It’s Saturday night in Tokyo, all around huge billboards with moving images scream for attention. This is Shibuya, known as the busiest intersection in the world, with five zebra crossings. Yes, five. You can cross from one footpath to another, but also diagonally across the entire intersection.
You expect chaos when the lights change. They are green for exactly 20 seconds. Enough time to let around 1200 people cross. It’s like an anthill. Have a look at the video below:
But remember that it’s Japan, so people wait in an orderly manner for the green light. And then chaos descends, but it’s a very polite chaos. It’s wondrous. Until the lights change back to red and everybody stops to let the cars rush past.
The best time to go is on a Saturday night, so you can see the crowded intersection and the neon lights around. But it’s busiest in the morning and evening on workdays.
You can easily walk onto the intersection to take photos or videos, just make sure that you get back onto the footpath in time…