Shibuya is one of Tokyo's younger and trendier districts. Known for launching domestic and international fashion trends, Shibuya is frequented by students and fashionistas in their early 20s and 30s. In more recent years, a number of new media startups and gaming ventures have launched or relocated to the area, earning it the moniker "Bit Valley." Outside of the district's main train station, Shibuya crossing is a major intersection that serves as a street fashion hub and offers a 360-degree view of the district's most prominent landmarks. Heavily trafficked Hachiko crossing is named after a wistful story about a dog that waited years at the station for his late master to return.
Getting Around Tokyo
The best way to get around Tokyo is by subway or train. The system is incredibly efficient. The only downside to the subway and train system is that it shuts down nightly between midnight and 1 a.m. and doesn't start again until 5 or 6 a.m. Be careful when staying out late as Japan's subways and trains are known to stop half-way through their routes, leaving travelers stranded and facing an expensive cab ride. Check to see if you qualify for a Japan Rail Pass ( before you depart for Japan. There are two classes: "Green" and "Ordinary" (Green indicates a first-class experience). Passes can be purchased for 7, 14, and 21 days.
Nearby Airports
  • Narita International Airport-NRT
  • Haneda International Airport-HND
Airport Taxis
  • $200 from Narita International Airport
  • $30 from Haneda International Airport
Things to Do and See Near Shibuya