Shibuya Crossing. Road in Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya Crossing

Road in Tokyo, Japan

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Shibuya - Shibuya Crossing. Photo by Candida.Performa
Shibuya Crossing is a large intersection in the Shibuya area of Tokyo. It is featured in many movies including Lost in Translation, and Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Cars are stopped before the intersection and pedestrians are given full access to the entire width and length of the crossing. There are also a number of shops and restaurants in the area due to its past popularity as the transportation hub of Tokyo.

Things to Do

Directly outside Shibya Station is the famous Hachikō Statue. The statue was erected to memorialize the dog, Hachikō , who waited at the station for his owner who had died on a business trip, never to return for the dog. Hachikō was cared for by the people in the town but refused to leave the train station and eventually died there. The statue of the dog stands outside the Hachikō exit of the JR Shibuya station and is a popular meeting place.

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Aerial View Over Shibuya Crossing In Japan. Photo by Richard Schneider

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Shibuya Crossing - Shibuya Crossing. Photo by Les Taylor
The best time to experience Shibuya Crossing is during rush hour in either the morning or evening rush hour, since that is when most people will be using the crossing. After rush hour, there are only a few dozen people who are crossing at any given time so it is not as spectacular to see. When the cars are stopped, the walk signal will appear on the opposite side of the street. Be careful when crossing because the people around you can easily dictate the direction you're headed. It can be a daunting task to cross because it is difficult to see which direction you should be headed in, and difficult to see the crossing signals which indicate whether it is safe to cross or not. It is best not to linger on the crossing for too long because the lights change quickly, which allows vehicle traffic to once again cross.

Many of the trendy fashions of Japan originate in Center Gai, the main shopping area and young persons' hang out, of Shibuya. Directly across Shibuya Crossing is the bright epicenter of fashion, illuminated at night by the neon signs and street lights. Shibuya 109 is one of the shops situated in this region, and is a fashion mall containing over 100 small boutique stores selling the trendiest fashion money can buy. In addition to Japanese shops, there are also plenty of nightclubs and bars to visit. The combination of trendy fashion epicenter and nightlife mecha makes Shibuya a hot spot for young Japanese people looking to shop all day then party the night away.

Some of the bars also are known for their tapas style eating called ‘izakayas’. There, you can sample any number of Japanese delicacies while enjoying drinks such as beer, sake, souju, or whiskey highballs. The dishes at izakayas are meant to be enjoyed family-style and are ordered often with each round of drinks.

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Shibuya crossing at night. Photo by Silver Hage

Transportation

The main train station in Shibuya is Shibuya Station. The JR East lines: Yamanote, Chuo-Sobu, and Saikyo all run from there. The Tokyo Metro Ginza line also runs through Shibuya Station.

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Author: travellingfool. Last updated: Jan 21, 2015

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Blade Runner 2013 - Shibuya Crossing. Photo by Alan

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