Exiting the JR Shibuya station you will find the Tokyo that you’ve always imagined. Exiting through the “Hachiko Exit,” the Shibuya crossing has become one of the most famous landmarks of Tokyo. This spot has become very famous worldwide even, as it portrays the bustling and vibrant life of the city.
Indeed, this is one of the spots that you must see when visiting the capital of Japan. Everyday hundreds, if not thousands of people gather around the street signs just to wait for the green light and cross the street from every direction. Indeed, just observing how quickly the streets fill with people, it will give you an idea of the vast size of the population in Tokyo and of the fast paced lifestyle that many people here lead. From salary men, to highschool students, from musicians and fashion girls, to people just looking for a fun night in the city, the Shibuya crossing has been the landmark that represents Tokyo all around the world. It is so famous that even movies such as “Lost in Translation” have filmed scenes here, to emphasize the urban life of the city.
As soon as you exit the station, you’ll immediately be dazzled by the three giant TV screens on the surrounding buildings; where colorful, funny and vibrant images and commercials are always displayed. Our recommendation is to cross the street and try to catch a view while enjoying a coffee at the Starbucks in the Q-front building (very famous because it’s also the home of one of the biggest Tsutaya stores in town). There you’ll be able to observe how almost every minute the streets are filled with Japanese pedestrians. You can also find a good viewpoint from the train station, in the crossing path between the JR line and the lines of Tokyo Metro. We recommend you to go on Friday or Saturday night, when the crowds will be dressed in their best outfits, looking for a night time adventure, and the streets will be fully illuminated by the neon lights.
Before you cross the street, don’t forget to visit the statue of Hachiko, the faithful dog whose story was depicted in the 2009 film Hachi: A dog’s tale, and is a legend in Japan for waiting for his owner outside the station, even after his death. The statue of Hachi, as its known by the locals, is one of the most famous meeting points for locals and is one of the symbols if Shibuya, that represents loyalty among family and good friends.
To get to the Shibuya crossing you just have to get to the JR Shibuya Station on the Yamanote line and look for the Hachiko Exit. You can also access Shibuya via the Ginza and Hanzomon lines of Tokyo Metro.