Flashback – Japan 2009 – Crossing Shibuya to the Shibuya Crossing

All photos taken on September 20, 2009.

Shibuya is a special ward in Tokyo, Japan. It is a major commercial and finance center and houses two of the busiest railway stations in the world, Shinjuku station (southern half) and Shibuya Station. The population of this area is 221,801.

This area around Shibuya station is known as one of the fashion centers of Japan, particularly for young people, and as a major nightlife area.

(Source: Wikipedia)

The walk was not long, but we took our time and saw so much along the way.

Shops and tall shiny buildings. The middle 2 slides here are of an advertising gimmick where it looks like the man is hanging by his arm from the face of building.

Exterior of building housing Shibuya station and stores.
Statue of Hachiko (Japanese version of Greyfriar’s Bobby), a Japanese Akita who, after his owner’s death, waited at Shibuya station every day for nine years for his owner to return
looking at the Shibuya Scramble crossing from Shibuya station building. Shibuya scramble crossing is the busiest scramble crossing in the world with as many as 3,000 pedestrians crossing at one time
art in Shibuya station
vintage trolley
area art sculptureMoyai statue
colourful mural
shopping streets

Aoyama Kumano Shrine Festival held in late September in Shibuya. Participants carry portable shrines (Mikoshi) along a fixed route. It looks like they have a fabulous time.

Shingo treated us to an Okonomiyaki self cooked lunch. It was delicious.

After our lunch, we wended our way back to Harajuku and our next stop at Meiji-jingu (separate post).

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9 thoughts on “Flashback – Japan 2009 – Crossing Shibuya to the Shibuya Crossing

    1. Shibuya was a good walking experience, especially with the festival crowd. Okonomiyaki was new to us in 2009 and we were really surprised at how delicious they were. Thanks for reading. Allan

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  1. I spent many a day crossing that iconic crosswalk to shop at Shibuya, one of the best shopping stops in Tokyo, when I lived in Japan. Enjoyed these photos. Hello to Hachiko! I also went through your Kamakura photos, good memories. Just catching up a bit today.

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