Shibuya PARCO has been a symbol of Shibuya fashion and Shibuya culture since it was opened in 1973. But it’s going to close next Sunday, August 7th because of the reconstruction. They are now having a final big sale this week so don’t miss the last chance grab Shibuya PARCO fashion.
If you are a fan of Japanese anime, there is one more reason to go to PARCO this week. They have a pop-up store of anime on the 6th floor of PARCO Part 1. (Note: There are PARCO Part 1 and Part 3. Part 2 was already closed some years ago.)
Address: 15-1 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 10am – 9pm (some shops open and close at different times)
PARCO will reopen in three years. We will miss this familiar sight. Spain-zaka (Spain Slope) which is close from PARCO has also been a symbol of Shibuya culture. Small shops gather in both sides of the narrow street and the slope is always packed with people. Once I took a friend from Chicago to Spain Slope. She loved this area because the narrow winding street was so different from grid roads of Chicago. I hope this atmosphere will remain even after PARCO is gone.
There are many shops coming from the US and Europe and they are all part of Shibuya culture. But apart from such large-scale chain stores, small-sized independent shops are the source of energy of Shibuya and its culture.