The city of Shibuya, a critical exurb to Tokyo, ranks high on the list of places to visit in Japan for at least one major reason — it’s home to the two busiest train stations in the world.
Yet the city itself is less than a quarter million residents. How does that work?
Good planning and engineering (some of it quite creative). Whatever the magic combination of factors — including the famous scramble crossing in the video below — masses of people are able to move through and across this urban hub, which is also known for its concentration of corporate head offices and universities.
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Parks, gardens, graveyards and palace grounds – but an absence of playing fields. No baseball diamonds or soccer pitches. At least that I’ve seen so far – just the hint of a running track and swimming pool. We underestimate the prevalence of athletic grounds in our culture – that legacy of “muscular Christianity” the British instituted to have enough fit men to fight wars and maintain the empire.