Where is Shibuya/Harajuku

Shibuya and Harajuku is where many teenagers gather and always want to visit. In this chaotic town, lots of trendy fashion stores, variety stores, and restaurants line up. Shibuya gets out of control when there are celebrations or events. On Halloween, New Year’s Eve, and when Japan’s national team winning sport games etc, men and women of all ages gather to Shibuya to celebrate. The town becomes literally chaotic that polices are dispatched often. Once you walk a little way, you’ll find a shrine and can feel the history of Shibuya. 
 

 

 

Shibuya main sightseeing spots

“The statue of the famous dog born in Japan”
Hachiko statue

This small Hachiko statue is the most popular meeting spot near Shibuya scramble crossing. Hachiko is the name of the actual dog in 1920s and famous for its loyalty to his owner. This Akita dog would go to Shibuya station everyday to wait for his owner coming back home from work. Even after the owner died, Hachiko still walked to Shibuya station everyday to wait his return for about 10 years. This statue was built to commemorate this loyal dog, Hachiko.

Hachiko statue
Address:1-2 Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo, 150-0043
Access:1 minutes walk from “Shibuya sta.” Hachiko exit

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“Shibuya is about here!”
Shibuya Scramble Crossing

This crossing is the symbol of Shibuya. About five hundred thousand people walk this crossing in one day at maximum! It is the largest and famous crossing in the world. Three thousand people walk through at once so keep walking with your head up!

Shibuya Scramble Crossing
Address:2-2-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo, 150-0043
Access:1 minutes walk from “Shibuya sta.” Hachiko exit

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“Exciting shopping center for young people”
Shibuya 109

The second symbol of Shibuya, Shibuya 109. From Shibuya Scramble crossing, you can see the cylindrical building. Lots of stores are lined up and youth culture are spreaded from here.

Shibuya 109
Address:2-29-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo, 150-0043
Access:3 minutes walk from “Shibuya sta.” Hachiko exit
Official:https://www.shibuya109.jp

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“Street filled with many stores, restaurants and people”
Shibuya Center Street

From Shibuya station, walk through Shibuya Scramble crossing and you’ll easily find this Shibuya Center Street. Many stores, restaurants, and cafes are lined up in the street. You’ll never get bored here.

Shibuya Center Street
Address:12-3 Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo, 150-0042
Access:3 minutes walk from “Shibuya sta.” Hachiko exit

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“Enjoy modern shopping stores and restaurants here”
Hikarie

This is a building with fashion stores, nice restaurants, and theatre etc. Shibuya’s landmark. The ground-floor is the food floor like depachika in department stores. Visit here and get delicious foods…!

Hikarie
Address:2-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya City, Tokyo, 150-8510
Access:1 minutes walk from “Shibuya sta.”
Official:http://www.hikarie.jp.e.ui.hp.transer.com/sp/

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“The first official Nintendo store in Japan!”
Nintendo Tokyo

Nintendo Tokyo is opened in Shibuya PARCO on November 22nd, 2019 as the first Nintendo directly managed store in Japan. It is the second store in the world (the first store is at New York). This is surely an exciting place for all the generations. Game equipments, games, about 1,000 kinds of Nintendo character goods are sold. More than half of the goods were created by Nintendo itself so those are totally original items. Visitors can also enjoy special events and game trials. There are lots of limited products you can only get at this Nintendo Tokyo! 

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“One of the rare shrines that has a real sumo ring”
Shibuya Hikawa Jinja Shrine

This shrine is located about 15 minutes walk from Shibuya station. It is very quiet and nice atmosphere with greenery. You may not believe that you’re in Shibuya. This shrine also has a real sumo ring which is quite rare. At Edo period, there were 3 famous shrines playing sumo games in Tokyo and one of them is this Shibuya Hikawa shrine.
 

Shibuya Hikawa Jinja Shrine
Address:2-5-6 Higashi, Shibuya City, Tokyo, 150-0011
Access:15 minutes walk from “Shibuya sta.”

 

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“A magic-reality theme park using Mixed Reality of Virutal Reality and Augmented Reality”
Tyffonium Shibuya

Tyffonium Shibuya, a themepark using highest technology, was opened on November in 2018. It has 3 attractions, TAROT VR: VOYAGE OF REVERIE, CORRIDOR, and FLUCTUS and a real photogenic cafe to wait and relax. You would have a short journey of the world of the Tarot Card at TAROT VR. CORRIDOR is a horror attraction walikng through the ruins of a western building. FLUCTUS is a fantasy attraction that guests would have a journey by big ship. Guests are asked to put on the VR headset at each attraction. Tyffonium is surely a next generation themepark specializing in VR. You can also enjoy the same attractions at Tyffonium Odaiba.

Tyffonium Shibuya
Official:https://www.tyffonium.com/en/

 

 

Harajuku main sightseeing spots

“One of the prestigious shrines in Japan”
Meiji Jingu Shrine

A very famous shrine in Tokyo. Once you step in Meiji Jingu Shrine, you can’t believe you’re in crowded town, Harajuku. Spiritual atmosphere makes you feel refreshed. Kiyomasa no Ido (Kiyomasa’s well) is also famous here. It is the well of spring water which is rare in Tokyo.

Meiji Jingu Shrine
Address:1-1, Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya City, Tokyo, 151-8557
Access:10 minutes walk from “Harajuku sta.” Omotesando exit / 10 minutes walk from “Meiji Jingu Mae sta.”

 
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“Kawaii culture was born here. Many pop stores and restaurants are lined up!”
Takeshita street

Takeshita street is always crowded with many young people. KAWAII culture expanded to the world from here. Lots of stores for the young are lined up so you can get trendy accessories and clothes etc. at a good price. You can also enjoy photogenic meals and graffitis here.

Takeshita street
Address:1-17 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001
Access:1 minutes walk from “Harajuku sta.” Takeshita street exit

 
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“Next to Meiji Jingu Shrine, you’ll find this big park”
Yoyogi park

Yoyogi park is one the biggest park in Tokyo that allows you to enter anytime. You can enjoy each seasons’ flowers and plants and at night the fountain beautifully lights up. Some events are held frequently so check it out!

Yoyogi park
Address:2-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya City, Tokyo, 151-0052
Access:7 minutes walk from “Harajuku sta.” Omotesando exit / 7 minutes walk from “Shibuya sta.”

 
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“Best souvenir shop in Harajuku where you can buy products made in Japan”
Oriental Bazaar

Oriental Bazaar is one of the most famous Japanese souvenir shops where all 3 stories are filled with Japanese items. Oriental Bazaar started its business here in 1951 to sell Japanese souvenirs to US Army. The look of a store is Japanese shrine style which is easy to notice. Obi (Japanese belt) is the best seller here. Oriental Bazaar is closed on every Thursdays.

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“Owl cafe is very popular recently. Owls are such mind soothers”
Owl village, an owl cafe & bar

Owl cafe in Japan is recently really popular for cute owls heal people. You can enjoy your time with owls while drinking and eating some snacks. Let’s have relaxing time with owls here.

Owl village, an owl cafe & bar
Address:1-21-15 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo, 150-0001 
Access:1 minute walk from “Harajuku sta.” Takeshita exit
Official:https://www.owlvillage-en.jp/harajuku.html

 

 

Summary

Shibuya and Harajuku are always where the young long for. Even the streets are filled with stores for younger generations, once you walk a little away there are big greenery and shopping town for adults, Omotesando. This area certainly has a mixture of futuristic and traditional spots.