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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
Shinetsu
Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Sub-zero temperatures and the greatest of outdoor environments, complemented by sizzling soul food and warm-hearted welcomes. Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Sleek apple-red and electric-green shinkansen whisk you up to a haven of fresh powder snow, fresh fruit and fearsome folk legends Fearsome festivals, fresh powder and vast fruit orchards—the rugged northern territory of Tohoku offers a fresh perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
Mountains and sea meet in one of Japan's wildest regions, and the result is sheer beauty. Once largely inaccessible, Hokuriku is now reachable by shinkansen from Tokyo in a matter of hours An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Characterized by the constant buzz of the world's most populous metropolitan area, the Kanto region is surprisingly green with an array of escapes that include mountainous getaways and subtropical islands Experience diversity at its fullest, from the neon of Tokyo to the ski slopes of Gunma, exotic wildlife of the Ogasawara Islands and cultural heritage of Kamakura
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Served by the shinkansen line that connects Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the Tokai region provides plenty of interesting diversions and easy excursions Tokai means "eastern sea," and this region stretches east from Tokyo to Kyoto and includes blockbuster attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
From raucous nights out to outdoor thrills to peaceful reverie, trying to categorize the Kansai region is a futile task The Kansai region is one of extreme contrasts—the neon lights of Osaka and glittering Kobe nightscape, the peaceful realms of Shiga, Wakayama and Nara, and the cultured refinement of Kyoto
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Less-traveled and delightfully inaccessible at times, the Chugoku region is a reminder that the journey is sometimes more important than the destination Welcome to Japan's warm and friendly western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Providing the stage for literary classics, fevered dancing and natural wonders Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
Easily reached by land, sea and air, the dynamic Kyushu prefectures are bubbling with energy, culture and activity The southern island of Kyushu is home to volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky, succulent seafood, steaming hot springs and the country's hottest entrepreneurial town
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Ruins and recreated castles of the Ryukyu kings nestle amid magnificent beaches in Okinawa, a diver's paradise teeming with an amazing array of coral and undersea life Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Culture

Shibuya 渋谷エリア

The center of Tokyo's cutting-edge culture

The lively hub of Shibuya is arguably the youth heart and soul of the city, and unmissable if you’re visiting the Tokyo area. With world-famous sights including the iconic scramble crossing, this area is a must-see for nightlife and trendy youth culture.

Don't Miss

  • People-watching at the manic Shibuya Crossing
  • Saying hello to the statue of Hachiko, Japan's much-loved loyal dog
  • Some of Tokyo's best nightlife in Center Gai and Dogenzaka

How to Get There

The Shibuya area is located directly outside JR Shibuya Station.

The station is served by the Saikyo and Yamanote JR lines, the Metro Ginza and Metro Hanzomon subway lines, and the private Keio Inokashira, Tokyu Den-en-Toshi, and Tokyu Toyoko lines, all of which stop at the station regularly.

Shibuya Station is a famously confusing labyrinth of tunnel networks so pay attention to the signs. If you want an easy to recognize path out or you’re looking for a good meeting spot, head to the Hachiko exit, which is the closest to Shibuya crossing

Quick Facts

The village of Shibuya was formed in 1889, having been a castle town since the 11th century

Shibuya extends all the way out to fashion-famous Harajuku and Omotesando

Over 2,500 pedestrians cross Shibuya Crossing every two minutes during peak hours

A mix of people and cultures

Unlike the neighboring areas of Aoyama, Harajuku, Omotesando and Ebisu, central Shibuya doesn’t necessarily have a unified culture. With each street as unique as the next, the area is a melting pot of different subcultures, nationalities, and tastes.

As masses of tourists and businessmen surge their way through the crossing and trendy teens spend time in nearby shopping centers, Tokyo's fashion elite and top entertainers weave through the back streets en route to their favorite late-night venues. This melting pot of diverse cultures gives the area a uniquely international feel amidst the bright lights and raucous sounds competing for your attention.

The crossing

If there was one location that embodied Shibuya it would, of course, be the iconic Shibuya Crossing. An intersection of a number of main streets located in front of the well-trafficked Shibuya Station, this pedestrian walkway is considered the busiest in the entire world.

Outside the world's second-busiest train station, this crossing sees an estimated 1,000-2,500 people pass by every two-minute light change. An exercise in organized chaos, it’s truly a sight to behold. For a nice view of the action, grab a drink in the Starbucks in the QFRONT building and head to the second floor.

Tokyo's most famous dog

When leaving the station from the Hachiko exit you’ll pass the statue of the dog after which the exit is named. This small public square is commonly used as a meeting place, and is watched by a memorial of the Akita-ken dog Hachiko whose story of loyalty and love for his owner became a popular contemporary folk tale after he waited 12 years for his late master to return to their usual meeting spot.

Top shopping

When it comes to mega stores, they don’t get much more mega than the skyscrapers that tower over Shibuya’s busy walkways. Home to a vast selection of different retail outlets, the one thing unifying Shibuya's many stories of varying stores is their mind-boggling size.

From iconic fashion outlets like Shibuya 109 and Uniqlo to oversized lifestyle stores like Don Quixote, Tokyu Hands, and Muji, with countless others lining the streets, if you want to shop for all of Japan's latest and greatest, this is the place to do it.

Tower Records eye-catching red and yellow flagship store is also a great stop for music-lovers eager to discover Japan's newest hits.

Famous streets

Thanks to its cultural diversity, Shibuya is home to a weaving network of unique streets and hidden walkways.

Located behind Hachiko Square is Center Gai, the major pedestrian thoroughfare that runs through Shibuya’s main shopping, entertainment and retail district. Running alongside it is Dogenzaka, the other main street lined with more major shopping, dining and some of Tokyo's best nightclubs like Womb, Club Camelot, and Sound Vision Museum.

There are many other small pockets dotted throughout the immediate area, such as the love hotel district Love Hill and Spain-zaka (Spain Hill), named for its resemblance to winding Spanish steps and overflowing with small shops and restaurants.

Wherever you wind up, you should certainly devote one of your evenings in Tokyo to wandering through Shibuya and seeing everything it offers.