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5 Spots for the Best Photos of Shibuya’s Scramble Crossing

The Scramble Crossing in Shibuya is known all over the world as one of top tourist attractions in Tokyo. Here are some useful bits of information about this intersection that is visited by many photographers every day, including the spots in the area where you can take more gorgeous photos!

What is the Scramble Crossing?

The Scramble Crossing is a spot that boasts views that represent the Shibuya area, such as the wave of people flowing through the road as the traffic light changes colors, and the numerous digital billboards that blast images and videos at ear-splitting volumes. It is the world’s largest intersection and is said to be visited by as many as 500,000 people every day, with up to 3,000 people crossing at the same time when the light turns green.

What is the Scramble Crossing?

Below Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

1. Hachiko Square at Shibuya Station

This square is located in front of Shibuya Station facing the Scramble Crossing. A very popular meeting spot, the square has a statue of the dog named “Chuken Hachiko (faithful dog Hachiko)” as its symbol. It has long been the place to go for taking photos of the Scramble Crossing. Many people snap photos while waiting for the traffic light to change colors and while crossing the street. If you take photos or videos while walking on this crossing, be extra careful. Make sure you cross the street before the light changes color.

Access: Just outside the Hachiko Exit of Shibuya Station

1. Hachiko Square at Shibuya Station

2-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

2. Keio Inokashira Line Passageway (Shibuya Mark City)

The Inokashira Line Passageway is an accessway that is found within the premises of Shibuya Station. It has a glass wall, so it is a great spot for taking photos of the Scramble Crossing from above. Note that there are many people who walk through this passage, so try not to get in their way when you take photos. Further, there is a gigantic mural on the other side of the passageway that features the work of world-renowned artist Taro Okamoto entitled “Myth of Tomorrow." This mural is popular as it's a work of art that's in an easily accessible location, so be sure to check it out!

Access: Located on the way from the ticket gate at the Tamagawa Exit of Shibuya Station on the JR Yamanote Line to the ticket gate of the Keio Inokashira Line

2. Keio Inokashira Line Passageway (Shibuya Mark City)

Shibuya Station Passageway, 1-12-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

3. Starbucks Coffee SHIBUYA TSUTAYA Branch

The Starbucks Coffee branch inside SHIBUYA TSUTAYA is an extremely popular viewing spot where you can marvel at the Scramble Closing from up close. With the glass walls of the building and the proximity of the intersection, you can get a shot of the landscape without any obstructions. The best place to shoot would be in one of the seats on the second floor, but you'll likely have to fight as it's known for the beautiful views that can be seen from here. You can also see the crossing from the standing table on the mezzanine floor, so if the second floor is crowded, you might want to check it out instead.

Access: Just outside the Hachiko Exit of Shibuya Station

3. Starbucks Coffee SHIBUYA TSUTAYA Branch

QFRONT 1F, 21-6 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

4. Sky Lobby on the 11th Floor of Shibuya Hikarie

There is an observation space on the 11th floor of Shibuya Hikarie, the commercial complex that is directly linked to Shibuya Station. From there, the view of crossing is truly superb. You will get to see the whole area around the East Exit of JR Shibuya Station, including a perfect view of the Scramble Crossing! It is on the 11th floor so it's quite high, and you'll get a panoramic view of the area. The elevator to the 11th floor has a skeleton-type design that will allow you to enjoy the outside view while the elevator is going up.

Access: Directly connected to Exit 15 of Shibuya Station on the Tokyu Toyoko Line and Den-en-toshi Line and the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line and Fukutoshin Line. Also connected to Shibuya Station on the JR Line, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, and Keio Inokashira Line through the accessway on the 2nd floor

4. Sky Lobby on the 11th Floor of Shibuya Hikarie

Shibuya Hikarie 11F, 2-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

5. CROSSING VIEW

MAGNET by SHIBUYA 109 is a fashion building that opened in April 2018. It is located in front of the Scramble Crossing, so if you go to the CROSSING VIEW zone at MAG’S PARK on the rooftop, you will get to enjoy a panoramic view of the entire area. It is an open space without a roof, so be careful of heatstroke and sunburn during those hot summer days when the sunlight is too strong. You can still enter this zone even when it is raining (but entry may be prohibited when the weather is bad, such as when there is lightning or it is snowing), but you are not allowed to bring an umbrella. No need to worry, though, as they sell raincoats (300 JPY).

Access: Just outside the Hachiko Exit of Shibuya Station

5. CROSSING VIEW

Rooftop of MAGNET by SHIBUYA109, 1-23-10 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

All the spots featured in this article are free of charge (but you will need to pay for your drink at Starbucks). So, if you want to take a photo that screams “This is Tokyo!”, then make sure to head to any of these spots and capture the best and coolest photo!

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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