The area surrounding Shibuya Station—famous for its busy streets, flashing neon advertisements, trendy boutiques, and teeming malls—ranks among Tokyo’s most energetic neighborhoods. Shibuya Crossing, one of the world’s busiest pedestrian intersections, has become somewhat of a tourist attraction in its own right.
No trip to Japan’s capital would be complete without some time spent in Shibuya, and just about every city sightseeing tour stops here. For a deeper dive into the neighborhood’s sensical experience, take a nighttime walking food tour of the district to sample local favorites like takoyaki (octopus balls), okonomiyaki (savory pancake), and Kobe beef skewers. Alternatively, take a bit of Shibuya home with you by opting for a photo shoot at the famous crossing in a traditional kimono or samurai armor.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Shibuya is a must-see neighborhood for all first-time visitors to Tokyo.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes; there’s a lot to see and do in this neighborhood.
- Don’t forget to bring your camera—the colorful neon lights, eccentric fashion, and throngs of people make it quite photogenic.
How to Get There
The easiest way to get to Shibuya is to ride the train to Shibuya Station. The famous crosswalk sits just in front of the station’s Hachiko Exit.
When to Get There
There’s always something going on in Shibuya, but the neighborhood is at its liveliest (and most photogenic) in the evenings, when the neon lights are flashing and local commuters are out en masse.
Attractions in Shibuya
Shibuya has more on offer than just excellent food and shopping. The neighborhood is home to the famous Meiji Shrine, as well other points of interest like the Toguri Museum of Art and the beloved Hachikō statue. During the spring months, the cherry blossoms of Yoyogi Park explode into beautiful bloom.