Top Things to do in Shibuya and around.

by Amy - TripleLights travel specialist

Shibuya is the heart of modern Tokyo. It is the neighbourhood with everything from cutting-edge fashion boutiques, world-class nightclubs, unbeatable record shops, hip bars and amazing dining options ranging from fancy eateries to cheap diners– if you want it, you can absolutely find it here. So whether you want to get lost in the Shibuya scramble or pick up some bargain clothes, this is the guide for you.

Shibuya Center Gai

Top Things to do in Shibuya and around.

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The shopping street for the youth mecca of Shibuya which is just beyond the famous scramble intersection
Center Gai is right by the crossing for Shibuya where the young get together. Along the narrow street, there are stores and signboards attracting youth. Among the crowds and noise, a unique atmosphere is created.

The distinct feeling of Shibuya’s Center Gai is a highlight of touring Tokyo   Going from the plaza where the statue of Hachiko stands in front of JR Shibuya Station and across the scramble intersection, you will find the gateway to Center Gai in the corner. Right at the front of the crossing, there is a huge display screen showing electronic advertising. To the left side of this, there is a road extending off to the west which happens to be Center Gai. You will find it easily since there is an arch at the entrance.   Long ago, there...

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- Free
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Omotesando

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A trendy area. A neighborhood where you can encounter cutting-edge fashion and various other items
A sophisticated sense of high class engulfs the pedestrians walking there. From the main street to the back streets, there is a variety of shops. Even walking through the back alleys brings an air of celebrity

How Omotesando developed into a trendy area Its origins lay in the opening of an avenue leading to Meiji-Jingu Shrine in 1920. There are a number of reasons behind its birth as a trendy area. One reason is the appearance of the Doujunkai Aoyama Apartments where high-ranking officials and people of culture had resided and the Washington Heights (the facility that housed GHQ officers) that was constructed after the 2nd World War. The Washington Heights was then opened as the Athletes’ Village at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and for other reas...

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Harajuku


Enjoy shopping in the neighborhood where ‘kawaii’ culture began
Harajuku’s Takeshita Street has recently been ranked as the most desired place to visit by visitors to Japan. Harajuku continues to broadcast its distinct fashion responsible for the ‘kawaii’ (cute) sub-culture.

Takeshita Street There has been recent data on TripAdvisor that Harajuku’s Takeshita Street is the number one attraction that tourists wish to visit when in Japan. Takeshita Street is Harajuku’s shopping area and the narrow street is dotted with shops selling clothes distinctive of “Harajuku-style”. While the Salon and Lolita styles are some of the most famous style trends in Harajuku, it cannot be so specifically characterized into one particular style. The reason for this is that Harajuku-style fashion is about re-...

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www.takeshita-street.com

Tokyu Hands, Shibuya branch

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The huge home center with all of your household needs
The store is filled with a lineup that includes outdoor goods, craft supplies, and other goods and equipment. It is focused on household products but there are also handicraft workshops where you can easily try your hand at making something.

Everything from craft goods to innovative products At the Shibuya branch of Tokyu Hands, there is a huge lineup of products. Beginning with the most indispensable supplies and equipment for the most recently popular DIY projects, there are seasonal products along with everyday goods such as lunch boxes on display, so that it is a huge household goods store that literally has everything. Floor B2 has bicycles and bicycle parts while B2C is an event space. On floors B1A, B1B and B1C, the essential equipment, materials and paints for your do-it-...

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Business hours
- Everyday (10:00 AM ~ 8:30 PM )
Phone
03-5489-5111
Price
- Free
Website
shibuya.tokyu-hands.co.jp

NHK Studio Park

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Take a behind-the-scenes look at television production at Studio Park in Shibuya.
At the Japanese national broadcaster’s NHK Studio Park, you can find out about the production studio for TV programs. You can look at live broadcasts and encounter popular characters.

What is NHK Studio Park? At the end of the shopping street on the gentle slope in Shibuya, there is the headquarters of the national television broadcaster, NHK. NHK. Studio Park which is located at one corner of the station is a facility where you can witness studio recording that you wouldn’t normally be able to see, see post-recording of animation, try your hand at being a newscaster and see exhibitions of popular characters from TV among other things. It is a facility where you can enjoy and learn about the work at a broadcaster and...

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Business hours
- Everyday (10:00 AM ~ 6:00 PM )
Phone
03-3485-8034
Price
- Adult: 200 JPY
Website
www.nhk.or.jp

Meiji Jingu Shrine

Top Things to do in Shibuya and around.

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Feel the mystical energy of the Meiji Shrine
Meiji Shrine, located in the Shibuya district in Tokyo, attracts the greatest number of visitors from throughout Japan for hatsumode or the first shrine visit of the New Year. If you happen to be lucky enough on the day of your visit, you could catch a glimpse of a traditional wedding ceremony.

Meiji Jingu Every New Year’s Day on ‘hatsumode’, Meiji Jingu, which is over 700,000 square meters in size, receives around 3 million worshippers, reflecting its ability to attract the greatest amount of visitors in the nation. Considering the amount of lush greenery located inside the perimeters of Meiji Jingu, it is hard to believe that it is located in the same vicinity as bustling commercial centers such as Harajuku, Omotesando and Shibuya. To reach the shrine from JR Harajuku station is a mere 5 minutes away and one coul...

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Business hours
- Everyday (6:00 AM ~ 4:00 PM )
from dawn to dusk
Phone
03-3379-9281
Price
- Free
Website
www.meijijingu.or.jp

Shibuya Crossing

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The crossing in front of Shibuya Station is a landmark of the area where 3000 people cross en masse at one time on weekends
Shibuya is the neighborhood where fashion buildings stand close to each other and advertisements are shown on giant LCD screens. The main intersection has groups of 3000 people cross simultaneously on the weekends.

The starting line for a tour of Shibuya Shibuya is the youth mecca. And there is a scramble crossing right in front of the entrance that is Shibuya Station. In front of your eyes, a huge LCD screen soars on which ads endlessly get shown. Surrounding you are fashion buildings, CD shops and other structures that symbolize youth culture, along with the many garish signboards standing about, and the pop songs or commercials that keep getting played; all of these make up a vista that is characteristic of Shibuya. Shibuya Crossing in front of Shibu...

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