Shibuya, Tokyo

Shibuya (Japanese渋 谷 区, -ku engl. ~ City ) is one of the 23 city wards of Tokyo in the eastern part of Japan Tokyo Prefecture. It is located southwest of the center of Tokyo, capital of Japan.


The commercial center of Shibuya with numerous department stores, fashion shops and offices located around the Shibuya train station around. Outside the station there is a statue of the legendary " faithful dog " Hachikō, one of the most famous places for appointments throughout Japan. Frequently street concerts take place here, as promotional events for the nearby headquarters of the Japanese music labels.

The shopping street of Center -gai (センター 街, Senta -gai ) is the second in Harajuku Takeshita - dori located (竹下 通り) one of the most popular shops for students (and especially students ) from Tokyo and the wider region.

Located on the west side of the station junction of Station Road and Center -gai is an All -Go- junction and is crossed on evening peak hours per traffic light phase of up to 15,000 people. This pedestrian flows are often used by foreign media as a symbol for the Busy and narrowness of Tokyo.

The hill Dogenzaka (道 玄 坂) is a center of Tokyo nightlife: Here, many discos for young people and a lot of Love concentrate hotels.

Due to the largest concentration of companies in the information technology industry in Japan Shibuya Bit Valley was named. This is partly an allusion to Silicon Valley, as well as a pun on the literal translation of Shibuya as Bitter Valley ( bitter valley).

Districts (selection)

  • The district includes the Shibuya Shibuya Station and the main business center of it east.
  • In Sendagaya in the northeast are some venues of the Olympic Games in 1964.
  • Around the Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi Park (neighborhood name Yoyogi Kamizonochō ) and the Harajuku Station are in the districts of Jinnan and Jingū -mae many other stores, the Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyōgijō and the headquarters of the public broadcaster NHK.
  • South of Shibuya in the districts Ebisu another office and business center has developed. In the east adjacent Hiroo are among others the Seishin Women's University ( " University of the Sacred Heart " ), and the nursing school of the Japanese Red Cross as well as one of the most expensive residential areas of Tokyo.
  • In districts such as Uehara or Hatagaya in the northwest of the district of Shibuya are increasingly residential areas to the west (outside ) the Yamanote Line live together more than two-thirds of the inhabitants of Shibuya.

For a full list of the neighborhoods of the district, see List of districts of Tokyo's Shibuya district.


Shibuya was in 1889 and 1909 a Chō Mura, first in Minami- Toshima County, from 1896 in the district Toyotama. In 1932 it was combined with Sendagaya and Yoyohata incorporated as a municipality in the city of Tokyo. After its dissolution in 1943, it is since 1947 a "special district " of Tokyo Prefecture.

Important facilities

  • Broadcasting center of the state broadcasting company NHK
  • Olympic Stadium
  • Headquarters of the Japan Basketball Association
  • Shibuya 109 - largest shopping center of the district
  • Headquarters of the United Nations University


  • Street: Urban motorway Tokyo
  • National Road 20, according to Chūō or Shiojiri
  • National Road 246, Chiyoda or Numazu
  • JR Yamanote Line ( ring line), Yoyogi, Harajuku, Shibuya or Ebisu
  • JR Chūō - sobu Line, Yoyogi or Sendagaya after Mitaka or Chiba
  • JR Chūō Main Line, Yoyogi or Sendagaya to Tokyo or Nagoya
  • JR Saikyo Line, Ebisu or Shibuya after Ōmiya or Ōsaki
  • JR Shonan -Shinjuku Line, Ebisu or Shibuya after Ōmiya or Kamakura
  • Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Shibuya to Asakusa
  • Tokyo Metro Hibiya line Ebisu after Meguro or Adachi
  • Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, Yoyogi - Uehara from or Yoyogi kōen by Adachi
  • Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Shibuya by Sumida
  • Toei Oedo Line from Shinjuku, Yoyogi or Kokuritsukyōgijō to Shinjuku or Nerima
  • Are Tokyu Toyoko Line from Shibuya or Daikan - Yama to Yokohama
  • Tōkyū Den'entoshi line from Shibuya by Yamato
  • Keio Inokashira line from Shibuya or Shinsen Musashino
  • Keio line of Sasazuka after Hachioji
  • Keio New line of Sasazuka, Hatagaya or Hatsudai to Shinjuku
  • Odakyu Odawara Line, Minami -Shinjuku, sangubashi, Yoyogi Hachiman or Yoyogi - Uehara to Shinjuku or Odawara


  • LDP: 8
  • Kōmeitō: 6
  • JCP: 6
  • DPJ: 4
  • Mushozoku Club: 4
  • Shinminshu Shibuya: 2
  • Non-attached: 3

34 -member Parliament and Mayor of Shibuya were last elected in the unified regional elections in April 2011. Mayor Toshitake Kuwahara was supported by LDP and Kōmeitō, re-elected to three candidates with about 43 % of the vote for a third term. Prior to his first election in 2003 was Kuwahara much time employees of the municipal administration, most recently Vice Mayor ( joyaku ).

For elections to the Parliament Prefecture Shibuya is two- mandate constituency. In the 2013 election, the incumbent interior prevailed: the Liberal Democrat Hideko Murakami in front of the non-party Hiroko Otsu Cities, which had been selected as the 2009 or candidate of the Democratic Party.

For the lower house of the national parliament Shibuya Nakano, together with the 7th constituency of the prefecture, the LDP landslide victory in 2012 the Democrat Akira Nagatsuma defended.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Ryutaro Hashimoto (1937-2006), 82nd and 83rd Prime Minister of Japan
  • Hisaoki Kamei ( b. 1939 ), Minister
  • Kazumi Watanabe ( born 1953 ), musician
  • Momoe Yamaguchi ( born 1959 ), singer
  • Tōru Hashimoto (born 1969 ), lawyer, television star and politician

Adjacent Cities and Towns

  • Tokyo: Setagaya city districts, Shinjuku, Meguro, Nakano, Minato, Shinagawa, Suginami


Aoyama Gakuin University

Gymnasium Tokyo

Yoyogi Park

Harajuku station

Omotesando Hills