checking their style can be pretty fun and aren’t too far off from the “it” trend. The best part is the 8th floor dedicated to none other than HELLO KITTY goods. The shop name: CLUBY KT SHIBUYA. The layout is that of a club, and no…are you serious? Yes, if you’re lucky you can witness Hello Kitty DJ-ing!

 

On a small really insignificant note, there is a men’s SHIBUYA 109, but it’s pretty dead.

 

Other worthwhile mentions belong to PARCO and Marui department stores.

 

Shibuya Scramble Crossing

Nothing on this planet holds a candle to the insanity of this pedestrian crossing. Right in front of the station, when the light turns green, before your very own eyes, you will see a magnetic vortex of not people, but masses of people walking straight at each other like a war unfolding in slow motion with enemies coming from all directions. There is no escape but to proceed forward, turning around and going backward will get you hurt, or worse, you will be separated from your party.

 

The average number of people crossing this ridiculous street is aobut 500,000 people in one day. It’s an iconic street featured in movies such as Bio Hazard. The street is right in front of the station, so you won’t, you can’t miss it.

 

You may have heard of it, and you still may not believe it, but this is the heart of love hotels. As you can imagine, the purpose of these hotels is to get down and dirty and have some fun with your lover, fascinating in its existence, but more than practical.

 

These “hotels” are in many ways better than some average over priced hotels. Not only are they well kept but beds tend to be bigger, have bigger baths, and you can even choose to stay in a palace fit for sultans, or a southeast Asian style place, or a European style mansion, and to add to your convenience, they are all lined up next to one another. Prices vary from super cheap to as expensive as around 10,000 yen. One or two nights here is an experience in itself.

 

The areas where these hotels are concentrated in are a short walk up a hill called Maruyamacho and Dogenzaka.

 

You won’t find them publicized or listed on Expedia or Agoda, for obvious reasons, but walk around, explore Shibuya, and you will run into them for sure.

If you can read Japanese, go on and visit the sites below for further info.

http://matome.naver.jp/odai/2132992024586759001

http://matome.naver.jp/odai/2133943215296551301

 

SHIBUYA 109 (Fashion Building)
Address: 2-29-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku
Access: 3 min walk from Shibuya Station
TEL: 03-3477-5111
URL: http://www.shibuya109.jp/en/top
Closed: N/A (Closed New Year’s Day)
Open: 10:00am~9:00pm(Restaurants open from 11:00am~10:30pm)

 

109MEN’S (Fashion Building)
Address: 1-23-10 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku
Access: 1 min walk from Shibuya Station
TEL: 03-3477-8111
Closed: N/A (Closed New Year’s Day)
Open: 10:00am~9:00pm(Restaurants open from 11:00am~11:00pm)

 

Shibuya PARCO Part 1 (Fashion Building)
Address: 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku
Access: 5 min walk from Shibuya Station
TEL:03-3464-5111
URL:http://shibuya.parco.jp/page2/
Closed: N/A
Open: 10:00am~9:00pm (depending on store)
Restaurants open from 11:00~23:30 (Open until midnight on Fri, Sat, day before holiday.)

 

Marui City (Fashion Building)
Address: 1-21-3 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku
Access: 2 min walk from Shibuya Station
TEL:03-3464-0101
URL: http://www.0101.co.jp/stores/guide/store140.html
Closed: N/A (Closed New Year’s Day)
Open: 11:00am〜9:00pm (Sun/Holidays open until 8:30pm)

 

Marui JAM (Fashion Building)
Address: 1-22-6 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku
Access: 2 min walk from Shibuya Station
TEL:03-3464-0101
URL: http://www.0101.co.jp/stores/guide/store130.html
Closed: N/A (Closed New Year’s Day)
Open: 11:00am〜9:00pm (Sun/Holidays open until 8:30pm)

 

Tokyu Food Show
Address: 2-24-1
Access: Next to Station
TEL:03-3477-3111
URL:http://www.tokyu-dept.co.jp/toyoko/foodshow/
Closed: N/A (Closed New Year’s Day)
Open: 10:00am〜9:00pm

 

Toyoko Norengai (Food Plaza)
Address: 2-24-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku
Access: 1 min walk from Shibuya Station
TEL: 03-3477-3111

URL: https://www.tokyu-dept.co.jp/toyoko/norengai/

Closed: N/A (Closed New Year’s Day)
Open: 10:00am~9:00pm
Love Hotel Street

Address: Between District 2 of Dogenzaka in Shibuya and Maruyamacho
Access: 10 min walk from Shibuya Station

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