Shibuya Station 渋谷駅

Birth of a trendy town

Shibuya is the major station in the southwest of Tokyo, located between Harajuku and Ebisu on the Yamanote line, and surely one of the best known in the entire capital. It opens onto the district of the same name where young people come to shop and enjoy the nightlife in one of the many bars in the area.

The train station

 

The Shibuya railway station opened its doors at the end of the 19th century in 1885 on the Akabane-Shinagawa line, which in 1925 became the Yamanote line after various connection works.

The station is extremely busy since with 3.1 million passengers per day, it is the second busiest in Tokyo after Shinjuku station.

Shibuya is a huge hub in the south of the city, comprising no less than 9 lines operated by four different operators. In particular, travelers can:

Yamanote Line Shibuya Station Sign

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A little history

 

The station resonates in the Japanese imagination, particularly because of the story of the dog HachikĂ´. The latter used to accompany his master every morning to the station and to come and wait for him there in the evening.

When he died in 1925, Hachiko continued to come and wait for his master in front of the station every evening. This lasted until his death ten years later.

A bronze statue of Hachiko in front of the station's main entrance was inaugurated in 1934 and is now a meeting place for Tokyoites.

The station was also 1946 the scene of the confrontation known as the "Shibuya incident" during which nearly a thousand yakuza clashed with several hundred Taiwanese gang members. A clash of rival gangs against the backdrop of the heavy shortage that existed in post-war Japan.

 

Photo du chien HachikĂ´, dans la gare de Shibuya.

Photo of the dog HachikĂ´, in Shibuya station.

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Opposite the station, the cars are stopped for 55 seconds at this huge pedestrian crossing to let the crowd pour into this large square illuminated by huge advertising screens.

At the intersection, the Shibuya 109 shopping center , with its tower and its 8 floors of stores dedicated to women's fashion, is a shopping mecca for young Japanese women. It is also the nerve center of the culture of the 1990s "gyaru", these tanned and discolored young girls with flashy style.

The Shibuya Stream building, which opened its doors last September, is directly connected to the station. Its 35 floors house cafes, restaurants, offices, and open spaces.

Shibuya crossing Ă  Tokyo

Shibuya crossing in Tokyo

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