Shibuya Crossing: Where Crossing the Road is THE Real Attraction

By Christina Kim - March 08, 2016


Welcome to the world's busiest Pedestrian crossing.

Shibuya Crossing, or Scramble Crossing as it is known; is a major intersection located right in front of the Shibuya Station near the Hachiko exit.

When the traffic light turns Green, that is where the action starts.




Pedestrians from five different directions would then cross the road; bumping shoulders and navigating their own ways away from the massive crowd (keyword: FIVE different directions) to make the beeline toward their intended destination.
Often than not, it may stray from the perfect beeline.

The meeting point in the middle is where the chaos take place.
Confusion and perhaps a little tango as they stray and make way for each other, avoiding others from another direction simultaneously.

This happens at every 2-minute interval.
ALL Day.

Thousands of pedestrians until the crowds slowly disperse and decreases towards the later hours of the night until the Shibuya Station ceased operations.

It is rather a spectacle and it is no wonder this is a major attraction.

Shopping malls, eateries, and night clubs are all centered in this area; which is famed for its nightlife and youthful crowd, making it that entertainment district in Tokyo.

A little on the History of Shibuya
Shibuya was earlier the site of Shibuya castle in the 11th century during the Edo period; home to the Shibuya family, after which the place was obviously named.
The area had gone through a series of transformations over the centuries and it was the launching of the Yamanote Line in 1885 where the place had flourished and assumed the role of a railway terminal for Southwestern Tokyo.

Shibuya as we know today is one of the most important and major commercial and entertainment hubs; and is one of the 23 Special Wards in Tokyo.
What was initially a village back then in 1889, turned around to its growth as a town in 1909 to modern day Shibuya.

The hustle and bustle in Shibuya is very real; you would have to see it to believe it.


It is even compared to the Times Square intersection in New York; which is another of the world's busiest crossing.

The neon lights are blinding; from the gigantic screens and the advertising going on.

After all, this is the busiest district and there is no better way to capture anyone's attention.

That is, when they are not busy crossing the road, or watching people crossing the road that is.

For Photography:
An overview or a view from the top could be taken from some of the buildings nearby.



Starbucks is probably one of the best places to enjoy the view with a cup in your hand.
This is also one of the biggest of its store, and definitely the busiest.
With that view, it is no surprise.

There is no better way to catch Tokyo's nightlife in action, than this.
All Live in Action
On the Shibuya Crossing...



Grab your cameras and phones to capture your best shot.

One, two, Cross
One, two *Camera Clicks*

Repeat in the next 2 minutes.

You get the drift.

Chances are, you may be enjoy watching it live and end up so engrossed in the whole action that you may even forget to take your photo.


*This famous intersection has also been featured in famous blockbuster movies such as Lost in Translation, Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift and Resident Evil: Afterlife and Retribution.

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