If you’ve watched enough Hollywood movies or TV shows, then you must have seen a shot of the Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo.
This famous crossing stands out as one of the popular icons of Tokyo. It is the world’s busiest intersection with up to a million people walking across it daily. It is often likened to New York’s Times Square due to the sheer number of people and electronic advertisements overhead.
The action at Shibuya Crossing starts as the first train rolls in at Shibuya Station. Human traffic goes on all day and dwindles after the last train departs around midnight.
Join the “scramble” at Shibuya Crossing and get a taste of daily life in modern Tokyo. It can be an exhilarating experience as you move quickly to the other side while dodging oncoming pedestrians.
Go at night and be mesmerized by the dazzling neon display at this light-filled intersection. Take a moment to snap a selfie once you successfully conquer the crossing!
Points of interest at Shibuya Crossing
Hachiko Square is the most popular meeting place in Shibuya. If you’re meeting a friend, wait around at the statue of Hachiko, the famous dog. Hachiko is a heart-warming part of Shibuya’s history. He came to the train station every day to meet his master after work even after his master died.
Shibuya 109 is a 10-floor shopping mall located across Shibuya Station. It is famous for trendy and youthful fashion sold in over 100 shops. Watch for fashionably-dressed gyarus – young Japanese women who wear thick make-up and often sport blond hair and tanned skin.
Hungry? Head to the Tokyu Food Show located at the basement of Tokyu Department Store adjacent to the train station. This sprawling food court features a wide array of Japanese and international dishes. Have your fix of sushi, sashimi, and tempura, or go international and enjoy some Vietnamese pho, Indian curry, and French pastries!