Shibuya Tsutaya: A New Era for an Iconic Landmark

Shibuya Tsutaya, A Cultural Hub at Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya Tsutaya has long been a fixture in Shibuya thanks to the strategic location of the iconic Starbucks inside its premises, with its vantage views at the world-famous Shibuya Crossing. Following a significant building renovation and a brief uncertainty about the future of its much famed coffee shop, this iconic store has reopened to great fanfare, with a lot of new services. 

The revitalized Shibuya Tsutaya seeks to cater to an even larger audience with a wide range of cultural experiences for all kinds of interests. From book enthusiasts and Pokémon fans to those seeking unique café experiences, the new Shibuya Tsutaya promises to continue being a must-visit destination in Tokyo!

Check also: 25 Best Things to Do in Shibuya


What is Shibuya Tsutaya?

Shibuya Tsutaya
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Shibuya Tsutaya first opened its doors in 1999, quickly becoming a cultural landmark known for its extensive collection of books, music, and movies, both for rental or purchase. Located right in front of Shibuya Crossing, it has served as a popular meeting point and a symbol of the vibrant energy of Shibuya. The recent renovations have transformed Shibuya Tsutaya expanding its offerings and enhancing its facilities to meet the evolving needs of its visitors.

The revamped Shibuya Tsutaya spans multiple floors, each designed with a unique theme and purpose, like state-of-the-art studio on the top floors or the various lounges, cafes, and specialized shops. IT’s a completely new space that aims to provide an immersive experience for everyone. 

What to Do at Shibuya Tsutaya

Going beyond the chain’s normal activity as a retail space for books, music and movies, this special location is now a multi-level hub of culture and entertainment. Each floor offers unique experiences and attractions, so here’s a detailed look at what you can do on each floor:

Basement 2: Entertainment Wonderland

Entertainment Wonderland in Shibuya Tsutaya
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Basement 2 is dedicated to “Entertainment Wonderland” (shortened to “Entame”) open from 10 AM to 10 PM. This floor is a paradise for entertainment lovers, featuring a wide array of games, interactive exhibits, and immersive experiences with large 4K screens. It’s a lively and fun space where visitors of all ages can enjoy the latest in entertainment technology and attractions.

Basement 1: Shibuya IP Square B

Shibuya IP Square A or SIPSA
SIPS A. © Culture Convenience Club Co., Ltd.

Basement 1 houses “Shibuya IP Square B”, shortened as SIPS B, continuing the theme of engaging visitors with a wide variety of content from different artists or entertainment franchises. “IP” stands for “Intellectual Property”, meaning to convey that visitors will be able to get unique merchandise and interactive displays belonging to all sort of IPs.

1st & 2nd Floor: Shibuya IP Square A and Starbucks

Starbucks at Shibuya Tsutaya
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On the 1st floor, visitors can also explore “Shibuya IP Square A,” also known as SIPS A, which has the same function as the aforementioned SIPS B, alongside the first floor of Starbucks, with takeaway-only counters. The Starbucks operates from 7 AM to 10:30 PM, providing a convenient spot for an early morning coffee or a late-night snack. 

The 2nd floor houses the seating space of Starbucks, which is open from 8 AM to 10:30 PM. This renovated space features a cozy but sleek design and maintains the counters overlooking the Shibuya Crossing so it’s safe to say it will continue to be one of the most popular spots in the area. 

3rd & 4th Floor: SHARE LOUNGE

Sharelounge at Shibuya Tsutaya
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These two floors feature the SHARE LOUNGE, a popular TSUTAYA Spinoff chain aimed at professionals in need of co-working or casual  meeting spaces or simply any visitor looking for a quiet space to wind down. Open from 8 AM to 11 PM, there’s an hourly charge of 1,500yen (plus tax) which includes free refills of soft drinks and snacks. The 3rd floor also has views of the Shibuya Crossing. 

5th Floor: Pokémon Card Lounge

Pokémon Card Lounge at Shibuya Tsutaya
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Pokémon enthusiasts will love the 5th floor, which features the “Pokémon Card Lounge”, where anyone can play Pokémon cards in a comfortable and dedicated space. Open from 10 AM to 10:30 PM, this lounge also offers private spaces for groups of four. Seats need to be reserved in advance via website but the merchandise area is free to access.

6th Floor: IP Bookstore

IP Bookstore
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The “IP Bookstore” retains the same idea around IPs (Intellectual Properties) from the basement and 1st floors, focusing on being a unique bookstore that offers a specially curated selection of books, magazines, and merchandise related to popular IPs. Its ample space make it a good spot to relax and explore for unique finds related to your favorite franchises.

7th Floor: Collaboration Café

Collabo Cafe at Shibuya Tsutaya
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The “Collaboration Café” is a fun space where patrons will be able to enjoy limited time themed foods and drinks. The name of the café refers to the idea of hosting frequent collaborations with popular franchises and artists, making it an ideal spot for fans to enjoy exclusive menus and merchandise.

8th Floor (and rooftop): STUDIO

The 8th floor houses the “STUDIO,” a state-of-the-art space designed for creative collaborations and events, including the open air rooftop. This area is equipped with the latest technology to support a variety of activities, from recording sessions to live broadcasts or even small scale events like seminars. This is meant to be a dynamic environment where creators can bring their projects to life in an inspiring setting.

How to Get to Shibuya Tsutaya

Shibuya Tsutaya is conveniently located at the heart of Shibuya Crossing, one of the busiest and most recognizable intersections in the world. You can get there via Shibuya Station, a major transportation hub, serviced by multiple train lines:

  • JR Lines: Yamanote Line, Saikyo Line, and Shonan-Shinjuku Line.
  • Tokyo Metro: Ginza Line, Hanzomon Line, and Fukutoshin Line.
  • Tokyu Lines: Toyoko Line and Den-en-toshi Line.
  • Keio Inokashira Line.

If you arrive via JR Lines or Tokyo Metro, look for the Hachiko Exit for the closest access.

Tourist Attractions Near Shibuya Tsutaya

Shibuya is a vibrant district with plenty of exciting attractions to explore. Here are three notable spots near Shibuya Tsutaya that are worth a visit:

Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya CrossingJust steps away from Shibuya Tsutaya is the world-famous Shibuya Crossing, often referred to as the “Scramble Crossing.” Known for its massive pedestrian traffic, the crossing sees thousands of people converging from all directions each time the lights change. It’s a dynamic and exhilarating experience to walk across this iconic intersection. The surrounding area is filled with shops, restaurants, and entertainment options, making it a bustling hub of activity both day and night.

More info: 6 Best Shibuya Crossing Photo Spots

Hachiko Statue

Hachiko Statue in ShibuyaThe Hachiko Statue is a beloved landmark located just outside Shibuya Station, near the Hachiko Exit. It’s easy to spot as every day there are long lines of visitors waiting to take photos next to it. This bronze statue commemorates Hachi (later nicknamed as Hachiko), the loyal Akita dog who waited for his owner at Shibuya Station every day, even after his owner’s passing. The statue is one of the most popular meeting points in the city and a symbol of loyalty and devotion.

Shibuya Sky

Shibuya SKY Observatory
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Shibuya Sky is an observation deck located on the rooftop of the Shibuya Scramble Square building. This high-rise offers panoramic views of Tokyo, including landmarks such as Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Skytree, and even Mount Fuji on clear days. The observation deck features an open-air area, providing a breathtaking 360-degree view of the city. Visitors can enjoy the stunning vistas, take memorable photos, and relax in the Sky Gallery, which offers an immersive experience with digital art and interactive displays.

More info: the New Observatory on Top of Shibuya Scramble Square

Miyashita Park

Miyashita ParkMiyashita Park is a modern urban park and shopping mall located a short walk from Shibuya Tsutaya. Recently redeveloped on the site of the old Miyashita Park, it features green spaces along with shopping and dining spots, and a lively selection of izakayas on the ground floor. 

The park includes a rooftop area with sports facilities such as a skate park, a bouldering wall, and a multipurpose sports court, while the lower levels house a variety of trendy shops and restaurants, with a mix of local and international brands.

More info: Miyashita Park: Shibuya’s Urban Oasis


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Photographer, journalist, and avid urban cyclist, making sense of Japan since 2017. I was born in Caracas and lived for 14 years in Barcelona before moving to Tokyo. Currently working towards my goal of visiting every prefecture in Japan, I hope to share with readers the everlasting joy of discovery and the neverending urge to keep exploring.