Shibuya Ward is located on the west side of Tokyo’s 23 wards and is referred to as one of the “Five Central Tokyo Wards” along with Chiyoda, Chuo, Minato and Shinjuku Wards.
Shibuya Ward Sightseeing Spots
The origin of the name “Shibuya” is said to be ? A. The name “Shibuya” was given to the Kawasaki Shigeya family after they captured a bandit named Morikuni Shibuya Gonsuke, a lord of the Heian period.
There are various theories that the river was called “Shibuya River” because of its high iron content and rusty red color, and that the lowlands in the Shibuya River basin were a valley with a narrow valley.
Hachiko, the loyal dog
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Shibuya Station Hachiko Exit
Hachi, an Akita dog, is the symbol of Shibuya Ward and is used in posters in the shopping arcade and the name of the community bus. Hachi is famous for the bronze statue of him standing at the Hachiko exit of Shibuya Station. Hachiko family reliefs can be seen on the wall by the Hachiko Exit of JR Shibuya Station. It is a design of a family of 20 Akita dogs of various sizes surrounding Hachiko. At night, it is illuminated.
Former Asakura Residence (Important Cultural Property)
29-20 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
The former Asakura Residence was built in 1919. It is a two-story Japanese-style wooden house with the aroma of Taisho Romanticism. The main house is centered on the Omoya, and there are storehouses, a garden gate, and annex rooms. The stone millstone used to mill rice using a waterwheel still remains as it was in those days. It was designated as an important cultural property in 2004.
Shoto Museum of Art
2-14-14, Shoto 2-chome, Shibuya-ku, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Shoto Museum of Art is located in a quiet residential area away from the hustle and bustle of Shibuya. The building has two floors above ground and two floors below ground, with the exhibition rooms on the ground floor. There are no permanent exhibits, but you can view special exhibitions and publicly-commissioned works by Shibuya Ward. Art classes for beginners are held by professional instructors.
Yoyogi Pony Park
4-1 Yoyogi-Kamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
At Yoyogi Pony Park, you can enjoy the experience of interacting with cute ponies. You can ride a pony, brush it and feed it carrots. Carrots are not provided in the park, so you need to prepare them in advance. If you cut the carrots into long and thin strips, it will be easier for the ponies to eat them.