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Updated: December 9, 2019
Artistic shots of Shibuya's iconic crossing continue to feature on the pages of global fashion and travel magazines, and for good reason. The chaotic, yet miraculously organized crossing has become a symbol of Tokyo's dynamism and represents Shibuya—Japan's trend-setting powerhouse dedicated to fashion and arts. Join the crowds as they diverge off into the many streets and alleyways to shop and hangout in hip cafes, bars, and restaurants. Spend time appreciating the area's fiercely independent art scene, or simply visit to experience the rapid-beating heart of Tokyo.
In addition to the JR Yamanote Line, Shibuya Station is also on the Keio Inokashira Line, the Tokyu Toyoko Line, Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line, and Tokyo Metro's Ginza, Hanzomon and Fukutoshin lines. It takes 20 minutes to walk from Shibuya Station to the Aoyama, Omotesando and Harajuku areas and 15 minutes to the Daikanyama area.
From Haneda Airport: 55 minutes by Limousine Bus, or 45 minutes by train to Shibuya Station.
From Narita Airport: one hour 55 minutes by Limousine Bus, or one hour 40 minutes by train to Shibuya Station.
From Shinjuku Station: 7 minutes on the JR Yamanote Line to Shibuya Station.
From Tokyo Station: 23 minutes on the JR Yamanote Line to Shibuya Station.
A trip to Tokyo wouldn't be complete without setting foot on Shibuya Scramble Crossing. Jostling through the surging wave of people that floods the intersection outside Shibuya Station every two minutes is an experience in itself. Combine that with some of the city's best sushi and bumping into burly sumo wrestlers and Shibuya offers the ultimate Tokyo tourist experience. Snap a picture of the iconic crossing from above from one of the surrounding cafes or station buildings, or if you're quick and careful, take a picture from street-level from within the scramble itself.
The streets of Shibuya continue to be responsible for global fashion trend-setting. The iconic building of Shibuya109 is a mecca for fashion-conscious teenagers, whereas Shibuya Hikarie and Seibu are modern complexes for sophisticated fashion shopping and dining. Alternatively, drop by the Jinnan area and browse the legions of distinctive select shops. Not just a place for the modern fashionista, if you are a designer or creator, head to the modern lifestyle megastores Tokyu Hands or Loft; or pick up some quirky souvenirs from the well-stacked shelves of discount store giant, Don Quijote.
To match its cutting-edge fashion, Shibuya is also home to a deep and creative art scene. Small movie theaters such as Cinemavera and Eurospace showcase lesser-known Japanese and international films and often host one-off events and movie festivals. The funky areas of Udagawacho and Maruyamacho are your place for record shopping, live music venues and clubbing. The quieter corner of the city Oku-Shibuya, is where you'll find hip bars, restaurants, and booksellers such as Shibuya Publishing & Booksellers, stocking a super selection of tastefully chosen books.