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Shibuya Crossing

A nexus of Tokyo’s vibrancy, the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing.

Photo of Shibuya Crossing, Japan (Shibuya Scramble Crossing by Yoshikazu TAKADA)

Shibuya Crossing, also known as Shibuya Scramble, is a testament to Tokyo’s dynamic liveliness. As one of the most recognized urban locations, it becomes a spectacle when thousands navigate its breadth with each signal change. More than just a means for walking, the crossing is emblematic of Tokyo’s contemporary character and rhythm.

About Shibuya Crossing

Located at the Shibuya Station’s Hachiko exit, this famous intersection is a cornerstone northwest of a crucial junction for trains and subways. The area’s transformation from past agricultural lands to a present-day commercial and fashion epicenter began with the establishment of Shibuya Station in 1885. Post-World War II marked an acceleration in Shibuya’s development, with significant commercialization in the 1960s.

While the exact year of its inauguration remains unclear, Shibuya Crossing’s profile rose to international fame, drawing parallels with Times Square and Piccadilly Circus. It’s a favored setting for on-screen appearances, featured in “Lost in Translation” and “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.” Its inclusion in global media like the Summer Olympics further enhanced its reputation.

The crossing is flanked by landmarks such as QFRONT and the Hachiko Statue—a beacon of fidelity and a popular meeting spot. At its busiest, over a thousand people may traverse simultaneously, showcasing Tokyo’s unwavering motion. Efficiency prevails here, with minimal vehicle congestion, even during peak hours.

Its cultural footprint extends to events like New Year’s and soccer match celebrations. To preserve the peace during events like Halloween, specific regulations regarding public drinking are enforced. The area’s luminous facade, punctuated by large video screens and advertisements, is part of its allure.

For a bird’s-eye view of this animated scene, the Starbucks facing the intersection is a choice spot. Surrounding Shibuya pulses with diverse nighttime activities, from clubs to traditional izakaya, all accessible via a short walk from the station to Shibuya Center Gai.

More than a busy crossing, Shibuya Scramble reflects Tokyo’s vivacity, attracting visitors worldwide while continually evolving as a stage for commercial endeavors and public expressions.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Shibuya Crossing

JY 20

 JR Yamanote Line + 5 more

 about 5 minute walk (300m)

Around Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya Crossing

Scenic Spot in Tokyo

open 24 hours
closed Irregularly


渋谷スクランブル交差点, 東京

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