Tokyo Guide: Shibuya Shopping
Tokyo Area Guide: Shibuya Shopping 渋谷 ショッピング
Intersection in front of Shibuya Station
From the hole-in-the-wall manicure salons for 16 year old girls, to bustling basement food emporiums for their grandmothers, Shibuya is all about shopping.
The name Shibuya itself is cut out for the right-now, must-have vibe the area now stands for. The shibu of Shibuya - pronounced shibui as an adjective - literally means "astringent," but has come, by association, to mean "refined and elegant in style." That is stretching it for an area as flamboyant and attention-seeking as Shibuya, but it follows the general drift of where Shibuya's at. The "ya" of Shibuya means valley, so "Style Valley."
Shibuya is a large ward, and the shopping referred to here is focused around the Shibuya Station area.
One stop from Shibuya Station on the Tokyu Toyoko Line will take you to Daikanyama, the quiet shopping counterpoint to what is often the Shibuya station area's noise and brash consumerism. One stop west from Shibuya on the Keio Inokashira Line (or a ten-minute walk through Shibuya Mark City from Shibuya Station) is Shinsen, the jumbly heart of Shibuya's hip street alternative scene.
One stop north on the Saikyo or Yamanote lines will bring you to Harajuku, a smaller area, equally intense, but with a less glitzy, somewhat more underground vibe.
Main Shibuya shopping attractions
The following are Shibuya's main shopping attractions.
Tokyu Toyoko Department Store | Tokyu Honten (i.e. "Main") Store | Bunkamura ("Culture Village") | Seibu Department Store | Marui City Shibuya | Marui Jam Shibuya | Shibuya 109 (1) | Shibuya 109 (2) | Shibuya Mark City | Tokyu Hands | Disney Store | Loft | Parco
Tokyu Toyoko Department Store
There are two Tokyu Department Stores in Shibuya: Tokyu Toyoko Store above Shibuya Station occupying the South, East, and West wings, interconnected by passageways on the 5th, 6th, and 7th floors. On the basement floor of the East Wing (Miyamasuzaka Entrance) is a bus stop for the shuttle bus to the East Entrance of the Tokyu Honten Store, 10am-8pm, every 10-15 mins.
Tokyu Honten (i.e. "Main") Store
Tokyu Honten (i.e. "Main") Store is just a little west, along Bunkamura-dori. It interconnects with the Bunkamura (literally "Culture Village") complex at the B3, B1, 1st, 2nd, and 8th floors.
Bunkamura ("Culture Village")
Bunkamura is a stylish Shibuya landmark that opened in 1989 and has the whole street it is on named after it. Bunkamura is right next to the Tokyu Honten Store and interconnected at the B2, B1, 1st, 3rd, and 6th floors. It features mainly entertainment, with a concert hall, cinemas (Bunkamura is one of the venues for the Tokyo Film Festival held every fall), and event ticket sales, as well as the Bunkamura Museum of Art (B1 floor), a wine salon, and cafes. 2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8507
Seibu Department Store
The 10-floor Seibu Department Store is 100m across the road from the Hachiko exit of Shibuya Station. Seibu Department Store consists of an adjacent A and B Wing on either side of Inokashira-dori Street connected on the 3rd and 5th floors.
Marui City Shibuya
Marui City Shibuya is 10 floors of clothing brands. The big "OIOI" sign on the building just past Seibu Department Store is not trying to be uncouth. "0" (i.e., zero) can be pronounced "maru" in Japanese, so O plus I equals "marui": the name of this fashion department store.
Marui Jam Shibuya
Marui Jam Shibuya is diagonally across the road from Marui City Shibuya, and directly across the road from the Seibu Department Store's B Wing. 8 floors of - you guessed it! - fashion, pretty much all for women. Sportswear floor, too.
Shibuya 109 (1)
Shibuya 109 (1) is a 9-floor shopping complex planted, bold and glitzy, diagonally across from Shibuya Station packed with about 120, mainly fashion, boutiques for the under-30 glamor girl. Store names like "Me Jane," "Baby Shoop," "Pinky Girls, "Honey Bunch," and "Dazzlin'," "Swanky," "Egoist," and "Shagadelic" say it all.
Shibuya 109 (2)
Shibuya 109 (2) is the younger sister of 109 (1) and its chic robo-tech exterior is the first thing you see when you come out of Shibuya Station. Like 109 (1), 109 (2) has 9 floors of shopping, but it has a lot less dining, and a lot more fashion items for men than for women.
Shibuya Mark City
Shibuya Mark City, just west of and attached to, Shibuya Station, is a smart, modern complex that links, and includes a 25-story East Tower containing the Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu and a 23-story office block West Tower. From the B1 to 4th floors is shopping and, on the 4th floor, an excellent selection of restaurants. Accessible from Shibuya Station via the same exit leading to the Inokashira Railway Line.
Tokyu Hands Shibuya on Inokashira-dori is the head store of the almost thirty Tokyu Hands branches spread throughout Japan. This 8-floor "creative life store" stocks everything from DIY to interior decoration to cycling and outdoor-related to hobbies, crafts and stationery.
Disney Store Shibuya
Disney Store Shibuya on Shibuya Koen-dori is one of six Disney stores in Tokyo proper. In terms of looks, the Shibuya Disney Store is the one to visit, with its fantasy shop front opening directly onto the street. Packed with always new and exciting goods featuring your faithful favorite Disney characters.
Loft Shibuya, on Inokashira-dori, is the head store of over fifty Loft branches spread throughout Japan. Loft is similar to Tokyu Hands in being a boutique department store, but perhaps is a little more chic in its youth-orientation. 7 floors with stationery, gifts, accessories, health goods, furniture, interior goods (4-5F), and more.
The Parco shopping complex, alongside Tokyu Hands, comprises two main buildings: Parco Part 1 (10 floors) and Parco Part 3 (9 floors) both chockablock with mainly fashion-related goods. Logos bookstore on the B1F of Part 1 has foreign books and magazine. The 7-8F of Part 1 are restaurant floors (11am-midnight), and the 9F is the Parco Theater. The 8F of Part 3 is the Cine Quinto movie theater.
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