Recently I ended up in the shopping and entertainment district called Shibuya, which is maybe not quite a high-end as Ginza, but it is more neon and more popular among the young crowd. I think the Shibuya Crossing intersection may be the world's busiest place. When the pedestrian light turns green, I swear thousands of people fill the intersection. It is mass chaos until the exact second the pedestrian light turn red, then the intersection is clear and traffic flows again.
This area is famous for its love hotels and its nightlife, which naturally go hand in hand. Shibuya is also home to the Meiji Shrine, and its surrounding forest; Shinjuku Gyoen (Sendagaya), former Imperial gardens; and Yoyogi Park, which provided lodging for contestants in the Tokyo Olympics.
Even if you don't like shopping or big cities, when you're in Tokyo, you should really make an attempt to at least come to see the famous Shibuya Crossing. It's the world's busiest intersection and is just too famous to pass up. Watching the hords of people pouring out onto the streets when they get the go-ahead to cross really lets you know you're in Tokyo!
Naturally, after the first time the novelty wears off and if you need to use it, the crowds can be annoying but when you first come here, those things don't affect you. Although it's worth watching from the ground-level, the overpass in the station has large glass windows that give you an excellent view from above so you can really see it all and see how big the crowds really are.
While you're there, don't forget to stop at the Hachiko Statue, commemorating the poor dog that came to meet his owner at Shibuya Station everyday for 9 years after his owner's death at the same time and place. It really is a touching and amazing thing for the dog to be so loyal. Today the statue is a popular photo op for travelers.
There's one famous story about Shibuya,it's about a dog name Hachiko.Hachiko routine was to send his master ( a professer in university)to work and waiting for his master to come back home from work everyday near Shibaya station.This daily life continue everyday until one day in May 1925.His master didn't return home.He died of cerebral hemorrhage at university that day.Poor Hachiko hept going to wait for his master everyday for 9 years until he died.There is a statue of Hachiko adjacent to the station,it become a celebrity for his loyalty.That area become a famous meeting point for many people.There are kind of bench to sit down around the area.
"How will we meet?" ... "At Hachiko statue"
This crossing is very famous for tourist.It's something like "must do activity" to come to see it or join the crossing to and fro.I did it all, quite enjoying : ) Shibuya is a shopping district like any other famous shopping area in japan that surrounds train or subway station.Shibuya is well known for fashion area for youngster.Why this crossing is so special? I guess it may be because there are always many people crossing the 4 sides streets at once and it really look special.I was there before rush hours and I don't know where poeple come from,but there were really many people crossing all the time ,and in rush hours it must be really crowded,and make it more interesting to watch.I watched it from the second floor of station building ,it's easy to find.
Ok, Shibuya is what one sees when someone thinks of Tokyo .... crowded, with all the lights, all the stores, all the people...This is a cool setting ... well worth a trip here to experience !!!! Highly recommended !!!! Tons of bars and tons of restaurants surround the crossing area ... Shibuya crossing is the most busiest intersection on earth !!!!
just strolling around the Shibuya Area you will see lots of sights and sounds and activities and don't forget shopping! Vibrant, lively, fun, faddish, crowded, cramped, and busy, and the streetwise love it! Shibuya is another shopping and entertainment district situated in the west of Tokyo. Shibuya has achieved great popularity among young people in the last 30 years. There are several famous fashion department stores in Shibuya. The contemporary fashion scene in Shibuya extends northward from Shibuya Station to Harajuku, where youth culture reigns; Omotesandô, the zelkova tree- and fashion brand-lined street; and Sendagaya, Tokyo's apparel design district. It's newer than its rival Shinjuku and has a cleaner, safer reputation. Alongside its huge department stores it's also famous for the studios of NHK, the Olympic gymnasium, "Love Hotel Hill" and "Hachiko" the world famous statue of a loyal akita dog.
the world's most busy crossing according to Wikipedia. Well when I was here in 1985, i did not get the chance to see this famous crossing although I was billeted nearby at Shinjuku Area so that at present I would not miss the chance to go here hehehe. Shibuya Crossing is one of the busiest pedestrian crossings in the world. Shibuya Station is the third busiest station in Tokyo and the Hachiko exit leads to the main Shibuya shopping area which is full of department stores and fashion boutiques. Again, Shibuya Crossing, also referred to as Shibuya Scramble Crossing is the pedestrian crossing outside the Hachiko exit of Shibuya Station. It is referred to as a scramble crossing as the traffic is stopped in all directions, thus allowing pedestrians to walk in all directions through the intersection. Crossing such as Shibuya Crossing are also know as diagonal crossing or exclusive pedestrian crossings. Shibuya Crossing is also nearby to hachiko statue that you can see many kawaii japanese girls and just to girl watching here.
Shibuya Station first opened on March 1, 1885 as a stop on the Shinagawa Line, a predecessor of the present-day Yamanote Line. They say that Shibuya Station is the third-busiest commuter rail station in Tokyo (after Shinjuku and Tokyo), handling a large amount of commuter traffic between the center city and suburbs to the south and west. There are six exits from the main JR/Tôkyû/Tôkyô Metro complex. The famous Hachikô Exit (Hachikô-guchi) on the west side, named for the nearby statue of the dog Hachikô (see my separate Hachiko Tips) and adjacent to Shibuya's famous scramble crossing (see my separate shibuya crossing tips), is a particularly popular meeting spot. The Tamagawa Exit, (Tamagawa-guchi) on the west side leads to the Keiô Inokashira Line station. The Main Shibuya JR Station building is occupied by a Huge Tokyu department store. The Tokyo Metro Subway Ginza Line, originally built and operated by a Tokyu keiretsu company, uses platforms on the third floor. Shibuya Station provides access to the main sited of Shibuya area so A Photo stop here is also excellent.
Tsukijii Market is a fun place to visit, albeit early in the morning. It is a very fast pace busy market, but fun. And if you ahve access to a kitchen, the cheapest place to buy good fresh seafood of all kinds, most of it live.
Ginza, not sure what time tehy open up but it is basically a high priced area of deaprtment stores and shops. Worth a visit if you have the money or just curious as to the goods in this area. Another great weekend place is Shinjuku and Shabuyahu, both are very busy on the weekends with throngs of people and Shibuya has a flea market on the weekend that is fun.
The great thing about Tokyo is no matter where you go you can do a bit of shopping without that being ALL you do because there are shops and department stores evrywhere....having said that Shibuya is REALLY good for shopping. Tokyo has such cool fashion, sure some of it's a bit out there but there's something for everyone. But if you love funky, different clothes, cool jewelry and AWESOME sneakers and hi tops then you will be in paradise in Shibuya (and Harajuku too but that's another story :)) Quite reasonable prices too.
The people in the shops always walk around saying things seemingly to no one but they are apparently saying things like please look around etc etc. Trying on clothes is a bit annoying in Tokyo as you have to take yoour shoes off in most of the small shops (and always put on a head scarf which is not annoying but a MUST if they have a little box of them on the floor). Also in many places you can't try on t shirts.
Shibuya is full of trendy and cool stores attracting younger generations of Tokyo. The famous Hachiko crossing is one of the busiest intersections in the world and it is amazing when you watch people passing here coming from all directions under neon lights, billboards and large video screens. The name Hachiko comes from a loyal Akita dog that belonged to a Tokyo University professor in 1920's. Everyday Hachiko would wait at Shibuya station for his owner to return. After his owner died, Hachiko continued waiting everyday for 11 years. Well, this story is a good example of loyalty of dogs and recently the story has become a movie starring Richard Gere.
The Hachiko exit is named after Hachiko, a dog who is known for its unwavering loyalty to its master (legend has it that after the owner died, Hachiko still continued with his daily ritual of waiting for his master at the train station, and he continued doing so for 10 years, until he died. Being a dog owner and lover, this story brings a tear to my eye...).
The statue of Hachiko is found near the exit of the Shibuya Station, and it has become a meeting point for people.
If you look closely at his front legs, you'll see that they have been discoloured as a result of people constantly touching and rubbing them (Hachiko is greatly admired for his loyalty, and in Japan where dogs are like family members, it is no wonder that people would admire him).
Shibuya is famous for its scramble crossing, which is located in front of the Shibuya Station. Take the Hachiko exit and there you are, staring at the seemingly non-stop flow of human traffic. This crossing stops vehicles in all directions to allow pedestrians to cross the entire intersection.
Shibuya is a most lively shopping area in Tokyo. What I like is that it is is not so large as other main shopping centers like Ginza, Shinjiku, etc but it has everything to buy - electronic products, CDS and other audo-visual goods, top-class department stores like Tokyu and Seibu. There are many reasonably priced cafes, snack-bars, and restaurants all over here.
It's a noisy and crowded place but at the same time it is amazing. Full of lights, shops, restaurants and people.
It is said that hundreds of people cross the street with each change of traffic light. Sit down and enjoy the view of Japanese girls using the ultimate fashion in Tokyo.