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Shibuya

Where many of Japan's fashion trends come from

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Dining

Low & Slow

Low & Slow

This authentic Texan-style smokehouse landed in Shibuya in September 2017, with its 4 meter long 'drum smoker' at the entrance heralding the start of a new era in American barbecue dining in Tokyo. Here giant cuts of meat are wood-smoked at l..

Kintan: Shabu Shabu

Kintan: Shabu Shabu

Well-respected and established Tokyo yakiniku brand, Kintan (lit. Golden Tongue), opened up its second specialist shabu-shabu joint in the backstreets of Omotesando in September 2017. Despite being a dominant force in yakiniku around Tokyo's capi..

Milan Nataraj Indian Restaurant

Milan Nataraj Indian Restaurant

Looking for somewhere to have lunch in Shibuya one day, on the main street from the crossing to Tower Records I saw a sign advertising a vegetarian Indian buffet lunch for ¥1000. There's no more to the story, really: I like Indian food, espec..

Places to stay

Fresh Share House Jingumae

Fresh Share House Jingumae

The Fresh Share House Jingumae in Shibuya is one of many beautiful share houses in Tokyo, nestled in a quiet little area ten minutes away from Shibuya crossing. I know- ‘quiet’ and ‘Shibuya’ don’t tend to go together, bu..

Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel Shibuya

Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel Shibuya

This grand hotel towers above its neighbors in the business end of Shibuya. On a fine day you can see Mount Fuji on one side and Tokyo Tower on the other side, and it is just a five minute walk west of the station. It is therefore also only a short w..

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Ninja Cafe Kunoichi

Ninja Cafe Kunoichi

At Ninja Café Kunoichi in Shibuya, the café’s master, Sayaka, welcomes guests to have tea, sake, sweets or a traditional Japanese meal in a unique ninja-themed café restaurant. But that’s not all. Sayaka Oguri is a re..

Tashinami

Tashinami

This side street standing bar in Tokyo's Ebisu district serves up Niigata sake favourites alongside Japanese sake-friendly tapas plates, with the cooking here influenced by a 120 year authentic Niigata heritage. Tashinami collaborates with two Ni..

Animate in Shibuya

Animate in Shibuya

An interesting store that sells an incredible amount of anime goods is the Animate shop in Shibuya. You will be able to experience anime culture simply by stepping into this store. They sell a variety of goods for old and trending anime. To put it si..

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About Shibuya

If you could only choose one place to shop in Tokyo, then Shibuya is the place to be. Famous for its busy and colorful district, packed to the gills with shops, restaurants, clubs and avid shoppers. Shibuya is also famous for its enormous intersection which hundreds of people crossing at any one time. You can even experience this marvelous view from the second story window of the probably most profitable Starbucks in the world.

Just around the corner you will find Center Gai, a busy pedestrian area filled with shops selling the latest wear and accessories. Strolling through this neon lit zone is an experience in itself. For the ladies it would be a sin to miss out on the iconic cylindrical building that is known as Shibuya 109, where you can find hundreds of boutiques spanning ten floors of fashionable goodness. However, do not fear gents, because there is a Shibuya 109 Men opposite from Starbucks, although not as grand as its counterpart.

Over a dozen department stores are dotted around the area, where corporate giants Seibu and Tokyu own the majority of them. As for dining, you are spoilt for choice since you can find pretty much any type of cuisine to suit even the fussiest of eaters. You can entertain yourself endlessly by going the one of the many game centers, indoor sports facilities, cinemas, clubs, bars, the list goes on.

However, do not fear if you are a bit scared of the crowds; there is much more to discover in the surprisingly quiet back streets. I am thinking of the goat cafe just a 5-minute walk from the station. In that same are is a wonderful macrobiotic cafe, run by a young couple, and they serve excellent vegan but very creative food. For a very different bar experience, check out Nonbei Yokocho, or Drunkard’s Alley, also just a stone's throw away from the station—just to give you a few ideas.

Shibuya’s icon is the infamous Hachiko dog statue, situated next to the train station's exit with the same name (Hachiko exit). You can see people taking snaps of the floppy-eared canine with their cell phone cameras at any given moment. This is quite possibly the most famous waiting area in all of Japan, as is evident by the dense crowd that engulfs the area. If you actually want to find someone who is waiting for you in this area, then I advise you to meet in front of the green train carriage adjacent to Hachiko.

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