When most people say Shibuya they are referring to the shopping district in the hills, next to the station of that name in the west of Tokyo. In fact this is a district of Tokyo which extends much further than this pleasant stroll.
However, its hub is the famous meeting point outside the station next to the statue of Japan’s most loyal dog, Hachiko, and the legendary intersection that sees thousands of people pouring across the road every time the lights turn red.
Just beyond, the pedestrianised streets of Shibuya are home to dozens of fashionable shops and a little further away you’ll find the ‘Love Hotel Hill’ of Dogen-zaka.
Here’s a walk filmed on location by us from Inokashira Dori Avenue (north) to the famous crossroads in front of the Hachiko exit of the station:
Shibuya is one of the Tokyo neighbourhoods that people are most drawn to and fascinated by. That’s probably because the district, one of the most expensive in Japanese capital for rents and real estate, offers a varied range of activities and entertainment in a pleasant and friendly atmosphere.
How to get to Shibuya
By train -- On the JR Yamanote line which circles the center of Tokyo
Location reachable with the JRP : order your Japan Rail Pass (from ~US$ 265)
Get your Japanese Yens free of charge
How long / when to visit
Allow half a day to a full day, just for the neighborhood
Official website (in English)