Shibuya is Tokyo’s most famous, fashionable and fast-paced neighbourhood, making it an excellent place to stay if you want to be in the heart of all the action. From skyscraper skylines to traditional tatami mat tearooms-turned apartments, the Airbnb offerings are eclectic, so choosing where to stay is no stroll through Shibuya Crossing – here’s a few of the best.
Designer flat in Shibuya
Designer flat in Shibuya | Courtesy of Naoko/Airbnb
Located right in the heart of Shibuya, this designer apartment is a minimalist’s dream. Rough, bare concrete walls, a multi-use bench that runs along the length of the room and a rustic table for two makes it the epitome of simple city living. The owner of the apartment designed it himself, so you know there’s nothing quite like it anywhere else in the world. Although it does look rather brutalist, the coldness is offset by the flooding of natural light and impressive city views. Best suited for couples or solo travellers.
An 80-square-meter, light-filled two-bedroom duplex, this is one of the most spacious Airbnb apartments you’ll find in Shibuya. Just an eight-minute walk from Harajuku, it’s easily accessible from all corners of the city, making it perfect for those wanting to check out the inner Tokyo area on foot. The apartment can accommodate up to five guests, making it perfect for groups of friends travelling together.
Four minutes from the laid-back, cosy neighbourhood of Sasazuka, and one stop away from Shinjuku, this Shibuya-ku apartment is located right in the middle of all the action. Perfect for exploring the city, but also in an area that’s quiet enough to provide a little respite from the city, it’s the ideal retreat complete with a backyard – a rarity in Tokyo. The house can accommodate up to 10 people quite comfortably.
Apartment Hakke-an is definitely one of Shibuya’s more unique Airbnbs. A tea-ceremony room turned accommodation, the owners created the space so people could experience classical Japanese culture in the centre of the city. It’s located in the backstreets of Shibuya, which means that Yoyogi Park, Shibuya Crossing and Meiji Shrine are all within walking distance. The apartment is best suited to the solo traveller or couples.
Breezy, light-filled, budget-friendly and in the heart of the action, this place ticks all the perfect Airbnb boxes. You’ll find this apartment down in the backstreets of Dogenzaka, one of Shibuya’s most central locations and one of Tokyo’s most popular entertainment districts. Surrounded by restaurants, bars, cafés and shopping complexes, this place can accommodate up to three guests and is a great place to stay if you want to explore the city by foot.
This Airbnb is worth renting for the view alone. Located high above the Shibuya skyline on top of Dogenzaka Hill sits this sunny, traditional studio apartment. The open-plan room features futon-style bedding, offering a uniquely Japanese experience. Spanning a total of 30 square meters, it’s relatively big by Tokyo standards. The size is made even more significant if you count the balcony space, which extends out an impressive 20 square meters.
Ideal for those who appreciate minimalistic simplicity, this tidy one-bedroom apartment is right by Shibuya Station and right in the heart of all the action. Best suited to solo travellers or couples, it features a double bed and extra futon and can accommodate up to three guests. For those who like to shop, the monolithic mega department store Shibuya 109 is just two minutes down the road.
If you want the peaceful energy of old Japan and the excitement of youthful Harajuku all in one, then this is the place for you. The apartment features classic tatami mat flooring and a futon bed that’s traditional in style but contemporary in design. The cutest feature, however, has to be the little balcony zen garden that is backdropped by the ultra-modern Tokyo landscape.