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A view of Shibuya's scramble crossing from atop the new Shibuya Scramble Square building. Image: SHELLEY SMITH

Shibuya Scramble Square high-rise complex to open Friday

By Shelley Smith

Tokyo’s latest sky high facility will open its doors to the public on Friday. Shibuya Scramble Square, the highest structure in the Shibuya district at 230 meters tall, overlooks Japan’s most famous scramble crossing intersection.

The modern yet classic-looking skyscraper, located right between Shibuya Stream and Shibuya Station, is home to a variety of well known retailers such as Tokyu Hands, Tsutaya Books and Nike, alongside high-end brands and restaurants such as Dior, Balenciaga and more.


Consisting of 47 floors and two basement floors, the building houses large commercial facilities from the basement to the 14th floor, offices on the upper floors, and the largest rooftop viewing space in Japan, Shibuya Sky.

Shibuya Sky can be accessed via the 14th floor where a futuristic elevator with enjoyable digital projecting will skyrocket you up to the indoor Paradise Lounge on the 46th floor. The paradise lounge wraps all the way around the building giving you a full 360-degree view of the city with a bar, gift shop and photo corner for guests to enjoy before or after their journey to the sky.




After storing your luggage in the locker rooms within the Paradise Lounge, you may then take the escalator up to the main rooftop sky floor. Shibuya Sky spreads across the whole rooftop area and features a helipad/sky stage, lounging area and multiple photo spots where you can enjoy astounding panoramic views of Japan and Tokyo. Capture shots of Mt Fuji, Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree, as well as the whole Shibuya district including the entirety of Yoyogi Park.



Shibuya Scramble Square can be accessed directly from Shibuya Station and connects directly to the second floor where a pedestrian walkway spans the area between various train lines and other Shibuya Redevelopment Project facilities.

Shibuya Sky

Times: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Price: Adults ¥2,000, students ¥1,600, elementary students ¥1,000, 3-5 ¥600

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That will be fun to check out.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Exactly what Shibuya needs. More reasons to pull people into the area.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

2000 yen to have a bird’s eye view of people crossing the road-I won’t be lining up...

7 ( +10 / -3 )

2000 yen to have a bird’s eye view of people crossing the road-I won’t be lining up...

2000 yen is indeed pricey. Skytree is what, 2060 yen but you will be 3 times higher up? I'm sure 2000 yen includes the wonderful sardinepacked feeling the first couple of months.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

The photo of the escalator makes it look like a free fall.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

At least you won't be able to smell the drains from the 47th. floor. Looks like it'd be nice to go up at sunset on a really clear winter day, though.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Hey, I’ll be visiting Japan in about a month. I think I might check this out on there! Well, that’s one more reason to look forward to visiting Japan, amongst many others of course.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Oh boy another shopping centre with the same stores that you can find anywhere else, likely in Hikarie or some other department store in Shibuya. Can't wait!

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Just what Shibuya needs: more people travelling through the station, especially in the rush hour when all the workers in that building go to work.

Tokyo was so much more pleasant and interesting when it was a low-rise, when the Kasumigaseki Building and Keio Plaza Hotel were the tallest buildings in Japan.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Another building built with almost no environmental considerations and modern energy management which ends up to be just another piece contributing to our environment destruction, The area is already over saturated with people, what's the point of this?

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Or just go to the free observation deck at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building instead.

There, I saved you ¥2000

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Go to the top of city hall in Shinjuku. It's free!

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Is Shibuya becoming more hip than Shinjuku? I'm worried...

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

The more places and ways they can pull money from your pockets, the more they're winning.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Not “classic-looking” just square, depressing, functional and characterless.

daito_hak the point is profit and nothing else which is why it has been built in as utilitarian a way as possible.

So it’s tall, whoopy, there are taller so nothing special there. Architecturally there is nothing distinctive, unique or innovative about it. Technologically and environmentally it appears to be straight out of the 1950’s so that’s a fail.

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Ah, I just love Japanese modern architecture. I love those sharp, minimalistic skyscrapers.

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I would not, really, like to be on that escalator during an Earthquake.

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