Japan Train Stations: Shibuya Station Tokyo
Shibuya Station 渋谷駅
Shibuya Station is located in the west of central Tokyo in the Shibuya district of the capital.
Shibuya is the third busiest station in Tokyo after Shinjuku Station and Ikebukuro Station with approximately 2.4 million people passing through on an average weekday, many of whom are commuters from Tokyo's western suburbs and Yokohama.
9 train lines converge on Shibuya:
Shibuya Station is the terminal station for the Keio Inokashira Line and the Tokyu Toyoko Line. Of the three Tokyo subway lines, the Fukutoshin Line is served by a new station (opened in June 2008) designed by architect Tadao Ando and consciously made to recall a spaceship. A giant atrium funnels hot air to the surface in an attempt to reduce heat and save energy on cooling.
Shibuya Station was first opened in 1885.
Shibuya Crossing, Shibuya, Tokyo
Shibuya is a major commercial and shopping area in Tokyo and has become known for its youth chic, music scene, and trend-setting street fashions. Tokyu department store comprises the upper part of the station building and Seibu department store is across the famous four-way Shibuya pedestrian crossing. Walk down Center Gai for a host of boutiques, trendy retail outlets and eateries. Read more about famous stores and shopping in Shibuya.
The square just in front of the station contains the Hachiko Statue - a Tokyo legend and popular meeting point. During the 1920s an Akita dog called Hachiko would turn up at the station to meet his master, a professor at Tokyo Imperial University, even for 10 years after his owner had died in 1925. In 1934 a bronze statue was raised in Hachiko's honor and loyal dog's death united him and his former master in nearby Aoyama cemetery.
Also in Hachiko Square is an historic 1950s Toyoko Line train carriage that displays the history of Shibuya Station with some interesting black and white photographs of the station and environs as they used to be.
Shibuya also has some interesting museums, within easy walking distance of the station. The Tobacco & Salt Museum is dedicated to the history of these two former government monopolies. See what's on at museums in Tokyo.