Shibuya is noted for its 24/7, 365 days a year operation surrounding its shops, restaurants and nightlife. It is an area of giant neon screens, flashing lights and people. Its biggest attraction is Shibuya Crossing, which sees thousands of people navigating their way across the busy intersection each hour in unison with each change of the traffic signals.
The commercial and business center of Shibuya is visited by thousands of people every day as in addition to the shopping malls that thrive here it is also home to two of the world’s busiest railway stations. Shibuya attracts foreign and domestic visitors due to its being a center of fashion in Japan as well as its attraction for younger visitors for the thriving nightlife found in the area.
Sightseeing and other sites close to Shibuya
The Meiji Shrine is a Shinto shrine dedicated to the former emperor and his wife (Empress Shoken) located in a forest covering 700,000 square meters. The emperor died in 1912 and construction took place between 1915 and 1926. The shrine complex was severely damaged in WW2 and reopened after restoration work in 1958. A historic area of parkland popular with both locals and visitors is Shinjuku Gyo-en. It was originally a residence belonging to the Naito family during the Edo period and is now a national park under the management of the Ministry of the Environment.
The Yebisu Garden Place is located on the site of the former Japan Beer Brewery Company which later became known as Sapporo Breweries. The brewery moved to a new location and the site is now famous for its concentration of bars and restaurants. Tourists visit here for the traditional ramen shops and the old-fashioned stand and drink bars known as tachinomi. In addition to eating and drinking there are several department stores located in the center as well as the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and the Museum of Yebisu Beer.
Map of Meiji Jingu
Map of Yebisu Garden Place
The attraction of the Shibuya Crossing is a fantastic spectacle as the vehicles all stop to allow the pedestrians the time to cross in what appears to be a mad scramble. The crossing is located at the front of the Shibuya Station’s Hachiko exit. The statue of Hachiko, a famous dog known for its loyalty is located between the stations entrance and the crossing. It is always crowded and a popular meeting point.
On the buildings surrounding the crossing are large TV screens and signs advertising several well known brands and the intersection has often been compared to New York City’s Times Square. If you need a coffee while you are here the Starbucks store has a prime view of the crossing and is said to be one of the world’s busiest coffee shops.
Once you arrive here you may feel a sense of déjà vu and you have seen it before. Well that may be so, it is one of Tokyo’s most pictured views and has often featured in movies or when advertising the city.
Map of Shibuya Crossing
Map Link of Shibuya Crossing