For anyone who grew up in Tokyo, the Shibuya Scrumble Crossing means nothing – it’s just a busy intersection. But for foreign tourists, it’s become one of the must-see tourist sites.
Even if you’ve never heard of Shibuya scramble crossing, chances are that you’ve seen it in movies such as Lost in Translation, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and Resident Evil: Afterlife and Retribution.
Okay, this is how it goes: All the lights at the junction turn red at the same time in every direction to allow pedestrians to cross. As they surge into the intersection, they look like marbles spilling out onto the floor from a distance.
Trying to cross the intersection is indeed fun and you can also observe this organized chaos from a various venues, but our recommendations are:
(1) the Starbucks in the Tsutaya Building
(2) the L’OCCITANE cafe, or
(3) the overpass between the Keio Inogashira Line and the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line.
After surviving the world famous crossing, then, there are so many thing you could do. Some suggestions are:
- Make sure you take a pic with Hachiko the most famous dog in the entire country. It’s a dog statue outside Shibuya Station.
- Go explore Center Gai (センター街 Sentā-gai)→Koen Dori (Park Street)→Spain Slope, etc.
- Check out some of the major shopping centres such as Shibuya 109, Tokyu Hands, the Loft, Seibu, Parco, Tokyu, Marui, etc etc (too many to cite…)
- Drop in at Bunkamura (a concert hall, a museum, restaurants and shops) and see if anything good is on.
- At night visit Nonbei Yokocho (‘Drunkard’s Alley) where you’ll find lots of tiny bars (some places can only take up to to three or four people). Similar to all the famous alleys in other parts of Tokyo (such as Shonben Yokocho in Shinjuku), Nonbei Yokoch has become slightly touristy, but still fun to visit.