Most documentaries discussing the overpopulation that exists in the world show this crossing, and rightly so. It is the most famous crossing in Japan, perhaps even in the world.
This crossing has so much traffic, that all cars stop every two minutes at the traffic lights. Then it’s the turn for pedestrians to walk across, filling the crossing with hundreds of people as if they were a swarm of ants.
In addition to the regular pedestrian crossings on each side, it also has cross-shaped paths down the middle. Its proximity to Shibuya Station and the extensive entertainment district of Shibuya makes this the most crowded intersection in the world.
It is estimated that up to a million people pass through the area each day. Something that is impressive in itself, but apart from that, it also separates itself because of the fairly orderly way of how people cross all at once without disturbing any fellow pedestrians.
The buildings surrounding the Shibuya crossing are filled with bright lights and big screens where advertisements and videos are displayed. It is definitely a place to take some impressive pictures and show them to your friends.
Another curious fact of this area is that it makes a great place to meet friends or wait for them. Even more so as it is the exact same area where the statue of Hachiko has been placed: the dog who waited his entire life. If you want to have a spectacular view of this crossing, do not forget to visit Starbucks and appreciate the crowds of people from there, coming from every corner of the intersection.