If it’s your first time in Shibuya and Harajuku, everything is new. It’s normal to get lost, not know where to go or which train to ride, but something you may want to know is where to find a restroom. Overseas there are many places that don’t allow access to their restrooms as crime prevention, but in Japan convenient stores, etc. will allow you to use their facilities. At the same time there are also places that don’t lend their restrooms in the major city areas (especially metropolitan areas) like Shibuya, Harajuku, Shinjuku, etc., so it’s very important to know where to find a restroom while out shopping. This time I’ll share some hidden places with available facilities you can use on a shopping trip.
* Let’s try to include these stores within our shopping, as they have many things to offer other than their restroom facilities.
In the midst of Shibuya’s roadside shops, restroom locations are important!
Just a note, but this is the intersection said to have 5000 people coming and going at one time. Thinking about all those people looking for a restroom and you realize inevitable competition awaits you.
The closest restroom to the station is the public restroom in the JR station near the Moyai statue, but it’s pretty dirty and smelly. I would only recommend that restroom to those who don’t care as long as they can keep moving, but it’s definitely not for those who appreciate cleanliness. You came this far, so how about enjoying clean restroom facilities.
Restroom (1) “Taito Station”
Foot traffic: ★☆☆ Cleanliness: ★★☆ HP: https://www.taito.co.jp/gc/store/00001460 Address: Shibuya Toei Plaza, 1-24-12 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Go out the number 10 exit of the Miyamasuzaka entry and there is Bic Camera. Here you want to find the game center on the 1st and B1 floors. The B1 floor has a restroom. After that you can enjoy coin games and crane games.
Restroom (2) “Shibuya Hikarie ShinQs”
Foot traffic: ★★☆ Cleanliness: ★★★ HP: https://www.hikarie.jp Address: 2-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
This location is appealing in that it’s impossible to get lost, just go out the number 15 exit of Shibuya station and go straight. There are a lot of customers on Saturdays and Sundays making it crowded, but you can still try your luck!
There are many facilities on the following floors; B3F/ B2F/ B1F/ 1F/ 3F/ 4F/ 5F. As there may be longer lines on the lower levels, it might be better to head straight to the upper floors for a restroom.
This location received the Japan Restroom Award presented by the Minister in Charge of Women’s Empowerment and Minister of State for Gender Equality, for their powder room. Full of nice amenities like music and aromas that promote an atmosphere where you can relax. It’s clean and smells nice. Why not have a relaxed restroom time that you can only experience here?
Restroom (3) “LOFT Shibuya”
Foot Traffic: ★★☆ Cleanliness: ★★☆ HP: https://www.loft.co.jp/shop_list/detail.php?shop_id=189 Address: Seibu Shibuya Location, 21-1 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
LOFT (a 5 minute walk from JR Shibuya station) sells various goods, beauty products, interior goods, stationary, etc. There are not that many stalls in the restroom, so you may need to wait in line, but afterwards you can peruse the store’s large selection. You can also find a restroom if you continue to MUJI from LOFT.
Restroom (4) “METRO PLAZA”
Foot traffic: ★★☆ Cleanliness: ★★☆ HP: https://www.shibuya-metroplaza.com Address: Shibuya Subway Building 1st & 2nd Floor, 1-16-14 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
If you go to the 2nd floor you can find a small restroom. This is a smart place to use the facilities before heading to Harajuku! Keep in mind it gets crowded around lunchtime.
Restroom (5) “COCOTI SHIBUYA”
Foot traffic: ★★★ Cleanliness: ★★☆ HP: https://www.cocoti.net/access/ Address: 1-23-16 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
This a big building housing shops like TOMORROWLAND and DIESEL. There is a restroom on the second floor! Since it’s located next to METRO PLAZA, you can go there if these facilities are crowded.
Restroom (6) “STARBUCKS”
Foot Traffic: ★★★ Cleanliness: ★★★ HP: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/store/search/detail.php?id=886 Address: JPR Harajuku Building, 6-17-11 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
The last place is everyone’s favorite Starbucks. If you walk toward Harajuku on Meiji Street you will see a Starbucks. The restroom here has a passcode system, so to use the facilities you must ask the staff for the code then you can enter the restroom. If you don’t know the code, you can’t enter!
What do you think? Here I introduced places on Meiji Street coming from Shibuya, but it’s pretty difficult to find restroom facilities along that area, so it’s best to be prepared!
Edit & Text: MUGI
A girl living in Tokyo with her spoiled and chubby chi-poo (Chihuahua and poodle mix). I like unique scents and taking walks.