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Shibuya Hikarie – Connected to the underground network of tunnels from the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin line or above ground outside of the JR Shibuya Station, the 40th tallest skyscraper in Tokyo is not one to be missed. Apart from the unique architectural design, there is a lot inside that is worth visiting.
You might be wondering how to pronounce “Hikarie.” This actually has a pretty cool origin: French and Japanese fusion. The -rie at the end is how one defines a feminine sentence subject or speaker in French. In French, it would be said as “ree,” making it ideally the same as the Japanese word “hikari (hi-kah-ree),” meaning “light.” However, if you say “hi-kah-ri-eh,” you won’t be misunderstood either.
If you follow Japanese fashion trends, you will realize that this nod to the French language also designates Shibuya Hikarie as a fashion hub in Shibuya, comparable to Shibuya 109 but not as historic.
Not every floor is accessible to the public. Only the 1-11 section is. From the outside, you will note this area as the glass walls shaped like stacked boxes. Several levels underground are for parking only. The first few bottom levels are called ShinQs. Above those retail floors are cafes and restaurants. The views from the window seats in these eateries have made Shibuya Hikarie a popular spot for dinner dates. After that is the Creative Space [8/] for small museums, Hikarie Hall (conference rooms and the like), and the Tokyu Theatre Orb. Here, both Western-style musical venues, cinematic events, and a planetarium can be experienced. The remaining floors are designated office spaces.
Shibuya Hikarie is listed high on the “must-go” lists in most Tokyo guidebooks for many reasons. Not only is it a free place to go for amazing photo opportunities, but a lot of the stores are accessible in terms of pricing. The staff are very friendly and gladly make recommendations.
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