Hikarie @ Shibuya

When questioned ‘What attracts you to Tokyo?’, the majority, locals and tourists alike, would answer ‘Shopping!’
Yes, the city has lots of shopping centres, however, it comes with the difference.
One biggest distinction is their structure…

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The latest shopping outlet “Shibuya Hikarie” at Shibuya.
Their shop floors are stuck up virtually instead of being laid out in a sprawling ground like conventional shopping centres outside Tokyo. Reflecting the city’s nickname “the vertical city”, Tokyo is densely built and any available land for a new development in Central Tokyo is like gold dust. In fact, during the height of the property boom in the 80’s, people joked as if a mere manhole-cover size land could cost as much as $100k. I have no way to authenticate the truth in this urban legend but by looking at how the city has grown, the myth may be less than just a bluff…

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After leaving Shin-Ōkubo, mum and I headed to the next destination on our shopping list, aforementioned Shibuya Hikarie (渋谷ヒカリエ).

Hikarie opened its door to the public on the 26th April 2012. The premises includes a department store, offices, a theatre, restaurants and cafés.
While mainstream shopping complexes outside the city are equipped with equally sumptuous car-parking facilities, the inner-city shopping outlets, such as Hikarie or Tokyo Midtown, they don’t expect their shoppers & visitors to arrive by cars but by public transport. Hikarie stands on where there used to be Tokyu Bunka Kaikan (東急文化会館) – Tokyu Cultural Hall, which was adjacent to Shibuya Station. Shibuya is one of the most important transport hubs of Tokyo – the connections are available between JR Yamanote Line, Keio Inokashira Line, Tokyu Tōyoko Line, Tokyu Denen-toshi Line, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Hanzōmon Line and Fuku-toshin Line.

We alighted at JR Shibuya Station and proceeded towards Hikarie, following a dog-legged
raised corridor amongst the afternoon crowds. Through the glazing along the bridge between the station’s east exit and the entrance of Hikarie, hazy sunshine was flooding in…

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The bridge was spanned over Meiji-Dōri. I felt relieved to find the scenery being vaguely familiar to me. The overlapping expressways were unchanged since I was here more than two decades ago and so was the amount of the Tokyo traffics – always busy…

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Before entering ShinQs – a new outlet of Tokyu department store, we walked through this charming atrium with a large clock suspended in the air…

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Once inside ShinQs, we found ourselves surrounded by all sorts of lovely offerings.
This opticians, Lunettes du Jura, had amazing varieties of glasses…

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I was particularly taken by a pair of cateye frame in bubble gum pink. If I had more days left in Japan, I would definitely have bought a pair (a minimum waiting time was 1 week)…

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Mum bought a bright orange reading glasses and it looked great on her.

I loved Hikarie because the items on sale were well-chosen and affordable…

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Yayoi Kusama collection…

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Colourful jars and bottles to ornate any kitchen…

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The Japanese love the Conran Shop too…

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Mum and I thoroughly enjoyed our retail therapy at Hikarie.
I must admit that shopping experience in Tokyo is the best in the world. The merchandise on offer and the service which comes with it, they make shopping such a fun & joy. I wish if Tokyo were only 3 hours flight away from London, instead of 12 hours…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

7 thoughts on “Hikarie @ Shibuya

    • I am very sorry for not replying sooner (^-^;)
      They sell really interesting stuffs, don’t they? Even at major department stores or high streets, there are always something unique. I wish if I could spend a few more days in Tokyo! BTW, my mum is not interested in shopping at all which is a great shame…

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