Shibuya Scramble Square - Celebrate the Grand Opening of Shibuya's New Tallest Skyscraper on November 1st, 2019!
Japan has been taking many measures to prepare for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympic Games, and many brand new facilities have been popping up all over the place. Shibuya Scramble Square, located in one of Tokyo's most visited tourist destinations, is among the latest of these new buildings, and is scheduled to open on November 1, 2019. The 230 meter tall skyscraper looms over Shibuya and will feature an observation deck called Shibuya Sky, from which you can get a bird's eye view of the famous Shibuya scramble crossing intersection, and it is also home to an eclectic variety of big retail names and high-end brands, as well as a wide selection of restaurants, offices, and event spaces. Be sure to check it out when you're in the area!
Oct 31 2019 (Sep 09 2020)
Shibuya Scramble Square
Shibuya Scramble Square is a multipurpose high-rise building consisting of 47 floors and two basement floors located in the center of the bustling Shibuya area. It's the tallest building in the Shibuya area, and with so many floors and space, it's not surprising that there's a lot to see and do on offer here! A total of 213 shopping and dining facilities comprise the basement floors to the 14th floor, alongside the co-creation facility SHIBUYA QWS (members only) on the 15th floor and the observation deck Shibuya Sky on the 14th floor and the 2 floors stretching from the 45th floor to the rooftop. The 17th to 45th floors are reserved for office spaces.
This article will briefly go over the attractions of each area to give you a better idea of what it has in store for you. The grand opening is on Friday, November 1st at 10:00 am, so if you're in the area on this day or in the future, be sure to make your way over!
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B2F - 14F: Shops & Restaurants
There are 213 retail shops and restaurants on these floors, with over 150 exclusive items that you can only find here at Shibuya Scramble Square. The basement floors consist mainly of food-related stores, and you can find everything from salads to deli foods, bakeries, snacks, and bento (lunch boxes). If you're looking for a bite to eat, this is a great place to stroll through to peruse all the different options on offer.
There's a pop-up store area on the 1st to 3rd floors, which will showcase several sweets stores under the Tokyu Food Show Edge brand. These stores will switch out on a weekly or monthly basis. During the building's first few weeks, they'll be serving various sweet wares like premium cheesecake and pies. There are many other desserts and sweet souvenirs here as well, so you'll have a pretty easy time finding some great food gifts.
On the 3rd, 7th, and 12th floors, you'll find event spaces, with an event cafe called Trueberry connected to the 7th floor event space. Trueberry is a vegan cafe that serves up 100% vegan smoothies and parfaits; during events, they'll even whip up special vegan event menus!
The fashion and beauty floors cover the 3rd to 9th floors, with various brands ranging from Kenzo, Saint Laurent, Jimmy Choo, Kate Spade, and Swarovski to Fancl, Shiseido, SK-II, Shu Uemura, and more. Looking for a fancy bag, accessory, or new outfit? Or maybe you're hoping to find some Japanese cosmetic products? No problem - you're bound to find it here!
The lifestyle goods floors encompass the 10th, 11th, and 14th floors, including popular stores such as Tokyu Hands, which sells craft items and home goods, and ocha room ashita ITOEN, which sells Japanese green tea. The general goods store Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten here offers an exclusive service (additional fees apply) where you can get your initials or a motif of Shibuya Scramble Crossing embroidered onto a handkerchief or sock that you've purchased in-store.
On the 12th and 13th floors (dubbed "FOODIES SCRAMBLE"), you'll be able to sit down and dine at your restaurant of choice, with a wide range of options including Japanese, Italian, Taiwanese, Spanish, and more.
45F, 46F: Shibuya Sky
The Shibuya Sky observation deck is possibly one of the biggest attractions of this building, and is actually the largest one you can find in Japan, with an area of approximately 2,500 sq.m. Purchase your tickets at the ticket counter on the 14th floor to go up to the observation deck on the 46th floor. There's a photo corner where you can get a snap with the Shibuya sky (1,500 yen, 9:00 am - 11:00 pm), and you can lounge around and enjoy the views from multiple spots throughout the spacious area.
At the souvenir shop, you can purchase a Shibuya Tenugui (hand towel) that features a Shibuya Scramble Crossing inspired design so that you can commemorate your visit to Shibuya. You can also spend some time relaxing at the cafe and bar Paradise Lounge, from which you can get a full panoramic view of Shibuya, Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Skytree, and even Mt. Fuji in the distance! One of the items you'll want to check here is the SHIBUYA SKY Ramune Soft Serve (500 yen, available from November 1-30, 2019), a Hokkaido milk-based ice cream with the addition of refreshing ramune (blue-colored lemon-lime soda).
If you're looking for a great spot to see Tokyo and the famous Shibuya Scramble Crossing, or you're just looking for more things to do in the Shibuya area, head over to Shibuya Scramble Square!
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The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.