Highlights and access methods of Shibuya Crossing (Tokyo Prefecture)

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The Shibuya Scramble Crossing is famous as an intersection where a large number of people cross all at once when the pedestrian signal turns green. It's often featured in media and foreign films, and as a representative scene of Japan, it's popular among tourists from abroad. Consequently, there are many people taking photos and videos. There are also spots where you can capture the Shibuya Scramble Crossing from an overhead perspective.

In this article, we will explain the attractions of Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo Prefecture and how to access it for those who are traveling to Japan from overseas.

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(Prefecture : Tokyo , Category : Townscapes and Area)

Highlights of Shibuya Crossing

The Shibuya Scramble Crossing is a scramble-style intersection located northwest of Shibuya Station. It's immediately outside the Hachiko exit of the JR Shibuya Station. As a scramble crossing, pedestrians cross from all directions at once when the pedestrian signal turns green. As one of the busiest crossings in Japan, the number of people crossing at a single signal can exceed 1,000.

The sight of so many people crossing with each change of signal has been featured in many media outlets and films as a representative scene of Japan, making it a popular photo spot for tourists. The scene of people crossing the intersection with a variety of colorful umbrellas on rainy days is also popular.

The following two spots are famous for providing a view of the Shibuya Scramble Crossing from above and taking pictures, although some seats in cafes in the adjoining buildings also offer such views:

This building features a rooftop area called CROSSING VIEW where you can view the Shibuya Scramble Crossing from above.

Shibuya Sky
From the rooftop SKY EDGE, you can view the Shibuya Scramble Crossing from above.

Please note that on occasions like New Year's Eve, Halloween, or during major international sports competitions, the Shibuya Scramble Crossing can attract many times the usual number of people.

Address and access method of Shibuya Crossing

The address of Shibuya Scramble Crossing is "2-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo". It will be in front of the statue of Hachiko, the faithful dog. The nearest station is JR Shibuya Station. It takes about 3 minutes on foot from the station.

Attractions near Shibuya Crossing

Several notable attractions are located near Shibuya Crossingr:

Hachiko Statue
This statue commemorates Hachiko, the faithful Akita dog that waited for his deceased owner every day at Shibuya Station until his own death. This heartwarming story has made the statue a popular meeting spot and a symbol of loyalty.

Shibuya Center Street (Center Gai)
A bustling pedestrian zone lined with numerous shops, restaurants, and game centers. This street is the center of Shibuya's youth culture and is particularly lively at night with neon lights illuminating the district.

Shibuya Sky
Located atop the Shibuya Scramble Square building, this observation deck offers a panoramic view of Tokyo's skyline. It's an excellent vantage point to observe the bustling Shibuya Scramble Crossing from above.

Shibuya 109
This iconic cylindrical-shaped building houses multiple floors of boutiques and is a popular shopping destination, especially for young women interested in the latest Japanese fashion trends.

Yoyogi Park
A short walk from Shibuya, Yoyogi Park is one of Tokyo's largest and most popular city parks. It's an excellent spot for picnics, jogging, or just relaxing amidst nature. It is also known for its beautiful cherry blossom trees in the spring.

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( Written by Tatsuo Ikura )