Iconic Shibuya Starbucks Closes After 24 Years Offering Views of Famous Scramble Crossing

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The iconic Starbucks location directly overlooking the famous Shibuya Scramble intersection in Tokyo officially closed its doors on October 31st, 2023. This Starbucks location, situated inside the QFront building opposite Shibuya Station, had been operating for over 24 years.

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The closure came in conjunction with the shuttering of the landmark Shibuya Tsutaya located in the same building. Tsutaya, a popular video, book, manga and CD rental shop, was forced to close as business declined due to the rise of online video streaming.

Starbucks occupied the lower two floors of the building, while Tsutaya spanned floors 2-8. With Tsutaya vacating the premises for a major renovation project, Starbucks was also required to cease operations.

Tsutaya has announced plans to reopen the revitalized location in Spring 2024, but the future of Starbucks remains uncertain. According to the Starbucks Japan website, the status is listed as “business currently suspended,” with no indication of a reopening timeline.

Illustration of a Japanese tourist in a casual t-shirt and jeans, with a close-up shot of her face that shows her curiosity and excitement about her travels. She is staring directly into the camera, capturing the viewer's attention immediately. Behind her, the iconic Shibuya Crossing is visible, with a focus on the Starbucks outlet, the logo prominently displayed but creatively integrated into the bustling scene. The color scheme features contrasting colors that pop: the vibrant reds and greens of the crossing against the earthy tones of the tourist's attire. The image should tell a visual story, engaging the viewer to wonder about the tourist's experiences and the dynamic atmosphere of one of the world's busiest intersections.

The Shibuya Scramble Starbucks location was a major tourist attraction and meeting spot for locals. Its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the famous crossing made it a prime location for people-watching and soaking in Shibuya’s bustling atmosphere.

For now, the famous Shibuya Starbucks joins Tsutaya in temporary closure. While its return date is still unknown, many hope this iconic coffee spot, which captured the vibrant energy of Shibuya for over two decades, will reopen its doors once renovations are complete.

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