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Yoyogi National Gymnasium - Notable building: Harajuku
Designed by architect Kenzo Tange, this elegant structure, with its dramatically sweeping profile, has become an iconic work of modern architecture. It was completed in 1964, built specifically for the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.
NHK Studio Park - Attraction: Shibuya
[Open 10am-6pm (enter by 5:30pm). Closed 3rd Monday.]
Looking like it was cobbled together by a government-run committee, this bland, sprawling "broadcasting theme park," which opened in October 2011, is probably not at the top of anyone's list of Tokyo's must-see attractions. The museum experience...
Tokyu Foodshow - Food market: Shibuya
[Open 10am-9pm daily.]
Located in the basement of the Tokyu Department Store next to the east exit of Shibuya Station, this sprawling food hall is one of the biggest and most varied in town. They sell fresh fish, meat and produce and prepared foods of all kinds -...
Mocha - Cat cafe: Shibuya
[Open 10am-10pm daily.]
Occupying the top two floors of a modern nine-story building in the middle of Shibuya, Mocha is quite attractively decorated and comfortably furnished, and offers nice panoramic views of the surrounding area. All in all, it's probably the most...
Mandarake Shibuya - Retail: Shibuya
[Open noon-8pm daily.]
This conveniently located outlet of the comic-book specialty store carries action figures and toys, videos and music, and hundreds of thousands of comic books, both new and used.
Tokyu Hands Shibuya - Retail: Shibuya
[Open 10am-8:30pm daily.]
Here in the well-stocked original branch of the popular craft and hobbyist store you'll find everything from science-lab equipment and art supplies to woodworking tools and lumber. There's a large stationery department, and a decent selection of...
Don Quijote - Retail: Shibuya
[Open 24 hours a day.]
Unlike the former branch across the street, this is a Mega-Donki, spread out over six floors, with spacious aisles, a multitude of cashiers and a much more comfortable shopping experience. And they're open 24 hours a day, handy for Shibuya...
Tokyu Honten - Department store: Shibuya
[Open 10am to 7:30pm. Closed Tuesdays.]
Anchoring the very culture-focused Bunkamura complex, this mid-level department store has a popular beer garden in the summer a nice rooftop pet shop year-round. The basement wine area has one of the best department-store selections in town.
Bunkamura - Event space: Shibuya
Bunkamura is the art and culture complex attached to the main branch of Tokyu Department store, and it houses a major art musuem, a 747-seat theater (Theatre Cocoon), a 2150-seat concert hall (Orchard Hall), and a two-screen arthouse cinema (Le...
Bunkamura Gallery - Art gallery: Shibuya
[Open 10am-7:30pm daily.]
Part of the Bunkamura art and culture complex, the ground-floor gallery holds around thirty exhibitions a year in various genres.
Bunkamura Museum of Art - Art museum: Shibuya
[Open 10am-7pm (Fri, Sat -9pm; enter by 30 minutes before closing) daily.]
One of the leading art museums in Japan, the museum at Bunkamura puts on several major international shows every year, often introducing masterpieces from foreign musuems.
Nadiff Modern - Bookstore: Shibuya
[Open 10am-9pm daily.]
Domestic and imported art books are the specialty at NADiff (the name is short for "New Art Diffusion"), and the collection here covers such diverse genres as photography, architecture, film, theater and music. The shop is attached to the art...
Irodoriya - Art gallery: Shibuya
[Open 1-7:30pm. Closed Wednesdays, Thursdays.]
Exhibitions at this small gallery and gift shop tend toward the whimsical, cute, cartoony end of the spectrum, including a fair amount of animal-themed art. In addition to prints and postcards they also stock an unusual selection of...
Toguri Museum of Art - Art museum: Shibuya
[Open 9:30am-5:30pm (enter by 5pm). Closed Mondays.]
The museum's impressive 7000-piece collection focuses on ancient Chinese, Japanese and Korean ceramics, although it includes some modern works as well. They put on four thematic shows per year, but unfortunately with only three small exhibit rooms...
Gallery TOM - Art gallery: Shibuya
This three-story building houses a private residence on the ground floor and gallery spaces upstairs for a private art museum created to help blind and visually impaired people experience art. (In case you're wondering who Tom is, it's an acronym...
Shoto Museum of Art - Art museum: Shibuya
[Open 10am-6pm (entry until 5:30pm). Closed Mondays.]
Run by the Shibuya-ku government, this small local museum runs a very eclectic program of exhibitions. Past shows have been devoted to Lalique perfume bottles, antique lace and old India textiles, and there are frequent shows of artwork by local...
Club Asia - Club: Shibuya
[Open 5pm-5am daily.]
A spacious, long-running club with an incredible sound system. There are separate lounge areas upstairs and down.
Womb - Club: Shibuya
Popular international and local DJs and an excellent sound system.
Harlem - Club: Shibuya
A popular hip-hop and R&B club in the heart of Shibuya's club zone. Hours vary.

Dogenzaka

Vision - Club: Shibuya
Officially known as Sound Museum Vision, this four-level, 1500-capacity club hosts live concerts as well as DJ nights showcasing international and local talent.
Hapineko - Cat cafe: Shibuya
[Open 11am-10pm (LO; -8pm weekends) daily.]
The large-size playroom at "Happy Cat" has a homey, lived-in feeling to it, comfortably furnished with plenty of sofas for visitors and a heated floor mat for the sixteen resident cats. It's very quiet though, and a bit somber - there's no music,...
Fab Cafe - Cafe: Shibuya
[Open 10am-9pm. Closed holidays.]
Equipped with laser cutters, a 3D printer and similar machinery, Fab Cafe encourages its patrons to turn their stylish ideas into stylish physical objects. The bright and convivial space feels like a beehive of creative activity - lone patrons peck...
JBS Shibuya - Bar: Shibuya
[Open 2-11pm daily.]
The initials stand for Jazz Blues Soul, with an emphasis on jazz and coffee during the daytime. The huge, 11,000-disk vinyl collection here also includes an impressive selection of old-school hiphop from the seventies through the nineties. ...

Sakuragaokacho

Room, The - Club: Shibuya
A smallish dance floor with a decent sound system, and a separate bar area that's somewhat quieter. The music covers all genres.
JZ Brat - Jazz club: Shibuya
[Open 5:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.]
A popular venue for jazz and R&B acts from home and abroad.
Sakuragaoka Cafe - Animal cafe: Shibuya
[Open 8-11am, 11:30am-3, 5:30pm-4am (Sun -12) daily.]
A pair of rather cute goats, living in a pen in front of the shop, are one of the main draws at this lively neighborhood cafe. The interior is spacious, filled with mismatched, comfortable chairs and battered tables, and the soundtrack tends...
Aoyama Technical College - Notable building: Shibuya
Outside of theme parks, it's unusual to see a massive, multi-story building with a design that's clearly based on a children's transformer-robot toy - it represents a rare match-up between an adventurous client and an innovative architect. And...

East Side

EST Shibuya Bowling - Bowling alley: Shibuya
[Open 10am-4:30am (Fri, Sat -5:30am). Open every day.]
Late-night bowling in the heart of Shibuya. The 42 lanes here include 12 black-light lanes.
EST Shibuya Takkyu Club - Sports facility: Shibuya
[Open 10am-4:30am (Fri, Sat -5:30am). Open every day.]
Late-night ping pong, billiards and other social sports at this conveniently located facility close to Shibuya Station.
Diesel Art Gallery - Art gallery: Shibuya
[Open 11:30am-9pm daily.]
Located in the basement of the Diesel fashion brand's flagship store in Shibuya, this two-room gallery presents shows by well-known international artists, many with a strong anime or pop-culture sensibility. There are four shows per year, and...
Hikarie - Shopping complex: Shibuya
[Open 10am-11pm daily.]
Anchoring the east side of Shibuya station, this massive shopping, entertainment and office complex includes eight floors of shopping (including two floors of food halls); more than two dozen restaurants and cafes; a concert hall; Theatre Orb; a...
D47 Design Travel Store - Retail: Shibuya
[Open 11am-8pm daily.]
Located right next to the excellent D47 design museum, this well-curated shop offers a wide range of beautifully designed household goods and crafts from all 47 prefectures of Japan. Products are selected by the editor of D Design travel magazine,...
D47 Museum - Art gallery: Shibuya
[Open 11am-8pm daily.]
This ambitious design museum/gallery has the unusual mission of showcasing commercial, industrial and product design from all 47 Japanese prefectures. Some exhibitions concentrate on one prefecture, while others focus on a particular style of...
Shibuya Fureai Botanical Centre - Park/garden: Shibuya
[Open 1-6pm. Closed Mondays.]
A mini-botanical garden close to Shibuya Station, the compact greenhouse here is crowded with more than 200 kinds of tropical plants as well as a few tanks full of fish and bugs. The facility runs weekly gardening classes (in Japanese) and holds...