Attractions

Top Choice Street in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Shibuya Crossing

Rumoured to be the busiest intersection in the world (and definitely in Japan), Shibuya Crossing, is like a giant beating heart, sending people in all directions with every pulsing light change. Perhaps nowhere else…
Top Choice Area in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Shimo-Kitazawa

The narrow streets of ‘Shimokita’ are barely passable by cars, meaning a streetscape like a dollhouse version of Tokyo. It’s been a favourite haunt of generations of students, musicians and artists. If hippies – not…
Museum in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Toguri Museum of Art

The Toguri Museum of Art has an excellent collection of Edo-era ceramics, displayed in informative, thematic exhibitions with English explanations – great for getting to know the symbolism of the different motifs an…
Statue in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Hachikō Statue

Come meet Tokyo's most famous pooch, Hachikō. This Akita dog came to Shibuya Station everyday to meet his master, a professor, returning from work. After the professor died in 1925, Hachikō continued to come to the …
Museum in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Japan Folk Crafts Museum

The mingei (folk crafts) movement was launched in the early 20th century to promote handmade objects over mass-produced ones. The leaders of the cause founded this museum to house some 17,000 examples of exquisite c…
Museum in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

d47 Museum

Lifestyle brand D&Department combs the country for the platonic ideals of the utterly ordinary: the perfect broom, bottle opener or salt shaker (to name a few examples). See rotating exhibitions of its latest fi…
Public Art in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Myth of Tomorrow

Okamoto Tarō's mural, Myth of Tomorrow (1967), was commissioned by a Mexican luxury hotel but went missing two years later. It finally turned up in 2003 and, in 2008, the haunting 30m-long work, which depicts the at…
Area in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Shibuya Center-gai

Shibuya's main drag is closed to cars and chock-a-block with fast-food joints and high-street fashion shops. At night, lit bright as day, with a dozen competing soundtracks (coming from who knows where), wares spill…
Area in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Dōgenzaka

Dōgenzaka, named for a 13th-century highway robber, is a maze of narrow streets. Home to one of Tokyo's largest clusters of love hotels (hotels for amorous encounters), it's also known as Love Hotel Hill. It's more …
Area in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Spain-zaka

Shibuya's most atmospheric little alley is typical Tokyo bricolage, with a Mediterranean flavour, a mismatch of architectural styles, cutesy clothing stores and a melting pot of restaurants all along a narrow, windi…