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Vibrant Tokyo district and youth culture hub

Photo of Shibuya, Japan (Shibuya Crossing by Joshua Damasio)

Shibuya is a dynamic Tokyo district known for its fashion, entertainment, and the famous Shibuya Crossing. It reflects the pulse of Japanese youth culture.

About Shibuya

Shibuya’s history goes back to the Edo period (1603-1868) when it started gaining prominence. The district saw significant change during the Meiji Restoration in 1868, marking the start of rapid modernization in Japan. The establishment of Shibuya Station in 1885 played a crucial role in the district’s development, with Shibuya becoming a commercial zone by the early 20th century.

The area rose as a focal point for youth culture after World War II. The 1964 Tokyo Olympics spurred on further development, and the district became home to trendsetting boutiques and entertainment venues. Shibuya 109, a landmark fashion building, opened in 1979, eventually turning into a popular destination for fashion enthusiasts.

The Shibuya Crossing, also known as the “Scramble Crossing,” is known for being one of the busiest pedestrian crossings globally. It is surrounded by large screens and advertisements, adding to its iconic status.

Shibuya Sky, the observation area atop the Shibuya Scramble Square building, was opened in November 2019, providing panoramic views of the city and becoming a favorite for locals and tourists alike.

A piece of Shibuya’s historical significance is the statue of Hachiko, the loyal dog that waited at Shibuya Station for his owner every day after the owner’s death in 1925 until Hachiko’s own death nearly nine years later. The statue serves as a symbol of loyalty and a common meeting point.

Shibuya also offers cultural experiences like the Shoto Museum of Art, showcasing Japanese and Eastern art. The Meiji Jingu Shrine, situated in the adjacent Yoyogi Park, provides a look at Japan’s spiritual history.

Nearby, the neighborhoods of Harajuku and Omotesando complement Shibuya with high-end shops and cafes, adding to the variety of urban culture in Tokyo.

Shibuya is more than a commercial and entertainment district; it is a place where the traditional meets the modern, showing an ability to evolve with the times while respecting its historical roots.

Upcoming Events what's happening around Shibuya

🌸 Cherry Blossom Predictions
Thursday, 21 March - Thursday, 11 April 2024 (predicted)

Cherry blossoms (sakura) started blooming in Tokyo on March 29, 2024, and are expected to reach their peak around April 4.

Petals typically fall within about 1 week of the full bloom unless the weather causes them to drop earlier.

For more information, see our complete Cherry Blossom Predictions 2024 guide.

Updated 29 Mar 2024
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