We visited the latest shopping facility “Shibuya Scramble Square” that was just opened on 1st November 2019.
The main highlight was obviously the new observation deck that stands at 229 metres called “Shibuya Sky“. It offers a 360-degree panoramic view of Shibuya, and you can also catch Tokyo Tower, Skytree and Mt Fuji on a clear day.
Opening hours and tickets
Opening hours: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
Price: 2,000 JPY (Adults), 1,600 JPY (Students), 1,000 JPY (Elementary Students), 600 JPY (Children aged three to five), Free (Under two)
Tickets can also be purchased online, and it will be 200 JPY cheaper than buying from the counters at the spot. They will let you know the availability based on the times of each day for the month, and it comes in an interval of 20 minutes.
We bought the 11:00 am tickets, and we can enter anytime between 11:00 am and 11:20 am. The entrance is located on the 14th floor of the building and there was already a line when we went there 10 minutes before 11:00 am.
From “Sky Gate” to “Sky Stage”
The elevator between the 14th floor and 45th floor is called the “Sky Gate”, and it offers a sensory experience of visual and sounds of transporting you to the “Sky Stage” which is basically the roof-top.
Before you can actually go out to the “Sky Stage”, you will be required to keep all your bags and hats/caps in the locker which you can use 100 JPY to lock and the money will be returned later when you open. I read in advance that big bags will be required to be stored in lockers so I deliberately brought a small sling bag, but even that has to be kept in the locker.
360-degree panoramic view
It was a bright sunny day just before noon, so you can see the view of Shibuya and Tokyo pretty well. They have some resting space around and even a helipad. We didn’t spend much time here since it was kind of hot with the sun shining so strongly. I guess it will be really beautiful to visit at night with the city lights and some light-up they have on the roof-top.
From “Sky Stage” to “Sky Gallery”
Located one floor below, it’s an indoor gallery where you can still enjoy the view. I guess this is the back-up space for people who may visit when the weather is bad and the roof-top cannot be open to the public. There is also a lounge here where you can enjoy some snacks, drinks and even DJ music.
All tourist spots come with souvenir shops. Here at Shibuya Sky, they feature a lot of exclusive gifts related to Shibuya icons like Hachiko dog, trains that run through Shibuya, etc.
Is it worth visiting?
For 2000 JPY, I guess the only selling point is that you get to see the view at the roof-top in the open space. Before this new facility is open, I actually enjoy the view of the Shibuya from Shibuya HIKARIE 11th floor which is, of course, free and open to the public too. There is the free observatory space at Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and other areas like Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Skytree which you need to pay an entrance fee to see the view of Tokyo.
Next time when you visit Shibuya and will like to enjoy some Tokyo view while being close to the clouds and sky, do give this new spot a shot!