It is a place that radiates an energy that is born from people with different personalities, interests, and culture. A colorful district that accommodates hundred of thousands of people every single day.
Here you’ll find several clubs, cafe’s, pubs, bars, electronic shops and department stores that make Shibuya appealing to the younger generation (teenagers and people in their early 20’s).
The Japanese love to shop, especially the ladies and they like to buy fashionable clothes, bags, cosmetics, and accessories. There are plenty of well-known department stores and shopping streets that are scattered within Shibuya and here are some of them!
1. Seibu Shibuya Department Store
Seibu is one of the landmarks of Shibuya and it is separated into two (Annex Buildings). Both buildings sell world famous brands from leading manufacturers abroad and specialty crafts from Japan. Annex A sells items that are exclusively for women, while Annex B are for the men.
Address: 21-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku Tokyo
2. Tokyu Department Store
Tokyu is another Big name in Shibuya and they have two branches.One of them is directly accessible from Shibuya Station and the other one is found northwest from the station. This department store sells designer fashion clothes for both men and women, accessories, cosmetics and various home appliances.
Address: 2-24-1, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
3. Shibuya 109
Shibuya 109 is a department store that focuses on the latest Japanese fashion. If you take a time to browse the various shops within the mall, you’ll notice that most of the people here are teenagers or men and women in their early 20’s. This just shows that the young generation is very fashion conscious and would often buy anything that is “currently on trend”.
Address: 2-29-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya 150-0043, Tokyo Prefecture
PARCO is one of the best places to go shopping in Shibuya because they sell original and exclusive items that are not available in other stores in the area. The 6th floor is one of the main destination for the young and young at heart. Here you’ll find toy shops and the famous “One Piece” store which came from a very popular manga and anime in Japan.
Address: 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya 150-8377, Tokyo Prefecture
* PARCO is temporarily closed for reconstruction until 2019.
5. Shibuya Hikarie
The Hikarie Building has a total of 34 floors and offers great views of the city. Aside from having a big department store it also has theater floors, event area, and office sections. The restaurant and various food stores in the area are almost always filled with people because it is near the station and is often used as a hangout place in Shibuya.
Address: 2 Chome-21-1 Shibuya Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
6. Shibuya MODI
If you happen to know the history of Shibuya, you’ll know that the place where Shibuya MODI stands today used to house Marui City. This new department store has 10 stories and just by checking the various stores within the mall, you can say that there has been a lot of improvement compared to the old building. There is also a multilingual touch screen panel that can help foreigners find their destination within the mall.
Address: 1-21-3 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku Tokyo
7. Shibuya MARK CITY
Shibuya MARK CITY is a multi-purpose department store that is directly connected to Shibuya station. It houses more than 70 stores that include restaurants, boutiques, cosmetics, accessories and other retailer stores.
Address: 1-12-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Tokyo
8. Center Gai
Shibuya Center Gai is a narrow street where people tend to gather. There is a very “youthful atmosphere” on this street, and it also has many interesting stores that sell various items such as clothes, accessories, cosmetics and much more!
Address: 24-4 Udagawacho Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
9. Meiji Dori
Meiji Dori can also be referred to as a central street that connects areas in Tokyo such as Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ebisu, Harajuku, Ikebukuro and other key locations in the city. For this very reason, it also became one of the famous shopping streets in the area. A place where different cultures mix together which creates a certain appeal for people of all ages.
10. Shibuya Jinnan Area
If you like to wander around Shibuya then it is possible to stumble upon the Shibuya Jinnan Area. Like the other streets in Shibuya, Jinnan area have many unique shops that cater to people of different tastes. There are countless boutiques, cafe, business studios and other similar places that cater to the young generation of Tokyo.
11. Aoyama Area
There are several high-end shopping boutiques, cafes, bookstores and craft stores that are only found in Aoyama. These cozy cafes are a perfect place to rest after you’re done with your shopping.
12. BIC Camera
BIC Camera is a well known Electronic store in Shibuya. It has 2 stores which include the main building and the annex building. The latest gadgets such as computers, mobile phones, camera’s, video equipment and much more can be found in this one stop electronic shop. There are also several restaurants and cafe’s within the mall for those who got hungry during their shopping spree.
Address: 1-24-12, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
13. LABI Shibuya
Before you exit the Electric town of Shibuya, you’ll bump into LABI Shibuya. This building is considered as one of the biggest store in Shibuya and houses a wide variety of shops. They also sell “Duty-Free Items” on their second floor which targets customers from overseas and they are exempted from tax. Aside from the latest gadgets, there are also stores that sell home appliances, souvenirs and Japanese snacks and sweets!
Address: 2-29-20 Dougenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.yamadalabi.com/shibuya/ (Japanese Only)
14. Tokyu Hands
Tokyu Hands is an interesting “one stop” department store that covers a wide variety of items. Daily necessities such as school supplies, toiletry, health and beauty items, home décor items, travel gears, wallets, mobile phones, accessories and much more can be found at this store. Though it is smaller compared to the other stores in the area, it still covers the basic necessities of the general public.
Address: 12-18 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Muji is a well-known retailer company that sells a wide variety of general goods for consumers. The unique thing about MUJI is that they have a no logo/ no brand policy on their items. The MUJI store that is found on Shibuya have 6 floors and it is divided into the LOFT Store, the food court (Cafe Meal and Muji), Women’s Wear, Men’s Wear, Children’s wear and Playroom for the kids.
Address: 21-1 Udagawacho Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.muji.com/jp/shop/045231 (Japanese Only)
LOFT is a well known Japanese store that sells almost everything. They have stores that focus on household items and daily necessities which include furniture, ornaments, cosmetics, fashionable clothes, bags, wallets, etc. For most people, they also consider LOFT as a souvenir store because they have exclusive items that are meant to be given as a souvenir.
Address: 12-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku Tokyo
17. Franc Franc
If you happen to look for various household items and home decors in Shibuya, you might want to head over towards Franc Franc first. They specialize in interior and household designs that will brighten and improve your home arrangement. They also have seasonal items for sale and offers great discounts from time to time.
Address: 12-9 Udagawacho Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
18. VILLAGE VANGUARD
Village vanguard is one of those unique shops that sells the “unexpected”. At first glance, you think it’s just a bookstore, but here you’ll find a collection of random things such as strange toys, Japanese crafts, sweets, manga’s and even items used for cosplays!
Address: Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0042, Japan
Website: http://www.village-v.co.jp/shop/list/detail/?code=462 (Japanese Only)
Data is as of October 2016
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