Shibuya (渋谷) is one of Tokyo (東京)’s main districts, home to countless department stores, restaurants, clubs, love hotels, and karaoke (カラオケ) parlors. If you visit Tokyo, spending time in Shibuya is a definite must-see place! Although partying and shopping are great choices, they aren’t the only things to do. Here are 29 things to do in Shibuya, one of the coolest districts in Tokyo!
There is a fantastic opportunity to dress in a kimono (着物) and get your photograph taken at Shibuya Crossing, or the “scramble”, one of the most famous and busy crossings in the world! Have a unique photoshoot of mixing old and new Japan and make unforgettable memories! If you’d like to see the whole of Tokyo, there is a full Tokyo tour, too.
If you’re not proficient in the local language, it can be easy to stick with restaurants that look tourist and English-friendly; however, are you getting a real local experience? Luckily, in Shibuya you can meet a local person who will take you to a real Japanese pub, called an “izakaya (居酒屋)”, recommend dishes you may not have tried before, and show you how ordinary Japanese people party! If you’d like to immerse yourself in the culture while you’re here, check out this tour!
“Wagashi (和菓子)” are Japanese traditional sweets often served with green tea, made from rice cakes and sweet red bean paste. The sweetness of the wagashi compliments the bitterness of the tea. In Shibuya, there’s a chance for you to make some of these sweets with a local person! Learn more about Japanese confectionary and take some home as souvenirs.
If you love Disney, you’d adore this sweet Alice in Wonderland-themed cafe! There are several in Tokyo, and the Shibuya one is called “Alice in a Dancing Land (舞踏の国のアリス)”. Reserve your seats here, and step into the wonderful and weird land!
Stomach rumbling? Not sure what to do for dinner? Why not take a special walking food tour, where you can taste various kinds of street food, try dishes found off the beaten path, and be shown all the best places by a local? Better prepare a huge appetite, because this 3-hour tour will surely satisfy your craving for authentic Japanese food!
If you’re a fan of rock music, you may be interested in checking out a rock bar in Shibuya. You can request your favorite music and meet other music fans. You can check it out by yourself or try the below, where a local person will take you there and also to Tower Records (タワーレコード) music shop!
Shibuya is a fantastic place to go shopping! There are countless international and local stores selling clothes, video games, music and more. Because it’s such a large district and it’s quite easy to get lost, consider going with a local guide who can help you buy train tickets, take you out to lunch and recommend great fashion and accessories.
Nail art is very popular in Japan, and new and exciting designs are constantly being made! Popular Japan-themed nails include sushi (寿司), Hello Kitty (ハローキティ), traditional kimono patterns, and more! If you’d like to try getting a really nail art experience, consider the package deal below. You can choose from over 100 patterns or even design your own if you’re feeling creative!
If you love Japanese food so much that you just want to take it home with you, why not take a cooking class and learn how to make your favorite dishes? Cook a main dish, two side dishes, miso soup and rice, then finish it off with some delicious Japanese green tea and a dessert!
In Shibuya, there’s a great chance to dress as a samurai (侍) and get a photo shoot of you and others in various fighting poses! The samurai armor is authentic, and you can print your unique photos onto mugs and t-shirts to make unique souvenirs. Best of all, the person in charge of it all was a choreographer for Kill Bill! If you’d like to join this exciting experience, check it out!
Shopping in Shibuya isn’t all fashion and clothes – there are plenty of music, book and DVD shops, too. On this 3-hour morning tour, you can see all the best places to get everyday goods, used clothes. Your guide will also introduce you to their favorite cafe.
The Japanese tea ceremony is one of Japan’s precious and rather complicated cultures. In Shibuya, you can experience a real tea ceremony, though the guide emphasizes that it is not as strict as some others, meaning you can just relax and enjoy it. Kimonos are provided (though for men only; women won’t be able to dress up but can still take part in the ceremony). You can even make your own matcha (抹茶)!
Ikebana (生け花) is another of Japan’s important traditions, and in Tokyo you can experience it yourself! Learn some history of flower arranging and have a go at it yourself. You don’t need to take anything as the teacher will provide everything you’ll need. Immerse yourself in local culture and try it!
There is also the chance to meet up with a local person and talk or ask them anything you’d like about Japan! Make a new friend in Tokyo, and learn local knowledge from a native that you won’t find in guidebooks!
Dialog in the Dark (ダイアログ・イン・ザ・ダーク) is a unique experience originally started to raise awareness for the visually impaired. This unique tour will awaken your other senses as they take you on a journey where you can’t rely on your eyesight. Try out this unique experience in Shibuya by reserving tickets below.
Although Shibuya is a great place to visit, there are countless other areas in Tokyo that offer unique experiences and opportunities. For tours that offer various areas including Shibuya, check these out below!
Japan is indeed full of cultural experiences and rich history, but that doesn’t mean local people don’t know how to have a great night out! Shibuya is one of the best places to go if you’re looking to eat, drink, and party the night away. A local will show you their favorite spots, adjust the night according to your wishes, and ensure you have a great night you won’t easily forget.
If you’d like to see Tokyo from a local person’s perspective, consider trying the tour below. You can choose and combine several types of places from the list, including Shibuya, Shinjuku (新宿), Ueno (上野), Asakusa (浅草), the Imperial Palace (皇居), and many more. Book for your most desired areas and let the guide do the rest!
The romantic drama Born For You, set in Japan, is an extremely popular Filipino TV series. There’s a chance to visit the Japanese filming locations! Definitely check it out if you’re a fan of Born For You!
If you’re interested in Japanese beer, you might know that there is an Ebisu Beer Museum (ヱビスビール記念館) not too far from Shibuya. Combine that with a visit to a local bar where you can try sashimi (刺身), sake (酒) and more, and you’ve got a great evening planned! Check out this tour that a local offers so you can have this experience with peace of mind.
If you’re taking the cruise ship to Yokohama Port (横浜港) and would like to see Shibuya, among other places, on a day trip, there’s a fantastic excursion to go around Tokyo by car, visiting must-see places including various locations in Harajuku (原宿), Shibuya, Ginza (銀座), and Tokyo Tower (東京タワー). Alternatively, you can just book transport from Yokohama Port to Tokyo.
If you’re into Japanese and Korean music, definitely don’t miss out on all the amazing music shops Harajuku has to offer! This tour offers a tour of all the best places across Harajuku and Shin-Okubo (新大久保), as well as any live events you’re interested in attending.
Harajuku is another great place to visit while you’re in Japan. With its “kawaii (かわいい)” (cute) culture, crazy fashions and number of animal cafes, it’s a cool place to go and submerge yourself in Japanese pop culture. This tour offers a day out that includes both Harajuku and Shibuya, so you can enjoy them both in one trip.
You can mix up Harajuku with historical sites on a special walking tour that takes you to various popular locations on the west side of Tokyo. You can also adjust the schedule to fit your needs and interests.
This 5-day tour includes a trip to Fuji Q Highland (富士急ハイランド) Theme Park, and a trip to locations such as Harajuku, Odaiba (お台場), and Asakusa. An airport transfer is also included.
Meiji Shrine (明治神宮) is in Shibuya Ward and is home to the tallest torii (鳥居) gate in Japan. It is also the burial grounds of one of Japan’s old emperors. You can see this shrine and the famous Imperial Palace (皇居) gardens on the below tour.
This tour combines an information-packed bus tour to see some of Tokyo’s best sights including Sensoji (浅草寺) Temple, Meiji Shrine, the Imperial Palace Gardens and Hamarikyu Garden (浜離宮恩賜庭園) with a bay cruise. If you’d like to see a lot of Tokyo and ride a ferry, this tour is for you.
This tour is similar to the one above, except it only runs until 1:00pm, giving you the afternoon to explore by yourself. Consider taking this half-day tour so you don’t miss anything, but still have time to spend the rest of the day in a place of your choice.
This tour includes a transfer from Haneda (羽田) Airport or Narita (成田) Airport, a 3-night accommodation with breakfast, and a half-day walking tour with an English-speaking guide. The other two days are free, so there is some flexibility with this tour. With this package deal, you don’t have to worry about traveling to and from the airport, or about finding a good hotel!
If you’d like a short break in Tokyo with everything taken care of, why not save money and time by booking a complete package deal? The following tour includes hotel transfers (if your hotel is in the Tokyo metropolitan area), an east-Tokyo walking tour, a Hakone (箱根) and Mt. Fuji (富士山) tour including a boat cruise, and a lot more!
There are many other services offered for your trip to Tokyo that are worth taking note of. For example, book your Haneda to Tokyo airport transfer if you’d like to get from the airport to your hotel stress-free. There is also the essential Suica card for riding Japanese trains, or an unlimited subway travel pass if you’d prefer.
Visiting Japan is a fantastic experience, and with these 29 things to do, your visit will be anything but boring! Shop until you drop, learn about Japanese culture and most importantly, have a great time.