TokyoMetro

Shibuya Crossing

After spending a few hours exploring Takeshita Dori, Mark and I decided to jump back on the Tokyo Metro and head south to Shibuya Station, one of the city’s busiest railway stations.

Like Shinjuku, Shibuya is one of the 23 municipalities that make up the core of Tokyo. It’s known as a major fashion center, with a heavy emphasis on nightlife and shopping. We’d gotten our shopping fix in Harajuku, and had something much more… pedestrian in mind. Shibuya Crossing! If you’ve seen Lost in Translation, Fast & Furious, or basically any other mainstream movie set in Tokyo, you’ve seen it.

It’s a scramble crosswalk, where they stop traffic in every direction and let pedestrians take over the entire intersection — crossing the road in at least 5 directions. On paper, it sounds like a silly thing to have become such a “tourist attraction.” But it really helps you get an idea of the scale of Tokyo, and the vast magnitude of the city’s population. Plus, it’s just awesome.

TokyoMetro
TokyoMetro
TokyoMetro
TokyoMetro
TokyoMetro
ShibuyaStation
ShibuyaCrossing
ShibuyaCrossing

Shibuya Crossing is barely a few minute walk from the station, but we had to consult Google Maps at least three times. The station was just so massive, it was hard to figure out which exit led where. And, naturally, we kept finding ourselves on the opposite end of where we needed to be.

ShibuyaCrossing
ShibuyaCrossing

But we found it. Yay, us.

Creepykids
Creepykids
Frenchie

Note to self: next time, bring Lilo.

Frenchie
ShibuyaCrossing

And then we walked it.

ShibuyaCrossing
ShibuyaCrossing
ShibuyaCrossing
ShibuyaCrossing

There’s a Starbucks right across from one of the crosswalks (you can see it in the previous pic), and it’s a great vantage points to sit and watch the scramble crossing from above. It was packed inside, but you couldn’t beat the high energy surroundings.

ShibuyaCrossing
ShibuyaCrossing

We didn’t stay long, anyway. Just enough to snap a few photos before heading back out into the thick of things.

ShibuyaCrossing
ShibuyaCrossing
ShibuyaCrossing
ShibuyaCrossing
ShibuyaCrossing

Tokyo, you’re pretty rad.

xx,

K

4 Comments

  1. Pingback: Sights in Shinjuku
  2. When I went, my group went at night & we saw the Hachicko statue, then crossed at the Shibuya Crossing. After we crossed, we looked up & there were people driving by in Go Karts made to look like the carts from Mario Kart! Then I found a store that sold Disney princess themed cosmetics & almost died. Classic Japan is all I can say❤️

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