things to do in shibuya

things to do in shibuya

Things to do in Shibuya, Japan

Overview of Shibuya

Shibuya is one of Tokyo's most popular districts. Mainly famous for its crossing, this area is packed with commuters, tourist, and traveller alike. You can visit Shibuya district easily by taking JR Yamanote line. The JR line travel is already included if you buy the JR pass. The best time to visit Shibuya is in the morning after rush hour, that's probably around nine am. It will not be too packed and you don't have to squeeze in the train together with those who are going to work. Aside from the scramble crossing, there are many restaurants and shopping spot you can visit.

Visit the Shibuya Crossing
For me there's nothing screams Shibuya other than the scramble crossing. When the red light is shown, pedestrian will cross the street from different sides. Other than that, the billboard also gives a sense of liveliness.

Hachiko Statue
Hachiko is a famous Akita dog known for waiting for its master for nine years. As a commemoration, the statue is built in the middle of Shibuya.

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Shibuya Food Guide

Starbucks Shibuya

Take a look at the Shibuya crossing from above at the 2nd level of Starbucks. I had the usual cappuccino while people watching.
21-6 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan; 81-(0)3-3770-2301

Gyukatsu Motomura

Probably one of the best gyukatsu i have ever tried. Thick,juicy, and melt in your mouth pieces. The inside was tender while the outer was crispy. Cook it the way you like it, but for me medium-rare it is. The place itself is small and can only occupy about 15 people. I queued for an hour for lunch but when i finished the queue has doubled up. It is best to come earlier. The portion itself starts from 125 gr.
3-18-10 Shibuya | B1F Ono Bldg. 2-Gokan 

Ichiran Ramen Shibuya

One of the most famous ramen chain available in various cities (and even overseas) Ichiran ramen is always filled with long queue. The order system is through a ticketing machine and you hand the ticket once you get a seat inside the restaurant. Totally love their tonkotsu broth and you can also customise the ramen to your liking.
1 Chome-22-7 Jinnan

Nanashi Ramen

Easily spotted from the main street, Nanashi Ramen has Lekei style ramen, a tonkotsu shoyu base. One interesting thing is that Nanashi's preparation process removes the strong odour of tonkotsu, making it a more comfortable dining experience.
2-9-10 Dogenzaka, Shibuya

Otokoasahiyama Ramen

Dogenzaka, 2 Chome−8-8 MJ道玄坂ビル1F
The less mainstream ramen shop among tourist. You can order the food through a ticket machine and have it prepared for you. Love their shoyu ramen, simple and no fuss.

Aoyama Flower Market Teahouse

A serene tea house with lots of flowers, Aoyama Flower Market is considered as an instagrammable place in the district. The interior is decorated with seasonal fresh flowers. There are several types of main dishes as well as dessert to accompany your tea time.
5-1-2 Minamiaoyama, Shibuya 107-0062

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Shopping in Shibuya

Shibuya 109

A large department store available in various cities, Shibuya 109 is one of the landmarks for the area. It is considered the centre of fashion culture in the city made famous by the gyarus. Take your time finding clothes and make up sprawling across 10 floors.
2-29-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan; 81-(0)3-3477-5111 

It's Demo

If you're looking for Japanese make up, It's Demo is one of my favourite shops. You can find various character make up like Disney, Sailormoon, Pokemon, and many more that mostly are only available in Japan.
24-4 Udagawa-cho

Loft Shibuya

This huge building is filled with stationary, home goods, travel goods, and all sort of knick knacks. They have pretty solid art materials collection you should visit! 
21-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya 150-0042

Have you ever visited Shibuya? What are your favourite things to do here?

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  1. This is another post I see with Ramen and it looks divine. I never had Ramen (even if I live in the capital city in Europe, so I still don't get why) and it drives me crazy! So crazy, that I actually just forced my boyfriend to take me out to eat one tonight. Your pictures are so great here!

  2. I heard about that famous Akita dog, would love to see its statue! Great sight seeing recommendation!

  3. My dream destination :D


  4. I never been to Japan, but it's one of my dreams! Thank you so much for sharing this, I really enjoyed reading it. :-)


  5. Ahh... Tokyo. i'd love to visit it one day

  6. We are planning to go to Japan now!
    Thanks for the advices!

  7. What a cute video:) Thanks for this post. When I do go to Japan, I'd be going to all the ramen places I can squeeze in for sure:D And definitely will go to Akihabara.

  8. Loved this city guide!! It looks like such an exciting place to visit!

    Thanks and sharing!


    Seize your Style

  9. I've been always wanted to cross the Shibuya Crossing and try their authentic ramen.
    What a great deal!

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

  10. I love Japan. I really want to visit there soon.pray for me hahaha

  11. Such an awesome to do list <3 Wonderful post dear <3
    Beauty and Fashion Freaks

  12. Wonderful tips and photos! I would like to go there once too ❀✿

    Blog de la Licorne

  13. Oh this just looks like so much fun!


  14. WOWOWO!!! Looks like an incredible place to visit!!! AMAZZZZING!!!
    xoBeckerman Girls


  15. A lot of nice pictures. :)
    New post: https://andjelina-svastara.blogspot.com/2018/07/pogodi-sta-je-d-adivina-de-que-se-trata.html :)

  16. Ichiran Ramen is SO good. I had gone to the one in Shinjuku and loved it. I really need to revisit Tokyo to see the Hachiko Statue, though! :)

  17. Ah thank you for the guide! I would love to get to Tokyo one day. My mom has been there. Perhaps I will!

    Bonjour Agnes,

    Merci pour votre réponse rapide. Oui si c'est juste sur le Jean Jaurès alors ça ne sera trop fort pour moi la nuit pour dormir. Je suis familier avec l'avenue. Je suis resté dans la région avant. Ma femme vit à la fin de Jean Jaurès où est le chuch, ils vivent en quelque sorte derrière.

    Merci de me le faire savoir. C'est dommage car l'appartement est assez joli.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  18. Hello
    Thanks for sharing that. I loved the story of the dog.


  19. This place looks amazing, I love the cat themed skin care

  20. This city looks so amazing.
    I would love to visit or live in Japan one day.

  21. Thanks for sharing this! It looks like a great place.

    Gemma x

  22. The Flower Market Teahouse there looks so special and definitely somewhere that would be on my to-visit list should I ever find myself in the area! Wonderfully informative travel post, thank you :) Hope you're having a wonderful week so far!

    aglassofice.com x

  23. ooo so much fun! Lovely pictures!


  24. Definitely one of the most interesting place in Tokyo! Easily one of my favorite places in Japan! Thanks for the great tips dear.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  25. It looks like such a fun place to visit! Thanks for sharing, I've never been there myself :)

    Hope that you are having a wonderful weekend! We had a busy day yesterday so a more relaxing day today is planned :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  26. This is a great breakdown of Shibuya when there traveling. Great traveling guide.

  27. amazing post and photos dear :)
    thanks for sharing!

  28. Awesome. Japan is definitely on my bucketlist!


  29. I would love to visit one day, it looks gorgeous! :) xx


  30. It's Demo sounds like a fun place to shop!

  31. Gorgeous pics!
    Have a nice evening!
    Gil Zetbase

  32. OMG, I can't wait to visit Japan asap, especially strolling around Shibuya and Kyoto!
    I heard Ichiran Ramen is one of the best ramen in the world, is that true ?
    I am way too curious <3 Thank you for the guide anyway!



  33. It looks like an incredible place to visit, I'd love to get there one day. Thanks for the guide x


  34. I know I've heard something about the dog that waited for it's master for so long. I'm going to have to look that up and read a bit more about it. I think it's wonderful that the city commemorated it with a statue. What a busy and wonderful city! I've never been but now I'd love to go. The ramen looks wonderful, but I'm not sure I'd be happy with waiting in a queue for an hour for my food :/ I think it's so funny that the one restaurant was able to cook the pork ramen without the odor for the comfort of the diners (doesn't really make me want to try that one but it did look delicious). And I'd LOVE to visit a 10-story department store and what wonderful tins the makeup comes in at the It's Demo store. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful place!


  35. This is so interesting, lovely photos

  36. I would love to visit Japan! This place is amazing:)


  37. Loving this roundup! The food looks amazing!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  38. Wonderful city guide!


  39. I would love to travel there! Everything looks amazing, especially the food!
    Sunset Desires

  40. I will like to visit and it sounds great.

  41. I'd love to go to Japan, it's such an interesting and inspiring country for me. All this amazing food recommendations you listed down just made me hope it happens soon <3



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