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Shibuya's Hachiko Statue (2/6)
Shibuya's 5 way Crossing (3/6)
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Shubiya's Center Gai (5/6)
Shibuya Crossing at night (6/6)

IN A FEW WORDS

The rhythm of Tokyo

DESCRIPTION

!Shibuya one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, but the name is usually used to refer to the shopping and entertainment district which surrounds Shibuya station. It's one of Tokyo's most busy, colourful, picturesque and popular urban districts, packed with giant screens, neon signs, shopping centers, restaurants and nightclubs which attract countless visitors every day and night. The area is particularly popular among local youngsters and it's famous for being the birthplace of many of Japan's youth fashion trends and urban subcultures.

The district is particularly well known for its busy 5-way scramble crossing located in front of the station, which has been repeatedly featured in famous movies and TV shows and has become a landmark and iconic image of Tokyo. Between the station and the crossing stands the statue of Hachiko, a dog who become famous in local folklore for its loyalty to its master, which is the most common meeting place in the area and is always incredibly crowded.

Center Gai

Free All Day

Center Gai is the name given to a narrow pedestrian street which represents Shibuya's atmosphere at its best. It starts on the 5 way crossing, to the left of the giant screen, and is lined up with clothing shops, arcade gaming centers, music stores, restaurants, bars and clubs. This lively street is specially crowded at nights, when countless youngsters head to the bars and nightclubs located in the area.

Shibuya 109

Free 10:00 - 21:00

The Shibuya 109 is a department store located across the street from Shibuya Station, which opened in 1979 and has since become a landmark of Shibuya thanks to its tall and iconic cylindrical shaped building. The 109 features ten levels containing more than a hundred fashion shops mainly targeting young girls and carrying different brands, which are set in a circular way to move shoppers in a loop on each floor.

Love Hotel Hill

Free All Day

Love Hotels, known as Rubuho in Japanese, are a unique type of hotels specifically aimed to amorous encounters, which usually can be found in nightlife areas and offer rooms by the hour. The Lovel Hotell Hill is the common name given to a hilly area starting behind the Shibuya 109, officially known as Dogenzaka, which contains a particularly large concentration of Love Hotels as well as night clubs and concert venues.

HOW TO GET THERE

JR Shibuya Station
Yamanote, Saikyo, Shonan Shinjuku Lines Railpass

Shibuya Station
Hanzomon, Ginza,Fukutoshin Lines

aroundMOVE AROUND

Shibuya is one of Tokyo's biggest stations and can be reached via several train and subway lines. The best way to start exploring Shibuya is from the Hachiko Exit on JR Shibuya Station, which is located right next to the famous Shibuya crossing.

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