About Shibuya
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Tokyo, Japan
Shibuya is the central business area of Shibuya Ward, and is located around the bustling Shibuya Station.   It is known as a major fashion and nightlife centre and is particularly popular with young people, who often hang out in the area.  

If you walk around Shibuya, you’ll find crowds of people dressed in all sorts of funky fashions, and can do a lot of people watching (or shopping if that’s your preference).   There is also a scramble crosswalk by Shibuya Station where all traffic stops and humanity surges in all directions across the intersections.
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First To Review: Anthony P.
5.0 star rating
Jan 27, 2011
The name "Shibuya" is also used to refer to the central business district of Shibuya Ward, which surrounds Shibuya Station, one of Tokyo's busiest railway stations. Shibuya is known as one of the fashion centers of Japan, particularly for young people, and as a major nightlife area.

Green areas
Meiji Shrine, Shinto shrine dedicated to the souls of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken, surrounded by a 700,000-square-meter forest.
Shinjuku Gyoen (Sendagaya), former Imperial gardens now open to the public as a park.
Yoyogi Park, once a training base for the Imperial Japanese Army, later the Washington Heights housing area for the Occupation of Japan, then the lodgings for contestants in the Tokyo Olympics.
Shibuya 109, a popular and trendy place for mostly Japanese young women to shop.
United Nations University
Bunkamura, theatre and concert hall complex
Cerulean Tower, the tallest building in the Shibuya Station area
Yebisu Garden Place (Ebisu), site of the former Sapporo Brewery, now featuring restaurants and shopping, along with the Westin Hotel
National Noh Theatre (Sendagaya)
New National Theatre (Hatsudai), site of opera, ballet, and other performances
NHK Broadcasting Center, headquarters of the NHK radio, television, and satellite broadcasting system
NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building, the third-tallest building in Tokyo, patterned after the Empire State Building
Omotesandō Hills, a shopping mall completed in 2006
Southern Terrace (Sendagaya)
Takashimaya Times Square (Sendagaya), one of the largest department stores in Japan
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium (Sendagaya), a major indoor arena complex
Tokyo Baptist Church
Yoyogi National Gymnasium, designed for the 1964 Olympics by Kenzo Tange.
[edit]Streets and places
Aoyama Dōri, a major east-west thoroughfare
Center Gai
Dōgen-zaka, a road in central Shibuya famous for its surrounding nightclubs and love hotels
Komazawa Dōri – running past Daikanyama, down the hill to Ebisu, crossing Meiji Dōri and up the hill through Higashi, Tokyo and Hiroo . The road stops at the Shuto expressway in Minami Aoyama. Famed for its beautiful trees that turn bright yellow in autumn, cafes, restaurants and large replica of Michelangelo's David outside of the Papas building. Prince Hitachi and Princess Hitachi have their official residence in a palace in large gardens off Komazawadori in Higashi [2]
Kōen Street, in central Shibuya between Shibuya Station and Yoyogi Park
Meiji Dōri, a major north-south thoroughfare parallel to the Yamanote Line
Omotesandō, an avenue leading up to the Meiji Shrine with a number of famous-brand boutiques
Takeshita Street, a shopping street through Harajuku
Yamanote Street

Top view of the Shibuya Crossing

Center Gai at dusk

Street view of the Shibuya Crossing
Shibuya is famous for its scramble crossing. It is located in front of the Shibuya Station Hachikō exit and stops vehicles in all directions to allow pedestrians to inundate the entire intersection. Three large TV screens mounted on nearby buildings overlook the crossing. The Starbucks store overlooking the crossing is also one of the busiest in the world.
On the northwest side of Shibuya station, there is a popular meeting place with a statue of Hachikō, while on the northeast side of Shibuya station there is another popular meeting place with a statue called "Moyai". The statue resembles a Moai statue, and it was given to Shibuya by the people of Niijima Island in 1980.
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4.0 star rating
Apr 30, 2011
Well, I live here but I'm biased... I think Shibuya is the most widely varied part of Tokyo, with the lights and the girls and the chaos and the free hugs and the shopping... (yes, free hugs) but the best thing is that if it does all get too much there are choice little alleys (over the bridge over Tamagawa-dori, heading along the train lines to Ebisu) that can have you in a bohemian-chic cafe with a cocktail in 5 minutes flat. Accommodation is either expensive or capsule, but there are other places to stay. Shibuya and it's counterpart Shinjuku are the beating (pulsating, doesn't sleep nor even get tired) hearts of Tokyo.
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Dec 28, 2009
Shibuya is a large shopping district in Tokyo which is full of life. Scene / Harajuku girls stand on podiums outside the shops, yelling and carrying on in an effort to attract people to go inside. Theres also huge tv screens on all the highrise buildings. The whole place is just absolutely crazy and so much fun. Especially if your into fashion and shopping like you've never shopped before.
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2.0 star rating
Nov 23, 2008
Shibuya is just great, it's an awesome experience so be there because there can be found all kind of people dressed in the most excentric ways, people disguised, people wearing all kind of accessories, the typical photo machines, it's all full of lights and pretty colorful. A japanese friend of mine took me there and it was a cool experience
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5.0 star rating
Oct 14, 2008
Shibuya is a great place for fun when you visit Tokyo for the fisrt time - come there between 5-9 p.m. and you'll experience the best time of your life, lost of funky and stylish shops, snack bars, japanese fast food and nice restaurants. But the most amazing part are the masses of people that will never stop to flow...simply amazing!
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