Best 3 Spots to Explore Near Shibuya and Harajuku
Rainbow cotton candy and, wallet-friendly clothes, Kawaii monster cafe and, crepe… Yes, first things first, visiting one of the most famous areas, Harajuku makes you cover all trends of Tokyo, from fashion to food.
But sometimes, hidden spots give you much more than that. Once you stepped into the narrow street from the main street, many trends-to-be are waiting with their doors wide open (or it already might be the forefront of the trend.)
This article gives you three other areas to go and what to do there, after enjoying yourself at Harajuku. Those three are close to each other so that no train fare needed, by any chance!
Strolling to the back of Shibuya, a calm and sophisticated area called Okushibu (oku=the back or the inner, shibu=shortened form of Shibuya) has the totally different face of Tokyo with fancy cafe, bar, and boutiques.
Need to walk for 15 minutes from Shibuya station or, for 5 minutes from Yoyogi Park.
is the world’s first branch of Fuglen in Oslo, Norway, which New York Times columnist Oliver Strand wrote that the coffee there was so good, that for a true coffee enthusiast it was worth flying in for.
Renovated old Japanese house welcome warmingly with the aroma of java. They open at midnight too as a fancy bar!
Address; 1-16-11, Tomigaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 151-0063
Hours; 8 a.m. (weekdays), 9 a.m. (weekends) to 10 p.m. (Mon and Tue), 0 a.m. (Wed and Sun), 1 a.m. (Thu), 2 a.m. (Fri and Sat)
Shibuya Publishing and Booksellers
It’s not just a bookstore anymore. Not only selling books from new to old, art to history, but also they edit and publish themselves. Even old clothes and fancy goods are stored.
Address; 1-17, Kamiyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0047
Hours; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (to 10 p.m. on Sunday)
Perfect for shopping, sipping coffee or reading books, Daikanyama is filled with arts and culture surrounded by high-class residence.
15 minutes walk or 3 minutes train ride by Tokyu Toyoko line from Shibuya station.
Located in Daikanyama T-SITE, Tsutaya Books, of course, has books and magazines from Japan and beyond. But you’ll be surprised about the wide range of their selections and what you really can do. You can read with Starbucks coffee, you can ask concierges to make your travel plan at the travel desk, and you can even relax by sitting on a sofa at the library lounge.
You also will be amazed by the number of greens outside because their theme is “A Library in the Woods.”
Address; 17-5, Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0033
Hours; 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Maison de Reefur
Directed by Rinka, famous Japanese fashion model, Maison de Reefur selects what ladies think cute and beautiful. From dress to tableware, find and get your favorite and surely you want to show it off to your friends.
Address; 24-7, Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0033
Hours; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
is nominated to the second most livable town of all metropolitan areas in 2017 because of its calm and good old-style community. Even though you’re not living in, you’ll be fascinated by the town. Good place to take a rest at the coffee stand or, try Japanese Izakaya style bar. 20 minutes walk from Shibuya station, or 2 stations away from JR Harajuku station.
Used to the shopping street, had been reconstructed, and now Ebisu Yokocho is the Izakaya-style bar and restaurant street. Meat sushi, wine and veggies or, deep-fried skewers, very unique bars are crowded and you’ll never get tired of choosing where to eat.
Address; 1-7-4, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0013
Hours; depending on stores (mostly, 5 p.m. to midnight)
“Coffee shop that brings a smile to your face with just one cup of coffee.” is their concept and it’s true. Staffs are friendly and coffee brewed by them makes you comfortable. Other than coffee, seasonal beverages such as pumpkin latte for winter, or pear caramel latte for summer are also a great choice.
Address; 1-6-6, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0033
Hours; 8 a.m. (weekdays), 10 a.m. (weekends) to 0:30 a.m.
Other than those three areas and places, a number of hidden fun and fancy spots in Tokyo welcome you. Open your eyes as wide as possible and explore the energetic metropolis. It’ll be beyond your expectation in a good way.
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