Things to do in Shibuya

Updated October 15, 2019
Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

I’ve heard Shibuya described as an attraction in and of itself. Meaning, you go to Shibuya to see Shibuya rather than a specific place. I totally agree.

It’s where the famous Shibuya Crossing is everyone wants to photograph.

During the day you’ll find stylish teens wearing the latest, sometimes strange, trend-setting fashion shuffling through stored like Forever 21 and Shibuya 109.

Then at night, Shibuya lights up with neon signs from the massive variety of izakaya, crazy nightclubs like Womb, and late-evening restaurants for the night owls.

Shibuya is made up of a few popular areas (aka neighborhoods) such as Center Gai, Dogenzaka, Ebisu, Harajuku, Hiroo, and Yoyogi.

You want a peek at Shibuya? Well, this is more than a peek I suppose, 40-something minutes of 4K footage walking around Shibuya.

If you’d like to deep-dive on Shibuya and learn about its history, transportation, geography and more, check out the Wikipedia entry.

But enough intro to Shibuya, let’s talk now about things to do and places to eat in Shibuya.

First up, places to eat… because dining is where culture is truly discovered right?

Places to Eat in Shibuya:
Shibuya Restaurants

Shibuya is loaded with dining experiences ranging from the big chain family restaurants to the tiniest mom and pop hiding down the maze-like alleys. Eat like a local in Shibuya; here are my hand-picked recommendations for fantastic dining experiences in Shibuya:

Sakuratei Harajuku

Sakuratei: An Artsy Okonomiyaki Restaurant in Harajuku

Sakuratei is a fantastic okonomiyaki restaurant with a diverse menu -- connected to an experimental art gallery called Design Festa, located in Harajuku.
Torikatsu Chicken, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Torikatsu Chicken: A Fantastic Mom & Pop Lunch in Shibuya

Torikatsu Chicken is a chicken cutlet restaurant in Shibuya specializing in delicious, budget-friendly meal sets for busy workers.
Shibuya Cheese Stand, Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya Cheese Stand: A magnificent little Craft cheese stand

The Shibuya Cheese Stand is an awesome little craft cheese shop serving fresh mozzarella and other cheeses directly from the factory nearby the shop.
Naruto Kitchen, fried chicken in Tokyo, Japan

Naruto Kitchen: Quite Possibly the Best Fried Chicken in Japan

Naruto Kitchen is a fantastic fried chicken restaurant with roots from Hokkaido, bringing its twist on a classic dish to Shibuya.
Whyte Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

whyte: A Café with sandwiches while you get your hair done

whyte is a teeny-tiny little cafe and hair salon with delicious gourmet sandwiches, tucked away in fashionable Harajuku.
Hanada Rossa, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Hanada Rosso: An Organic, Vegan-Friendly Burger Joint in Shibuya

Hanada Rosso is a vegan-friendly burger joint with a fantastic menu of all-organic meals, including condiments, in Shibuya Tokyo.
Mominoki House, Tokyo, Japan

Mominoki House Organic Cuisine in Tokyo

Mominoki House is a restaurant specializing in organic foods and locally sources ingredients to craft delicious, healthy meals in Shibuya.
Gonpachi Nori-Temaki, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Gonpachi Nori-Temaki: Kill Bill Restaurant Does Hand-Rolled Sushi

Gonpachi Nori-Temaki is a hand-wrapped sushi (temaki) spin-off from the famous Kill Bill restaurant chain, Gonpachi, in Shibuya, Tokyo.

Izakaya & Nightlife in Shibuya

When the sun goes down, the neon lights kick on and Shibuya springs to life. It really is impressive just to stand back and take it all in. But once you’re ready to dive in, here are some places to check out.

Kushikatsu Tanaka izakaya chain

Kushikatsu Tanaka: Budget-Friendly, Delicious Fried Food Izakaya

Kushikatsu Tanaka is an incredible izakaya chain with locations throughout Japan specializing in delightful, budget-friendly skewered deep-fried food.
Kotaro, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Kotaro; A Cozy Izakaya Founded By A Classically Trained Chef

Kotaro is a cozy izakaya in Shibuya serving food cooked by a classically trained chef.

Things to Do in Shibuya

Shibuya is more of a foodie destination, but there are some things to do that are worth your time (for example, checking out the Hachiko, which you can read about in the Shibuya Crossing link below).

Shibuya Foodie Tour

Food Tour Shibuya: A 3-Hour Food Lover's Dream Experience

Sometimes you just want to get out and try foods without having to plan it all out yourself. Sure would be amazing if someone did it for you right?
Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya Crossing: Explore The World’s Busiest Intersection

The Shibuya Crossing is a huge intersection in the Shibuya ward of Tokyo -- where literally thousands and thousands of people cross daily.

Shibuya Q&A

Is Shibuya close to Shinjuku?

Yes, it is. Shinjuku touches Shibuya on the northern/northeastern edge. They’re connected.

Much like how Nevada and California share a border, so do Shinjuku and Shibuya.

Is Shibuya in Tokyo?

Yes. It’s one of the special wards that make up “downtown Tokyo.”

Sorry, had to answer it. Someone asked. 🙂

Is Shibuya safe at night?

Yes, but show caution. Pretty much everywhere in Japan is safe but that doesn’t mean there is no crime.

Violent, confrontational crime is exceptionally rare. But groping, inappropriate photography, and other things like bike theft do occur.

If you live in Shibuya make sure your home doors and windows are locked to deter theft. But it’s not like theft is rampant.

Where is Shibuya in Japan?

Here are two maps to help you understand this. First, where Tokyo is in Japan.

Tokyo in Japan

And then we’ll zoom in and look at the section of the special wards of Tokyo, which is where Shibuya is located (it’s the red mark).

Shibuya special ward on map.

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