Getting to Know Shibuya! The Best Shopping and Entertainment

Easily accessible by the JR train lines, Metro underground and also covered by private railways including Tokyu Dentetsu and Keio's Inokashira line, the famously fashionable city of Shibuya is very convenient. Station upgrades are currently in construction so it may be intimidating accessing or transferring through Shibuya, but we'll cover tips and tricks and also introduce some must see shopping districts and hotels so you can relax throughout your stay.
What is Shibuya?
Because of the geographical structure, the various train lines that run through Shibuya are uniquely constructed and at the same time because of the sheer number of lines running through, including many of JR's, the train lines also run on a multi-level crossing intersection.
Since the Taisho Era there have been many reconstructions including station facility upgrades and additions, intertwining shopping areas and bus terminals. Coupled with an increase in stairways and connecting pathways it can be easy to get lost in one of Tokyo's largest stations.
In order to improve resistance to earthquakes and station accessibility drastic measures had to be taken. In March of 2013 the Toyoko line was connected to the underground subway line and the original elevated platforms and lines were removed. The station's surrounding areas were also improved during the same time.
Known for being at the forefront of fashion, music and the city of youth culture much of the hustle and bustle of Shibuya is located around the Yamanote line terminal station. Surrounded by major hotspots such as the famed Shibuya 109, Seibu and Tokyu Department stores and includes specialist stores and an endless array of restaurants to dine in. It is also one of the 3 major hubs of Tokyo, situated only just a few stations away from Shinjuku and Ikebukuro, all 3 on the JR Yamanote Line.
In front of the JR station sits a statue of Hachiko, remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, Hidesaburou Ueno, for whom he continued to wait for over nine years following his death. Visible from the statue is the popular Shibuya Scramble crossing, made famous in countless movies, dramas, music videos and commercials.
North west of Shibuya station scattered between residential areas and corporate office blocks is an area of unique shops that's been gaining popularity in recent years. It is also known as “OkuShibuya” or“Okushibu”.
Shopping and Entertainment
Symbol of Shibuya culture, “Shibuya 109”
The iconic fashion store is situated alongside the Shibuya scramble intersection only a short distance away from the station. Targeted at young fashionable females, the uniquely cylindrical building that's visible from Shibuya scramble appears in numerous movies, dramas and commercials as a building representing Shibuya. Also visible from the scramble crossing is “109MEN's” for the well dressed gentlemen to fulfil their wardrobe's needs.
■Shibuya 109
Address:150-0043 Tokyo, Shibuya, Dogenzaka, 2 Chome−29−1
Center of Youth, “Shibuya Center-Gai” Shopping Street
Brimming with vibrant shopping centers, popular brand name stores and beautiful boutique stores, there is always a constant flow of fashionable locals. Truly a sight to behold and another world to experience, it's worth walking through even if you're not looking to spend any money.
Address:150-0042 Tokyo, Shibuya, Udagawa
Fashion Sensory Overload, “Shibuya Cat Street”
A pedestrian only street one can take a comfortable stroll down this street and soak in the sights. With fashionable and specialist enthusiasts' stores, just simple window shopping or dates would be perfect here.
■Shibuya Cat Street
Address: Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingu-Mae, 3 Chome
A New Landmark for the Ultimate Selection in Fashion “Shibuya Hikarie”
Connected directly to both Shibuya station and the city itself, this complex accommodates not only cafes and restaurants, but department stores and even office spaces on the upper floors. Completed in 2012, the delicately designed architecture is complimented by LED lighting and stands as one of Shibuya's newest landmarks.
■Shibuya Hikarie
Address:150-8510 Tokyo, Shibuya, 2 Chome, 21-1
Shibuya Station Explained
There are a total of 4 ticket gates and also 4 exits of JR Shibuya station.
Hachiko Exit
First is Hachiko Exit located closest to the statue of Hachiko. For a long time it was labelled as a “Hachiko, Extra Exit” but in 2006 it was revised, renamed and integrated into Shibuya station simply as “Hachiko Exit”.
Tamagawa Exit
Tamagawa Exit is directly connected to the 2nd floor of the Tokyu department store, and also serves as a transfer to Tokyo Metro's Ginza line and the Keio Inokashira line.
The Central Exit
The Central Exit has the most accessibility. After the Central ticket gates on the left is the Tamagawa Exit along with the Ginza line and Inokashira line and on the right is the entrance to the Tokyu Toyoko line.
The South Exit
The South Exit is split into East and West tickets, and step free access is also found here for wheelchair users. Both East and West exits lead to the Shibuya bus terminals.
Bus Terminal
The bus terminal is accessible from the East and West exits of Shibuya station
As stated earlier the bus terminal is accessible from the East and West exits of Shibuya station, however the bus platforms differ on both sides and are split by the train tracks, so it is important take note of which bus terminal you need before travelling.

Shibuya Bus Station Information:
Other Bus
Alongside the government run bus services many other types of bus services are also available such as privatised bus lines, express buses, airport buses etc. each with their own bus stops. It's important to take note of which company you are travelling with to prevent mistakes as many of these services don't cross reference on each others' maps.

Other Bus Information:
Train Transfer Tips and Tricks
As covered earlier Shibuya Station is a multi levelled station, so it is crucial to check which floor has access to which train line. 4 railway companies over 8 lines are covered from Shibuya station's 3rd floor all the way down to basement 5th.

2nd Floor Yamanote Line, Saikyo Line, Inokashira Line
3rd Floor  Ginza Line
Basement 3rd Hanzomon Line, Den En Miyaki Line
Basement 5th Toyoko Line, Fukutoshin Line
Aiming for Fashion
Around Shibuya Station are 4 fashion department stores all of them either visible from the station itself or directly connected. The Tokyu department store is next to Hachiko Square and also connected to the 2nd floor Tamagawa Exit and Shibuya Mark City with easy access to the Inokashira Line. 2nd floor of Shibuya station also has a pathway leading directly to Shibuya Hikarie, also connecting to the Inokashira Line and Ginza Line. Shibuya 109 is accessible via the basement 2nd floor of the Tokyo Metro and the Tokyu Electric Rail from basement 3rd floor.
Leaving luggage behind
If you're unable to check in, just checked out, or already purchased a lot, you can leave luggage safely in one of many “Coin-Lockers” scattered around the station. Deposit anything unnecessary for the day and explore at your own pace.

Coin Locker Information: