In December 2019, a new skyscraper was added to Shibuya’s skyline - Shibuya Fukuras. This modern commercial facility is not as flashy as Scramble Square or Parco, but it features a smart lineup of retail stores and eateries targeting both locals and international visitors. Highlights of Shibuya Fukuras include Cé La Vie Tokyo, a rooftop bar inspired by Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, and a cafe staffed by “Pepper” the robot, as well as a retail store for BEAMS Japan. The addition of a bus terminal and tourist information center make it a convenient destination for travelers exploring Tokyo.
What is Shibuya Fukuras?
Shibuya Fukuras is the skyscraper that stands directly in front of JR Shibuya Station's west exit, having been constructed on a site where nothing was before. Its name is derived from the Japanese word “fukuramasu”, which means “to inflate” in English and was established with the desire to inflate the happiness of all who visit. The concept behind Shibuya Fukuras is a “collection of small stories”, with its architecture designed to appear like a series of small crystals on the Shibuya skyline.
Cé La Vie Tokyo
One of the most exciting venues at Shibuya Fukuras is Cé La Vie Tokyo, which is positioned on the rooftop of the skyscraper. Its name translates from French as “This is the Life”, with the restaurant bar following the “Pursuit of Pleasure” in its approach to mixology, music, and cuisine.
Cé La Vie Tokyo
Its fine-dining restaurant serves up innovative, modern Asian cuisine while the cafe bar offers take-out burgers, and there’s a club lounge that exudes a distinctly sophisticated atmosphere.
Cé La Vie Tokyo
With its flagship branch atop the SkyPark Observation Deck of Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, Cé La Vie Tokyo continues the brand’s reputation for creating unique lifestyle experiences accompanied by world-class cuisine.
Cé La Vie Tokyo
Capture a commemorative photo
A hammock has been strung up in one corner of Shibuya Fukuras’ rooftop with an installed camera that enables you to take a commemorative photo of yourself backed by the Shibuya cityscape. Simply scan the QR code on the bench with your mobile phone, and it will connect with the installed camera, capturing the perfect angle that wouldn’t be possible on your own.
If you want to get a bird’s eye view of the Shibuya Scramble Crossing, head to Shibu Niwa, a rooftop garden bar that overlooks all the hustle and bustle below. It’s scattered with lounges and chairs where you can socialize with drinks, framed by towering trees that create a lush setting.
On the fifth floor of Shibuya Fukuras is Pepper Parlor, a state-of-the-art cafe that’s staffed by robots.
It’s named after a semi-humanoid robot created by SoftBank Robotics, with multiple “Peppers” on hand to take your order (in Japanese, English or Chinese) and recommend dishes, depending on your current cravings.
Pepper Parlor’s menu consists of a variety of sweet and savory waffle dishes, which can be enjoyed while playing digital games with “Pepper” as he makes his rounds and dance performances by the cafe’s smaller Nao robots.
Beams Japan Shibuya
Shibuya Fukuras is also home to a branch of the renowned Japanese contemporary fashion chain, Beams, which was founded by Etsuzo Shitara with Osamu Shigematsu. In addition to stylish men’s and women’s clothing, the store also sells a limited selection of shoes, bags, and accessories, such as watches, scarves, and hats.
Beams Japan Shibuya Limited Edition T-Shirts
Akomeya Tokyo is a specialty food store on the second floor of Shibuya Fukuras that’s dedicated to using high-quality Japanese produce and ingredients. Its focus is on healthy Japanese cuisine, with signature dishes including Tamago Kake Gohan (Raw Egg Over Rice) and Chicken Pho with Domestic Rice Noodles, both of which cost 530 yen and are only served in the morning. It’s an ideal spot to head for breakfast and is convenient for travelers to access thanks to the complex’s bus terminal.
Tamago Kake Gohan
You’ll find the bus terminal on the first floor of Shibuya Fukuras, with local bus services that connect to destinations across Tokyo. It also serves limousine buses traveling to Narita Airport and Haneda Airport, with 31 buses traveling between Shibuya Fukuras and Haneda Airport each day.
Bus Ticket Kiosk
Adjacent to the bus terminal is the Tourist Information Center known as Shibuya-san, which not only offers maps, sightseeing recommendations, and transport information but also functions as an art gallery. There are currency exchange machines and luggage storage facilities, as well as services for delivering your luggage on request. Shibuya-san is open until 11:00 pm every day.