SHOWA SNAP: Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo, 1974

The Shibuya Crossing, also known as the Shibuya Scramble, is the busiest pedestrian intersection in the world. It’s the intersection Sean’s Evo, Han’s Veilside RX-7, and the Drift King’s Z (digitally) slid through in Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, and by some estimates at peak times 2,500 people can cross the 5-way intersection in a single light cycle. A quarter million people can stroll through it in one day, but in 1974 it was a bit less hectic.

A Prince Gloria sedan heads west down Dogenzaka Street to the left, while a Kujira Crown taxi, Skyline Van, and TE27 Corolla wait to come eastward. On the right, what appears to be a Toyota Corona Mark II drives towards the camera Bunkamura Street. The cute little Mitsu Maru shop at the corner was replaced just a few years later by the Shibuya 109 mega-mall in April 1979. Here’s what this Shibuya Crossing looks like today.

Image: Tokyo Metropolitan Government

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3 Responses to SHOWA SNAP: Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo, 1974

  1. Peter says:

    Great shot, but Iif this is the corner where Shibuya 109 is now, this isn’t *the* Shibuya Scramble, but the next block over.

  2. Negishi no Keibajo says:

    I’ve been through here a thousand times but haven’t been there since the pandemic started. The overlooking Starbucks is probably empty. I need to restock myself with stuff from Tokyu Hands!

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