As one of the major transportation hubs for Tokyo and the surrounding prefectures, Shibuya Station sees an average number of 2.4 million people pass through it each workday. The station itself is home to numerous lines, including the JR Yamanote line, various Tokyo Metro lines and the Den-en-toshi Line that leads into some of the capital’s most sought-after suburbs.
Shibuya Station boasts several retail complexes, selling everything from classic souvenirs to stationary. In the basement of the station, the Tokyu Food Show – one of the first depachika food floors in the city – serves up a variety of gourmet options. From Shibuya Station, it is only a short walk to some of the city’s most noted fashion hubs, including the youth-oriented boutiques of Shibuya 109 and the ever-popular Uniqlo department store.
Two of Tokyo’s most iconic sights are located within steps of the station. Just outside the station’s Hachiko exit sits the statue of Japan’s beloved, loyal canine. In the 1920s, Hachiko - an Akita dog - used to accompany his master to the station every day and return later in the day to await his homecoming. When his master died while at work on day, Hachiko continued to wait at the station every day until his own death nine years later. A small bronze statue commemorates the faithful pup and has become a popular meeting place. Mere steps from Hachiko is the famed Shibuya Scramble, the city’s most notable pedestrian crossing. Popularized in films such as Lost in Translation, it is said that between 2500 and 3000 people can utilize the crosswalk at any given time. Rainy days are a particularly photogenic time to visit, with the sea of umbrellas providing a unique shot.
At present, the area around Shibuya Station is undergoing both a renovation and a renaissance. Visitors to the area are already enjoying the large-scale food and shopping complex known as Shibuya Stream, which sits next to the recently uncovered Shibuya River. The Shibuya Hikarie building, a dining and office complex, has also been welcoming visitors since 2012. In the run up to the Olympics, the neighborhood plans to add additional buildings with hotel rooms, eateries and an observation deck that promises views over the iconic scramble crossing from a height of 230 meters. Development will continue in stages through 2027.
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