Shibuya District

A Tokyo standout, Shibuya District offers everyone a place to fit in.

Counting trend-setting Harajuku and natural attraction Yoyogi Park within its bounds, Shibuya District combines cutting-edge fashion and old-fashioned fun. Skate shops and street wear boutiques climb up the steep alleys behind Dogenzaka Street and keep Shibuya District at the forefront of new fads. Visitors can still find solace in the district despite its fast pace and constant crowds—they just need to journey to nearby Meiji Shrine, a verdant escape from the neighborhood’s frenzy.

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On the Map

Shibuya District is bordered by Harajuku, Nakameguro, Ebisu/Daikanyama, Aoyama, Shinjuku, Shimokitazawa, Shibuya, Meguro District, Nakano District, Shinjuku 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

Fast Paced and Well Connected In West-Central Tokyo

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Overwhelmingly recognized for its envelope-pushing, energy-emanating, unyieldingly fast-paced center, Shibuya, Shibuya District encompasses a wider berth of calmer nooks.

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Although Shibuya District's center fills with department store dressing rooms, two-story billboards, and chatter-filled restaurants, it's not far to the outer edges of the area that provide peace from the activity.

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The quieter parts of Shibuya District are easy to get to by bus, train, and subway.

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You're guaranteed to find a seat at the bar once you arrive in Shibuya District's outer limits.

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...central Tokyo rife with restaurants, cafés, bars, and bakeries serving food from around the world. You’ll be [so close to] the city’s youth culture and entertainment center... with no last train to worry about you may never sleep."

The Other Side of Shibuya District

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Serenity is conventionally uncommon around Shibuya Station, but it's possible to find moments of solace along the neighborhood's side streets.

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Despite the throngs of people that pass through Shibuya District's commercial corridors, the area still manages to fold coziness into its corners.

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The balconies of modest apartment buildings are concrete awnings to the shops and restaurants below.

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Daytime Activity In Yoyogi Park

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Yoyogi Park's open spaces almost feel as hectic as Shibuya District's main avenues.

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One of the most popular cherry blossom viewing perches, Yoyogi Park hosts thousands of nature connoisseurs every spring.

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Beyond hanami (the Japanese custom of enjoying flowers), demonstrators, cosplayers, performers, ponderers, and Tai Chi practitioners plant their feet in Yoyogi Park.

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Built in time for the 1964 Olympics, Tokyo's national gymnasium remains a multi-use sports complex for athletes in Yoyogi Park.

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Many exercisers prefer to practice outdoors.

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With a great variety of food, convenience shops, and shopping all around, this location is ideal for travelers. There is a younger crowd in Shibuya compared to Shinjuku. We felt safe at all times."
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Natasha

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Peace In Shibuya District: The Meiji Shrine

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Dedicated as a place of worship to honor Emperor Meiji, the founder of modern Japan, the Meiji Shrine shares a border with neighboring Yoyogi Park. Together, the two serve as Tokyo's green lungs.

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Awash in foliage, it's possible to forget your place in one of the world's largest cities when in the middle of the Meiji Shrine's verdant grounds.

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Enter through the Torii and transport yourself away from the frenzy of Takeshita Street.

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Although it's often crowded, the shrine promotes a contemplative atmosphere even on its busiest day of visitation, New Year's Eve.

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The quietude it exudes allows the silence to be broken by nature.

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Birds sing among the shrine's Japanese cedar trees while sake barrels bob beneath.

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At the Center: Shibuya District After Dark

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Especially around the train station with which it shares its name, Shibuya District is famous for attracting frolicsome youth.

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The closer you are to Shibuya Station, the brighter the lights shine, the denser the crowds become, and the longer the nights unwind as countless clubs, bars, and boutiques stay open late.

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The further you get from Shibuya Station, the calmer the atmosphere becomes.

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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.