Shibuya Scramble Crossing is very famous and popular for foreign tourists. For Japanese people it is just an ordinary scene, but for foreigners it is unbelievable for so many people to pass through a crossing.
When you go out of the exit of Shibuya Station, Shibuya Scramble Crossing is in front of the station. There are many people waiting to cross. When the crosswalk signals turn from red to green, people start to walk all together.
It is said that 500,000 people per day pass through the crossing, and about 3,000 people cross together at the same time at its peak. It peaks at around 4 o’clock in the afternoon.
If you want to take pictures of the scramble crossing from a bird’s eye view, Starbucks Coffee, L’occitane Cafe, Gust, and Shibuya Mark City freeway are famous viewing spots. There is a live web camera from Shibuya Mark City.
At Shibuya Station, there are two famous meeting spots, the Hachiko statue and the Moyai statue. Hachiko was a dog who waited for his master at Shibuya Station, even after the master had died. People admired his loyalty, and made the statue. Movies about Hachiko were also filmed.
The Moyai statue was built of stone from Nijima Island, imitating Easter Island Moai statues.
In front of Shibuya Scramble Crossing, there is the 109 Building. There are many clothes for young girls. This fashion is called 109 kei or gyaru kei. EGOIST and CECIL McBEE are famous as sexy clothes brands. LIZ LISA is famous as a cute clothes brand.
On the north side of the 109 Building, there is the Tamakyu building. The 109 Building and the Tamakyu building seem like one building, but they are separate. If you see the map of the 109 Building, you will notice the 109 Building has a triangle notch. The land where the 109 Building stands was a black market, and there were many eateries and shops. The land was bought, and the 109 Building was built in 1979. But a high grade restaurant, Tamakyu, didn’t move, and built its own building.
A socks shop is on the ground floor of the Tamakyu building. There are many colorful socks with characters or kanji. There are also toe socks. Toe socks are popular, because of less odor and better warmth.
When it is Halloween, Shibuya is full of people and chaotic. In the old days Japanese people didn’t celebrate Halloween, but these days they have fun with costumes, and hang out around Shibuya.
Not only on Halloween, Shibuya is a place where young people gather and have fun. There are many bars and eateries. You can have a spree all night in Shibuya.
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