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Updated: July 30, 2019
Bathed in bright neon, the non-stop streets radiate out from the famous scramble crossing. A mix of cheap, fun fashion, outrageous street style and all-night bars and clubs, Shibuya is known for fast fashion and crazy clubbing, but you can find cool, calm spots from the hip side streets around Jinnan to hybrid spaces like hotel koé.
So many train lines converge on Shibuya Station above and below ground, it's easy to get lost. Follow the color-coded signs and allow extra time for transfers. Look out for exits marked “Hachiko” to reach the main scramble crossing. Many Narita Express services stop at Shibuya, making it a convenient access point from the airport.
The bronze statue of Hachiko, the Akita dog who famously waited outside the station for his master every day, is one of Tokyo's most famous meeting points, but it gets so crowded, that you might have trouble finding your friends. Come earlier in the day to get a good photo with Hachiko.
Featured in movies and music videos, the scramble crossing is a must-see. Essentially five separate crossings across a huge intersection, everyone sets off at once, seldom crashing into each other. Be careful when taking photos that you don't walk into people.
Considered the center of Shibuya, this lively street leading off the scramble crossing is teeming with people, fast fashion, inexpensive restaurants, bars and karaoke rooms. You'll find every kind of cuisine from pasta and hamburgers to sushi here and the area looks best at night when the vertical signs glow in different colors.
You can find virtually anything at this popular store, from wood and paper craft to party costumes, sashimi knives and earthquake supplies. With eight levels of DIY, it's a fascinating place to browse. On the beauty floor, moisturizing sheet masks printed with kabuki designs and popular animation characters make a great souvenir.
On the south side of the station, Shibuya Hikarie is aimed at those who've grown out of Shibuya's teen fun. Connected directly to the station, the shopping floors have fashion, homewares and stylish takeout food, topped by two floors of restaurants. Head up to level eight for design, art and a theater with great views over the city.