Shibuya Crossing

Lily Crossley-Baxter
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One of the classic Tokyo spots, Shibuya crossing is a neon-lit symbol of the metropolis and the crowds that inhabit it. Believed to be one of the busiest intersections in the world, the suit-clad crowds that make use of it in the evening are photogenic to say the least. While many pose on the crossing itself, you can also get great viewpoints from surrounding buildings. The crossing bridge of Shibuya station (towards the Inokashira line) and the very visible Tsutaya Starbucks cafe offer free (or coffee-priced) spots. For a more elevated shot you can try the viewing deck of the Magnet Building or the new Shibuya Sky deck which has 360 degree views. There are hammocks, a cafe and an unusual 'edge' photo point. Close to the crossing is Udagawacho, a restaurant and bar district with plenty of tempting offers. Beside the station you'll also find the statue of Hachiko - a loyal dog beloved by Japanese residents. The crossing looks best in early-evening as the work crowds head home and the neon comes into its own. Rainy weekdays are a bonus as you have guaranteed crowds and umbrellas, not to mention the atmospheric effect of rain which offers a dystopian feel to your shots!
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  • 2 Chome-2 Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0043, Japan
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