The Hustle and Bustle of Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan

 

Kawaii!
Kawaii!

The Shibuya Crossing of Tokyo, Japan is an iconic landmark for special reasons. It is dubbed as ‘the busiest intersection in the world’. I’ve seen photos of hundreds (or probably thousands) of people crossing at the same time. When TV programs feature Tokyo, it is a must to include a clip of Japanese and foreigners crossing to effectively show how busy this part of Japan is.

Being touristy in Tokyo is fun and I am not ashamed of it. I think every visitor of Japan can attest on how unique this country is and you end up craving for more surprises.




We're almost there!
Where are we?

From Shibuya station (can’t remember which exit), I looked for a public toilet to pee. There’s this incident wherein I pressed the wrong button while on the loo. Instead of pressing ‘flush’, I pound the emergency alarm. I panicked and Ada was surprised.

For less complications with buttons, do it on the floor!
For less complications with buttons, do it on the floor!


What’s with that alarm?
When I told her the truth, we end up running out of the restroom. In less than a minute, a Japanese worker entered the public restroom and checked each cubicle for a trapped tourist. Luckily, I escaped and laughed like a little girl with the best friend.

Josh, Ada and I pushed through with walking until we spotted this crowded intersection.

Shibuya-Walk

 

The nearer we get to the iconic landmark, the more excited I am. You can already sense the hustle and bustle from afar. Never seen an intersection this busy! Crossing in the streets of Metro Manila is a challenge (and is deadly), but this one is just manic!

Hachiko - The Loyal Friend
Hachiko – The Loyal Friend

Took photos and we spotted a bronze dog looking over the crowd. His name is Hachiko and most probably, you’ve heard about his inspiring story related to friendship and loyalty. I’m not a dog lover, but Hachiko’s story truly touched my heart.

Are you ready for this?
Are you ready for this? (109 Men’s Building)
Obey the rules and let the cars pass by first..
Obey the rules and let the cars pass by first.. (Shibuya Station – Hachiko Exit)

 

The obligatory Shibuya Crossing Tourist Photo. We could've done a jumpshot if we went here in 2010!
The obligatory Shibuya Crossing Tourist Photo. We could’ve done a jump shot, but it’s dangerous.
Shibuya is truly a busy place!
Shibuya is truly a busy place!

Here are some videos I managed to record before and while crossing the busiest intersection in the world!


^ Depicts the normal Shibuya Crossing scene.

^ Forgive me for screaming 😛

Since it’s almost dark, we grabbed the opportunity to stroll around the area and get hungry. Shibuya depicts the vibrant city life of Tokyo. Watching people from different walks of life come in and out of the stores is visually entertaining too.

SHOPPING IN SHIBUYA

For shoppers, SHIBUYA 109 is a must visit place. There are hundreds of boutiques inside this eight-storey building. Male fashionistas will surely love 109 MEN’S.

Guess where this lovely lady came from
Guess where this lovely lady came from

Shopping favorites such as H&M, UNIQLO, Forever 21, Matsumoto Kiyoshi and Tsutaya have outlets within the vicinity.

TIPS AND ADVICE

  • How to Get There via Train: Drop of the Shibuya Station and take the Hachiko Exit.
  • Starbucks Shibuya offers the best view of the busy intersection.
  • If you have the whole day to spend in Shibuya, consider visiting Bunkamura, Cerulean Tower Noh Theater, The Shoto Museum of Art and Nabeshima Shoto Park.

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For photo ops, just pose anywhere you want! No dull background in Tokyo and you’ll be amused with the photo bombers 😀

UP NEXT: The Colorful Harajuku Lane!

8 Comments

  1. Ang nakakatawa biglang nawala yung mga tao sa pedestrian na parang magic lang =))) Next time pag nagpunta tayo jan di kasama si Josh lol. =))

    August 21, 2014
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    • Senyorita said:

      In just a snap, they all disappear! =)) can’t wait to go back!

      August 22, 2014
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  2. Nice pics. That’s amazing! You must have had such a wonderful time. thanks for posting nice views.

    August 21, 2014
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    • Senyorita said:

      Thanks! 🙂

      August 22, 2014
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  3. Aleah | SolitaryWanderer.com said:

    I’m not a dog lover either but I cried like crazy when I watched the movie. Can’t wait to visit Japan. Ada looks great!

    August 27, 2014
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    • Senyorita said:

      I haven’t seen the entire film, but the trailer gave me chills. When are you visiting Japan? 😀

      August 27, 2014
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  4. Renz Bulseco said:

    MISS KO NA SI ADA GANDA HUHUHUHU. Miss na rin kita kahit nung Last May lang tayo nagkita. Teka, tagal na nun ah! HAHAHA. Soon, Japan. SOON!

    August 27, 2014
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    • Senyorita said:

      Matagal na ang May! (at hindi ko pa na-blog lahat ng dapat i-blog lol). Dapat magsama na tayo ulit sa trip soon!

      August 27, 2014
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