Translated by Laura Jacob
Shibuya's Scramble Crossing - 4 Best Viewing Spots
Shibuya's Scramble Crossing is famous for being the busiest intersection in the world. In this article, we introduce the best four spots to view this world-famous landmark!
Written by Kazuyo
Shibuya is known around the world for its famous Scramble Crossing. When the crosswalk signal turns green, the estimated number of people crossing the street at a single time can reach up to a whopping 3000 people.
This crosswalk has been featured in films such as "Lost in Translation," directed by Sofia Coppola, "Resident Evil: Afterlife", and "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift", as well as music videos like One Direction's "One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)" (around 1:29) which helped propel its status as a landmark known around the world.
Many visitors enjoy visiting this spot, where being completely enveloped in this sea of people can make you feel like you are in a movie yourself.
In this article, we will introduce some of the best spots for observing and taking photos of the intersection.
1. Starbucks Coffee - The Most Famous Viewing Spot
The best-known spot for observing the scramble crossing is the Starbucks Coffee located within the Shibuya Tsutaya video rental store.
It's quite easy to understand why: the walls of the building are completely made of clear glass, with no other buildings or object to obstruct the view of the intersection. It is also the closest of the spots we will be introducing in this article. Here you can enjoy a close-up and personal view of the crosswalk.
However, because this location is so popular, securing a good viewing spot is completely dependent on your luck. There is also often a considerable wait to get your drinks, so it is best to plan ahead and come early.
Starbucks Coffee SHIBUYA TSUTAYA
Address: Shibuya, Udagawa 21-6 Tokyo Q-FRONT (1st and 2nd floors),
Closed: Open year round
Wi-fi available: Yes
Credit cards accepted: JCB, VISA, DC, MASTER, AMEX, Diners
Menus in other languages: English, Chinese, Korean
Access: Located right outside Exit 6-3
Website: Starbucks Coffee Japan