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Shibuya is one of the twenty-three city wards of Tokyo, but often refers to just the popular shopping and entertainment area found around Shibuya Station. In this regard, Shibuya is one of Tokyo's most colorful and busy districts, packed with shopping, dining and nightclubs serving swarms of visitors that come to the district every day.
Shibuya is a center for youth fashion and culture, and its streets are the birthplace to many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends. Over a dozen major department store branches can be found around the area, catering to all types of shoppers. Most of the area's large department and fashion stores belong to either Tokyu or Seibu, two competing corporations.
A prominent landmark of Shibuya is the large intersection in front of the station's Hachiko Exit, known as the Shibuya Scramble Crossing. The intersection is heavily decorated by neon advertisements and giant video screens and gets flooded by pedestrians each time the crossing light turns green, making it a popular photo and movie filming spot. The Shibuya Scramble Crossing is even known as the world’s busiest intersection and attracts tourists wanting to witness this busy intersection in action. Many tourists make their way to the coffee shop located across the station to relax and watch the busy intersection fill up with as many as 2,500 pedestrians during at every light change, or even 45,000 pedestrians every half an hour during peak times.
Experience the busiest intersection in Japan and see what it is like to be part of the hustle and bustle of Tokyo by joining one of our Cherry Blossom tours, Anime Japan Tours, or Highlights vacation packages for your next trip!
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