Friday, October 28, 2011

Most crowded street crossing - Shibuya crossing @ Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya is famous for its scramble crossing. This type of pedestrian crossing system that stops all vehicular traffic and allows pedestrians to cross an intersection in every direction, including diagonally, at the same time. It is located in front of the Shibuya Station on Hachikō exit. Vehicles from all directions stop, to allow pedestrians to inundate the entire intersection. The statue of Hachikō, a dog, between the station and the intersection, is a common meeting place and almost always crowded.

Three large TV screens mounted on nearby buildings overlook the crossing, as well as many advertising signs. I took this picture through an overhead bridge leading to Tokyo Metro Ginza line. Its a very busy intersection. I do wonder where does all these people come from and this scene can be seen every 5 minutes. Amazing!

The people going to start crossing.

Started crossing.

The intersection almost filled up.

It's crowded now. If you don't know that the people are just crossing the road, you might think that there is some parade going on here.

Zoom closer for better look.

Crossing done and light going to turn green for traffic movement.

The Shibuya intersection on street level.

Me on Shibuya crossing.

Coordinate/GPS: 35.659571,139.700522
Metro: Shibuya station.


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