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Shibuya Pedestrian Scramble

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Shibuya / Harajuku / Ebisu
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Address: Shibuya 150-8010, Tokyo Prefecture
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The only place I've come across where 7crossroads come together and the...

The only place I've come across where 7crossroads come together and the lights all turn red at the same time.Thousands of pedestrians then all cross at the same time. Just amazing.

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The usual Tokyo crowds

Maybe it was because of the weekend, but many places we went were full of people. We got Shibuya station around 8:30, on our way to dinner. Huge numbers of people even in the... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Maybe it was because of the weekend, but many places we went were full of people. We got Shibuya station around 8:30, on our way to dinner. Huge numbers of people even in the rain. After dinner, we made our way back to the station, around 11, and still just as crowds on a Sunday evening. I must say that... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A lot of fun and energy. Check out the bookstore right next to it. There's a Starbucks on the 2nd floor with big windows overlooking the cross walk. And the bookstore is incredible too. Manta in the basement, and there's a cool cafe on the 8th floor surrounded with incredibly cosmopolitan artsy magazines and books.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've seen it on TV, but there is nothing like the experience. The traffic stops and then everyone just crosses from every direction! It's the world's busiest crossing. When you are over, nip into Starbucks and watch it again from above. When we went it was raining so you just saw a sea of umbrellas

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Shibuya Pedestrian intersection maybe the busiest in the world, you'll be surprised from no. of Pedestrians gathering on both sides of intersection and amazed when they start to cross the intersection, thousands of them rushing rapidly like human waves!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I loved visiting Shibuya, it's crazy how many people cross the street at the same time. If you really want a taste of modern Japan, you can't miss this place.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots of ppl as expected. Did a time-lapse video from the Starbucks upstairs which Gave the perfect view

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I stayed in Shibuya 1 week of the 3 weeks I was in Tokyo. Shibuya Crossing/Scramble was unlike anything I have ever seen and I travel quite a bit. It's fun to see the sheer volume of people walking in/from all directions and not running into each other. This could never happen in New York City (where I live). I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I came expecting the notorious scramble, and I got just that. Just make sure this isn't your only reason for visiting Shibuya, considering it lasts 45 seconds.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's a typical crossing and every country has it but what makes this crossing unique i guess is you would ask "where do these people come from the street was just empty however when the light turns green you will see from all corner people crossing. Some say it is best seen from a high place but crossing itself is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Crossing Shibuya is something everyone has to do at least once in their lifetime. We must've done it half a dozen times. The sheer volume of people is astounding and yet it all works like clockwork. Go in the late afternoon to see it during the daylight, grab some dinner and then return after dark to see it lit up.

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Shibuya / Harajuku / Ebisu
There are countless opportunities to shop in the Shibuya and Harajuku districts, especially in shops that focus on Japan's "Kawaii" culture. The trendiest areas are around Shibuya’s Center district, Harajuku's Takeshita-dori and in Omotesando. If you need to recharge from all the shopping, you can easily refresh yourself in Meiji Jingu or Sasaki Park. In contrast, Ebisu has a more grown up ambiance of calm and cool. At the Museum of Yebisu Beer you can learn about the beer that was responsible for the town’s name, and enjoy dining at the popular noodle shops in the surrounding area.
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