Shibuya, one of the best nightlife destinations in Tokyo, is particularly popular with young people. Whatever time of day, it buzzes with activity, and as the night deepens, all sorts of fun happen here and there. We will introduce the best information to enjoy Shibuya at night.
The Best places to visit in Shibuya at night
Shibuya's scramble crossing filled with famous, but there is a Showa-like district called Nonbei Yokocho on a side street. It started as a restaurant and bar area around 60 years ago by food stalls selling their food near Shibuya Station, but now there are 36 restaurants and shops so small that some can only fit a few customers. It's a crowded area, but there is a variety of shops, like a bar, a bistro, an oden (stewed food) restaurant, a yakitori (chicken skewer) restaurant, and more. There are also many chic restaurants and bars with just a hint of a retro atmosphere, so it's easy for first-timers! This area is great for a small group of customers since you can enjoy talking to the owner while drinking and eating.
Karaoke was created in Japan in 1971 but has now spread worldwide. Nowadays, some new types of Karaoke boxes appeared and have rolled out various unqiue services for customers. Karaoke Rainbow is karaoke joints with the lowest rates in all of Japan. The Shibuya, inside a fashion building that is a 5-minute walk from Shibuya Station, has become a popular topic of conversation on social media since it looks like an amusement facility inspired by Brooklyn, New York. There's also plenty of food, including great-smelling, chewy pizza, snacks, cute sweets, and more. While there is a charge for food and the room, on the weekdays you can get the room for free for an hour! Note that there will be additional fees if you go beyond that one-hour free time and the room charge won’t be free on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. But even then, their rates are surprisingly low that it’s as if the shop is not in the middle of Shibuya, which is a known battleground of karaoke boxes! Now, Karaoke Rainbow adopts a members-only system, so bring your passport or other form of identification when you go.
EST is the facility where you can enjoy glow in the dark bowling. Competitive matches against your friends will surely keep your group’s energy levels high. If you are tired of this game, you can switch to billiards, table tennis, or karaoke.
Address: 1-14-14 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Access: 4-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station Hachiko Exit 3
EST: http://shibuyaest.co.jp (Japanese only)
Yakitori grilled chicken always ranks in the top class of small snacks that Japanese enjoy consuming together with some alcoholic beverage. Shibuya Nanbantei is a well-established restaurant that now counts 26 years since its establishment in Shibuya, which is a place known for restaurants that quickly come and go. Nanbantei’s specialty is the type of chicken used for its main product of yakitori. The restaurant uses Saga prefecture’s “aritadori,” a brand of chicken which won a nationwide contest judged by food specialists who evaluate the most delicious chicken from production areas across the country. Every morning fresh chicken is delivered to and prepared at the restaurant, and both “kushi-uchi” (spearing the meat with skewers) as well as grilling the meat is only performed by artisan chefs who have undergone more than three years of special training. One can taste just how serious this restaurant is about providing good yakitori.
Ichiran Shibuya Spain-Zaka Branch is popular thanks to their natural tonkotsu (pork bone) soup that has no odor, thin yet chewy noodles, and red fermented sauce made with ingredients like chili peppers. This is a tonkotsu ramen specialty restaurant from Kyushu that has 60 branches throughout Japan and has also extended internationally. It stands out because of its special ordering system and the environment you eat in. After you buy a ticket, you mark off on an order paper how rich you want the flavor, how much garlic, how hard you want the noodles, and other preferences. Ichiran is made so that you can concentrate on the flavors, so each seat is like a tiny booth where there are walls to both sides and in front of you so you can eat without caring about other people looking at you. It's a popular restaurant with women.
*Ticket machine has English
*English, Chinese, and Korean order sheets available
Umegaoka Sushi no Midori Shibuya Branch is a famous sushi restaurant in Setagaya-ku in the station building directly linked to Shibuya station. Within 1 minute direct access by foot from the Shibuya Station exits of JR, Tokyu Toyoko Line, Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line, Keio Inokashira Line and Tokyo Metro, this is the Setagaya Ward-based chain's Shibuya branch. Boasting freshness, sizable portions and reassuringly reasonable prices, this place is always teeming with sushi aficionados. Open the menu to find akami (tuna sashimi) at 150 yen a piece, salmon for 150 yen, tamago nigiri (rice topped with egg) at 50 yen, or you can order your choice of sushi as well. You can also find ume-nigiri (plum tier)* courses at 800 yen, jou-nigiri (higher tier) at 1,300 yen, and other set menus at prices sure to make your wallet happy. Customer satisfaction is their aim, so of course an English menu is also available. With fresh fish arriving from Tsukiji Fish Market every morning, when placed on top of carefully selected rice and seaweed these refined flavors are sure to put a smile on your face.
Starbucks Coffee Shibuya Tsutaya is located next to the famous sightseeing spot, the Shibuya scramble crossing, so it's very easy to find. How about take you time to enjoy a cup of delicious coffee while viewing scramble crossing at night. TSUTAYA sells various items, including CDs, DVDs, books, manga and video games.
There are many convenient lodging facilities in Shibuya that would be great sightseeing bases, but here is recommended budget hotels for those who want to save on accommodation costs even just a little.
Tokyu Stay Shibuya Shin-Minamiguchi is situated in a prime location that is just a 2-minute walk from Shin-Minamiguchi which is at the Saikyo Line in JR Shibuya Station, this hotel boasts of having excellent access to such the spots at such as Daikanyama and Ebisu. Its rooms offer refined coSituated in a prime location that is just a 2-minute walk from Shin-Minamiguchi at the Saikyo Line in JR Shibuya Station, this hotel boasts of having excellent access to such spots at Daikanyama and Ebisu.mfort as even the single room measures 15 sq.m. or more, so you can relax and soothe your body that is tired from traveling. All guest rooms here are equipped with a washer and dryer and a microwave, and there are rooms with a mini-kitchen with the basic cooking utensils and tableware. While this hotel is perfect for short stays, it is also recommended for long stays. There are also special promotions on the Internet that offer discounted rates that change every day, so if you are thinking about staying here, check the website first.
Overnight stay without meals: Rate starts at 10,600 JPY (incl. tax)
Overnight stay without meals (special Internet rate): Rate starts at 6,500 JPY (incl. tax)
※Photo shows Tokyu Stay Meguro-Yutenji
Experience tours that you can enjoy more in Shibuya at night
Shibuya Street Food Tour with Arigato Japan
- Experience the best of all you want to taste in one night!
- Visit 5 food stops and try foods from different areas of Japan
- End your journey with a tour of Shibuya Depachika (underground food market)
ーOther recommended tours around Shibuyaー
Japanese Home Cooking from Soup to Sweets, and Everything in Tokyo
- Taste and learn how to create simply delicious meals that are typical to Japanese homes.
- Learn lots of useful cooking tips, and how to recreate the recipes in your home country.
- Your teacher is a professional cooking instructor whose recipes have appeared in magazines across Japan!
Melon Bread and Curry Bread Cooking Class
- Learn how to make Japanese “melon bread” and “curry bread.”
- Be taught by an experienced instructor in an “at-home” atmosphere.
- he first cooking class of its kind in Tokyo!
Enjoy Delicious Japanese Sake while Experiencing Calligraphy in Tokyo
- Take your calligraphy work home.
- Enjoy Japanese Sake recommended by a certified sake sommelier.
- Enjoy Japanese snacks that go well with the sake.
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