The Shibuya Scramble

If you ever wanted to have that moment that makes you think “Wow, I’m really in Tokyo!” the Shibuya Scramble will do it! Rumour has it that this crossing in Shibuya is the busiest in the world, with up to a thousand people crossing with every light change during peak hour in the city. It’s incredible to watch, and although it might seem silly, it is even incredible to experience walking in such a crazy sea of people.  To see what it’s like, watch the video below!

The best view is definitely from the Starbucks across the street on the second floor. It can be very hard to get a seat, especially during peak hour, but if you wait it out or can push your way to the front it’s definitely worth the view. The below video was taken from this spot. If you enjoy people watching this is one of the best places to do it. It is amazing to think of how many people are rushing across the crossing in all different directions, sometimes riding bikes or walking dogs, and no one seems to bump into each other!

The Shibuya Crossing can be found directly out the front of Shibuya Station crossing over to the shopping district. You can get to Shibuya Station by the JR Yamanote Line, JR Saikyo Like, JR Shonan Shinjuku Line, Hanzomon Subway Line, Ginza Subway Line, Fukutoshin Subway Line, Tokyo Toyoko Line, Tokyo Den-Entoshi Line, Kei Inokashira Line and the Narita Express. Pretty much, if you’re on a train in Tokyo you’re likely to travel through Shibuya Station!

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Emma Shaw

Emma is a travel photographer and blogger, living in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Thom in between adventures. She started A Make Believe World to share her experiences, travel tips and destination advice, and to inspire others to travel the world and their own backyard whenever they can.

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