With the iconic Shibuya Crossing in the center and loads of food, drink, and shopping options, there’s plenty of fun and quirky things to do in Shibuya. As an entertainment mecca, Shibuya has always aroused Tokyo’s trendy youth, workers from surrounding offices, and tourists wanting to experience the neon lights and crowded streets that Tokyo is famous for. We‘ve had a lot of fun exploring the streets and their entertainment and have put together our guide to The Best Things To Do In Shibuya, Tokyo!
Crowd watching at the Shibuya Crossing
The Shibuya Pedestrian Scramble is renowned all over the world for the record that it sets. During the peak hours, over 2,500 people cross in three minutes, making it the busiest crossing in the world. The crossing can be visited both during the day as well as in the night-time. Your nightlife in Shibuya might remain incomplete if you do not visit the crossing at least once. The place is altogether different from what you might find here during the daytime. The area is all lit up, and this is an ideal time for taking pictures as, during the peak hours, your chances of doing the same might be sleek.
Get drunk at Nonbei Yokocho or The Drunkard’s Alley
The Drunkard’s Alley, as they call it, Nonbei Yokocho is infamous for its tiny bars and cafes. Before going to a fancy club, one must visit one of the bars in the Abbey at least once to have a feel of Japanese tradition and relax over a drink. Anime reading at one of the Manga Cafes- Although Shibuya is world-famous for its fancy clubs and bars, it also has a lot in store for non-alcoholics. Manga Cafes are for all the readers out there where one can rent a booth for a couple of hours and enjoy a large section of Manga and Anime books. However, one needs to be well-versed in Japanese to enjoy at one of these Cafes as they have booked only in Japanese.
A walk through the Museum of Yebisu Beer
Located inside the Yebisu Garden Place, a tour through the Museum of Yebisu Beer enlightens one about the history of Yebisu Beer in Japanese. Although entry to this place is free of cost, a foreign tourist can pay around 500 Yen and hire a guide to explain the history of the place in other languages as well. This Museum is not all that boring as it also has a Beer Tasting Salon and a museum shop.
Genki Sushi is a popular Shibuya sushi spot due to a combination of affordable prices and the sushi train delivery! In Genki, orders are placed through a multi-language tablet, and food is then sent directly to the table by conveyor belt. Unless you order drinks, you don’t actually interact with the serving staff as everything happens automatically. It’s quite a novelty and a fun place to visit!
Located between Harajuku and Shibuya, the bustling Yoyogi Park is a hangout for locals and tourists alike. Yoyogi is one of Tokyo’s largest parks and it is perfect for a stroll after the craziness of Harajuku or Shibuya. We loved spotting the adorable dogs, the street artists, and the fun atmosphere at the weekends!
Always buzzing with activity, Shibuya is a great neighborhood in which to experience Tokyo nightlife. Shibuya is a popular place with everyone from college students to salarymen and attracts a mix of both locals and tourists. There’s a huge selection of nighttime entertainment from the quaint izakaya, or Japanese taverns, to karaoke joints, cheap restaurants, busy nightclubs, and modern cocktail bars.
The Best Things To Do In Shibuya. Outside the Hachikō Exit of Shibuya Station, you’ll find the bronze statue erected in honor of the dog by the same name. After his owner died, Hachikō came to the station every day for nine years to wait for him. His story of love and loyalty touched the hearts of millions and this statue was built to commemorate Hachikō. There’s even a Hollywood movie inspired by the tale. His statue today has become a popular meeting spot and the area around the exit is known as Hachikō Plaza.
National Nō Theater
Take in traditional Japanese art and culture at the National Nō Theater. Nō is drama for the stage that includes plenty of singing and dancing. In addition to regular performances, the theater hosts ‘Nō Workshops for Foreigners’ which are free to join. Visitors can learn traditional dance steps and music with an English guide. Check their website for the schedule.