The first-class, low-rise residential area that is popular with company executives, politicians and celebrities seeking privacy in their lives.
Mentioning Shibuya conjures up images of Tokyo at its busy, bustling best with the iconic scramble crossing, vibrant visuals and trendsetting fashionable youths. In recent years, its popularity has risen even further as large-scale redevelopments continue to transform the landscape into an even bigger international cultural and business hub.
Creators and art lovers of all ages will also enjoy some lesser-known venues that can be found around the area. The Toguri Museum of Art focuses on porcelain artworks from the collection of the museum’s founder Tohru Toguri, whereas The Shoto Museum of Art, designed by renowned architect Seiichi Shirai and featuring a fountain and bridge in the atrium, hosts multi-disciplined exhibitions of paintings, sculptures, and other works of art from across the centuries. Additionally, it also serves as an event space for local school students and Shibuya residents to present their works.
Cinephiles will also enjoy Uplink in Tomigaya, a small cinema catering for the latest independent film releases. Finally, Bunkamura, Japan’s first large-scale cultural complex established in 1989, is within easy reach. The venue hosts a variety of international exhibitions and also has a concert hall for classical music, opera and ballet performances, plus boutiques, restaurants, cafes, an art-house cinema, two theater and music spaces and an art bookshop.
Trains: Close to JR Shibuya Station and Keio Line Shinsen Station
Buses: Plenty of options available for buses around Shibuya Station