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Marvel at Shibuya Crossing’s flashing neon lights, gigantic video screens and up to 2,500 pedestrians surging into the street simultaneously. The experience is chaotic and compelling. This intersection encapsulates the city’s energy and is a popular setting for Tokyo street scenes in photos and motion pictures, including Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation.
As you exit Shibuya Station and approach the crossing, take a moment to say hello to the much-loved statue of Hachikō, an Akita dog who met his owner every day at Shibuya Station as he returned from work. When the owner suddenly died in 1925, Hachikō continued to wait for his master at the station daily until his own death many years later. A statue of the dog was erected to honor Hachikō’s unflinching loyalty.
Join the crowd and cross Shibuya’s famous intersection yourself. Shibuya Crossing is a “scramble” or “diagonal” crossing, which means that all the intersection lights turn red at the same time and pedestrians cross in all directions. You’ll find that despite the enormous number of people, everyone moves with an unexpected smoothness. You’ll rarely be bumped or jostled by other pedestrians.
View the spectacle from above at the Starbucks in the QFRONT building, which is located on the crossing’s northern side. Its second-floor seating area has full-length windows, which provide an amazing view of the crowds crossing the street below. This spot is well known for viewing the intersection, so you’ll need to be patient as customers take turns snapping photos from the window.
To reach Shibuya Crossing, take the Hachikō exit out of Shibuya Station. Visit in the evening, when the intersection is particularly crowded with commuters heading home and the surrounding buildings are illuminated against the night sky.
Ensure you have lots of time at Shibuya Crossing. Below are some of the top things to do:
Want to discover this popular attraction in the best possible way? Then you must try out a Tokyo Night Photography Workshop.
Take a look at our Tokyo things to do page to discover more activities while you're here.
Only three blocks away from Shibuya rail and subway stations, this hotel's location provides an excellent base for exploring the connected fashion districts of Shibuya, Harajuku, and Aoyama.
Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Meiji Jingu Shrine and within 6 mi (10 km) of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and Tokyo Imperial Palace. Tokyo Midtown and Tokyo Tower are also within 9 mi (15 km). Nishi-shinjuku-gochome Station is only a 2-minute walk and Tochomae Station is 13 minutes.
Located in Shibuya, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shibuya Crossing, Cerulean Tower, and Shibuya Hikarie. Yoyogi Park and NHK Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Shibuya Station and Tokyo Shibuya Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Shibuya, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shibuya Hikarie and Shibuya Crossing. Cerulean Tower and NHK Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Tokyo Shibuya Station is 8 minutes by foot and Shibuya Station is 12 minutes.
Located in Shibuya, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shibuya 109 Building, Bunkamura, and Shibuya Crossing. Hachikō Memorial Statue and Shibuya Hikarie are also within 15 minutes. Tokyo Shinsen Station is only a 3-minute walk and Shibuya Station is 5 minutes.
Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Meiji Jingu Stadium and Tokyo National Olympic Stadium. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Takeshita Street are also within 15 minutes. Gaiemmae Station is 7 minutes by foot and Gaienmae Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Shibuya, this hotel is steps from Shibuya Crossing and Shibuya Hikarie. Cerulean Tower and NHK Hall are also within 15 minutes. Tokyo Shibuya Station is only a 5-minute walk and Shibuya Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Shibuya, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shibuya Crossing and Meiji Jingu Shrine. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and Tokyo Tower are also within 6 mi (10 km). Shibuya Station is 6 minutes by foot and Tokyo Shibuya Station is 7 minutes.
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