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TOKYO LIVING Area Guide | Shibuya, Omotesando, ebisu, meguro area

SHIBUYA

Shibuya

SHIBUYA

Shibuya is known as the fashion center of Japan, particularly for young people. As a major area for exciting nightlife, Shibuya has achieved great popularity among young people in the last 30 years. There are several famous fashion department stores in Shibuya. Shibuya 109 is a major shopping center near Shibuya Station, particularly famous as the origin of the kogal subculture. There are also a number of cultural facilities such as movie theaters and the Bunkamura. Furthermore, a number of classy restaurants have been opened on Koen Street and Spain-zaka. Shibuya certainly is turning into a town enjoyable for both young people and adults.


  • Areas of Interest - Hachiko, Shibuya Crossing, Shibuya Mark City, 109 Building
  • Train Lines - JR Yamanote Line, Shonan-Shinkuku, Saikyo, Keio Inokashira, Tokyu Den-en-toshi, Tokyu Toyoko Line, Tokyo Metro Ginza, Hanzomon, and Fukutoshin Line

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OMOTESANDO

Omotesando

OMOTESANDO

Omotesando is known as an upscale shopping area featuring several international brand outlets, ranging from Louis Vuitton and Gucci to the more affordable Gap, The Body Shop, Zara, and others. Omotesando is also home to the famous Japanese toy store Kiddyland, extremely trendy shopping center geared primarily toward young women Laforet, Oriental Bazaar, and Gold's Gym. It is sometimes referred to as "Tokyo's Champs-Elysees." The latest development, Omotesando Hills, opened in 2006. Omotesando's side streets feature a range of trendy cafes, bars, and restaurants, as well as boutique stores specializing in everything from handbags to postcards to vintage glass bottles.


  • Areas of Interest - Omotesando Hills, Kiddyland
  • Train Lines - Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line

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EBISU

Ebisu

EBISU

Ebisu is a quiet neighborhood in the Shibuya ward of Tokyo, Japan. Conveniently near Roppongi and Shibuya, Ebisu is easily accessed by the JR Yamanote and Hibiya lines. Its small size makes for a comfortable atmosphere and it has many quirky restaurants and bars. Together with the trendy neighboring communities of Daikanyama and Hiroo, they offer high-class boutiques, vintage stores and hip patisseries all within easy walking distance from Ebisu station. Ebisu's main tourist attraction tends to be centered around the newer Yebisu Garden Place and the Westin hotel area. Accessible from the Ebisu Station East Exit via the "Yebisu Skywalk" covered moving walkway, it includes the headquarters of Sapporo Breweries, The Beer Museum Yebisu and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.


  • Areas of Interest - Yebisu Garden Place, The Beer Museum Yebisuk, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Ebisu Garden Cinema
  • Train Lines - JR Yamanote Line, Shonan-Shinkuku, Saikyo, Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line

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MEGURO

Meguro

MEGURO

One of Tokyo's most exclusive residential neighborhoods in Tokyo. Meguro hosts fifteen foreign embassies and consulates. Meguro City's remarkable geographical feature is a hilly landscape with many steep rises and descents, despite its urban location in the center of Tokyo. The people living in Meguro are eager in protecting and maintaining the natural environment and by careful development of the landscape. In this way, there is a rich diversity of appearances in the city. People enjoy its good residential environment and convenient location for their everyday life. In addition, there are various historical and cultural sights to see like ancient temples, shrines and modern museums.


  • Areas of Interest - Meguro Parasitological Museum, Meguro Gajoen, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Institute for Nature Study
  • Train Lines - JR Yamanote Line, Tokyo Metro Namboku Line, Toei Mita Line, Tokyu Meguro Line

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