This colossal tower has been the talk of the neighbourhood since the beginning of its construction. The first 14 floors are primarily for shops and restaurants while the floors above them are for offices and event spaces. With a height of 230 metres, this is the tallest structure in the district of Shibuya, so naturally it comes with an observation deck known as Shibuya Sky. On a clear day, you’ll be able to spot Mt Fuji in the far distance if you squint hard enough, but you’ll likely have a much better view of the Scramble crossing that the building owes its name to.
Shibuya Scramble Square has 213 shops and restaurants, featuring a wide range of local and international brands. Famous patisseries on the ground floor include Fructus, known for their fresh chestnut Mont Blancs and a cake made with coconut mousse called the ‘Egg’, as well as Tachihiro Morinaga, a sweets shop that produces rich chocolate gateaux made with speciality soy sauce.
If you’re in need of a quiet place to charge your electronic devices or get some work done, the building’s Tsutaya bookstore is also a ‘share lounge’ where you can pay for a time slot of 15 to 90 minutes and have access to free wi-fi as well as unlimited snacks and beverages.