In the paved square outside the Japan Rail’s station in Shibuya, is a small bronze statue of a dog of legendary loyalty, Hachiko. This little dog walked to the station to meet its owner at the end of every working day. He then travelled in vain to the station every day for seven years after the death of the old man. Upon the dog’s death in 1935, Japan’s national newspapers published obituaries and the statue was erected in his honour. The statue has since become Shibuya’s most popular meeting point.
Next to Hachiko Square is the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing. There are several crosswalks here and the traffic stops in all directions at the same time to allow the hordes to cross. It’s amazing how the people flow past each other and reach the sidewalks without colliding. This is the favorite place for foreign television crews to come to capture an image of this bustling city. One of the best vantage points to view the spectacle is the second floor of the world’s busiest Starbucks on the corner of Meiji Dori.
We came to Shibuya several times and always marveled at the crowds crossing the street but then we made a trip with Amit on a rainy day and it was even more special. Everyone in Tokyo carries an umbrella and the sight of hundreds of umbrellas crossing the world’s busiest pedestrian intersection was a delight. I took the pictures from Starbucks while sipping a hot café latte. Priceless!