The Shibuya Crossing is one of Tokyo’s most recognizable sights. It has been featured in countless magazines and blogs and has also been used as backgrounds for many films over the years. The Shibuya Station first operated in 1885, but it was not until 1932, when the Tokyu Toyoku Line opened, that the famous crossing took its modern day form. Through the line, Shibuya was made a key stop between the port city of Yokohama and Tokyo’s central business hub. As time progresses, more lines were added in the station. Shibuya currently services eight major lines and a vast network of bus lines. A total of 2.4 million passengers travel through the station each day. During the busiest times, approximately 1,000 to 2,500 people cross the intersection every two minutes. The number of people is enough to fill-up an entire football stadium. The crossing gave rise to the term “scramble” since pedestrians cross from all directions. It walks the line between manic chaos and perfect synchronization. Make sure to take the chance to “cross” the Shibuya Crossing when in Tokyo. Also use the time to explore Shibuya’s abundant shopping, dining, and entertainment options.
A Loyal Pup That Never Gave Up
Aside from the Shibuya Crossing, the Shibuya Station is also well-known for its unofficial mascot, Hachiko. The Akita dog, immortalized as a bronze statue, represents loyalty and perseverance—two important qualities in Japanese folklores. The story behind Hachiko is as heartbreaking as it is sweet. Hachiko and owner Eizaburo Ueno—then Tokyo University professor—would walk to the station every morning. Hachiko would then return every afternoon to meet Ueno. But in 1925, Ueno died of hemorrhage unexpectedly. Hachiko was adopted by another family after, and yet for almost 10 years, he would still walk to the station every morning and every afternoon, waiting in vain for Ueno’s return. Hachiko’s statue is a popular meeting spot for lovers, friends, and families.
A Nexus for Pop Culture, Food, and Entertainment
Shibuya is also surrounded by numerous stores that drive Japan’s fashion, food, and music trends. A popular stop is Shibuya 109, as well as Center Gai where hundreds of shops could be found. While the Dogenzaka area is home to some of Tokyo’s best nightclubs, as well as restaurants and bars perfect for every taste.
The Shibuya Crossing is best viewed from up high. Shopping centers and cafes towering over the station entrance, such as the Starbucks in the QFRONT building, is one of the many places around the area perfect for the view.
A less-trafficked vantage point is in the station itself, between the JR lines and the Keio Inokashira Line entrance.
Address of Shibuya-ku Tokyo