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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  1. Great pics. Just a note about Shibuya Ward/City – it’s very much part of central Tokyo, not a suburb or exurb. The thing is that “central” Tokyo would cover CoV and a chunk of Burnaby, with at least half a dozen “downtown” nodes within (Shibuya, Shinjuku, Marunouchi, etc.). Throw in the outer wards and neighbouring cities like Yokohama and the whole conurbation would be comparable to Metro Van/Fraser Valley down past Bellingham area-wise.

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