The Scramble before the light turns
Because the Shibuya area is such a shopping, dining and entertainment district, there is a constant flow of people into its center, which begins outside the Hachikō exit of the station. Here there is a ginormous intersection, with pedestrian crosswalks every which way, and there's almost no hour of the day that sees it quiet.
Foreign tourists set up shop at the windows of the second-floor Starbucksone of the busiest in the worldin order to get the best photos of the frenzy below. We admit to being one of them, and you can see the results here with our video and images.
Actually crossing the Scramble isn't nearly as bad as it looks. Everyone has a definite destination, whether it's the painfully trendy Shibuya 109 mall, the 100 Yen store, the aforementioned Starbucks, or the Love Hotels and standing sushi restaurants up on Dogenzaka. And if we had to name one major tourist trap in Tokyo, it'd be the Starbucks here, no doubt. Avoid that if you can, but the Scramble is a must (and free!) do.
[Photos and video: Cynthia Drescher for Jaunted]