Tokyo Area Guide: Shibuya Shopping 渋谷 買い物
Take the Hachiko Exit from Shibuya Station. Outside the Hachiko Exit is Hachiko Square, an always-crowded rendezvous spot, with its famous statue of the faithful dog Hachiko after which the exit and square are named.
Most of Shibuya shopping is across the huge intersection, known as the "Shibuya Scramble" for the seething crowds that cross it every couple of minutes when the lights change.
Cross Shibuya Scramble intersection, and the first famous Shibuya shopping spot you encounter is the alley known as Center Gai (pronounced "center guy"), which starts just to the left of the building that has Tsutaya and Starbucks. Center Gai is as good a place as any to start and get a feel for the glam, frenetic, slightly off-the-wall vibe that is Shibuya shopping.
Main Shibuya shopping attractions
The following are Shibuya's main shopping attractions.
Tokyu Toyoko Department Store
There are two Tokyu Department Stores in Shibuya: Tokyu Toyoko Store and the Tokyu Honten Department Store with a free shuttle bus running between them.
Tokyu Toyoko Store is by Shibuya Station and has two wings: South and West, interconnected by passageways on the 5th, 6th, and 7th floors. A shuttle bus departs from near the Tokyu Toyoko store to the East Entrance of the Tokyu Honten Department Store, departing every 10-15 mins from 10am to 8pm. To get to the shuttle bus, turn right at the police box on Hachiko Square and walk a little past where the railway line runs overhead.
Hours: B1 & 1st floors: 11am-8pm, 2nd-rooftop floors: 10am-7pm, 8th floor restaurants: 11am-10.30pm. 2-24-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8319
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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.
Hours: B1 & 1st floors: 10am-8pm, 2nd-7th floors: 11am-7pm, 8th floor restaurants: 11am-10.30pm. 2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8019
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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
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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.
Most floors of both wings of Seibu Department Store are dedicated to men's and women's clothing. The A Wing 8th floor is all restaurants including Japanese, Chinese and Western choices (11am-11pm). There is a pet shop (10am-8pm) on the rooftop floor of the B Wing.
Hours: Sun-Wed 10am-8pm, Thu-Sat 10am-9pm.
21-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8330
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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.
Hours 11am-9pm (closes 8.30pm Sun and public holidays) 1-21-3 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0041
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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.
Hours 11am-9pm (closes 8.30pm Sun and public hols) 1-22-6 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0041
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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.
Hours 10am-9pm, except 7F restaurants: 11am-10.30pm, 8F restaurants: 11am-11pm. 2-29-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0043
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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.
Hours 10am-9pm, except B2F and 2F restaurants: 10am-11pm, 6F restaurants: 10am-9pm.
1-23-10 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0043
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Shibuya Mark City
Shibuya Mark City, just west of and attached to, Shibuya Station, is a smart, modern complex with 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.
Shibuya Station on the Keio Inokashira Railway Line is on the second floor of Shibuya Mark City.
Limousine buses to Haneda Airport and Narita Airport, and intercity highway buses, leave from the 5th floor of the West Wing, Mon-Sat 9am-8pm, Sun/public hols 9am-6pm, Tel. 03 3476 8018 (not for reservations).
1-12-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0043. Tel 03 3780 6503.
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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.
Hours 10am-8.30pm. 12-18 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0042
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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.
Hours 10am-9.30pm (but till 9pm for the 3F Ticket Counter). Humax Pavilion Shibuya Koen Dori, 20-15 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0042 Tel.03 3461 3932
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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.
Hours 10am-9pm. 21-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0042
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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. Parco Museum on the 3F of Part 1 features arty, often fashion-inspired, exhibitions. Parco Gallery X on the B1 of Part 1 is renowned for anime-related displays. 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.
Hours 10am-9pm. 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8377
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Zero Gate is a fashion and dining building just 120 meters away from Parco 1 & 2 down the fashion boutique street known as Supein-zaka ("Spain Slope"). Zero Gate is also part of Parco, and floors 1 to 4 of the building are home to the Bershka fashion brand. Bershka hours: 11am-10pm.
16-9 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8330.
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Shibuya Hikarie is probably Shibuya's most visually striking building, 34 floors high just outside the East Exit of Shibuya Station near Aoyama-dori. Shibuya Hikarie is full of trendy, elegant shopping and relaxation opportunities for the professional set. Shibuya Hikarie features a more relaxed pace than the high-powered youth-oriented commerce that dominates the west Shibuya area.
Shibuya Hikarie is home to the ShinQs shopping mall run by the Tokyu Department Store company. ShinQs comprises over 200 stores occupying the floors from B3 to 5F, covering food (with a focus on delicatessen and confectionery) (B3 & B2), beauty (B1), fashion (2F, 3F, 4F), and lifestyle (5F). Cafes and restaurants occupy Shibuya Hikarie's 6th and 7th floors. The 8th floor Creative Space is dedicated to art- and exhibition-related. (ShinQs mall's individualized restrooms are already legendary!)
The TokyuTheatre Orb cinema complex is on the 11th to 16th floors of Shibuya Hikarie and also includes cafes and restaurants.
Shibuya Hikarie has a direct pedestrian connection to the subway and JR lines of Shibuya Station. Shibuya Hikari is accessible from Exit 15 of Shibuya subway station, or the 2F pedestrian walkway from the JR and Keio Inokashira line stations.
ShinQs hours: 10 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Other shops and spaces throughout Shibuya Hikarie have various hours, opening as early as 7:00 a.m. and closing as late as midnight.
2-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8510
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.
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