Shibuya Shōtō: Neighbourhood Guide

Japan Dec 02, 2020

What to do in Shibuya Shōtō? We've got some top recommendations for dining, entertainment & culture. Never get bored in Tokyo's most exciting neighbourhood!

[Note: Due to Covid-19, please bear in mind updated operating hours and social distancing regulations. Do check out the website, or contact ahead of your planned visit to avoid disappointment]

Say "Shibuya" and immediately the image of frantic tourists and Tokyoites scrambling through the famous Shibuya crossing comes to mind.

With Shibuya Station being extremely convenient and accessible as a major terminal station where multiple train lines intersect, it's no wonder why. Shibuya never sleeps as the hum of activity from the plethora of restaurants, theatres, shops, department stores and bars keeps the spirit of this bustling area alive.

Nearby, the upscale Shōtō neighbourhood is as different from Shibuya as night and day. Shōtō began life as the suburban daimyo residence of the Kishu Tokugawa family.

After the Meiji Restoration, a tea plantation owned by the Nabeshima family named Shōtō Garden became the namesake of this present-day neighbourhood.

Shōtō provides welcome respite from the bustling Shibuya by maintaining a convenient distance from the heart of the action. Although within walking distance to Shibuya Station, Shōtō preserves its tranquil landscape.

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What to do in Shibuya Shōtō

Nonbei Yokocho
Time travel to Shōwa era Japan at Nonbei Yokocho, known as Drunkard's Alley where you'll find small izakayas and bars.
Website | 1 Chome-25 Shibuya, Shibuya City

Indulge your maximalist self at Dogenzaka (Love Hotel Hill) where quirky architecture and flashy lights come alive at night. You'll also find one of Shibuya's most famous bronze celebrity here.
Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0043, Japan

Yoyogi Park
Stretch your legs and feed your senses at the famed Yoyogi Park. Located next to the Meiji Shrine, make it a two-birds-one-stone day out!
Website | 2-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya City

MEGA DON (Don Quijote)
If the name is any indication, the largest Don Quijote store in all of Japan is located in Shibuya. To the uninitiated, Don Quijote is not the misspelled name of one of literature most famous lovers - but Japan's largest discount store chain. Find everything you need and everything you didn't know you needed here.
Website | 28-6 Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 154-0042

Uplink is carrying the torch for independent and arthouse cinema representation in Shibuya. A multipurpose venue with a cafe and restaurant, bar, gallery, shop and mini theatres - we could easily see ourselves getting lost all afternoon in this dreamy escape.
Website | 37-18, Udagawacho Totsune Bldg. 2F, Shibuya

Pin this one to your list of places to visit when the pandemic is over. Focusing on house, drum n’ bass, and techno music, WOMB is a nightlife institution and platform for both international headliners and upcoming DJs looking to make their big break. Until we can party again, check out their online sets for your home raves.
Website | 2-16 Maruyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0044

Japanese Wedding
Photo by Yoav Aziz / Unsplash

What to see in Shibuya Shōtō

Shibuya Sky
Leave the cacophony on the ground. Lift off to the 360° open-air observation deck atop  Shibuya Scramble Square for sky high views of the famous square below. Suddenly, everything looks so tiny and inconsequential when you're enjoying the peaceful views from way up high.
Website | 2-24-12 Shibuya, Shibuya 150-0002

Hachiko Memorial Statue
"Paws" for a photo with Hachiko, a bronze Akita Inu statue memorialising the virtue of loyalty. Hachiko's is a tail tale of loyalty as he would meet his master Ueno at Shibuya Station every day after Ueno's commute home, even continuing to do so 9 long years after his master's death.  What a good boy.
Website | 2-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya City

Nabeshima Shōtō Park
A well-loved public park surrounding a pond that once belonged to the Tokugawa family. A quaint watermill on the pond and cherry blossoms frame the pond, making it the postcard-perfect star for your next cottagecore TikTok.
Website | 2-10-7 Shoto, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0046

Shibuya-ku Fureai Botanical Centre
Small but mighty, this tiny botanical centre packs in over 200 kinds of tropical plants. On top of gardening classes, you will also find a small library with books on plants and insects, an area where you can sit and savour free mugicha, and a mini herb garden. Sounds like everything you need to shelter from the outside and find serenity.
Website | Shibuya-ku, Higashi 2-25-37.

Shōtō Museum of Art
Get cultured at The Shōtō Museum of Art, a marvel of philosophical architecture by designer Seiichi Shirai.
Website | 2-14-14 Shoto, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0046

Yamatane Museum of Art
Featuring masterpieces from notable Japanese-painting masters, make this your first stop as an introduction into the rich history of Japanese art. The collection focuses on Kindai Nihonga (Modern Japanese paintings after Meiji era) but also displays collections of oil paintings, Ukiyoe, and Ancient Japanese Calligraphy.
Website | 3-12-36 Hiroo Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0012

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What to eat & drink in Shibuya Shōtō

In spite of their quirky, and some might even say gimmicky interiors, this hidden dining room delivers dishes and drinks that can stand up to any doubters. Enjoy beers, bistro dishes with a modern twist, and an off-kilter dining environment as quirky as its offerings.
Website |  Shibuya Dogenzaka 1-5-2, Shibuya SEDE Building Level 4, Shibuya-ku

With a tagline "Eat Your Catch at ZAUO", you know this restaurant offers the freshest seafood around. Think farm to table, but the farm is you catching your own fish. Talk about working hard for your meal.
Website | 3-2-9, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023

Farmer's Market @ United Nations University (UNU)
A regular weekend fixture, over 40 stallholders sell fresh produce in the heart of the Aoyama and Omotesando district. Find fresh vegetables, fruits, houseplants, rice and other foodstuff here - mostly harvested or produced by farmers from the Kanto area.
Website | 5 Chome-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya City

Umegaoka Sushi no Midori
Only in Tokyo is it safe to eat affordable sushi. It is even encouraged by Tokyo locals alike at the institutional Sushi no Midori chain. Even  for "cheap" and "chain", they really do it better in Japan. Sushi lovers and dabblers alike - this sushi mecca is a must eat.
Website | 1-12-3, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Mark city East 4F

Katsukichi is a restaurant specialising in tonkatsu (pork cutlet). Having been around for over 60 years specialising in one dish, you know it's going to be very good.
Website | KDC Shibuya Building B1 3-9-10 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0002

Living in Shibuya Shōtō

We've just touched the tip of the iceberg as far as what to do, see, eat and drink in Shibuya Shōtō.

Why not live in Shibuya Shōtō so everyday can be a new discovery?

We have private  1-bedroom duplexes and studio apartments to rent in Hmlet Shibuya Shōtō, located in the heart of Shibuya. Check them out and make book a viewing now.

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Yilynn Chan

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