Shibuya Crossing is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Tokyo. It has appeared countless times in films, shops, and blogs. During peak hours, it can be crossed by 1,000 to 2,500 people in two minutes. That’s enough to fill a football stadium.
The moment when pedestrians move in all directions is called a “scrum.” It’s a cross between insane chaos and perfect synchronization. Sooner or later, a walk through Tokyo will bring you here too. You will cross the Shibuya intersection on your own and see the many shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues here.
Shibuya Station opened in 1885, but the famous intersection did not take on its modern form until 1932 when the Tokyu Toyoko Line opened. The station became an essential stop on the way from the nearby port of Yokohama to Tokyo’s central business hub.
As more and more lines appeared, passing through Shibuya Station, and people moved to Tokyo, the surrounding area developed rapidly. Today the station serves eight significant lines. A whole network of bus routes converges here. There are numerous shopping and business centers in the area.
At the Shibuya station sits the unofficial symbol of this place – Hachiko immortalized in bronze. The humble Akita is the epitome of loyalty and perseverance, two of the main positive qualities in Japanese culture. The story of the dog is as tragic as it is touching.
Hachiko was brought to Tokyo by the owner – a professor at Tokyo University Eizaburo Ueno. Every morning Hachiko accompanied him to the station, and in the evening, he met him from work. One day, in 1925, Ueno did not return – he suddenly died of a stroke.
Another family took the dog, but he came to the station every morning and waited for the owner for almost ten years. Today, the statue has become a popular meeting place – people stand next to Hachiko and watch the exit from the station, waiting for lovers, friends, or relatives.
View from Above
The best way to get a Shibuya Intersection appeal sense and follow the rhythm of the local traffic is to view from above. The less busy site is at the station itself, between the JR lines and the entrance to the Keio Inokashira line.
The camera on Shibuya Crossing is moved downwards across the main crossing. See the major shopping districts and the famous Shibuya Station, which is Japan’s busiest train. See the current traffic stopped to allow thousands of footpaths to cross before visiting, so that you know what to expect. Before you plan your night in town on this live stream, check to see whether the weather is great. It’s really a place to see.
Pop culture, food, entertainment
For years, the instantly recognizable Shibuya Crossing has served as the backdrop for countless films and TV series, both Japanese and foreign. It owes such popularity to neon buildings and a mixture of cultures and trends typical for the famous Times Square in New York.