Shibuya

A stylish stand out, Shibuya fuels Tokyo's fashion-forward masses.

A whirlwind at the heart of Shibuya District, Shibuya centers on the area’s namesake train station, Shibuya Station. By day, hautely dressed denizens flood out of the station and into Shibuya’s top department stores, trendy boutiques, and nearly-too-cool izakayas. By night, Shibuya’s sidewalks swell with chattering youth and the sounds of DJs spinning in suspended glass booths. Leaving the clamor behind means leaving Shibuya. Luckily, the surrounding district provides plenty of natural respites.

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On the Map

Shibuya is within Shibuya District and bordered by Harajuku, Nakameguro, Ebisu/Daikanyama, Aoyama, Meguro District, and Minato District

Haneda Airport: 30 minutes by car or 50 minutes by public transit
Narita Airport: 1 hour & 10 minutes by car or 1 hour & 40 minutes by public transit
Shinjuku Station: 20 minutes by public transit
Ueno Station: 40 minutes by public transit
Tokyo Tower: 40 minutes by public transit

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Relentless Activity In Tokyo's Core

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Big billboards, big buildings, and big names converge in Shibuya, a fast-paced fashion capital near the core of Tokyo.

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The neighborhood's relentless cadence recalls images of New York City's Times Square.

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Bright, busy, loud, and massively labeled, Shibuya's attitude is suited to the young at heart.

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In Shibuya, it can be hard to keep up.

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The only minor downside is that due to the chaos that is Shibuya it can be a little noisy at night, this didn't really bother us but if it could bother you I'd bring a pair of earplugs."
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Sophie

Visited in 2013

Meet Me at Hachikō: Tokyo's Favorite Place to Reunite

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Ascend the stairs at Shibuya Station and find yourself face to snout with a steadfast canine. Hachikō waits patiently at the mouth of Shibuya Station while the world whisks past.

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Nearly 100 years ago, Hachikō the Akita came to meet his master everyday at the station's entrance. Even after his master passed away, Hachikō kept his post at the top of the stairs for nine years. His bronze statue sits as a testament to everlasting loyalty.

Very little compares to awe you'll feel stepping out of the Hachiko exit at night and strolling home."
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Sam

Visited in 2012

Shopping In Shibuya: International Trends and Acclaimed Boutiques

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Shibuya's fashionable reputation emanates from the dressing rooms of international brands to the rolling racks of Lolita boutiques in Harajuku, just north of Omotesando Dori.

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Venture northeast from Shibuya Station and you'll feel the neighborhood grow increasingly style-conscious as the streets lead you nearer to Harajuku.

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Crowds become particularly dense on the weekends as cosplayers show off their latest anime inspired apparel in Shibuya's plazas.

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Funky boutiques and independent bookshops rival the area's department stores.

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Tokyoites know that big things begin in their local neighborhood spaces.

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Shibuya is a major hub for west-central Tokyo and offers travelers a super connected feel to modern and cultural Tokyo lifestyle."

Artsy Coffee Shops and Craft Eateries

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Spend your Sunday or your everyday at Shibuya's burgeoning cafes and microbars.

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Small izakayas and sweet shops nestle into the neighborhood's side streets.

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The look of its eateries often steals the scene.

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Many of them have been the backdrops of major films.

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Others are more modest, and, more mobile.

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One of Shibuya's most fashionable orders remains the ever-popular crepe.

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Two of everything makes it easier to share.

Relentless Activity: Shibuya By Night

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Known as the youth area of Tokyo, it's not surprising that Shibuya's energetic days transform into mirthful cacophonies at night.

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The neighborhood's countless clubs, arcades, microbars, karaoke bars, and boutiques stay open late and serve unyielding crowds.

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There are few ways to escape Shibuya's foot traffic or taxi traffic.

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In Shibuya, quiet moments are ephemeral.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Raymond Patrick

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Raymond is a Travel, Lifestyle and Portrait photographer originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Growing up, his family lived in many places including Hokkaido, Japan. Influenced by his father, he took his first photography class at age fourteen. Later Raymond moved to New York and assisted the legendary photographer Steven Klein. Raymond splits his time between New York and Tokyo. His work has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, GQ, Travel + Leisure and many others. Over the span of his career he has shot thirty four countries.

Masaru Goto

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Masaru studied Photography at Parsons The New School for Design in NYC. He has 25 years experience photographing social and human rights issues in Asia and South America. After spending many years abroad, he has begun to focus on his own country of Japan. He established Reminders Photography Stronghold in Tokyo in 2013, a curated membership gallery making multi-photographic activities possible. His photographs have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek Japan, and many others.