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Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo

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Shibuya Crossing aka 'The Scramble' is the famous intersection outside Shibuya Station, one of Tokyo's busiest railway stations. If you want to feel like you're really in Tokyo this is the place to visit. 

Head up to Starbucks on the second floor of the Tsutaya building on the crossing's north side, buy yourself a coffee and grab a window seat. 

Shibuya Crossing - Postcards Home

Shibuya Crossing - Postcards Home

When the lights go red at this busy junction, they all go red at the same time and traffic from all directions stopsShoppers, commuters, students and tourists surge forward onto the crossing and you can observe the organised chaos from above. Get ready to be mesmerised and lose an hour or two to the pedestrian ebb and flow.

Shibuya Crossing - Postcards Home

Shibuya Crossing - Postcards Home

Shibuya Crossing - Postcards Home

You can see an illustrated depiction of 'The Scramble' on the Shibuya Crossing Cushion from Delhi-based design team Safomasi - inspired by their travels in Japan. Spot Geisha gliding past tourists stopping for photos and commuters rushing past dawdling students. 

So be sure to visit when you're in Tokyo - just don't forget to take your camera. 

Shibuya Crossing - Postcards Home

Get there: Take the JR Yamanote line to Shibuya, Hachikō exit

Photographs: Postcards Home


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