World's Busiest Crossing: Achieved!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

If there's just one place I could symbolize the whole of Tokyo; it is the iconic Shibuya Crossing. Why? While the rest of the place is surrounded with glowing billboards, colorful lights, musical ads; every person walking in the same soil has a different destination, just as Tokyo has been the capital of a transcending nation in every direction. A non-stop bliss of searching, walking, and timing. When we think of Japan, I'm sure we can always relate it to words "fast", "advanced", and "modern". And for me, Shibuya would be the bird's eye view of all these descriptions.

I barely knew how fun the atmosphere in Shibuya is until I first stepped outside the station. It was surreal. It feels like the whole nation of Japan is right in front of me. There's a lot of people. It's loud and it is so bright. And guess what my father told me?

"Mamaya na tayo tumawid, kapag wala ng tao." 

 I laughed for about 10 minutes. It would be impossible for the busiest crossing to not have anyone crossing at 5pm.

An electrifying place in the heart of the world's futuristic country, Shibuya definitely left me wanting to come back and spend the whole day crossing the pedestrian pathway back and forth. Since one of the things I deeply regret during my first trip to Japan, way back 2014, was not being able to join the scramble at Shibuya, I made sure that it's on the top list. A one week Japan trip has given me the chance to visit the crossing two times. And even though I've been here twice, the experience and joyous vibe it gives is still unique to me. If you'll ask me what is the best part of the visit? It's the moment the stop lights turn red all at once, and all the pedestrian lights would go green. The music advertisements starts to play (like it's programmed to be that way), and you can't help but dance to the beat of the music together with the thousands of people crossing in different angles.

A lot of tourists normally stops at the middle to take some pictures. Occasionally, just like what happened to me, playful Japanese teenagers would join your photo intentionally. (too cute, right?) You could also see photographers trying to capture the scramble. Behind the exaggerated TV screens and advertisement boards are trendy boutiques and shopping malls equipped with the latest trends of the season. H&M, Bershka, Forever 21, Uniqlo, and other stores are all clamped up in one district. Special mention to Shibuya 109, a popular mall equipped with unique finds, definitely a must visit. Art stores like Tokyu hands, anime shops and designer's outlets are crowded with people. Moreover, there are music stores too! (Did anybody say heaven?)

They say that one of the best spot to watch the busiest crossing is at the famous Starbucks Coffee, Tsutaya. It is also said to be the busiest Starbucks in the world, based on the number of visitors. Though the seats are always full and the shop is crowded, try your best to go upstairs and watch the view. (Of course, you need to buy something at their shop!!)

Shibuya is also home to the famous statue of Hachiko or popularly known as "Hachiko Square".  It's located right in front of Shibuya station's Hachiko Exit, so you won't have a problem searching for it. Shibuya station is one of the major stations of the JR Yamanote Line that encircles Central Tokyo. For those who do not know, one of the best stories that's connected to the popular Shibuya is a dog who faithfully waited for his late master from 1923 to 1935, Hachiko. Hachiko died the year 1935 yet his history lives on that no one can ever forget his love and loyalty. A lot of people use this place as meeting points. You could also find an old-fashioned train car in the square that serves as a small museum.

Foot traffic is never a problem here as Japanese people have been disciplined enough to be aware of their space. You can utterly describe it as an organized chaos. Undeniably, Shibuya represents Tokyo in every way: fun, fast, and action.

1 comment on "World's Busiest Crossing: Achieved!"
  1. Love your photos! If only I got the chance to explore Shibuya when I was there I could have photos like this too. :( Though, like they say as long as you have a photo with Hachi and the famous crossing, you're good to go. hihihi!

    xoxo, rej |


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