Romantic Things To Do At Shibuya Scramble Square | CoolJapan

Shibuya is globally known as one of Tokyo's iconic districts because of Shibuya Crossing, an intersection flooded with pedestrians, heavily decorated by neon advertisements and giant video screens, making it a popular tourist spot.


Shibuya CrossingShibuya Crossing’s neon lights at night. (Photo from: Ridhwan Alwi)


In November 2019, the district's tallest building, Shibuya Scramble Square, has finally opened its doors after undergoing a five-year construction. This 47-storey shopping-and-office building is poised to be the next iconic spot in Shibuya. The main highlight of the Shibuya Scramble Square has got to be the Shibuya Sky, its rooftop observatory,which stands tall at almost 230 meters above the ground. Check out its concept video.




Did it pique your curiosity? Here are the top five romantic things you can do in Shibuya Scramble Square with your special someone.


Visit the upscale and slick depachika


Depachika of Shibuya Scramble Square. (Photo from: Shibuya Scramble Square)


A "depachika" is the basement floor of department stores where food and groceries are usually sold. Its name comes from the combination of "depa" which is the abbreviation of "department" (store) and "chika" which means "basement" in Japanese. The developers of Shibuya Scramble Square gave its depachika a more upscale and slick touch. Located at levels B2, B1 and 1, it's known to house new exciting food businesses that are entering the Tokyo or Shibuya market for the first time. Have a look at the food directory here to see which one interests you and your partner the most. How about sharing some coffee and desserts?


Dine at Kagurazaka Saryo's first outlet in Shibuya




Levels 12 to13 in Shibuya Scramble Square is home to dine-in restaurants that offer a great view. Level 14 is where you can find Kagurazaka Saryo, one of the many names making its first entrance to the Shibuya market.


Kagurazaka Saryo is a cafe located in the old Geisha district of Kagurazaka in Tokyo offering visitors a taste of Japan. It is a restaurant that specialises in meals and desserts made with matcha. Be sure to give its green tea parfait a try! Kagurazaka Saryo had also made its entrance to Singapore in October 2019 at Vivocity. Check out a review of it by Eatbook.SG.


Lounge in paradise on the Sky Gallery (Indoor Observatory)


Shibuya Scramble Square Sky GalleryPhotos from: Shibuya Scramble Square


Level 46 is where the Sky Gallery, also known as the indoor observatory, is alongside its souvenir shop and the "Paradise Lounge". On this level is where you can get the same amazing views you would get on the Shibuya Sky (Level 47). What’s great about this level is that it is not only indoors but that there are also high-tech art installations not to be missed. These installations are interactive and use real-time views of Shibuya. There are also spots that are Insta-worthy on this level.


Shibuya Scramble SquareParadise Lounge and souvenir shop. (Photos from: Shibuya Scramble Square)


Visit the Paradise Lounge, a retro music themed bar where you get to enjoy cocktails and delicacies while looking at a sensational view. The lounge has an incredible atmosphere that you will fall in love with. Head over to the souvenir shop after and spend some time appreciating the goods sold there that represent the heart and soul of Shibuya. There are a variety of products based on "Hachiko" (the Japanese Akita dog famous for being loyal to his owner) and some Shibuya Sky limited-edition products.


Marvel at the 360° view of Tokyo from Shibuya Sky (Outdoor Observatory)


Shibuya Scramble SquareShibuya Sky. (Photos from: Shibuya Scramble Square)


You can see not just Shibuya's streetscape but also the amazing 360° unobstructed panoramic view of Tokyo. On a clear day, you can even view Mt. Fuji. Rising almost 230 metres high. The Shibuya Scramble Square houses the Sky Stage, an outdoor observation area on the rooftop overlooking the Shibuya Crossing. We would say that the best time to be on Shibuya Sky would be during the golden hours (the period of daytime shortly after sunrise or before sunset).


Tips:

  • Admissions may be limited if the observatory gets too crowded.
  • Making ticket reservations online ahead of time is recommended!
  • Ensure that your camera has straps.
  • Don't bring Gorillapods and tripods; they're not allowed. If you bring one, it will be required to be kept in the lockers provided and there will be a JPY100/~USD1 deposit fee).
  • Do not wear hats as it can get windy in the area.

Catch "CROSSING LIGHT" show


Crossing Light Shibuya Scramble Square"CROSSING LIGHT" show (Photo from: Shibuya Scramble Square)


Do not miss the crossing light show during nightfall where18 light beams "dance" in the sky while romantic music play in the background. An awesome way to end a great day!


You can purchase tickets online here. For same-day purchase, ticket counters are located on the 14th floor.

(Due to the situation of Covid-19, the opening hours and regulation might be changed occasionally. Please check the official website before you make a visit. )



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