Shibuya: The busiest intersection in the world
The intersection is the most obvious embodiment of the flowing energy of Tokyo, Japan that tourists often see in movies, including Sofia Coppola's famous film called "Lost in Translation". Visitors are always amazed at Shibuya Crossing with bright neon lights, giant screens, and 2,500 pedestrians at the same time.
All lights turn red at once
Mix with people and cross Shibuya's famous intersection. A special feature of Shibuya Crossing is that all lights turn red for a while and pedestrians cross the road from all directions. Although it looks chaotic, visitors will be surprised when everyone moves very smoothly, rarely collides with other people.
Enjoy Starbucks coffee at Tsutaya building
Guests can enjoy Starbucks coffee at Tsutaya building located north of the intersection. The second floor of the shop has floor-to-ceiling windows, comfortable to see the whole view of people passing by. This is a very famous place to view the intersection, so please wait patiently for a photo shoot from the shop windows.
See Shibuya Crossing from Excel Shibuya Hotel
Excel Shibuya Hotel is less famous, but not inferior to the view from the 19th lobby. Although it is not a free sightseeing area, hotel staffs are quite friendly and can allow tourists to take a few shots and take a look.
Symbol of busy life in Tokyo
Appearing on Hollywood movies and considered a symbol of busy life in Tokyo, Shibuya Crossing is a must-see destination when traveling to Japan.
More than 2.4 million passengers every day
Shibuya station in Tokyo often welcomes more than 2.4 million passengers a day. This makes Shibuya Crossing at the exit of Hachiko Station one of the busiest streets in the world.
The touching story at the intersection
The eighth exit of Shibuya station is called the Hachiko exit, based on the famous bronze statue of the dog in the 1920s. Every day, the dog used to go to Shibuya station to wait for his owner, Professor Ueno coming home from work. One day, the professor did not return due to sudden death while working but Hachiko did not know that. For the next 9 years, Hachiko was still waiting for the owner to return.
Hachiko became famous when the professor's alumni rewrote the story. Hachiko statue was erected in 1934, a year before the dog died at the age of 11. If you have a chance to get to the Shibuya Crossing, don't forget to visit this loyal dog named Hachiko.
By: Scarlet Johnson