One of the most famous areas in all of Tokyo is Shibuya. This special district was founded on March 15, 1947. According to 2008 data, it has a population of 208,371 inhabitants and a density of 13,540 people per km². The total area is 15.11 km².
Shibuya means "quiet valley" and, it is the name of the descendant family of the Fujiwara clan that resided there until the beginning of the Meiji era (1968-1912).
Today a trip to Tokyo would not be complete without stepping on the great Shibuya crossing. Walking through the rising tide of people flooding the intersection outside Shibuya Station, every two minutes, is an experience in itself.
Shibuya station handles an average of more than 2.4 million passengers every day. This makes the Shibuya crossing one of the busiest roads in the world. It is believed that approximately 2,500 people cross it at once.
The origins of the Shibuya station date back more than 100 years, when operations began in 1885. At that time, it served as a stop on the Shinagawa line, which has since expanded and is now known as the JR Yamanote line.
Currently, Shibuya station serves more than eight different lines and is jointly operated by the JR East, Keio, Tokyu and Tokyo Metro metro companies. Tokyu Corporation, one of the main operators of Shibuya Station, is planning to complete a 47-story commercial building in 2019. This new structure will be the tallest in Shibuya, one more reason to visit Shibuya Crossing, the busiest pedestrian lane in Tokyo
In 1923 a dog of the Akita breed moved to Shibuya to accompany its owner Professor Hidesaburō Ueno. This puppy was called "Hachiko" and accompanied his owner every day to Shibuya station and waited for him until his return. Unfortunately in 1925 he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage during his work and died suddenly. Hachiko, unaware of this sad event, kept waiting for its owner at Shibuya station for the next nine years. Shibuya residents realized this beautiful gesture of fidelity and in 1934 they built a bronze monument in their honor in front of Shibuya station. Hachiko died in 1935 surrounded by Professor Ueno's family.
Hachiko quickly became a national symbol of family loyalty and love. Two extremely important features in Japanese culture, so the importance of Hachiko cannot be underestimated. Every year, on the anniversary of his death, a ceremony is held at the Hachiko monument at Shibuya station.
Then, when crossing, there is the birthplace of many Japanese fashion trends "Center Gai", a pedestrian zone located in the heart of Shibuya, lined with shops, boutiques and game centers. At night, the street is filled with young people heading to nightclubs, restaurants and bars, etc.
The streets of Shibuya continue to mark the dictation of world fashion trends. The iconic building of Shibuya109 is a mecca for teenagers interested in following the pattern, while Shibuya Hikarie and Seibu are modern complexes for shopping and visiting sophisticated restaurants. Not only is it a place for the modern fashionista, if you are a designer or creator, it is recommended to go to the modern lifestyle megastores Tokyu Hands or Loft; or buy some extravagant souvenirs that are obtained on the well-stacked shelves of the discount store giant, Don Quijote.
Shibuya is a symbol of high technology and modernity of Tokyo, therefore it is highly recommended to visit this sector during your trip through Japan.