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To see some organized chaos of course.

Shibuya in Tokyo is known for three things. The first is the amount of shopping that's there. Girls invariably go to 109 where some of the trendiest fashions are. It's the birthplace of the Gyaru, the Japanese term for "Girl", who you might have seen pictures of. They're heavily tanned, wear a lot of eye makeup and typically wear bright colors, lots of bangles and plastic jewelry and have a bit of an attitude which is not considered to be the ideal Japanese woman.

The second thing is of course the statue of Hachiko who was a loyal dog that continued to come back to the station every evening to wait for his master. And continued this for nine years after his master died and never came home.

And the third is Shibuya crossing. It's reputed to be the busiest crossing and intersection in Japan, and possibly even the world. There's six different crosswalks and people patiently wait there until the light turns green and a literal sea of humanity marches forth. Then 30 seconds later, the light turns red and it's back to the cars.

The crossing was even shown in the movie, "Lost in Translation" where it was filmed from the Starbucks across the way.

It, like a lot of other things in Japan, just need to be seen to be believed.

Thank CapnKaos
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We crossed this famous crossing and it didn’t feel like we were in that much of a crowd but then we went up to Shibuya Mark City and saw the crossing from above and that was amazing!
Took a video as well. It was amazing to see the cars stop, then the slow flow of human traffic building to a peak, then slowly clearing again.
Fascinating

Thank SGC60
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This crossing is one of the busiest in the world. It is crazy’s how a place so crowded can make crossing like 6 different ways look orderly and efficient. When you are done crossing and taking a picture, you can find anything you want to eat or shop! Worth a visit!

Thank midwestsiderider
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This did not live up to the hype. We saw many places throughout Japan that had thousands of people crossing the road at once and this was disappointing . It is one of those things they say you ‘must’ do in Tokyo and yes it was a sensory experience but then everything in Japan is. Easy to get to on the train , it’s free and safe . Good place to people watch , many people taking selfies as they cross the road. It seems to be a right of passage for young and old.

Thank MrsGee2013
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We are happy we traveled across the city to witness the crossing. Grab a Starbucks and watch from above, it was cool.

I’d love to see on a weekend when really busy! Hint: take a time lapse video...

Enjoy!

Thank Adventure27899293142
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it was simply several zebra crossings on a road and people waiting to cross. Granted it was raining when I went but still I just didn’t get it.

Was told to go to the second floor at the Starbucks to get a picture, which I did (attached). Still didn’t get it.

If your bored go see it, otherwise don’t bother.

Thank Oceanus_x
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I've seen this type of crossing before, but this was a bit more chaotic....start with people crossing, add tourists taking selfies, people in costume on gocarts, and a orderly protest against wearing fur.

Thank C D
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We visited the day before Halloween and it's incredibly crowded. It's one of those things that you visit just out of curiosity, but if you are out of the way, it's not worth visiting imo, unless you like crowds.

Thank badwolflibrarian
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Amusingly, I find this crossing one of the best experience i had in my tokyo trip. It was fun to be part of the crowd gathered at one side of the traffic light, then when the lights turned, we can see many tourists - mostly identifiable recording videos of themselves crossing the the madness. Some even rushed into the middle of the stampede to take photos. We crossed a few times to get the full experience!

Thank LSiJie
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was expecting more then what we experienced yes there were lots of people and it is crazy but I was expecting more.

Thank AngeChris2011
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