Visit Shibuya, Japan’s leading international cultural tourism city, and Tokyo Camii
Shibuya in Tokyo is a major trendsetting area for Japanese culture, attracting interest from around the world. With the catchword, “Shibuya, an international cultural tourism city”, the city stands ready to welcome and entertain tourists from all over the world.
A large-scale redevelopment project is underway in the environs of Shibuya Station. Cutting-edge commercial complexes are springing up, making the area even livelier. Popular destinations include Shibuya Scramble Square, Shibuya Hikarie, Shibuya Fukuras and SHIBUYA STREAM.
Located right in front of Shibuya Station is the Shibuya Scramble Crossing, often dubbed as “the world’s best-known crossing”. With more than 1,000 pedestrians crossing at each green light, it is also said to be the world’s busiest crossing. The sight of a stunning number of pedestrians going back and forth each day is just impressive. Be sure to pay a visit.
SHIBUYA SKY is an observation space on the rooftop of SHIBUYA SCRAMBLE SQUARE, a high-profile a large commercial complex that opened in November 2019. Rising to a height of about 229 meters, the open observation deck offers a thrilling panoramic view of the streets of Tokyo, including Shibuya Scramble Crossing. On a clear day, you can even take in Tokyo Tower, TOKYO SKYTREE, the Japan National Stadium and Mt. Fuji, from the heliport at the center of the rooftop. The lawned area and hammocks available allow you to lay back and relax as you take in the sights.
The most popular spot up on the observation deck is “SKY EDGE”. Here, let your breath be taken away by the view of the Tokyo cityscape spreading from right below your feet. Feel alive as you step close to the tip, set up as if to send you for a walk to the heavens. (Don’t worry – safety rails are a thing.) Dusk and sundown are when SKY EDGE is at its most special. Lights from landmarks and other midtown buildings appear like the Milky Way in outer space, creating a mystical mood as though you are floating in the sky.
Shibuya Scramble Crossing
Address: 2Choume, Dougenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo
Access: 2min walk from Shibuya Station
SHIBUYA SCRAMBLE SQUARE
Address: 24-12, 2Choume, Shibuya, Shibuya City, Tokyo
Access: Directly connected to Shibuya Station
At prayer times, you can visit the Prayer Room at SHIBUYA PARCO, a leading commercial facility in Shibuya for fashion and culture. Each floor is structured according to a different worldview and atmosphere. Various types of uniquely Japanese art and culture are also featured on each floor. At SHIBUYA PARCO, you can enjoy more than just shopping.
The prayer room is located on the 5th floor, and is equipped with a Wudu facility. There are two rooms, which visitors can use freely. Go higher, and you can get a complete overview of Shibuya from the ROOFTOP PARK of the building for no charge. Enjoy superb scenery with skyscrapers and Mt. Fuji and unwind at the lawned park teeming with lush plants. You will also want to catch the night view too!
The popular hamburger steak restaurant “Kiwamiya Shibuya PARCO”, down at the 1st Basement floor, serves a Black Wagyu (Japanese beef) menu for Muslims. Many other restaurants in the building also offer Muslim-friendly food and drinks, such as Sushi and Udon, for you to happily dine in.
Address: 15-1, Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo
Access: Approximately 6min walk from Shibuya Station
“MIYASHITA PARK” is a new Shibuya landmark, having opened in 2020. It consists of a park, hotel, and more than 90 fashion and gourmet shops. Perfect for taking a breather, the relaxing open space and its many facilities blend in well with the townscape of Shibuya.
~SHIBUYAKURITSU MIYASHITA PARK ~
Originally a much-loved public area throughout its 67-year history, the park has now been revamped to rest atop a happening commercial building. The park includes 1,000 square meters of lawned space, a multi-purpose sports facility and a cafeteria, creating a pleasant place to spend your time.
The park also has its own bronze statue of Hachi-ko the loyal Shiba dog, the famous original if which sits just outside of Shibuya Station.
Miyashita Park’s version is named “SHIBUYA HACHI COMPASS”, as Hachi-ko here gazes up at the sky in the center of a compass-shaped bench. You too may want to gaze up at the sky with Hachi-ko, or take a photo with him.
~ RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK ~
Located on the 1st floor of RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK is SHIBUYA YOKOCHO, a 100-meter-long facility with 19 shops combining “gourmet” with “entertainment”. Yokocho” refers to a narrow back street with many small restaurants. The symbolic word evokes in the mind of Japanese people a nostalgic image of Japanese culture of the past.
~ SHIBUYA YOKOCHO in RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK ~
In the chaotic, retro pop culture atmosphere of SHIBUYA YOKOCHO, you can enjoy various types of local cuisine from all over Japan, from Hokkaido in the north to Kyushu and Okinawa in the south. You can also have Chinese and Korean food here. In addition, there are street magicians and musicians performing every day, as well as events in which you can observe local festivals or taste local dishes from all over Japan. SHIBUYA YOKOCHO is a place where you are sure to experience many aspects of Japanese culture.
SHIBUYAKURITSU MIYASHITA PARK
Address: 26-5, 1Choume, Shibuya, Shibuya City, Tokyo
Approximately 3 min walk from Shibuya Station
RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK
Address: 20-10, 6Choume, Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo
Access: Approximately 3 min walk from Shibuya Station
Marvel and spend time at the beautiful Tokyo Camii, Japan’s largest mosque
Despite a small Muslim population, there are currently over 110 mosques throughout Japan. Nevertheless, the number of Muslim residents in Japan has increased compared to the early 1980s, leading to the creation of many Muslim communities around the country. Based on interaction and mutual understanding with local Japanese residents, these communities have in turn cooperated to build mosques all over Japan.
Tokyo Camii was built in 1938 via cooperation between Japan and Turkey, a country that historically has boasted close relations with Japan. Reconstructed in 2000, it is part-Cultural Center, part-Ottoman-style Mosque. Arabic Calligraphy along with arabesques and geometric patterns can be found throughout the beautiful mosque, alongside other various types of art.
The room nearest the entrance is a lounge decorated with beautiful Iznik tiles, where you can sit and take a rest. Be sure to look up at the ceiling, which is also beautifully decorated. The mosque area itself is located on the 2nd floor of the building. Sunlight filtering through colorful stained-glass windows of delicate geometric patterns, a beautiful chandelier hanging in the center of the room… You will be overwhelmed by the magnificence of this mosque. The domed ceiling is designed in the image of cosmic space, and the chandelier hanging from its center is of Arabic calligraphic design. The 2nd floor of the mosque (the 3rd floor of the building) is exclusively for women.
The beautiful mosque has visitors from many countries and from Japan.
You can buy Muslim-friendly food and other items from many countries at the “Halal Market” located inside Tokyo Camii. A large selection of halal foods (as certified by private organizations) produced in Japan are also available, including Natto (fermented soybeans) and Senbei (rice crackers) made in conformity with halal regulations.
A 5-minute walk from Yoyogi-Uehara Station on the Odakyu Line, the mosque is easily accessible. The splendid mosque is a must-visit spot for a glimpse of Islamic culture in Japan.
Address: 1-19, Oyamacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo
Access: Shinjuku (Odakyu Line), 1 stop: approx. 4 min
→ Yoyogi-Uehara Station (walk approx. 5 min)
Access: Shibuya (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line), 1 stop: approx. 2 min
→ Omote-sando Station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line) 3 stops: approx. 6 min
→ Yoyogi-Uehara Station (walk approx. 5 min)