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50 things to do in Shibuya

The best places to eat, shop and play in Tokyo’s buzziest neighbourhood – here's your guide to Shibuya

By Time Out Tokyo Editors
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Shibuya: it's the 'hood with everything. Cutting-edge fashion boutiques, world-class nightclubs, unbeatable record shops, hip bars, dining options ranging from fancy washoku eateries to dirt-cheap diners – if you want it, you can probably find it here.

The area's also in the middle of a seemingly never-ending revamp, with new commercial complexes such as Miyashita Park, Shibuya Parco and Shibuya Scramble Square popping up around the busy station. With so much to choose from, where on earth should you start?

Read on for our essential Shibuya tips: the best places to shop, eat, drink and hang out in Tokyo's most eclectic neighbourhood. 

Note that due to Covid-19 safety rules, most restaurants, bars and other businesses are currently closing at 8pm.

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Shibuya Sky evening
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3. See Shibuya from high in the sky at Shibuya Sky

Attractions Shibuya

Catch the best views of Tokyo at this 360° open-air observation deck at the rooftop of Shibuya Scramble Square. Shibuya Sky is approximately 230 metres above ground and is the highest point in the district of Shibuya. The ‘Sky Edge’, a corner where you can look down at the cityscape below without any obstruction, is a particularly good photo spot that provides a panoramic view of the city.

Nintendo Tokyo
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4. Get into the gaming mood at Nintendo Tokyo

Shopping Shibuya

Considering ‘Donkey Kong’ came out nearly 40 years ago, it’s about time Japan finally got its own official Nintendo store. Located on Shibuya Parco’s Cyberspace floor, which is dedicated to otaku geeks, this outlet has everything a Nintendo fanboy or girl could ever dream of. Aside from the latest and most popular games, Nintendo Tokyo also offers a selection of merchandise you cannot find anywhere else.

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Tempura Motoyoshi Imo
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7. Dig into a sweet potato dessert at Tempura Motoyoshi Imo

Restaurants Daikanyama

Tempura Motoyoshi is one of Tokyo’s most celebrated tempura specialists. A meal at this Michelin-starred restaurant in Minami-Aoyama could easily set you back ¥19,000. But if you want a little teaser before splashing out for an omakase dinner, drop by the restaurant’s offshoot at Daikanyama offering deep-fried sweet potato tempura served with salt-flavoured milk soft serve.

8. Tour Japan through your tastebuds at D47 Shokudo

Restaurants Shibuya

You can travel Japan in its entirety through your taste buds at this speciality restaurant in Shibuya Hikarie. The restaurant’s comprehensive menu features food and drink items from all 47 prefectures. You’ll want to check back frequently as the menu changes each month.

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Bistro Rojiura
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9. Eat a little piece of the French countryside at Bistro Rojiura

Restaurants French Shibuya

Rojiura means ‘back alley’ and that’s where you’ll find this wonderfully casual restaurant – in a backstreet not far from Shibuya Station. A regular on the Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand list (although it missed out in 2021), the small eatery stocks a noteworthy selection of natural wine and is a great spot for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.

Maguro & Deli Kadohachi
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10. Treat yourself to a seafood spread at Maguro & Deli Kadohachi

Restaurants Delis Daikanyama

If you’re looking for fresh seafood, this takeaway shop in Daikanyama is the perfect place to order plates of sashimi, bento boxes and unique sushi offerings like Maguro Mille-feuille – multiple layers of tuna wrapped together in a sushi roll. The seafood is brought in fresh every morning from the Misaki Megumi Fisheries and you can customise your very own sashimi platter or seafood bowl with your favourite cuts of fish.

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キキ ハラジュク

11. Dine on fruit-heavy cuisine at Kiki Harajuku

Restaurants Bistros Harajuku

Hidden away in a quiet back alley just steps from the hustle and bustle of Harajuku lies Kiki, the domain of haute cuisine wizard Yuki Noda. With his love for fruit, he crafts French-inspired creative dishes, which go well with the Japanese wine on offer. Go for lunch, dinner, or opt for some of the fruity à la carte options.

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13. Shop like a sneakerhead at Sneakersnstuff

Shopping Shoes Ebisu

Sneakerheads will go into a frenzy when they see this three-building sneaker shop that's moved into Daikanyama's Log Road. The space is now home to Sneakersnstuff, the Swedish-born sneaker empire that's taken the world by storm. The brand's seventh store worldwide and first store in Asia, the Tokyo shop features two unique buildings that almost feel like an art gallery and store merged together, as well as a tranquil café and terrace space.

14. Enjoy music and a drink at Grandfather's

Bars and pubs Shibuya

Established 40 years ago, the aptly named Grandfather’s started out with a playlist style that was uncommon at the time, blending together rock LPs one song at a time. After all these years, the interior is still well maintained, giving off a rich ambience that’s appropriate for such a venerable bar and that lends an extra level of charm to the music.

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Shibuya Parco - Pokemon Center
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15. Become a Pokémon trainer at Pokémon Center Shibuya

Shopping Shibuya

The Pokémon Center Shibuya looks like the futuristic lab of the game’s Professor Willow. At the entrance, you’ll be greeted by a life-sized Mewtwo hibernating in a water tank, before you venture into a massive retail space filled with all your favourite Pokémon characters in every imaginable form.

Fruits and Season
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16. Pick up a vegan fruit sando at Fruits and Season

Restaurants Sandwich shop Ebisu

Vegans rejoice! Although Japan’s famous fruit sandwiches might sound vegan-friendly, most use cream and sliced bread containing milk or eggs. But herbivores can tuck into these luxurious fruit sandwiches with egg- and dairy-free shokupan, filled with fruit and soy-based whipped cream.

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17. Snack on a rare treat at Kon

Restaurants Yoyogi-Uehara

This quaint café in a revamped traditional Japanese house serves up a distinctive menu of konnyaku inarizushi and kakigori shaved ice. Inarizushi are little pockets of deep-fried tofu stuffed with rice, but Kon takes this traditional dish up a notch by filling konnyaku (konjac) pockets with rice. This unique take on inarizushi originated in the Kumamoto region and is a rare treat to find in central Tokyo. During the warmer months, Kon also specialises in kakigori shaved ice topped with seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. 

Farmer's Table
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18. Upgrade your lifestyle at Farmer's Table

Shopping Lifestyle Ebisu

Located on the fourth floor of a nondescript building in Ebisu, this spacious store houses everything from fashion, Chemex coffee equipment and door mats, to fine jewellery, antique glassware and other little trinkets. Clothing comes in the form of closet staples like simple T-shirts and hoodies, and even a selection of shoes.

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19. Appreciate eclectic films at Uplink

Cinemas Shibuya

This mini theatre in the heart of Shibuya screens a great selection of music- and art-related films and documentaries. This movie theatre also features a gallery, a market and the Tabera restaurant serving some fantastic Middle Eastern cuisine.

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20. Combine coffee with wagashi at Cobi Coffee Aoyama

Restaurants Aoyama

This classy coffee shop inside the Bloom & Branch store in Aoyama invokes the atmosphere and techniques used in coffee shops of yore, drip coffee made with cloth filters included. Pair your cup of joe with traditional Japanese desserts like yokan jelly and castella cakes.

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Studio Mule スタジオ ミュール
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21. Pair wine and music at Studio Mule

Bars and pubs Shibuya

At this hideaway wine bar, owner Toshiya Kawasaki takes the Japanese concept of a listening bar – where the proprietor plays their own collection of records on a high-end audio system – and combines it with his love of natural wine.

Menya Nukaji
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22. Slurp on quality noods at Menya Nukaji

Restaurants Ramen Shibuya

This Udagawacho hotspot uses a rich, delicious gyokai tonkotsu broth made from simmering chicken, pork and seafood. The rich light-brown soup is packed with flavour and pairs well with the straight and firm noodles. The basic ramen starts at just ¥800, but for ¥1,200 you’ll get a bowl with all the trimmings including lightly seared chashu pork, menma bamboo shoots, a flavoured egg and green onions.

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Satei Hato
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23. Enjoy an old-school cup of coffee Satei Hato

Restaurants Coffeeshops Shibuya

Stepping through the low, marble-tiled entrance, the first thing you’ll notice is the gorgeous tableware displayed behind a long hardwood counter. That’s not to say that the surroundings here outshine the coffee – on the contrary, Satei Hato’s hand-drip offerings maintain the absolutely highest quality. Choose from up to eight varieties of charcoal-roasted beans and watch as the formally dressed staff prepare your treat with almost religious dedication.

Mandarake
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24. Geek out underground at Mandarake

Shopping Shibuya

You don’t have to go all the way to Akihabara to get your otaku fix: this subterranean shop in central Shibuya is overflowing with manga, anime, collectable toys and more. Serious collectors should stay tuned to the shop’s socials for store events and auctions where you can get your hands on rare finds.

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Konno Hachimangu Shrine
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26. Visit the site where Shibuya got its name at Konno Hachimangu Shrine

Attractions Religious buildings and sites Shibuya

This quiet little shrine marks the spot where the aristocratic Shibuya family, believed to have given the area its name, once lived. The shrine is designated as a tangible cultural property by Shibuya ward and is also home to a number of treasures including a pair of lion masks carved by craftsman Hidari Jingoro and a mikoshi (portable shrine), which is used during festivals.

Shiroichi
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27. Lick a long ice cream at Shiroichi

Restaurants Ice-cream parlours Shibuya

Shiroichi’s cones are something to marvel at. These soft serves are unusually long and thin, so you’ll want to devour yours quickly before it melts or topples over. That’s not hard to do, though – the fresh milk frozen treat is utterly irresistible.

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28. Eat some sophisticated soba at Ryan

Restaurants Shibuya

Tokyo has no shortage of excellent traditional soba noodle restaurants. But for a creative and contemporary – yet entirely authentic – take on soba, visit Ryan in Shibuya. The soba menu ranges from plain chilled soba served with a rich dashi-based dipping sauce to more complex offerings like hot soba with anago (sea eel) and vegetable tempura.

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30. Hang out, Oslo-style at Fuglen Tokyo

Bars and pubs Shibuya

Bringing some Norwegian flair to a remote corner of Shibuya, this bar and café serves top-notch coffee by day and classy cocktails at night. Like the retro furniture? You can buy that, too.

Izakaya Masaka
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31. Go vegan at Izakaya Masaka

Restaurants Harajuku

Hidden among the cool restaurants of Shibuya Parco’s Chaos Kitchen, this shitamachi (downtown) izakaya-style restaurant serves only vegan dishes. The main dish is the mock karaage made with soy meat instead of chicken, which comes in five different flavours including grated radish, Chinese black vinegar, Sichuan style hot and spicy, sweet and sour, and teriyaki mayonnaise.

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32. Dine at a restaurant run by robots at Pepper Parlor

Restaurants Cafés Shibuya

Located on the fifth floor of Shibuya Fukuras in Tokyu Plaza Shibuya, this cutting-edge café-lounge is not about spicy food; it’s name is derived from Pepper, the adorable semi-humanoid robot created by SoftBank Robotics. Just head to the counter where Pepper will take your order (in Japanese, English and Chinese), as well as recommend dishes based on your current mood.

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33. Taste the kakigori revolution at Sebastián

Restaurants Kakigori Shibuya

Shaved ice meets cream cake at this restaurant that’s created their very own version of kakigori, which they call ‘dolce shaved ice’. Watching the owner expertly assemble his original Mango Shortcake kakigori is fascinating – layers of ice, mango syrup, whipped cream and mango pieces come together to form what looks exactly like a real cake.

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Torikatsu Chicken とりかつチキン
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34. Bite into perfectly crisp katsu at Torikatsu Chicken

Restaurants Shibuya

This hidden gem of a restaurant looks like it’s stuck in the ’70s, from its location in a forgotten back-alley building and old-school interior to its surprisingly low prices. It specialises in cutlets – meat and vegetables breaded with panko and deep fried. The popular set meal, which comes with a chicken cutlet, ham cutlet and croquette plus rice, miso soup and shredded cabbage, is only ¥700 – it’s arguably the best value meal in central Shibuya.

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イート プレイ ワークス

35. Eat your way around the world at Eat Play Works

Things to do Hiroo

Located along Hiroo's main shopping street, this multi-purpose building boasts 16 restaurants spread over two floors, offering everything from Japanese and Mexican cuisine to specialities from Spain, Italy, France and the Middle East. Eat Play Works is also home to an outpost of the popular Blue Bottle Coffee shop.

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36. Marvel at world-famous art at Nanzuka 2G

Art Shibuya

An offshoot of Tokyo gallery Nanzuka Underground, 2G is located inside the trendy Parco shopping centre and is an art gallery and retail store offering cool collabs with some big name artists. Expect to find T-shirts and phone cases with prints by Hajime Sorayama, as well as collectables like Bearbricks and more. The gallery space in the back shows a rotation of exciting Japanese and international artists including installations by Tetsuya Nakamura and contemporary pieces by Daniel Arsham.

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37. Show off your best hip hop moves at Harlem

Clubs Shibuya

Located in the same building as Club Atom, Harlem has been the mecca of hip-hop culture in Japan since the mid 1990s. If you want to see B-boys and fly girls shakin’ it, as well as some of Japan’s up-and-coming MCs, this is the spot. The tunes are basically straight-up rap with a little R&B mixed in. DJ Hazime and other well-known Japanese spinners often play here.

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39. Snag sushi for a steal at Sushi Tokyo Ten Shibuya

Restaurants Sushi Shibuya

Looking for an omakase sushi meal that won’t break the bank? Edo-style sushi specialist Sushi Tokyo Ten has one of the best deals in town. Don’t be put off by its classy décor; dinner omakase is just ¥7,000 a person, but the lunch set is an even bigger steal, coming in at just ¥3,850 a person.

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Tempu
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40. Fill up on takoyaki at Tempu

Restaurants Shibuya

There are few things more satisfying than a fresh batch of takoyaki (octopus balls) after a long night of karaoke, best paired with a frothy cold beer. Tempu owner Masahide Sakuramoto is from Osaka, where the dish originates. He serves perfectly golden brown spheres fresh off the griddle in this brightly lit standing-only eatery where customers pour their own drinks and pass dishes to each other in cheerful comradery.

WWW
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41. Catch a cinematic concert at WWW

Music Shibuya

The tiered floor is a dead giveaway: WWW was an arthouse cinema before it found its current vocation as a gig spot. Sister venue WWW X upstairs boasts an even more powerful sound system.

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Archive Store
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43. Enter a fashion fantasy at Archive Store

Shopping Vintage shops Shibuya

Hidden in a basement away from the busy streets of Shibuya, Archive Store is a treasure trove for fans of coveted Japanese and international designers such as Comme des Garçons, Yohji Yamamoto, Martin Margiela and Raf Simons. The store is worth a visit in its own right for its edgy, hyper-modern interior fitted with mirrored walls and a mysterious, dimly lit atmosphere. 

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Levain
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45. Stock up on quality bread at Levain Bakery

Restaurants Yoyogi-Hachiman

One of the pioneers of Tokyo’s artisanal bread scene, Levain has been serving its wild-yeast leavened bread and baked goods since the ’80s. Located on the ground floor of a residential apartment block in Shibuya’s trendy Tomigaya district, the cosy, den-like brick bakery and adjacent cafe is inspired by ‘a mountain cottage at the border of France and Switzerland’.

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Tokyu Hands
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46. Peruse novelty knick-knacks at Tokyu Hands

Shopping Shibuya

From stationery to toilet-seat covers, this is the largest household goods store in Tokyo, packed with knick-knacks for the home. Particularly interesting is the party supplies section, which gives a unique glimpse into the Japanese sense of humour. It can be difficult to find your way around the multitude of floors, but getting a bit lost is part of the fun, right? 

Taro Okamoto - Myth of Tomorrow
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47. Stop and stare at 'The Myth of Tomorrow'

Art Shibuya

Lost for decades in Mexico, Taro Okamoto’s 30m-long mural was recovered and moved to a new home in 2008: the station concourse inside Shibuya Mark City. Sometimes compared to Picasso's Guernica, 'The Myth of Tomorrow' depicts the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as an eruption of vibrant colours, centering around a skeletal figure caught in the blast.

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48. Sip on a seasonal cocktail at Ishinohana

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Shibuya

Seasonal cocktails are the speciality at Ishinohana, Shibuya's answer to the high-end cocktail bars of Ginza. At a basement location just a minute's walk from Shibuya Station, owner Shinobu Ishigaki wields an array of fresh fruit and vegetables when creating his distinctive drinks: a gin and tonic is enlivened with kumquat, a margherita gets an injection of housemade cassis confiture.

Womb
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49. Dance the night away at Womb

Music Shibuya

Womb is a top-flight club with a vast dancefloor, great lighting, a super-bass sound system and what claims to be ‘Asia’s largest mirror ball’. House, techno and drum ’n’ bass are the usual sounds here. Womb’s schedule is packed with foreign names, but DJ Aki (drum ’n’ bass) is one local hero who plays here.

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50. Play a round of ping pong at EST

Attractions Shibuya

A saving grace for fans of indoor recreation, EST Shibuya is a playground of ping pong tables, billiards and bowling alleys. There are four floors reserved for bowling alleys alone, where if you’re hungry you can order a snack from the touch panels available at every lane.

 

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