Shibuya and Harajuku Guide

Madeleine Ray

Shibuya and Harajuku are close-by areas in Tokyo that are at the center of Japanese youth culture. Along with the trendiest shops, tastiest food, and most fashionable people, Shibuya and Harajuku offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences that give you a taste of life in Tokyo. From the iconic Shibuya Crossing to hidden drinking alleyways, the streets of Shibuya city are full of surprises. On this list, we included our top shops, restaurants, and locations which we feel encompass some of the most fun parts of traveling to Tokyo.

Hachikō Memorial Statue, SHIBUYA 109, Yoyogi Park, Mega Don Quijote Shibuya, Shibuya crossing, Shibuya Nonbei Yokocho, Genki Sushi, Kiddy Land, Takeshita Street

  • Hachikō Memorial Statue in Tokyo, Japan

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      This patient dog is famous across the world for the dedication he showed his late owner by waiting patiently by his side even after his passing. Hachiko Statue has been an iconic part of Shibuya since 1934 and has watched the city grow into a bustling metropolis. Hachiko is an adorable statue that you must take a picture with during your stay in Tokyo.

  • SHIBUYA 109 in Tokyo, Japan

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      Shibuya 109 is arguably the most iconic shopping center in Tokyo. All fashionable people in the city flock to this building to shop the latest designs at the most trendy boutiques. Anyone who loves fashion or culture will be delighted by the selection offered at *the* coolest mall in Tokyo.

  • Yoyogi Park in Tokyo, Japan

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      This sprawling park can be found near the Harajuku train station. The park is home to a temple, blooming sakura trees, and a beautiful pond. Yoyogi Park is a popular spot for Tokyo-ites to frequent for a breath of fresh air tucked inside the heart of the city.

  • Mega Don Quijote Shibuya, Japan

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      Mega Donki is one of the most popular department stores in Japan and is visited by tourists daily. With entire floors dedicated to souvenirs and pop culture, as well as cosmetic and lifestyle floors included, Donki has something for everyone. The Mega Donki in Shibuya also serves hot street food so you can fill up to spend an entire afternoon exploring this quirky location.

  • Shibuya crossing, Japan

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      Anytime you see something referencing Tokyo- the image of the Shibuya Crossing will be in it. Shibuya crossing is *the* largest crossing in the world, with the most pedestrians scurrying across during rush hour. Located directly across from the Hachiko statue, walking across this massive crossing is an amazing moment that we recommend you include on your Tokyo bucket list.

  • Shibuya Nonbei Yokocho in Tokyo, Japan

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      Hidden off the beaten path in hectic Shibuya nightlife is this charming alley lined with glowing lanterns and small locally-owned bars. Live like a true local at these homely spots and unwind after your busy day with some tasty yakitori (fried chicken) and an Asahi beer.

  • Genki Sushi, Japan

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      Genki Sushi is a conveyor belt sushi restaurant that has two locations in the heart of lively Shibuya. Their menu includes a mixture of classic sushi, and other traditional Japanese favorites, as well as unique adaptations like their famous hamburger sushi. Genki Sushi is one of the most fun and foreigner-friendly sushi establishments in the city. Along with having a fun experience ordering, Genki sushi is super affordable and tasty.

  • Kiddy Land in Tokyo, Japan

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      Imagine over five floors stuffed to the brim of any stuffed animal you can imagine, throw in some action toys and snacks and you have Kiddyland. Kiddyland is a must-see for all ages, which each floor dedicated to a different mascot character. From Moomin and Rilakkuma to the Marvel Universe, Kiddyland will bring your childhood dreams to life.

  • Takeshita Street in Tokyo, Japan

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      The center of Japanese youth pop culture, Takeshita street is one of the most iconic Tokyo locations that you have to visit. This pedestrian street is lined with sweet shops, subculture fashion shopping, and delicious restaurants. Walking through feels like you walked into an alternate reality full of kawaii and creamy Japanese-style crepes. Once you reach the end of the street you enter the more elegant high-end shopping area of Harajuku full of elegant department stores, but Takeshita street is an unchanged relic of the famous Harajuku fashion past.