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The Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo, Japan 03 Jun 2016

Posted on 03 Jun 2016
Tokyo, Japan view of Shibuya Crossing, one of the busiest crosswalks in the world.
Tokyo, Japan view of Shibuya Crossing, one of the busiest crosswalks in the world.
Tokyo, Japan view of Shibuya Crossing, one of the busiest crosswalks in the world.

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The Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan is one of the busiest crosswalks in the world. The vibrant entertainment and shopping district of Shibuya and neighbouring Ebisu is one of the most exciting in Tokyo, the centre from which fashion trends ripple out to the rest of Japan.

Several train and subway lines converge on Shibuya Station. From wherever you arrive, make your way through the Tokyu Toyoko department store towards the western side, which houses the terminus for the Keio-Inokashira line (you can hop on this later to visit the Japan Folk Crafts Museum). On the way you will pass a giant 14-panel painting, Myth of Tomorrow 1 (Asu no Shinwa) by Okamoto Taro (1911–96), a powerful Guernica-like mural of the atomic-bomb explosion. Originally created in the late 1960s for a luxury hotel in Mexico, the monumental work
was rediscovered in 2003 and took five years to be restored and find its new home in the station.

A walk through the teen-trend Mecca of Shibuya and neighbouring district of Ebisu has something for everyone, including shopaholics, kids and lovers of quirky museums and contemporary art.

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