About the Busiest Junction in the WorldYou may have already seen one of the bustling crossroad videos of the Far Eastern capitals. They are crowded with plenty of people crossing the
intersection as the light goes green. It is a crazy sight.
An extreme example of this is the largest pedestrian crossing in the world, located in the Shibuya quarter of Tokyo City, outside the railway station of the Quarter. This is where many tourists come to watch the swarms of people passing through the many pedestrian crossings, in perfect silence and without any urgency or vulnerability.
The data is amazing - in every crossing, 2,000 people cross, making the sum of all the people that cross the whole junction here one million people per day! This pedestrian crossing is an excellent example of Tokyo's vibrant and frenetic lifestyle, which does not stop for a moment. But it is also an excellent demonstration of the remarkable Japanese manners. No one is pushing, angry, or hurting another person. They all cross quietly and efficiently, while maintaining distance and respect for others.
Watching the swarm of people obediently crossing the famous crosswalk is no less than hypnotizing. Read the tips below on how to capture the best place to watch this special crossing. Enjoy!
TipsThe huge pedestrian crossing is directly opposite the exit of the Hachiko Railway Station. The Starbucks branch, which occupies several floors above the junction, has an excellent view from above. A cup of coffee and a light wait at the window will give you an excellent view of the world's busiest junction.