Four Things to do in Shibuya
Shibuya is an eating and shopping district in the Kanto area of Tokyo. What better place to visit than one of the more popular shopping and entertainment districts. The streets of Shibuya come together to give you a merge of fashion and culture. Here are 4 Things to do in Shibuya, Tokyo.
1. Shibuya Scramble Crossing
Firstly, there is the Shibuya Scramble Crossing. This is one of the most iconic places in Tokyo. Shibuya Crossing is one of the world’s busiest scramble crossing where thousands of pedestrians walk through daily. And the crossing can be found in front of the Hachiko exit of the Shibuya train station.
It is a famous Instagram spot so there is definitely a photo opportunity not to be missed.
- Address: 2 Chome-24-1 Shibuya, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0002, Japan
2. Meiji – Jingu Shrine
Meiji Shrine is a Shinto Shrine in Shibuya. According to Japanese culture, the Shrine is dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken.
Lush green forest surrounds the Shrine and the Shrine covers an enormous area. And there are large pathways through the forest to get to the entrance.
As shrines are an intricate part of Japanese culture, Meiji-Jingu Shrine is definitely worth a visit. The shrine is located near Harajuku Station and is one of the most popular shrines in Japan.
Along the pathway to the Shrine, there are large sake barrels that fill parts of the walls. And given that it is also a favourite photo spot, it does get very busy. So be prepared for the crowds which are worth it in order to get that perfect picture.
- Address: 1-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 151-8557, Japan
3. Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku
Another great place to visit is the Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku (Tokyu Plaza). Tokyo Plaza is a multi-level shopping mall. There are various international designer shops. There is also a rooftop terrace that overlooks Harajuku which offers one of a kind city views.
A worthy stopover for lunch at Tokyo Plaza would most notably be Bills. The food was phenomenal and some of the best you will find in the area. Bills gets busy and often there will be lines outside where people are patiently waiting to get in, so it is definitely worth it.
The entrance of the Tokyo Plaza contains a kaleidoscope escalator tunnel. And various mirrored tiles make up this tunnel. It is a very distinctive and another popular Instagrammable spot.
- Address: 4 Chome-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
Lastly, there is Harajuku. Harajuku is famous for its fashion streets and colourful street art. Takeshita street is one of the more popular streets in the area. And it is filled with vintage clothing stores and cosplay shops. Omotesando is home to the upmarket boutiques.
So the streets in Harajuku are filled with tons of designer stores and there won’t be a brand you can’t find there.
- Address: Harajuku, 原宿 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo, 150 – 0001, Japan
In conclusion, there are lots of things to do in Shibuya from a cultural immersion to shopping till you drop. Shibuya has something for everyone.
Have you been to Shibuya? Do you have anything to add to the list?
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