SHIBUYA

Neighborhood in Tokyo

Shibuya is home to many of Tokyo's shopping districts. You can get lost in the liveliness of Shibuya Crossing and enjoy the colorful fun of Harajuku & Takeshita Streets... explore the trendy fashions found in Omotesando and Cat Street. And, in just one turn, you can also find yourself surrounded by quiet, cultural neighborhoods. 

 

Harajuku:

  Takeshita-Dori

Tokyo’s Harajuku district is one of our favorite areas to explore. It’s the capital of Japanese pop culture, street fashion, and everything Kawaii (Japan's "cute" culture). Strolling around this neighborhood and shopping on Takeshita Street is the best place to enjoy Tokyo’s modern eccentricities, lined with kitschy shops, colorful cafes, and boutiques.

Harajuku:

  Colorful Foods

Part of the Harajuku fun is trying all of the colorful foods! Our favorites are: Marion’sAngel’s Hearts, for Crepes, Totti Candy Factory for Cotton Candy, and Le Shiner for  Rainbow Ice Cream & Rainbow Grilled Cheese.

Harajuku:

  Kawaii Monster Cafe

Stepping into this restaurant is an experience in itself. Every room has a different theme, and ordering off the menu will feel like you’ve reverted back to your childhood...and then some.

Harajuku:

 Animal Cafe's

Such a cool experience! Tokyo is known for its animal cafe's, and you can find a few of the best ones in Shibuya. At Harry Hedgehog Cafe, you get to pet and hang out with little hedgehogs. Cat Cafe MoCHA is one of Tokyo’s famous cat cafes, where you can have a unique coffee shop experience alongside some furry friends.

Shibuya Crossing

The Shibuya Scramble is an iconic Tokyo attraction is known for being the busiest/most famous intersection in the world; sending people in a criss-cross formation. The Hachiko (Dog) statue is also there, which is fun to take pictures with. 

 

TIP: Grab a snack at the Starbucks or cafe overlooking the intersection and enjoy the madness from above

Meiji Jingu Shrine & Yoyogi Park

Across from Takeshita street, you’ll find the steady quiet of the Meiji-Jingu Shrine in Yoyogi Park. It is also one of the most popular relaxing tourist sites around Tokyo. In the Spring, you can enjoy "hanami" (cherry blossom viewings). The tradition around Cherry Blossoms are one of the most important seasonal events you can only experience in Japan.

Cat Street

Connecting Shibuya and Harajuku, you’ll find a chic hipster paradise known as “Cat Street”. It’s not nearly as wild as Takeshita street and is lined with cool clothing and street fashion stores, vintage shops, street art, and trendy cafes. 

 
 

Omotesando

Dubbed as Tokyo’s Champs-Elysee, Omotesando is an upscale district similar to Soho with great shopping and sightseeing. The main street, Omotesando-Dori, is lined with luxury fashion brands like Chanel, Dior, and Miu Miu in addition to chic shopping malls such as Omotesando Hills and Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku. What makes Omotesando stand out from Ginza, is its eye-popping contemporary buildings designed by prominent architects. Some to check out are the Tokyu Plaza’s kaleidoscope-like escalator entrance and Prada’s bubble glass building.

Where To Eat

 

Zuicho

katsudon - $$


Tamawarai

soba noodles - $


Kiraku

ramen - $


Buy Me Stand

sandwiches - $


Gyukatsu Motomura

tonkatsu - $

Omotesando Koffee

coffee shop - $$

A Happy Pancake

pancake cafe - $$


Harajuku Gyoza Lou

dumplings - $


Kawaii Monster Cafe

kawaii cafe - $$


Marion’s

crepes - $


Angel’s Hearts

crepes - $


Totti Candy Factory

cotton candy - $


Le Shiner

rainbow foods - $


Narukiyo Izakaya

izakaya - $$

Where To Drink

Galali

micro bars - $

Bar Rage

cocktail bar - $$$

Bar Tram

cocktail bar - $
 

Bar Trench

cocktail bar - $$

Namikibashi Nakamura

sake bar - $

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